NCAA Hockey rankings 2012: Notre Dame holds steady at No. 3

Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Despite the nation's top-ranked team, Boston College, getting blown out last week, the Irish failed to move up in USCHO.com's national college hockey rankings.

Having not played a game since Dec. 15, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's hockey squad held steady as the third-ranked team in the nation this week, receiving 913 overall points and nine of the 50 possible first-place votes from USCHO.com.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are now the top-ranked team in the country after a big week for the program, having received 977 overall points and 35 of the 50 possible first-place votes. The Gophers were ranked No. 4 last week, but a stunning 8-1 victory over then-No. 1 Boston College has allowed Minnesota to leapfrog to No. 1 this week.

Despite the brutal defeat at the hands of Minnesota, the Golden Eagles still come in at No. 2 in the rankings this week with 922 overall points, though they landed just 5 first-place votes. The New Hampshire Wildcats drop from No. 2 to No. 4 after losing to No. 8 Dartmouth, 4-1, in the Ledyard Classic.

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