April 14, 2003
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With the season wrapped up, it was time for one last look at the 2002-03 Power Rankings. Minnesota – to no surprise – tops the list, which includes each team's turning point or defining moment in their season.

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

1. Minnesota 1

Turning point: it’s no coincidence the Gophers turned the corner when Grant Potulny returned from injury January 24.

2. New Hampshire 1 Turning point: the Wildcats rebounded after a meltdown at Providence in February to post a 10-0-3 record before losing to Minnesota Saturday.
3. Cornell 2 Turning point: Jan. 1, 2003. The Big Red lost one game between New Year’s Day and the Frozen Four.
4. Michigan Turning point: The CCHA Tournament, when the Wolverines learned freshman Al Montoya could be a reliable playoff goaltender.
5. Colorado College Turning point: Nov. 15, when the Tigers marched into Mariucci Arena and laid a 7-3 beating on the defending national champions.
6. Ferris State Turning point: Nov. 22-23. The Bulldogs swept Ohio State in Big Rapids in a battle of the two top teams in the CCHA standings at the time.
7. Boston College Turning point: Beanpot championship game. The loss to Boston U. marked the start of a 6-5-1 finish for the young Eagles.
8. Maine Turning point: Feb. 9, when the Black Bears lost to Boston College at Alfond Arena. Their invincibility at home a memory, Maine won just three of its last 11 games and went 0-5-1 at home.
9. Boston University Turning point: Feb. 3. The Terriers downed Harvard in the Beanpot first round, the start of a hot streak for goaltender Sean Fields.
10. Harvard Turning point: Nov. 26. Loss to B.U. started an ugly trend in which the Crimson finished 1-5-1 against foes from outside the ECAC.
11. Minnesota-Duluth Turning point: Feb. 7-8, when the Bulldogs swept defending WCHA champion Denver at the DECC. The games were the beginning of UMD’s 7-2-1 run to close the regular-season.
12. North Dakota Turning point: Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Colorado College swept the visiting Sioux, who never recovered, losing 12 of their last 17.
13. Minnesota State, Mankato Turning point: Nov. 8, when the host Mavericks beat Minnesota, a huge confidence builder for a young team.
14. Ohio State Turning point: Jan. 24-25. The Buckeyes lost two games at lower-division Nebraska-Omaha, which kicked of a stretch during which OSU had trouble scoring…and winning.
15. Michigan State Turning point: Jan. 3, when the Spartans were embarrassed, 7-1, at Lake Superior State. MSU would win 15 of its remaining 21 games.
16. Northern Michigan Turning point: Feb. 21: After a 7-4 loss to Michigan State, Craig Kowalski caught fire, leading a 7-3-0 stretch run that lifted the Wildcats into the rankings.

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

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Come on, not putting Dartmouth among the top 21 teams in the country is an insult. They finished with 20 wins for the first time since the post-war era
(1947-48), and had several quality wins to boot: Cornell, Boston College, and a tie with UNH. Not to mention finishing third in the ECAC. The only real downfall was going 0-3 against Harvard, but then Harvard themselves didn't beat a single ranked opponent.

Just one more slap in the face to this Dartmouth team, which got shafted big time in all of the post-season awards (All-Ivy, All-ECAC, and ECAC tournament teams), and now isn't even considered as good as Mercyhurst or Wayne State (who by the way, they beat handily).
– Benjamin Flickinger

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