INCH Power Rankings
When they started
off 2-7-1, a lot of folks counted them out. But that might have
been wishful thinking, as the two-time defending national champion
Minnesota Golden Gophers are 11-1-2 since then, and the big movers
in this week's INCH Power Rankings. They are officially back, and
just in the nick of time to set up a fantastic WCHA showdown this
weekend at Mariucci Arena.
Here's how the
Inside College Hockey editors and staff ranks the nation's top teams
(along with movement since last week and a note). You can let
us know what you think, including your name and hometown, and
we'll share your thoughts below.
face the state's most hated rival – according to Sports
Illustrated – this weekend at Mariucci.
(11-1-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Michigan Tech, 8-4; W at Michigan
Tech, 4-0. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, at Minnesota.
we get the sense we'll hear this phrase at the FleetCenter in
April: "If the Eaves brothers are healthy ..."
(9-1-2 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 5-1,
W at Boston University, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Providence, at Northeastern.
loses in his return, but the weekend produces typical numbers
for Maine's goalies: 1 GA in 120 minutes.
(8-3-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Massachusetts, 3-0; L
vs. Massachusetts, 1-0. THIS WEEK: at Boston University, at
the Gophers should jump six spots? Did your team score 16 goals
(8-7-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota State, 6-0; W at Minnesota
State, 10-3. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota.
Wolverines play anything like alum Ty Law did Sunday, they can
visit him in Boston in April.
(9-4-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. U.S. Under-18 Team, 5-3 (Ex.).
THIS WEEK: at Western Michigan, vs. Western Michigan.
are 2-3-2 since their 16-game unbeanten streak.
(8-3-5 WCHA). LAST WEEK: T vs. Notre Dame, 2-2 ot; L vs. Notre
Dame, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Colorado College, at Colorado College.
is 6-2-0 against ECAC teams, which would be good for second
place in the ECAC standings.
(6-3-3 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Dartmouth, 5-0; W vs.
Brown, 3-0. THIS WEEK: at Merrimack.
are averaging 4.33 goals per game in their six-game winning
(11-5-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Colorado College, 4-3; W vs.
Colorado College, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan
(0-6-1 at home against WCHA teams) could be the first team ever
that would rather play Anchorage on the road.
(5-8-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage,
vs. Alaska Anchorage.
attack leads Huskies, with three co-leaders in goal scoring
(8) and five players within four points of the team lead in
(9-6-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Alaska Anchorage, 4-1; L at Alaska
Anchorage, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota
game-winning goal Sunday was the 12th of his career, tying Brian
Urick and head coach Dave Poulin for the Irish record.
(8-6-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: T at Wisconsin, 2-2 ot; W at Wisconsin,
3-1. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan.
have lost six in a row in the WCHA. If you see some wheels lying
on the side of the road in Anchorage, that's where they fell
(4-6-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Minnesota Duluth, 4-3; L at Minnesota
Duluth, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Wisconsin, vs. Wisconsin.
marked the third home series this season in which Cornell hasn't
gotten a win.
(5-2-3 ECAC). LAST WEEK: T vs. Union, 1-1 ot; L vs. Rensselaer,
2-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Vermont, vs. Dartmouth.
are in first, but with a tough schedule ahead, they might need
a sweep this weekend against struggling Nebraska-Omaha.
(10-5-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Ferris State, 5-4; W at Ferris
State, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
sweep at Michigan. The cure: host Lake Superior State for two.
(10-7-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior, 5-0; W vs. Lake
Superior, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan State, vs. Michigan State.
Danis (0-1 this week). We had a little bit of an emotional
letdown the week after our website was launched, too.
(9-3-1 ECAC). LAST WEEK: T vs. Connecticut, 1-1 ot; L at New
Hampshire, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack, at UMass Lowell.
"We don't play to tie." Could've fooled us.
(5-1-4 ECAC) LAST WEEK: L vs. New Hampshire, 5-0; T vs. Clarkson,
2-2 ot; W vs. St. Lawrence, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Colgate, at Cornell.
Maine combined for six shots in the third period of Saturday's
1-0 Minutemen win. Some fans had more than that at the bar afterwards.
(7-5-2 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L at Maine, 3-0; W at Maine,
1-0. THIS WEEK: Off.
crack the top 20 with a sweep at UNO. Home-and-home with Michigan
gives them a chance to show they belong.
(9-6-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Bowling Green, 1-0; L at Bowling
Green, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Ohio State, at Ohio State.
Hawks got a win in overtime Friday night, but lost leading goal
scorer Ben Walter to a knee sprain during the extra session.
He's out 3-to-5 weeks.
(7-4-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at Merrimack, 4-3 ot; L vs.
Merrimack, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Brown.
out: Michigan State
Michigan State, Rensselaer, Colgate, Bemidji State
can Minnesota jump so far up the rankings? Sure, 16 goals helps
the stats, but if you actually watched the game, the local high
could have beat Minnesota State too. We'll see who's the better
weekend when UND comes to visit. Go Sioux!
