Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last nine years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason has been with the Star Tribune since 2012.

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Gophers hockey shares No. 1 ranking with St. Cloud State

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: December 9, 2013 - 2:24 PM

The Gophers will share No. 1 heading into their winter break. St. Cloud State took over the No. 1 ranking in USCHO’s poll on Monday, while the Gophers held onto the top spot in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine's poll.

St. Cloud State (11-1-2) collected 33 first-place votes and 978 points in the USCHO poll, compared to the Gophers' (12-2-2) 14 first-place votes and 958 points.

The teams each earned 16 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll, however, the Gophers collected one more point (489 to 488) than St. Cloud State.

The Gophers' results against unranked Michigan State -- a tie and shootout loss on Friday, followed up with a victory on Saturday -- weren’t enough to remain the unanimous favorite. St. Cloud State’s sweep at unranked Minnesota-Duluth increased the Huskies’ stock.

While the Gophers go on break until Jan. 3, the Huskies host No. 10 Union this weekend.

The two Minnesota programs are scheduled to face off on Jan. 24 in the first round of the inaugural North Star College Cup at Xcel Energy Center.

Read Saturday’s game story from Game 1 at Michigan State.

Read Friday’s game story from Game 2 at Michigan State.

USCHO Top 5
            Team  (First Place Votes)   Record           Points           Last Poll

1          St. Cloud State (33)            11- 1-2              978                2
2          Minnesota (14)                    12- 2-2              958                1
3          Michigan                             10- 2-1             873                3
4          Ferris State ( 3)                   13- 2-2              842                6
5          Providence                         11- 2-3              829                4
Complete poll
 

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 5
(First-place votes in parentheses)

Rank

School

Last Wk's Rking

Record

Weeks in
Top 15

1

University of Minnesota, 489 (16)

1

12-2-2

11

2

St. Cloud State University, 488 (16)

2

11-1-2

11

3

University of Michigan, 425

3

10-2-1

11

4

Ferris State University, 404 (2)

7

13-2-2

5

5

Providence College, 401

4

11-2-3

11

Complete poll

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