Jan. 26, 1998

Spartan Hockey Reclaims No. 1 Spot in National Polls

MSU entertains No. 5 Miami this weekend

EAST LANSING, Mich. — For the second time this season, Michigan State has ascended to the top spot in the national college hockey polls.

The Spartans (21-3-3 overall, 13-3-2 CCHA) were No. 1 for three weeks in November and December of this season before falling to Bowling Green Dec. 7. Since that loss, Michigan State is 7-1-1 and is currently working on a six-game unbeaten streak. Meanwhile, last week’s No. 1 team, North Dakota, split a weekend series against St. Cloud State.

Prior to this season, Michigan State had not been ranked No. 1 since the final polls of the 1989-90 regular season. The Spartans host a key weekend series Jan. 30-31 against No. 5 Miami at Munn Ice Arena.

THE POLLS
 U.S. College Hockey Online (1/26)   Pts.   Last Wk.
 1. MICHIGAN STATE (17)              278    2
 2. North Dakota (9)                 262    1
 3. Boston University                226    5
 4. New Hampshire (4)                220    3
 5. Miami                            170    7
 6. Wisconsin                        120    8
 7. Michigan                         112    4
 8. Boston College                    94    6
 9. St. Cloud State                   85   10
10. Yale                              54    9
Others: Colgate 10, Northeastern 8, Colorado College 6,
Clarkson 3, Cornell 2.
 USA Today/American Hockey Magazine (1/26)
 Team                     Pts.   Last Week
 1. MICHIGAN STATE (6)    95     2
 2. North Dakota (2)      82     1
 3. New Hampshire (1)     81     3
 4. Boston University (1) 75     4
 5. Miami                 51     8
 6. Boston College        40     6
 7. Wisconsin             35     9
 8. St. Cloud State       31     10
 9. Yale                  29     7
10. Michigan              24     5
OTHERS: Northeastern 6, PRINCETON 1.