October 17, 2004
INCH Power Rankings

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In most cases, early-season rankings are about stable as a movie character played by Dennis Hopper. And though there were a smattering of upsets this weekend, resulting in some movement in both directions, you'll notice the INCH Power Rankings held pretty true. Enjoy the relative status quo while it's here, because it won't last long.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with movement since last week and a note).

No. Team

Of Note
1. Boston College BC gets a big win and stays No. 1, but a knee injury to defenseman Andrew Alberts (out 4-6 weeks) will hurt.
1-0-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Denver, 6-2. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, at Notre Dame.
2. Minnesota Duluth Junior Jr.? Evan Schwabe has 4-3—7 through four games.
3-0-1 (2-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Michigan Tech, 5-4; W at Michigan Tech, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State.
3. North Dakota Just four goals and outshot twice at Minnesota State, Mankato? That really was the Sioux, and we checked – they weren't playing split-squad games.
3-0-1 (1-0-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: T at Minnesota State, 2-2 ot; W at Minnesota State, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota, vs. Minnesota.
4. Wisconsin Eaves' Eleven: The Badgers spotted Mercyhurst a 2-0 lead before scoring 11 straight goals.
2-0-0 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Mercyhurst, 3-2; W vs. Mercyhurst, 8-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech.
5. Michigan Someone forward the tape of Friday's thrilling OT game vs. New Hampshire to Gary Bettman.
2-1-1 (0-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: T vs. New Hampshire, 4-4 ot; W vs. St. Lawrence, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Lake Superior State, vs. Lake Superior State (Joe Louis Arena)
6. Colorado College With Forsberg and Sakic sidelined, Marty Sertich and Brett Sterling (three goals each this weekend) are the best 1-2 punch of forwards in Colorado.
2-0-0 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Union, 4-2; W vs. Union, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Air Force, vs. Quinnipiac.
7. Miami 4 Miami Twice: Marty Guerin and Matt Christie have combined for 19 points in four games, all wins.
4-0-0 (2-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Notre Dame, 4-2; W vs. Notre Dame, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at Ohio State, vs. Ohio State.
8. Maine Thanks, bro: Mike Lundin is +4 in front of younger brother Matt, who gets his first collegiate win in goal Saturday vs. Niagara.
3-2-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Niagara, 4-3; W vs. Niagara, 6-2. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Lawrence, vs. St. Lawrence.
9. Michigan State 2 A 3-1 loss to St. Lawrence followed by a 5-1 win against UNH opens the season. In a related development, Lansing area stores report increased sales of Dramamine.
1-1-0 (0-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. St. Lawrence, 3-1; W vs. New Hampshire, 5-1. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan.
10. Minnesota 1 One goal vs. UMass? Two goals vs. UAA? Is Jacques Lemaire hanging out at Mariucci these days?
2-1-0 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Massachusetts, 1-0; L vs. Alaska Anchorage, 3-2 (Nye Frontier Classic). THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North Dakota.
11. UMass Lowell 1 We're not 100% sure what a litmus test is, but we know the RiverHawks' game against BC Tuesday is one.
1-0-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at Massachusetts.
12. Dartmouth The Big Green football team dropped to 0-5 with a loss to Holy Cross Saturday. Apparently, Jay Fiedler still had a year of eligibility remaining.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Western Ontario (Ex.).
13. Colgate 1 Good teams win the close ones, and the Raiders are 3-for-3 in one-goal games through four contests this season.
4-0-0 (0-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior State, 3-2; W vs. Lake Superior State, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern.
14. New Hampshire 1 After leaving Michigan with one point in two games, the Wildcats probably aren't too thrilled about their return trip for the Great Lakes Invitational.
2-1-1 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T at Michigan, 4-4 ot; L at Michigan State, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Mercyhurst.
15. Denver Banner weekend for the Pioneers – the 2004 NCAA championship flag goes to the rafters in a ceremony this weekend as DU hosts St. Cloud State.
1-2-0 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Boston College, 6-2; W at Northeastern, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State.
16. Harvard 1 Ted Donato stands behind a bench for the first time Saturday night. Unless he pulls a Tikhonov and stands in front of it.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Windsor (Ex.).
17. Cornell 1 The shootout in Cornell's Red/White Game went 16 rounds. We're pretty sure that old Caps-Islanders overtime game didn't last that long.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. McGill (Ex.).
18. Massachusetts NR After making the trip to Alaska this weekend, the Minutemen will be happy to stay in New England for all but three games the rest of the season.
2-1-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. Minnesota, 1-0; W vs. Canisius, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. UMass Lowell, vs. Connecticut.
19. Northern Michigan 3 The athletic department doubled the face value of tickets to $24 for this weekend's series against Michigan State. For a 100% markup, the 'Cats had better sweep.
1-1-0 (0-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at St. Cloud State, 2-1; W at St. Cloud State, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan State, vs. Michigan State.
20. St. Cloud State NR St. Cloud goalies have a 1.71 GAA and a .940 save percentage through four games, after posting 3.08 and .892 numbers last season.
2-1-1 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Northern Michigan, 2-1; L vs. Northern Michigan, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Denver, at Denver.

Dropped out: Mercyhurst, Northeastern

Bubble-licious: Providence, Ohio State, Alaska Anchorage

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