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NCAA Hockey rankings 2012: Boston College on top, Minnesota just behind

Boston College received 36 first place votes and sit atop the NCAA Hockey rankings with Minnesota at second with three first place votes.

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

With the college hockey season just underway, the Boston College Eagles sit at the summit of the NCAA Division I rankings. The Eagles got 38 first place votes as they start the season 4-1-0 with their only loss coming to the No. 15 Northeastern Huskies. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are right behind the Eagles, sitting at 4-1-1 on the season with three first place votes. The Denver Pioneers sit in third place despite having more first place votes, six, than the Golden Gophers. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish moved up from ninth to seventh in the poll while the Michigan Wolverines dropped from sixth to eighth.

At Division III, the St. Norbert College Green Knights sit in first at a perfect 3-0-0 with 18 first place votes. Oswego State in New York sits in second place with two first place votes. Gustavus Adolphus College sits in fifth place and the Milwaukee School of Engineering is in seventh place.

Here's a look at the full Division I rankings:

1 Boston College (38) 4-1-0 981 1
2 Minnesota (3) 4-1-0 924 2
3 Denver (6) 4-0-0 862 5
4 Miami (Ohio) 4-1-1 792 3
5 North Dakota 2-1-1 769 4
6 Cornell 2-0-0 739 7
7 Notre Dame 5-1-0 677 9
8 Michigan 3-2-0 663 6
9 New Hampshire (2) 4-0-1 597 12
10 Union (1) 3-1-1 596 8
11 Western Michigan 3-1-0 529 10
12 Boston University 3-1-0 487 13
13 Harvard 1-0-0 291 17
14 Massachusetts-Lowell 1-3-1 239 11
15 Northeastern 2-2-1 227 15
16 St. Lawrence 3-1-0 180 NR
17 Minnesota-Duluth 2-3-1 172 14
18 St. Cloud State 4-2-0 162 NR
19 Ferris State 2-2-2 146 18
20 Northern Michigan 3-3-0 131 16

Here's a look at the full Division III rankings:

1 St. Norbert (18) 3- 0-0 290
2 Oswego (2) 2- 0-0 276
3 Norwich 0- 0-0 247
4 Plattsburgh 1- 0-0 207
5 Gustavus Adolphus 2- 0-0 202
6 Amherst 0- 0-0 180
7 Milwaukee School of Engineering 2- 0-0 144
8 Adrian 0- 0-0 117
9 Hobart 2- 0-0 116
9 St. Thomas 1- 0-1 116
11 Castleton 0- 0-0 110
12 Wisconsin-River Falls 2- 0-0 95
13 Utica 2- 0-0 78
14 Bowdoin 0- 0-0 67
15 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2- 0-0 48