There's a new top dog in women's hockey.
For the first time in program history, Boston College was voted #1 in the USCHO women's hockey poll, earning all but two first place votes. BC had hovered around 2nd and 3rd a few times, starting as the preseason #2 or #3 each of the last three seasons, but had never quite jumped into the top spot.
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The Eagles sat at #2 last week, just ahead of Wisconsin and just behind Minnesota, but both WCHA foes stumbled this weekend.
Wisconsin came back to earn a tie on Friday against North Dakota before pulling out a 1-goal win on Saturday, but Minnesota had a much tougher time taking care of business.
The Gophers went 0-1-1 this weekend to Bemidji State, who took a weekend series against Minnesota for the the teams' 16 years in the WCHA. In their loss, the Gophers were shut out for the first time since 2011.
After opening the season with a 7-0-1 record, topped off this weekend with a pair of blowouts against Providence College, BC will now play with a target on its back for the first time. This weekend will prove to be one of the toughest of the season as the Eagles will be playing without five of their best players, who are off in British Columbia with Team USA for the Four Nations Cup.
The March to Minneapolis continues on Saturday against Northeastern and Sunday against Vermont.