November 9, 2003
INCH Power Rankings

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North Dakota's impressive sweep of Minnesota secured the Sioux's hold on the top spot, while the challenge from Maine faded with the Black Bears' first two losses. More showdowns loom, as North Dakota welcomes unbeaten St. Cloud this weekend and our No. 2 and 3 teams meet Wednesday night.

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.

No. Team

1. North Dakota Told you so.
6-1-0 (2-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 7-3; W vs. Minnesota, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State.
2. New Hampshire 1 Manchester United? 'Cats host BC in New Hampshire's largest city Wednesday.
6-1-0 (3-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at Boston University, 4-0; W vs. Maine, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at Providence.
3. Boston College 2 Best sign from Friday for the Eagles: Matti Kaltiainen was exceptional as they dealt Maine its first loss.
5-2-1 (2-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. UMass Lowell, 4-1; W vs. Maine, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, at Massachusetts
4. Michigan Note to OSU: stay out of the box. Six of the Wolverines' eight goals this weekend came on the power play.
8-2-0 (4-2-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Ferris State, 6-5 ot; W vs. Ferris State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Ohio State, at Ohio State.
5. Maine 3 Black Bears got beaten as soundly as the state's recent vote on casino gambling.
7-2-0 (2-2-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L at Boston College, 4-1; L at New Hampshire, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern, vs. UMass Lowell.
6. Colorado College Freshman Matt Zaba stopped 26 shots Saturday as Tigers salvaged split with Denver...
6-1-1 (3-1-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Denver, 5-2; W at Denver, 4-1. THIS WEEK: Off.
7. Denver ...because one night earlier, the Pioneers got three PPGs in a 5-2 win at Colorado Springs.
6-2-0 (2-2-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Colorado College, 5-2; L vs. Colorado College, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage.
8. Massachusetts 2 Critical Mass – next three for the Minutemen are BC, Providence and Maine.
7-1-0 (4-1-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at Merrimack, 2-0; W vs. Merrimack, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at Providence.
9. St. Cloud State 7 We may not be completely sold on the Huskies, but we're at least renting with an option to buy.
7-0-1 (5-0-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota Duluth, 3-2; W at Minnesota Duluth, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North Dakota.
10. Harvard 1 Noah Welch was back in the lineup and +1 Saturday night after being benched for the win at Vermont.
1-1-1 (1-1-1 ECAC). LAST WEEK: W at Vermont, 6-4; T at Dartmouth, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Princeton, vs. Yale.
11. Boston University 3 Take heart, Terrier fans: at least Mike Ayers is a senior.
2-2-1 (1-1-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. New Hampshire, 4-0. THIS WEEK: at Merrimack, vs. Merrimack.
12. Cornell 2 First line of Moulson-Vesce-Bitz combined for 8 of 13 Big Red goals this weekend.
2-1-1 (2-0-0 ECAC). LAST WEEK: W at Yale, 6-2; W at Princeton, 7-0. THIS WEEK: at Clarkson, at St. Lawrence.
13. Dartmouth 2 Trip to Union and RPI could send Big Green off to a 3-0-1 start in the league.
2-0-1 (1-0-1 ECAC) LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 3-1; T vs. Harvard, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Union, at Rensselaer.
14. Michigan State 5 Spartans unbeaten in last six – the second-longest streak in the nation – after being swept by Ohio State last month.
6-3-1 (5-2-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Notre Dame, 3-1; T vs. Notre Dame, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Miami, at Miami.
15. Notre Dame 2 Head coach Dave Poulin compares his line of Walsh-Gill-McLean to the fat guy, medium guy and skinny guy from Nintendo hockey.
5-3-1 (4-3-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Michigan State, 3-1; T at Michigan State, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. U.S. Under-18 Team (Ex.).
16. Minnesota Duluth 5 Take that, Bulldogs: Duluth native and former UMD goalie Adam Coole backstops St. Cloud State to weekend sweep at DECC.
4-4-1 (4-2-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. St. Cloud State, 3-2; L vs. St. Cloud State, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Bemidji State, vs. Bemidji State.
17. Providence Sophomore Torry Gajda, who had the game-tying goal Friday night, has matched his point total from last year (4-5—9).
5-2-2 (1-2-2 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T at Northeastern, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire, vs. Massachusetts.
18. Ohio State Who flunks phys ed? That's a joke, right?
7-4-0 (6-2-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Northern Michigan, 2-1; W at Northern Michigan, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan, vs. Michigan.
19. Brown 1 Bear balance: no Brown player has more than one goal, or two points, through three games.
2-1-0 (2-1-0 ECAC). LAST WEEK: L at Dartmouth, 3-1; W at Vermont, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Yale, vs. Princeton.
20. Minnesota 8 If only the Gophers were running as smoothly as this car. There, Gopher fans, we made you smile.
2-6-0 (1-5-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at North Dakota, 7-3; L at North Dakota, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin.

Dropped out: None

Bubble-licious: Mercyhurst, Clarkson, Wisconsin, Union

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