UNH women's hockey slips to No. 10 in national poll

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, which lost a pair of road games to Niagara University last weekend, fell two positions to No. 10 in this week's USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll, which was released Tuesday.

Minnesota-Duluth swept Minnesota State-Mankato to retain its season-long stronghold on No. 1 in the USA Today/AMH poll. Minnesota and Northeastern also held steady at second and third, respectively. Dartmouth and Niagara both moved forward one place to round out the top five. The bottom five is comprised of St. Lawrence, Mercyhurst, Wisconsin, Ohio State and UNH.

In the USCHO.com poll, Minnesota's 1-0-2 week was strong enough to edge out Minnesota-Duluth for No. 1. Both teams received four first-place votes - as did No. 3 Northeastern - with UM totaling 108 points and UMD receiving 107 points. NU followed closely behind with 103 points. St. Lawrence held at No. 4 and Niagara advanced one spot to fifth.

New Hampshire returns to action with a pair of home games this weekend. The Wildcats play host to St. Cloud State University on Jan. 18 (7 p.m.) and the University of Maine travels to Durham on Jan. 20 (2 p.m.). UNH defeated St. Cloud earlier this season (3-1) and also swept Maine in Orono (3-1, 4-1).

UNH is hosting the 2002 Frozen Four from March 22-24. Tickets are available at the Whittemore Center box office or through TicketMaster at (603) 868-7300 or TicketMaster.com


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