MSU hockey teams land in top four

Sean Williams/MDN Cameron Schmidt (10) and Hannah Gray (17) of the Minot State women’s hockey team chatting before a faceoff during a game earlier this season.

The Minot State hockey teams remain two of the best in the ACHA according to the latest poll as the Beaver men’s team remained No. 1 in the ACHA Division I men’s poll, while the Beaver women moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest ACHA Division I women’s poll.

The Minot State women (15-6-1 overall) climbed one spot to No. 4 after winning three-in-a-row, starting with a 5-0 win over then No. 4-ranked Indiana Tech, which slid to No. 5 in this week’s poll. Minot State has not allowed a goal in that three-game win streak.

The Beavers also have wins this season over No. 2 Adrian (Mich.) and No. 3 Midland (Neb.).

The Minot State women look to add wins against the No. 1 team in the nation as the Beavers play at Liberty (Va.) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Despite seeing a 57-game win streak snapped on Friday night, the Flames remained No. 1 in the ACHA Division I women’s poll.

As for the Minot State men (24-1-0), they held onto the top spot in the ACHA Division I men’s poll for the seventh consecutive ranking.

Like the women’s poll, Adrian (Mich.) is No. 2, followed by UNLV at No. 3, and Ohio at No. 4. The Beavers play at Ohio next weekend, Feb. 3-4.

Liberty (Va.) rounded out the top five as the No. 5 pick.

The Minot State men play at home this Thursday, hosting Waldorf at 7 p.m. at the Maysa Arena, before heading to Ohio for a top-five battle with the Bobcats next weekend.


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