For the first time in three years, the Gopher Hockey team can call themselves No. 1.
According to 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, the Gophers jumped from No. 5 to No. 1 in both national hockey polls on Monday. They received 32 of a possible 50 votes in the United States College Hockey Online poll and 27 out of 34 votes in the USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine poll.
Coach Don Lucia told the Star Tribune, "We are 10 games into the season. I look at it as a reward to the players for the work they put in and their accomplishments so far. But there is a good 65 to 70 percent of the season to play."
The only loss on the Gophers 9-1-0 record is a 5-4 nonconference loss to Vermont. Since the loss on Oct. 23 the Gophers have swept Alaska-Anchorage and North Dakota
The last time the Gophers were No. 1 was late in November 2008, the Star Tribune reports, but lost the spot after only 2 weeks. The Gophers take the No. 1 spot, which previously belonged to Boston College before they lost to Massachusetts on Saturday.
1500 ESPN reports, The Gophers travel to Madison Friday night for a two-game series.