The Gophers fell to No. 9 in the USCHO poll after a split in the annual Mariucci Classic. They've dropped in each of the last four polls.
North Dakota is the new No. 1 despite receiving fewer first-place votes than No. 2 Boston University and No. 3 Harvard. Minnesota State and Miami round out the top 5. Three Minnesota programs fill the top 9 with Minnesota Duluth at No. 7 and the Gophers No. 9.
Michigan and Penn State received votes, while the Big Ten finished 3-2-1 over the weekend with Wisconsin upsetting then-No. 5 Michigan Tech for just its second win of the season.
The Gophers women’s hockey team remains at No. 2 in the USCHO women's poll.
Saturday replay: Gophers get overtime boost from captain Kyle Rau to finish in third place in the Mariucci Classic, read Saturday night's game story and postgame blog. Watch postgame video of Kyle Rau and coach Don Lucia.
Friday replay: Gophers return from break with another Mariucci Classic letdown, 3-2 loss to Merrimack. Read Friday night's game story and postgame blog. Watch postgame video of sophomore forward Connor Reilly, senior forward Seth Ambroz and coach Don Lucia.