Big Rapids, Mich. - The 2011-12 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team has cracked the national top 10 in all three primary collegiate hockey polls this week after an impressive weekend sweep over nationally-ranked Miami (Ohio) at the Ewigleben Ice Arena.
FSU is currently listed sixth nationally this week in the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) NCAA Division I poll along with seventh in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and ninth in the Inside College Hockey.com (INCH) poll.
The Bulldogs, under 20th-year head coach Bob Daniels, are currently unbeaten at 6-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play and are among the nation's top 10 teams in the polls this week.
FSU is off to its best start since winning eight consecutive contests in its second season of Division I collegiate hockey in 1979-80, which was the team's inaugural year in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).
Ferris State climbed eight spots to sixth nationally in this week's USCHO NCAA Division I poll with 660 votes, including one first-place vote. The U.S. College Hockey Online Poll consists of 50 voters encompassing 28 coaches from the NCAA Division I conferences along with 22 beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The poll is published weekly by the Associated Press. FSU previously was ranked 14th last week in the USCHO poll prior to the sweep over then 10th-ranked Miami.
The sixth-place national ranking in the USCHO poll is the program's highest since also being ranked sixth on Jan. 11, 2010. The historic 2002-03 Bulldog hockey team, which registered a school-record 31-10-1 overall mark and the program's first-ever CCHA Regular-Season Championship and NCAA Tournament berth, earned a season-high fourth place national ranking by USCHO late in that memorable season on March 10, 2003, but never received a first place vote.
After being unranked in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll last week, the Bulldogs jumped to the number seven spot with 279 votes. The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll is conducted on a weekly basis in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world. This is the highest ranking in this poll since being listed seventh in January of the 2009-10 season.
FSU also rose from the bottom at the 20th spot to cracking the top 10 with a ninth-place ranking in the Inside College Hockey.com poll this week. Inside College Hockey.com's Poll is generated through Inside College Hockey editors and staff.
Boston College is ranked first in each of the three major collegiate hockey polls.
This past weekend, the Bulldogs swept Miami with 4-2 and 2-0 victories to open Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) play. The RedHawks were ranked 10th in USCHO.com poll entering the weekend, but dropped to 16th this week. They also fell out of the top 15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll after being listed seventh a week ago.
Ferris State will put its unbeaten mark on the line this week (Oct. 27-28) as the Bulldogs travel to Ann Arbor to square off against the fourth-ranked Michigan Wolverines in a battle of top 10 teams at Yost Ice Arena. Opening faceoff on both Thursday and Friday nights is slated for 7:35 p.m. (ET). Thursday's showdown will be televised live on Comcast.