COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team advanced two spots to No. 6 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon.
The Wildcats, ranked eighth in last week's preseason poll, vaulted ahead of the University of Minnesota and Harvard University on the strength of a 6-0 exhibition victory against Concordia University on Sunday. Six Wildcat skaters scored a goal in that game and senior Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) led the attack with a goal and three assists.
The top five teams held steady from last week and defending champion Minnesota-Duluth once again garnered all 13 first-place votes to record 130 points. The Bulldogs are followed by Dartmouth (111), St. Lawrence (107), Wisconsin (81) and Brown (71).
UNH, with 55 points, occupies No. 6 and is followed by Minnesota (49) and Harvard (41). Filling out the last two spots in the poll is Providence (23) and Ohio State (21).
The regular season gets underway this weekend for five Top-10 teams. The only matchup between ranked teams is ninth-ranked Providence at No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth.
New Hampshire, picked as the preseason favorite in the ECAC Women's Eastern Hockey League Coaches Poll on Monday, begins its road to the 2002 Frozen Four, which it will host March 22-24, at home Oct. 19 against 10th-ranked Ohio State. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.