NCAA Hockey rankings 2012: Boston College stays on top

Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston College men's hockey team is once again the No. 1 team on the USCHO.com poll.

The Boston College men's hockey team is back on top of the USCHO.com poll released Monday.

The Eagles earned 38 first-place votes to stay No. 1. Minnesota earned three first-place votes and came in second. Denver had six first-place votes but came in third.

Rounding out the top 10 is: Miami, North Dakota, Cornell, Notre Dame, Michigan, New Hampshire and Union.

New Hampshire, despite ranking ninth, earned two first-place votes. Union also picked up a first-place vote.

Boston College is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference this season. The Eagles have won four in a row and are coming off a 6-3 win over UMass-Lowell on Sunday.

The Eagles' only loss came against Northeastern, 3-1, in the season opener Oct. 13.

Minnesota is also 4-1 this season. The Golden Gophers are coming off a 1-0 win over Canisius on Sunday.

Minnesota will host Boston College in the teams' only matchup on Dec. 30.

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