Gophers lose top spot in poll to Quinnipiac

  • Updated: February 11, 2013 - 9:49 PM

The Gophers men's hockey team fell out of No. 1 in the United States College Hockey Online poll for the first time in 2013, dropping behind Quinnipiac in the latest poll released Monday.

Quinnipiac (21-3-4), which is on a 21-game unbeaten streak (18-0-3), received 41 of a possible 50 first-place votes and 983 points to 949 for the Gophers (19-5-4).

The Gophers took over the No. 1 ranking in the Dec. 31 poll and held the top spot for six weeks. But they split a weekend series at WCHA-leading St. Cloud State and are 2-2-1 in their past five games.

Quinnipiac also took over the top spot from the Gophers in the other major poll, the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

In the PairWise rankings, which are the most important because they mimic how the NCAA fills and seeds its postseason tournament, Quinnipiac remains No. 1 and the Gophers No. 2.


Lynx signs Australian forward Jarry

The Lynx signed 21-year-old forward Rachel Jarry to a contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Jarry was selected by Atlanta in the second round of the 2011 WNBA draft and promptly traded to the Lynx. She remained in Australia playing for the Women's National Basketball League, where she has averaged 13.9 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.

She also played for Australia in the London Olympics, averaging 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as the youngest player on the team.


• The Gophers football team will open spring practice March 26, with the annual spring game coming April 27, the university announced. Teams are allowed to hold 15 spring practices.

• Phil Williams of Minneapolis defeated Shujaa El Amin by technical knockout Saturday in St. Paul to earn the vacant World Boxing Union super middleweight title. The fight, scheduled for 10 rounds, was stopped at 1 minute, 27 seconds of the first round. Williams is 12-5-1 with 11 knockouts. In other bouts, all unanimous decisions, Vicente Alfaro of Northfield (6-3) defeated Brad Patraw to claim the vacant Minnesota super bantamweight title; middleweight Robert Brant of St. Paul (6-0) beat Keith Collins; and super featherweight Wilton Hilario of St. Louis Park (13-3) defeated James Owens.

• Minnesota Stars FC announced its fall schedule, which begins with a home game against Atlanta on Aug. 3 at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The Stars will play 14 weekends in a row, including a home game against the new version of the New York Cosmos on Oct. 5. The Stars' spring schedule begins April 6 and concludes July 4.

• For the 15th time in 20 seasons, St. John's led NCAA Division III in football attendance. SJU averaged 7,948 fans over five home games in 2012, better than second-place Wisconsin-Whitewater's average of 7,552. St. John's game against St. Thomas drew an announced 14,286 fans.

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