Michigan hockey has moved up to No. 1 in national polls after topping the poll
The Michigan hockey team's 4-0 start is attracting national attention.
After defeating two top-five teams last week, the Wolverines moved up from No. 3 to No 1 in Mondays U.S. College Hockey Online poll. They are also No. 1 in the USA Hockey poll. The Suns are the first time since October 2011 that they are ranked No. 1 in both polls.
Michigan, the only college team to have seven first-round picks on its roster, has lived up to the preseason hype so far. In a 5-1 victory over No. 5 Minnesota Duluth at the Ice Breaker Tournament in DULUTH, it scored five unanswered goals on Friday. The Wolverines followed that performance with a 3-2 victory over previous-No. The Minnesota State (1 Minnesota University) defeated Minnesota on Saturday to advance to the final.
The teams top draft picks have been leading the way early on this season. Sophomore Brendan Brisson, a 2020 first-round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights, leads the team with eight points and is third in the nation with five goals. He scored the game-winner in both games at the Ice Breaker, including a highlight-reel between-the-legs goal against Duluth.
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Sophomore forward Thomas Bordeleau, a San Jose Sharks second-round pick last year, has seven points, followed by sophomore defenseman Owen Power, the Buffalo Sabres' top overall pick in July, with six points and sophomore forward Kent Johnson, who was drafted No. 4 overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets this year.
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Michigan is second in the nation with a 5.3 goals per game average, while goalie Erik Portillo has only allowed eight goals on 113 shots this season.
The Wolverines are back on the ice Friday night against Western Michigan. The two teams meet again on Saturday in Kalamazoo.
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