The Gophers climbed into the national Top 10 rankings Monday for the first time in over a year. They jumped four spots to No. 9 after a successful opening weekend in Alaska.
The Gophers kicked off the season with a 6-0 victory over Alaska-Anchorage Friday and a 6-3 win against Alaska (Fairbanks) on Sunday.
They were ranked No. 9 in last year’s preseason poll, but after losing the first three games were never ranked in the Top 10 again. The Gophers finished the season unranked despite winning a third consecutive Big Ten regular-season championship.
The Gophers host the U.S developmental program Friday for an exhibition game, but are otherwise inactive this week before facing No. 7 St. Cloud State in a home-and-home series Oct. 21-22.
North Dakota remains at No. 1 in the USCHO poll, Boston University moved up to No. 2, Quinnipiac fell a spot to No. 3, Minnesota Duluth is up two spots to No. 4, and Notre Dame jumped to No. 5. The Bulldogs tied both games against No. 8 Massachusetts-Lowell, last weekend.
Inactive St. Cloud State kept its position at No. 7, Minnesota State is up five spots to No. 14 after a sweep of Michigan Tech, and Bemidji State received votes following its sweep of ranked Bowling Green.
Michigan fell to No. 13 after a season-opening loss to 2014 national champion Union. Ohio State cracked the Top 20 at No. 19 after win and tie in the season-opening Ice Breaker Tournament.
The Gophers scored 12 goals in the opening weekend with their Alaskan goaltender shutting out Anchorage with 14 saves Friday (full recap). Tyler Sheehy led the Gophers with two goals Sunday while 13 different players contributed a point, even the goalie Schierhorn (full recap).