December 7, 2003
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Talk about a wild weekend in college hockey.

We had snow. We had upsets. We had hat tricks. And in three different series we had a team get shut out one night and score a half-dozen goals in the other game. Shake it all up like a snow globe, and the top four is unchanged.

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 No. 1 in hockey, and football's playing for the national title. Colgate (I-AA semifinals) and Rensselaer (III semifinals) are the other pucks schools in the race for a pigskin title.
9-2-0 (5-1-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. U.S. Under-18 Team, 4-1 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth.
2. Boston College Only the snow slowed the Eagles, who are 7-0-2 in their last nine.
10-2-3 (6-0-2 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 5-2; PPD at Providence. THIS WEEK: vs. Harvard.
3. Maine Four Black Bears clustered atop the team's scoring chart with 13 or 14 points in 14 games.
11-2-1 (6-2-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at Merrimack, 3-1; PPD at Merrimack. THIS WEEK: vs. Dartmouth.
4. Colorado College A cast on his hand can't slow Brett Sterling, as the sophomore scored twice Saturday night.
9-2-3 (4-2-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. St. Cloud State, 2-0; W vs. St. Cloud State, 6-1. THIS WEEK: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage.
5. Wisconsin 5 Badgers say they know there may still be doubters. Don't count INCH among that group.
9-3-4 (4-2-4 WCHA). LAST WEEK: T at Denver, 2-2 ot; W at Denver, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State.
6. St. Cloud State Four goals allowed in Saturday's first period was awfully strange for a team allowing fewer than two per game.
10-4-2 (8-2-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Colorado College, 2-0; L at Colorado College, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, vs. Denver.
7. New Hampshire 2 Wildcats won't miss playing St. Lawrence next season, as the Saints hand UNH an upset for the second straight year.
10-4-1 (5-2-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at Clarkson, 4-3; L at St. Lawrence, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Massachusetts, vs. Merrimack.
8. Brown 1 Yann Danis usually allows nine goals per month, not just a single weekend.
6-2-2 (6-2-1 ECAC). LAST WEEK: T at Cornell, 3-3 ot; L at Colgate, 6-1. THIS WEEK: Off.
9. Denver 1 Chippy series with Wisconsin leaves the Pioneers 0-4-1 in WCHA home games.
9-5-2 (3-5-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: T vs. Wisconsin, 2-2 ot; L vs. Wisconsin, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at St. Cloud State, at St. Cloud State.
10. Michigan 3 2-0 2-0 vision: you can clearly see that the Wolverines and Spartans are having trouble finding consistent offense.
10-6-0 (6-4-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan State, 2-0; L at Michigan State, 2-0. THIS WEEK: at Nebraska-Omaha, at Nebraska-Omaha.
11. Massachusetts 1 We're still dreaming about the great day on the couch that might have been: UMass-BU on FOX Sports New England followed by the Pats game.
9-3-2 (5-2-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: PPD at Boston University. THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire, at Harvard.
12. Dartmouth 2 With so many upsets taking place, the Big Green were fortunate to have the weekend off.
4-1-4 (3-0-3 ECAC) LAST WEEK: L at Boston College, 4-1; T at Boston University, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Maine.
13. Ohio State 2 Back-to-back losses knock Buckeyes from the top of the CCHA standings.
11-7-0 (8-5-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Miami, 2-1; L at Miami, 4-2. THIS WEEK: Off.
14. Cornell 6 Looked like last year's Frozen Four team with a 1-0 win against Harvard.
4-2-5 (4-0-2 ECAC). LAST WEEK: T vs. Brown, 3-3 ot; W vs. Harvard, 1-0. THIS WEEK: Off.
15. Miami NR RedHawks own the best power play in the league. Makes us wonder if Coach Blasi is sneaking Ben Roethlisberger in to quarterback it.
10-6-2 (8-3-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Ohio State, 2-1; W vs. Ohio State, 4-2. THIS WEEK: Off.
16. Notre Dame 7 12 goals against a rude awakening to David Brown's dream season.
8-5-2 (7-5-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Western Michigan, 8-6; L at Western Michigan, 6-4. THIS WEEK: Off.
17. Harvard 2 We'll move them up, despite the loss. No shame in a close defeat at Cornell.
5-4-1 (4-4-1 ECAC). LAST WEEK: W at Colgate, 4-2; L at Cornell, 1-0. THIS WEEK: at Boston College, vs. Massachusetts.
18. Minnesota Duluth 2 Three-game winning streak snapped on Friday, but Saturday's win builds much needed momentum ahead of weekend trip to No. 1 North Dakota.
9-6-2 (7-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Michigan Tech, 6-5; W at Michigan Tech, 4-0. THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North Dakota.
19. Minnesota 2 Just when the Gophers start to roll, a 6-4 loss at Anchorage makes for an even longer flight home.
7-8-1 (4-7-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Alaska Anchorage, 4-0; L at Alaska Anchorage, 6-4. THIS WEEK: vs. Latvia (Ex.).
20. Michigan State NR Hoops will copy hockey and face Kentucky in the "BasketBowl." Now Izzo's troops just need to show the resiliency the hockey team had Saturday night.
9-8-1 (7-4-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Michigan, 2-0; W vs. Michigan, 2-0. THIS WEEK: Off.

