Feb. 2, 1998

Spartan Hockey Retains No. 1 Spot in National Polls

EAST LANSING, Mich. For the second consecutive week and fifth time this year, Michigan State sits atop the national college hockey polls.

The Spartans (22-3-4 overall, 14-3-3 CCHA) carry an eight-game unbeaten streak after earning three points in two games against the previous No. 5 team in the nation, Miami, last weekend. The Spartans tied the RedHawks Friday, 1-1, before beating them 7-0 Saturday. MSU now takes to the road to face Ohio State and Miami again this weekend.

The Spartans picked up five first-place votes in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll, giving them 22 this week. MSU swept the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine balloting, with all 10 first-place votes.

Prior to this season, Michigan State had not been ranked No. 1 since the final polls of the 1989-90 regular season.

THE POLLS
U.S. College Hockey Online (2/2) Pts.   Last Wk.
1. MICHIGAN STATE (22)           289   1
2. North Dakota (8)              262   2
3. Boston University             229   3
4. New Hampshire                 213   4
5. Wisconsin                     159   6
6. Michigan                      141   7
7. Miami                         129   5
8. Boston College                 81   8
9. Yale                           76  10
10. St. Cloud                     36   9
Others: Colgate 14, Colorado College 7, Northeastern 5,
Cornell 4, Ohio State 4, Clarkson 1.
USA Today/American Hockey Magazine (2/2)
Team                     Pts Last Week
1. MICHIGAN STATE (10)   100   1
2. North Dakota           87   2
3. Boston University      77   4
4. New Hampshire          72   3
5. Wisconsin              61   7
6. Yale                   42   9
7. Miami                  37   5
8. Michigan               33  10
9. Boston College         25   6
10. St. Cloud             12   8
OTHERS: Colgate 3, Ohio State 1.