The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team reached its highest ranking in seven seasons Monday, jumping to No. 2 in the latest United States College Hockey Online.com poll following a sweep of Minnesota at Amsoil Arena last weekend.
The last time the Bulldogs were ranked this high by USCHO.com was during the first two polls of the 2010-11 season when UMD was No. 1 during the preseason and after Week 1. That season also marked the last time UMD had swept the Gophers before last week.
The then-No. 4 Bulldogs beat then-No. 2 Minnesota 3-2 and 5-3 to snap an eight-game losing streak and a 21-game (0-20-1) winless streak against their WCHA rivals.
The Bulldogs travel to Bemidji State for a pair of 3:07 p.m. games Friday and Saturday at Sanford Center.
Wisconsin, which hosts UMD on Feb. 11-12 in Madison, is the unanimous No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll. Minnesota dropped to fourth.
• The UMD men dropped in both national polls this week after a 2-1 loss and 4-3 win at home to unranked St. Cloud State. The Bulldogs dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in the USCHO.com poll, where Penn State replaced Denver as the No. 1 team. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, UMD dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 while Denver is still No. 1. The Bulldogs are at No. 8 North Dakota for a 7:37 p.m. game Friday and 7:07 p.m. game Saturday.