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Minnesota (who else?) tops this week’s DI women’s poll

Amanda Kessel’s hat trick propelled Minnesota to a 5-0 victory at Bemidji State on Saturday and its 28th straight win overall. (Photo:

In a shocking development, the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team’s 28th consecutive win, including 20 to start the 2012-13 season, has once again earned the Gophers the top spot in the Division I Women’s Poll released today. Minnesota has received 180 of 180 possible first place votes through the poll’s first twelve weeks of the season and all 195 dating back to the final poll of 2011-12.

The last team to top the women’s rankings prior to Minnesota was Wisconsin back on March 5, 2012. The No. 8 Badgers are one of only two other WCHA teams, No. 10 Ohio State being the other, to land in the USCHO top 10 with North Dakota also receiving 15 votes.

Here is this week’s Division I Women’s Poll in its entirety.

Minnesota Hockey Magazine Executive Editor Brian Halverson is a former member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. His work has been published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Miami Herald, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Hartford Courant, Dallas Morning News and

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