INCH Power Rankings
takes over the top spot, but they don't have a lot of time to enjoy
it. If the Eagles soar against BU in Monday's Beanpot final, they
will have captured all three tournaments that they've played so
far this year, with Hockey East and the NCAAs still to come.
tournaments, it's time to cast our gaze towards the NCAAs; thus
the debut of the INCH
4x4, which projects what we think the field might look like
once the season ends.
Here's how the
Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the rest of the nation's
top teams (along with movement since last week and a note). You
us know what you think, including your name and hometown, and
we'll share your thoughts below.
this year, Jack Parker said that he might be able to beat BC
if a few more Eagles were hurt. As they limp out of a tie vs.
Merrimack, he may get his wish.
(12-1-3 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Harvard, 4-1 (Beanpot);
T at Merrimack, 4-4 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University (Beanpot),
at Massachusetts, vs. Massachusetts.
last week, on the standings beneath the Sioux: "There's
some interesting races down there and I'm glad we're not in
them." It just got more interesting in Grand Forks.
(13-4-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Wisconsin, 4-3 ot; L at Wisconsin,
5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College, vs. Colorado College.
time a Minnesota-Minnesota Duluth series meant this much, the
guys behind the benches were named Woog and Sertich.
(11-8-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Bemidji State, 2-1; W vs. Bemidji
State, 5-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota Duluth, at Minnesota Duluth.
Bears were 7-0-0 against Atlantic Hockey/MAAC and CHA teams
the last two years until Huntsville's tie Saturday night.
(11-4-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 1-0;
T vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Northeastern,
the last time the Wolverines lost to Miami at home? Neither
do we, so we looked it up: Nov. 18, 1994.
(14-5-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Alaska-Fairbanks, 4-1; L at Alaska-Fairbanks,
5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Miami, vs. Miami.
Lessard had one assist in his team's eight-goal outburst. That's
no way to win the Hobey.
(14-5-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota State, 8-1; T at Minnesota
State, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota, vs. Minnesota.
last Saturday's game, originally scheduled for Cincinnati, back
on campus. Bet they wish they could do the same for this weekend's
set at Yost.
(15-5-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Notre Dame, 5-2; W vs. Notre
Dame, 2-0. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, at Michigan.
been a more important goal than the one Robbie Earl scored in
overtime against NoDak Friday? Well, maybe the one he scored
with a minute left in regulation.
(11-6-5 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. North Dakota, 4-3 ot; W vs.
North Dakota, 5-2. THIS WEEK: Off.
count, Saturday was the fifth time this year UNH fans gave up
on the season. One more and they get a free sandwich.
(8-6-3 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L at Massachusetts, 4-1; W vs.
Massachusetts, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, vs. UMass
Pioneers want to stay home for the first round of the WCHA playoffs,
they'd be wise to make hay the next two weekends against MSU-Mankato
and Michigan Tech.
(6-10-4 WCHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State,
vs. Minnesota State.
sculptures were impressive in Houghton. The home team wasn't.
(12-7-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Michigan Tech, 4-1; W at Michigan
Tech, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State, vs. Bemidji State.
rockin' at Mullins Center Friday night. And we're pretty sure
we saw more than 1,000 mullets in the crowd, which is how many
free wigs they gave out at the door.
(12-4-2 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. New Hampshire, 4-1; L
at New Hampshire, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at
the Yann Danis show, with the league's best scoring differential
at +28. Mike Meech (three goals on the weekend) joins the right
wing with Brent Robinson and Les Haggett.
(12-3-1 ECAC). LAST WEEK: W at Princeton, 5-2; W at Yale, 4-1.
THIS WEEK: vs. Union, vs. Rensselaer.
winning streak snapped, but two ties on the road keep the Raiders
in the hunt for the ECAC crown.
(10-4-2 ECAC). LAST WEEK: T at Vermont, 3-3 ot; T at Dartmouth,
3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Yale, vs. Princeton.
king Crabb – Anchorage native Joey Crabb scores with 4
seconds left in regulation Saturday as Tigers sweep UAA.