Brian, Fargo, N.D.
are you complaining about the Gophers' jump in the rankings? Bring
on, Sioux! Or, should I say, Sue!
please, please don't tell me that the best insult a Gopher fan can
come up with is a line stolen from a Johnny Cash song? Is that all
you have, Bill?
I hope your team shows move imagination this weekend because I refuse
to be insulted again as a hockey fan by the very poor showing the
Gophers put on in Grand Forks earlier this year. Please ask Mr.
Vanek to show up this time, as I'm tired of hearing from Gopher
fans/bandwagon riders about how "down" Minnesota was last
series. Do you seriously believe that anyone in the college hockey
universe thinks that the Gophers and Sioux wouldn't be on high octane
when playing each other, even if they were down to their fourth
lines?? Come on!
The Gophers have folded all year against upper echelon (that would
be "good teams" and not average to basement dwellers in
their leagues) teams and make games against middle-of-the-pack teams
look like epic struggles. I am a life-long Sioux fan who was forced
to cheer for the Gophers at the Frozen Four in St. Paul a couple
years back when there was no question they were the cream of the
WCHA and its best hope for a national championship...but this just
ain't your year (even with two North Dakota boys to help bring the
trophy this time). So, in advance of the Sioux sweep, "Have
a seat, thanks for playing".
P.S. — Make sure you get the starting goalie some
sun-block and shades 'cause that red light is going to be busy all
Mike, Grand Forks, N.D.
think that you guys in the Power Rankings should consider UAA to
be one of your top 20 teams. We've beaten Colorado College twice
Minnesota, UMass Lowell, St. Cloud State, and weve tied North Dakota,
St. Cloud State and Denver. Even though our record is 7-9-3 we havent
played many non-confrence games and cosidering that the WCHA is
probably the toughest confrence our overall record doesnt show how
our team ends up with the top hockey schools arround the country.
has beaten St. Cloud State (twice), Cornell (first home shutout
in 5 years), and UMass Lowell and they're bubble-licious?
Show some respect
for the most improved team in college hockey!
Oh, by the way
6-2-0 in the ECAC would be good for 12 points, putting UNH in a
tie for 7th place.
Adam Dyer, Troy, N.Y.
is ranked #12 nationally in the Pairwise Rankings, 11th in the RPI
and 10th in the KRACH. If the NCAA selections were done today, they'd
on the bubble for an at large bid. But for some reason, Inside College
Hockey fails to realize they exist. They spent a week on the bubble
then after beating St. Cloud State and tying North Dakota on the
they have been non-existent. Why the bias against Alaska Anchorage?
Mike Dingman, Anchorage
is in responce to Mike from Grand Forks, Nort' Dakooda: Yeah, you
betcha...Minnesota does have two boys from up dare. But take a look
at your roster...if it weren't for the boys from Minnesota you wouldn't
have a team. All said, we'll see who's the #1 team in the nation
Jim, St. Paul, Minn.
up with Massachusetts getting ZERO respect. They just split a series
against Maine, not to mention they SHUT THEM OUT! You rank Maine
#3 and UMass #18. I realize that UMass' offense has struggled while
Stephen Werner was at the World Juniors, however he is now back
and UMass should be recognized as a top 10 team.
— Michael Bishop, Boston
Dakota: Let's talk after the Gophers win their third straight title,
— Matt, Minneapolis
would ask Mike of North Dakota to look at their own schedule before
slinging shots at the Gophers schedule. Let's see, hummm, don't
see Maine, New Hampshire or either Michigan there. Let me look again...nope
just not there! Oh...but I do see Concordia, Yale, Wayne State and
Findlay...now there's quality! Looks to me the only quality non-conference
opponent you've played this season has been BC and that was a split.
I would expect pretty much any WCHA to beat a Wayne State, Findlay,
Yale and Concordia, I wouldn't call them quality wins though. I'll
take Coach Lucia's schedule over Blais' any day. I'd rather have
ties with BU than wins over your four, just kind of a hollow victory
if you ask me. So let's see what UND has. The Gophs are back and
may the team win that wants it most!
Gabby, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
start looking at the facts and stop talking all this smack.
1) The Gophers didn't have the best record last year when they won
it all, or the year before. But if Iam correct, the best team wins,
The Gophers started the season 2-7-1, but please look at what they
have done after that. 11-1-2 sounds about right, and that is against
some quality opponents compared to what UND plays...nothing but
bottom dwellers (no offense to those of you who read this). The
only quality teams UND plays are from the WCHA and Boston College.
of you from North Dakota, please just sit down and stop trying to
act all tough.
Josh, Lindstrom, Minn., but currently somewhere in Iraq
think someone (Mike) is a little bitter that the Potulny brothers
are playing across the border for the better team. Buddy, without
the Minnesota boys playing year after year, NoDak would be the equivalent
to a Findlay or Wayne State. Don't be a "Gopher Hater"
because you're bitter. That's sad.
A.J., St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota and North Dakota fans, when did the Power Rankings Feedback
become the USCHO message board?
— Will D., Ithaca, N.Y.
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