INCH Power Rankings
Welcome to college
hockey's mid-season break (with the exception of the Western Michigan-Colorado
College series, which will battle for attention next week with TNT's
280th airing of "A Christmas Story"). From the who'd-a-thunk-it
file: our top four teams all feature new No. 1 goalies this year,
and two of the top five weren't even in last year's NCAA Tournament.
But they've all proven themselves in the first half, and they've
earned the mantles of "teams to beat" once we take the
Take a look
at how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff think the contenders
stack up – and let
us know what you think.
MAAC schedule out of the way, Black Bears can focus on their
in Florida ... that's more worth the trip than Mickey Mouse.
got 16 wins, the most in the nation. But only two are against
teams with winning records.
must come to an end. Except for Peter Sejna's point run, which
is now at 19 games and counting.
have a tough choice – follow football team to Detroit
for Motor City Bowl or pucksters to Minneapolis for Dodge Holiday
Classic. Yes, the tongue is firmly lodged in cheek.
in vs. Under-18 Team. Now the Wildcats see if they can carry
their scoring touch through break.
Maine Sunday snaps Crimson's five-game unbeaten streak.
||For a change,
Wolverines don't send half their roster to World Juniors this
knew the Bulldogs would be in the top 10 at Christmas break,
too. And if you believe that, I've got some shares of Enron
stock to sell.
four-game winless streak is their longest since going 0-5-1
in January 2000.
|| Even with
two Gophers at WJC, Yale (Higgins) and BC (Eaves, Shannon) will
be more shorthanded at Mariucci, errr, Corporate Sponsor Classic.
and Co. will provide some solace once Miami stomps Bucks in
the Fiesta Bowl.
12-5-1 start is team's best pre-holiday showing since 1996-97,
which is also the last time they advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
BU gets to see the West's closest thing to the Beanpot. Terriers
hope for similar success.
win, Minutemen send Princeton packing – for England, where
Tigers try to rescue season.
Wildcats. Follow up a sweep against Michigan with a home loss
to Michigan Tech.
Yale, Quinnipiac, Providence, St. Cloud State
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