October 20, 2002
INCH Power Rankings

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New Hampshire assumes the top spot in this week's INCH Power Rankings, on the strength of the Colin Hemingway-Lanny Gare-Josh Prudden line and a 44-save Saturday-night effort from Michael Ayers – which should help eliminate any bad associations he has with the state of Minnesota. Overall, Hockey East remains strong, with five of the top ten teams and two more knocking on the rankings' door.

Take a look at how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff think the contenders stack up – and let us know what you think. Send us your own Power Rankings, with comments, and we just might publish them.

1. New Hampshire 1 While the Wildcats asserted themselves with a win and a tie against the defending champs in Durham ...
2. Boston College 5 ... the Eagles did the same at The Heights while knocking off Denver.
3. Denver 2 Any coach in America would take a 3-1-0 record after playing MSU, UNO, BC and NU – all away from home.
4. Minnesota 1 Series at UNH lived up to hype, with wildly entertaining tie on Friday, Wildcat win Saturday.
5. Boston University 1 A 1-1 tie vs. Vermont doesn't add up after the Catamounts' 10-0 loss to UNH.
6. North Dakota Idle Sioux open home schedule vs. Niagara this weekend.
7. Michigan 1 Merrimack no match for Wolverines lineup – early departures, injuries and all.
8. Maine 3 We wouldn't want to fly from Orono to Alaska, either, which makes the 3-0 loss to CC more understandable.
9. Cornell Lynah is quiet – for now.
10. Providence Friars outscoring opponents 26-6 in first four games.
11. Notre Dame Domers excited for this weekend's huge showdown with FSU – Ferris State.
12. Colorado College NR Shutouts of Maine, Iona have CC poised for start of conference play.
13. Clarkson 1 Starts the season this weekend with an intriguing matchup at Ohio State.
14. Harvard 1 Think the ECAC – 3-10-4 combined thus far – is excited for Cornell, Clarkson and Harvard to get started?
15. Wisconsin 1 Eaves family reunion this weekend.
16. Northern Michigan 3 Wildcats hold off CCHA rival Ferris State for 16th thanks to ten-goal outburst in Rick Comley's return.
Ferris State, Michigan State, UMass Lowell, Northeastern, Nebraska-Omaha, Miami, Wayne State

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