By Roman Augustoviz
For the fifth week in a row, the Gophers have moved up in the two major national hockey polls. And there is not much higher that they can go.
The U is No. 2, behind Boston University (6-1-0), in both the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine and the uscho.com ratings.
No. 3 and 4 in both polls are the two WCHA teams, Colorado College and Denver, that are on the Gophers’ heels in the conference standings.
Minnesota is 5-0-3 overall, 4-0-2 for 10 points in the WCHA race. CC and Denver are both 4-1-1 in conference play, which means each has nine points.
Besides the Gophers, the only other unbeaten teams left in Division I are No. 13 Air Force (8-0) and No. 14 Cornell (1-0-1).
STOA AMONG SCORING LEADERS
Junior wing Ryan Stoa of the Gophers is tied for sixth in scoring in the nation. He has seven goals and six assists for 13 points. Three other WCHA players are tied with him: Tyler Bozak (5-8-13) of Denver, Chad Rau (5-8-13) of CC and Paul Crowder of Alaska Anchorage (6-7-13).
Junior Jacques Lamoureux of Air Force is the top scorer (11-8-19). He is the older brother of twins Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux of the Gophers women’s hockey team.
Garrett Roe of St. Cloud State is fourth in scoring (4-11-15).