Dropped out: Rensselaer, Clarkson

Bubble-licious: Colgate, Rensselaer, UMass Lowell, Quinnipiac


I can't believe that the Badger hockey would be ranked 5 in your poll. If you would asked me earlier in the season if the badgers had a chance to even be in the top 15 I would of said no. The Badger hockey team was picked to finish 7 in the WCHA by the coaches. It just goes to show you how great coaching and freshman and sophmores playing up to there ability. Go red! Thanks for the great website much to read about that I couldn't find on other sites.

— Mark Hamachek

It is understandable that you dropped Holy Cross after the lost one out of eight. But not giving them at least bubble-licious after the went back to their winning ways this week-end it too bad. Do the Minnesota's and Michigan State's of the world really deserve praise for going sub .500? Give these kids some credit for what they are doing (even if they aren't BCS eligible).

Mark M. Chicago, Ill.

As University of North Dakota (UND) alumni, I'm happy to see that we are ranked No. 1. But I don't see how St. Cloud State is ranked lower than Colorado College and Wisconsin. Remember that UND's only WCHA loss was to St. Cloud State. And based on their last meeting it seems that St. Cloud State and UND are evenly matched.

Perry Rector, Long Beach, Calif.

Is Brown a little overrated or what, I saw them get overmatched by Dartmouth earlier this year. Last week they tied Cornell and lost to Colgate. I think it's time for the Bears to move down.

Rich Stanley

How can you put Denver, CC, and WI ahead of Duluth? WCHA points are all that matters when it comes to WCHA tourney time. Conference points should have more of a pull in National Rankings. Especially agianst those in the same conference. Just because you have a better overall record you shouldn't be ranked ahead of a conference foe if they have a better conference record. National Rankings dont mean much when it comes to crunch time. Screw the polls, look a the facts. All that matters is conference rankings. So they should do more for you in the National Rankings.

Mike Godfrey

Everybody just keep doubting Wisconsin. Granted they started slow, but they're hot now, unbeaten in their last 12 games. As long as they keep winning the doubters will fall by the wayside.

BJ, Madison, Wisc.

Forget Denver, CC, and WI, how the hell is Duluth behind Harvard, Ohio
State, Miami, Notre Dame, and Brown?

Chris McCarron, Madison, Wisc.

I agree with Mark from Chicago, Holycross came back to win over the weekend and didn't receive notice. The hockey being played in the Atlantic is better than given credit for.

David, Pittsburgh

HA!! Are you people serious that are asking whether the Minnesota's or MSU's of the world deserve recognition when they are sub .500?! Let's compare schedules, let's see what the strength of schedule is for Minnesota and the teams you think deserve the recognition instead. I can tell you right now that Minnesota has possibly played the toughest scedule IN THE NATION up to this point.

You put those little teams up against the likes of Maine, Minnesota Duluth, Denver, #1 North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan and let's see if they could even win one game against those teams. Minnesota has played OVER TEN games against those teams, and struggled with injuries & having to break in a new young goalie against those top-ranked teams, yet once we got our injured players back, we won five games in a row, and in dominating fashion.

Do NOT forget that Minnesota is the TWO-TIME defending national champs, and returned the vast majority of their team from last year. Minnesota will be right in the mix of things come March, and could very easily win a third national title in a row. And with all of the tremendous underclassmen on the team, we could be talking a dynasty here.

Jason Kaltved, Minnesota


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