(8-8-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska Anchorage, 3-2; W vs.
Alaska Anchorage, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North
Spartans sweep Lake State. Unusual: MSU's Joe Markusen and the
Lakers' Bo Cheesman tossed from Saturday's game after engaging
in old-fashioned donnybrook.
(13-8-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Lake Superior State, 8-5; W vs.
Lake Superior State, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Alaska-Fairbanks, at
Rookie goalie David McKee has five shutouts this season.
(8-5-3 ECAC). LAST WEEK: W at Dartmouth, 4-2; W at Vermont,
1-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Princeton, vs. Yale.
conference have a better winless showing than the CHA did last
weekend, with Bemidji playing Minnesota tough and Alabama-Huntsville
doing the same at Maine?
(12-2-0 CHA). LAST WEEK: L at Minnesota, 2-1; L at Minnesota,
5-1. THIS WEEK: at St. Cloud State, at St. Cloud State.
has just begun. Buckeyes' forward Dan Knapp gets his first career
hat trick in 6-0 win at Ferris State Saturday.
(12-10-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Ferris State, 5-2; W at Ferris
State, 6-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
6-0-2 February last year, Friars start this one 2-0-0.
(4-8-5 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at Boston University, 2-0;
W at UMass Lowell, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University.
out: Notre Dame, Mercyhurst, Dartmouth, Rensselaer
Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Rensselaer, Dartmouth
moves up only one spot for sweeping the #1 team in the nation? Come
on. If that's not a represntation of "power", i don't
know what is.
Rule No. 1: You live in Madison. You've got nothing to complain
good are they really? You sweep the #1 team and you go from 9 to
8? What can you say other than what a joke.
H., Stoughton, Wisc.
a bit biased too, but I think UMass should be ahead of UNH. Even
without the two UML forfeits, they have an equal record overall
and better record in conference. And in the head to head contests
this past weekend, they dominated UNH in Amherst, despite none of
the stars scoring and then lost in OT. Since getting Werner and
Mauldin back, they've been playing the best in the East outside
of BC. Maybe if they get a couple points against BC this week they'll
move into the Top 10.
And if you thought
Mullet Night was rockin', wait until Friday when the Mullins Center
will probably sell out for the first time for hockey.
Do the Badger
fans think their team is better than Miami or Michigan? That's
why you're not higher than #8.
So let me get
this straight. North Dakota gets SWEPT this weekend and drops one....
ONE.... spot in the rankings. Michigan goes on the road TO ALASKA
(who happens to be sitting in 4th place in the conference right
now), and earns a split with a team who is now 11-3 in their own
barn, and drops TWO ranking places!? And Maine doesn't get punished
at all for tying a team from ALABAMA?!.... AT HOME no less....!
I'm sure there is some kind of logical explanation for this whole
thing, I'm just at a loss as to what it is... Perhaps you would
be so kind as to enlighten me....?
Not an easy
week for rankings as 5 of the top 6 lost or tied. BC backs into
#1 with a tie with lowly Merrimack. North Dakota should fall lower
than #2 after being swept by Wisconsin. Yes, the Sioux are very
good, but are 2-3-1 in their last 6...not #2 caliber. Minnesota
should be #2 and were the only top 6 team not to lose or tie last
weekend. Wisconsin and Miami (OH) deserve more consideration after
revolves around a strong defense, McKee has them to thank for his
5 shutouts. Their offense fails to put up any strong numbers. Cornell
is 4-4-1 since the start of the year; RPI is 7-3 including a 2 goal
shutout win over the Big Red. How can you deny the Engineers a spot,
and give Cornell #17?
I am going to
give Wisconsin all the credit in the world for beating the Sioux
last weekend. They outplayed them in every aspect of the game. I
think they should've been at least a top 5 team. What I don't understand
is why you keep Michigan in the top 5 when they keep losing to crappy
teams like Alaska-Fairbanks. Granted they still beat some good teams
but losing to teams that don't play at their caliber has to bring
them down. Also I hope the Sioux get back on track this weekend
because they can't afford any more losses to WCHA teams if they
want to win the WCHA.
move up just one spot after a North Dakota sweep was
rather weak. After a performance like that, Wisconsin needs to be
up at least 2 or 3 spots.
