When the UMaine hockey team plays BU Friday night at Alfond Arena, the Bears will be playing the #3 team in the nation. And, the Terriers have the leading point getter in Hockey East, freshman Jack Eichel.

The USCHO poll puts BU(5-1-1) at #3 in the country, behind Minnesota and North Dakota.

Maine got swept in Vermont last weekend and sit at 3-6-1 (2-2 HE).

The Terriers have a real talent in former USA Under-18 standout Eichel. In his first seven college games, he has five goals and eight assists to lead HE with 13 points. Many hockey observers believe he will be one of the top picks in next summer's NHL amateur draft.

Eichel is already a two time winner of the Hockey East Rookie of the Week award.

Check out the new USCHO national poll....

 

Team

(First Place Votes)

Record

Points

Last Poll

1

Minnesota

(45)

7- 1-0

995

1

2

North Dakota

( 3)

7- 1-1

949

2

3

Boston University

5- 1-1

852

5

4

Massachusetts-Lowell

6- 1-2

798

6

5

Michigan Tech

( 2)

8- 0-0

790

9

6

Colgate

7- 3-0

716

4

7

Miami

7- 3-0

666

11

8

Boston College

4- 4-0

606

3

9

Minnesota State

7- 3-0

513

13

10

Vermont

6- 1-1

500

14

11

Denver

5- 3-0

404

10

12

Union

5- 4-1

392

8

13

Minnesota-Duluth

6- 4-0

370

17

14

Nebraska-Omaha

6- 1-1

317

19

15

St. Cloud State

3- 5-0

311

7

16

Providence

3- 4-1

253

12

17

Robert Morris

7- 0-1

178

18

18

Northern Michigan

6- 1-1

174

20

19

Bowling Green

7- 2-1

153

NR

20

Quinnipiac

5- 2-1

144

NR

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 109, Ferris State 107, St. Lawrence 59, Merrimack 51, Harvard 36, Penn State 30, Michigan 11, Western Michigan 9, Cornell 4, Connecticut 1, Mercyhurst 1, Ohio State 1.