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Badgers men's hockey team falls 1 spot in national rankings

Badgers men's hockey team falls 1 spot in national rankings

Badgers vs. Penn State

Wisconsin's Robbie Beydoun (30) hits the puck away from the goal with teammate Jesper Peltonen (14) at left and Penn State's Aarne Talvitie (20), center, in the first period at LaBahn Arena on Nov. 23.

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will enter 2021 at No. 14 in the rankings.

The Badgers fell one spot in Monday's poll, returning to the spot they have occupied most often since entering the rankings Nov. 16. They have been 14th in five of the seven polls since then.

It's only the second time in the last seven years that the Badgers are in the top 20 at the start of the calendar year. They were 13th at the start of 2018.

UW hasn't played since Dec. 4, when it earned a road split with a 3-1 victory over Ohio State. It had a Dec. 8 and 9 series at Michigan State postponed because of a positive COVID-19 test.

The Badgers (5-5) are scheduled to return to practice this week and have a home series against No. 1 Minnesota next on the schedule for Jan. 9 and 10.

UW and Minnesota are two of four Big Ten teams in the top 20. The others are Michigan at No. 8 and Notre Dame at No. 18.

Here's the Division I men's poll, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1. Minnesota (36)

2. Boston College (4)

3. North Dakota

4. Minnesota Duluth

5. Minnesota State

6. St. Cloud State

7. Bowling Green

8. Michigan

9. Massachusetts

10. Clarkson

11. Omaha

12. Quinnipiac

13. Northeastern

14. Wisconsin

15. Providence

16. Denver

17. UMass Lowell

18. Notre Dame

19. Lake Superior State

20. American International

Because of a light schedule last week, there was no new USCHO women's poll Monday. The Badgers were No. 1 in the Dec. 14 edition.

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