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NCAA Hockey rankings 2012: Boston College back to No. 1

After falling to No. 3 in the previous poll, the Boston College men's hockey team is back to No. 1.

Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

After falling to No. 3 in the poll after losing its season opener, the Boston College men's hockey team is back to No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll.

The Eagles received 27 of the 50 first place votes and moved ahead of Minnesota, who was No. 1 in the poll last week. Boston College has 962 overall points, giving them a 52 point lead over Minnesota. The Eagles moved up thanks to a 2-0 weekend in which they knocked off Massachusetts on the road then Northeastern at home. BC is now 2-1 on the season.

Boston College wasn't the only area team in the top 20 of the poll this week as Massachusetts-Lowell, Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard were also ranked. Massachusetts-Lowell dropped one spot from last week, falling from No. 10 to No. 11. BU also dropped, falling two spots to No. 13 while Northeastern dropped one spot to No. 15. Harvard is yet to open its season, but remained No. 17 in the poll.

Massachusetts received two votes in this week's poll. This is the first time it received a vote since the first poll of the season.