How does a team
that sweeps the number one team in the country, only move up ONE
spot in the power rankings. These rankings are obviously a joke.
up 2 spots for beating Bemidji State and Miami sweeps Notre Dame
(who was ranked ahead of BSU) and stays at #7? What is that all
I just had to
respond to the question from Mike in Grand Rapids. You asked if
the Badgers fans think there better than Michigan or Miami... The
answer to that is' with out a doubt. Michigan has to play teams
(and beat them) other than Our Lady of the Holy Puck. And I can't
see how Miami could even be ranked ahead of other WCHA teams. The
WCHA is the upper echelon of College Hockey. We'll see how it all
shakes out in the end, my moneys on Minnesota for the third time.
Well come on
Adam, neither Bemidji or Notre Dame are real power houses here,
but at least Bemidji is at the top of their conference, that might
have something to do with the Gophs jumping up 2 spots. Notre Dame
is 8th in their league. That would be my guess as to the climb for
Gabby, Brooklyn Park, MN
I love this
Midwestern smack-talk! The Cheddarheads must relax and understand
that a) they swept the #1 team at HOME and b) they were swept in
Minneapolis the week before. Considering the teams and arenas involved,
I think these things even out. Be happy you’re in the top
10 and hope you don’t drop a spot during your off-week. We
all hope you don’t slip, lest we will be subjected to more
On the positive
side, BC proved on Monday night why they deserve #1. Beating a solid
team with a hot goalie and Beanpot history on their side …
the Eagles are primed for a Championship.
Michigan be ranked atleast #5. They have a better record than #3
Minnesota, have played fewer gaems than Minnesota, and are 8-1-0
in the last nine games. The latest loss coming IN ALASKA where the
nanooks (@home 11-3) play on an olympic-sized rink. Certainly the
CCHA is not recieving its due credit. Firstly, remember that the
CCHA has sent ten teams to the final four in the past nine years.
Michigan was sent seven of these times (best in the NCAA). Secondly,
Michigan is historically an even better season-closer than seaon-starter
as it is also one of the consistently youngest teams in the ncaa.
Therefore, please do not be surprised if after sweeping Miami at
Yost (arguably the nation's most difficult rink to visit), Michigan
goes on yet another "W" streak (perhaps beyond the frozen
Ann Arbor, MI
For the 4x4,
you might have forgotten that now the RPI gives bonus points for
quality wins. They give more for a road win than a neutral site
win, and more for a neutral site win than a home win. If this is
calcuated as .5 for road, .25 for neutral, and .15 for home, the
team with the top RPI is Notre Dame(Thanks to wins @Boston College,
@Wisconsin, and vs. Maine on neutral ice). If the Irish make it
to the CCHA Semifinals, and have the #1 RPI in the nation, there
is no way they don't make the NCAA Tournament.
Mike S., South Bend, IN (YES THERE ARE HOCKEY FANS IN INDIANA!)
Where is the
love for UAF. Sure their road record isn't the greatest in the nation,
but if you look at the recent scores and opponents you can see that
they are playing much better on the road. Can you not see their
home record (11-3), and the fact that they are 4th in the toughest
conference in Div 1. They were close to sweeping the #4 team in
the country in Michigan, and would have won Fridays game if not
for a controversal call. I think they deserve some recognition,
they are one of the highest scoring teams in the CCHA and are starting
to learn to play some defense now too.
a doubt, deserves to at least be in the top five teams. And yes,
Wisconsin is better than Michigan and Miami. After all, I don't
see those two teams sweeping the #1 team in the country!
