March 31, 2003
INCH Power Rankings

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The bids for Buffalo have gone out, with only one surprise in the group – the school that's been to more Frozen Fours than any other in the country. Cornell, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Michigan earned the top four spots in this week's INCH Power Rankings.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff ranks them and the rest of the nation's top teams. You can let us know what you think and we'll share your thoughts below.

1. Cornell

Not to look past the Frozen Four semifinals, but a Big Red-Minnesota title game would be the classic irresistible force vs. immovable object matchup.

2. Minnesota You know what’s really scary? The Gophers should be even better next season.
3. New Hampshire 1 Michael Ayers gets his shot at redemption April 10 in what should be a terrific goaltenders duel.
4. Michigan 2 They’re the underdogs in Buffalo and what they lack in talent, they make up for in hard work and determination. Wait, we’re talking about the Michigan Wolverines, right?
5. Colorado College 2 At least one Tiger – Peter Sejna – will be in Buffalo during Frozen Four week.
6. Ferris State 1 Since you started reading this list, Mike Brown made seven more saves.
7. Boston College 1 Much-maligned goaltender Matti Kaltiainen proved his mettle in Providence, allowing two goals in more than 155 minutes of work.
8. Maine 1 Looked remarkably sharp against Michigan Saturday in first game after 21-day layoff, but ran into a hot goaltender.
9. Boston University 2 No goals in last three games with New Hampshire, the first time in Terrier history a foe has held BU scoreless in back-to-back-to-back meetings.
10. Harvard After Friday’s game against Boston U., we wish we’d have had more chances to see the talented Dominic Moore in action.
11. Minnesota-Duluth Scott Sandelin’s I-told-you-so?: The three teams the Bulldogs beat in the WCHA playoffs – St. Cloud State, North Dakota and MSU-Mankato – were first-round NCAA losers.
12. North Dakota The bad news: Fighting Sioux closed the season with 7-11-2 mark. The good news: Dean Blais welcomes back all but three members of this year’s team for 2003-04.
13. Minnesota State, Mankato Like the Sioux, the Mavericks only graduate three players from this year’s team. Can they duplicate this year’s feat when the expectations are raised?
14. Ohio State Markell’s bunch put the “Oh” in Ohio: one goal in their last three games.
15. Michigan State Four seniors have inked professional contracts and are playing in the AHL right now. Which begs the question, how did these guys lose by six goals to Lake Superior State?
16. Northern Michigan Not a good week for Wildcat fans. NMU watches the tourney from home, then 10 inches of snow falls in Marquette.

St. Cloud State; Massachusetts; Providence; Denver; Wayne State; Mercyhurst

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