Ed, Williamsville, IL
Yeah we might
have gotten swept in Minneapolis last weekend but we showed the
country what type of team Wisconsin really is down 3-1 to the best
team in the nation come back and win in Ot . For all u naysayers
out there just look at the projections for the NCAA's there is 6
WHCA teams there so dont crack our league
be just a mean joke, so I expect to see the real rankings in a few
days. And will you guys make sure that Wisconsin is ahead of Minnesota,
it would be much appreciated.
I am amazed
by some of this weeks self-serving feedback. Wisconsin should be
ranked above Minnesota? I guess, Karl, that you forgot that the
Gophers swept the Badgers just last week. Notre Dame? Swept by Miami
(OH) this past weekend! AK-Fairbanks needs love? 13-14-1. It takes
more than a good home record and couldabeen sentiments. CCHA the
best conference? I guess non-conf. records are a nuisance to consider.
CCHA is 38-33-11 while the WCHA is 50-19-9 and Hockey East is 54-28-13
(ECAC is 37-51-25). Michigan is 1-4 vs. top 10 competition. Nuff
Why is everyone so impressed that BC beat BU for
the Beanpot? As a former BC student I like them, but come on. BU
is 8-12-6 and 8th in Hockey East. Are our expectations of #1 that
low or was it a slow news day?
ought to be ranked higher than Michigan..Michigan plays in the weak
CCHA (see only 2 CCHA teams in your top 15..compared to 7 from the
WCHA) And more importantly...the Badgers beat Michigan 3-1...In
I don't understand
how some of you people can bash these teams when you've never seen
them play, only read up on them. Something a lot of you don't get
is that most of the college hockey teams might only play an opponent
1 or 2 times in a season as to the NHL where they may play 4 or
even 6 times. Anyone can win on any given night. When Michigan lost
to Wisconsin and Minnesota in the Showcase tourney a few months
back, I don't believe Michigan played up to their full potential.
I do believe WCHA is the toughest conference but I think Hockey
East is 2nd and CCHA 3rd. The only way I would have no problem with
everyone sayin what they want about certain teams they know nothing
about is if the season was extended and there were more non-coference
games scheduled so we could get a taste of college hockey before
Alex Wohl, Monroe, Mich.
I'd like to
give an objective view to the whole controversy about Wisconsin
only moving up one spot in the rankings. As I understand it, the
power rankings are based on a teams overall performance throughout
the season. This way, teams aren't thoroughly punished for having
a bad series, or teams aren't rewarded to highly for an upset. This
system rewards teams for their overall seasonal performance. All
that matters in the end is who is peaking at tournament time.
Jimmy, Salt Lake City, UT
I feel a responsibility
to inform Alex in Michigan of a few things: First, there is this
thing called satellite TV, which affords the college hockey junkie
an opportunity to get a look at the game in different parts of the
country during the regular season. In addition, some cable packages
include FOX regional sports channels, which frequently carry college
hockey. (BTW, this webpage has a complete listing of programming.)
This is how a guy in Boston can watch Minnesota play on a Friday
or Saturday night AND go to FleetCenter on a Monday night for the
BC/BU Beanpot final.
Second, I disagree
with the assertion that schedules do not allow teams to play the
same teams with enough frequency. For example, this season Minnesota
plays five teams four times each. In a 38-game schedule, having
more than 50 percent of their games split among five teams seems
play up to their potential against Minnesota and Wisconsin? Does
any team ever play up to its potential? Did BC play up to their
potential when they lost to Northeastern? The games are played for
a reason. A logical observer would have to conclude that, since
these three teams have comparable records, the two teams that beat
the other team in its own building are better than that team.
through early April isn’t long enough? Alex, you need to discover
golf or fishing or something for when the snow melts and the ponds
Mike in Woodbury
seems to be right on target, but I feel compelled to tell him that
I am mystified as to why BU has such a poor record this season.
I have watched them play three times: two 5-5 ties with Minnesota
and an OT loss to BC. What made BC’s Beanpot victory impressive
was that they overcame an incredibly hot goalkeeper (50 saves).
This type of victory is something they can take with them to March
and April, when all the best teams will have goalies with horseshoes
in the right places.
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