November 28, 2004
INCH Power Rankings

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Wonder where the power lies in college hockey? Squarely in the WCHA. That conference has three of the nation's four 10-game winners, and proved its strength in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado last weekend. WCHA teams occupy five of the top eight spots in this week's INCH Power Rankings.

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

No. Team

Of Note
1. Minnesota 1 This younger, supposedly less-talented Gopher team is 10-3-0 after 13 games; last year, they were 5-7-1.
10-3-0 (6-2-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan, 5-1; W vs. Michigan State, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at Colorado College, at Colorado College.
2. Colorado College 3 It's One v. Two in the Springs this weekend. And no, we didn't set it up that way.
10-2-0 (4-2-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Massachusetts, 3-1; W vs. Boston University, 7-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota, vs. Minnesota.
3. Boston College 1 Take heart, Eagle fans. Syracuse isn't in Hockey East.
6-2-2 (3-0-2 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Holy Cross, 5-0; W at Northeastern, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Boston University, vs. Providence.
4. Wisconsin 1 Badger-Bulldog series may take a backseat to the games in Colorado Springs, but any other weekend and this would get the headlines.
10-4-0 (7-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan State, 4-0; W vs. Michigan, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth.
5. Michigan 4 We waited all week to watch that?
9-4-1 (7-1-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Minnesota, 5-1; L at Wisconsin, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, at Notre Dame.
6. North Dakota 1 In the Sioux's first four games without injured Brady Murray, they were 1-3-0 and scored six goals. They've won each of the next four, scoring 14 goals.
9-5-2 (7-4-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Michigan Tech, 6-3; W at Michigan Tech, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage.
7. New Hampshire 1 It ain't over 'til it's over: UVM scores two goals in last 58 seconds of regulation Saturday to sink 'Cats.
8-3-2 (5-1-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T at UMass Lowell, 4-4 ot; L at Vermont, 5-4. THIS WEEK: vs. Clarkson, vs. St. Lawrence.
8. Denver 2 Brett 'The Principal' Skinner caps Pioneer sweep of Hockey East foes with 1-3—4 in win vs. UMass Saturday.
8-5-0 (5-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 4-1; W vs. Massachusetts, 6-1. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech.
9. Maine 2 Just another sign of an up-and-down Black Bear season: 14 goals one weekend and a scoreless tie the next.
9-6-1 (5-3-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T at Dartmouth, 0-0 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack, vs. Merrimack.
10. Ohio State 2 The Buckeyes are 9-4-1 and atop the CCHA despite averaging 33.3 penalty minutes a game.
9-4-1 (7-2-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska-Fairbanks, vs. Alaska-Fairbanks.
11. Vermont 3 Vermont's last loss came Oct. 23. Back then, we were still preparing for the presidential election and the Ivy League teams were still preparing for their first games.
8-4-3 (4-0-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Massachusetts, 5-2; W vs. New Hampshire, 5-4. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern.
12. Minnesota Duluth 3 If the 'Dogs (2-5-1 in eight) mean to right the ship, they'll have to do it quickly. They have Wisconsin, North Dakota and Denver in their next six.
7-5-2 (5-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at St. Cloud State, 4-2; W at St. Cloud State, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin.
13. Colgate 2 Raiders are 9-0-0 when allowing two goals or fewer; 1-4-0 when allowing three or more.
10-4-0 (3-1-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Mercyhurst, 3-1; W vs. Mercyhurst, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Princeton, vs. Yale.
14. Cornell 2 Big Red dressed 21 against Canisius, but only needed three – Matt Moulson, Byron Bitz and Shane Hynes accounted for all but one of the team's points in a 3-0 shutout.
5-2-2 (2-1-1 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Canisius, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Yale, vs. Princeton.
15. Boston University 7 On the bright side: what better setting for Jack Parker's win No. 700 than BC's last visit to Walter Brown Arena?
7-6-0 (6-1-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. Harvard, 2-1; L at Denver, 4-1; L at Colorado College, 7-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at Massachusetts.
16. Northern Michigan 3 Home is where the heart is. And the wins – NMU is 2-4-2 away from Marquette, and 4-0-0 at Berry Events Center.
6-4-2 (4-3-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Lake Superior State, 3-1; W vs. Lake Superior State, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
17. Bowling Green 2 Consider the first test passed, as the Falcons take three points from Miami. Up next: home-and-homes with Michigan State and Michigan before Christmas.
7-3-2 (4-2-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: T vs. Miami, 2-2 ot; W vs. Miami, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Michigan State, vs. Michigan State.
18. Nebraska-Omaha 1 The Huskers aren't bowl-bound this year, for a change, which gives area residents that much more time to appreciate this surprising Maverick team.
7-4-1 (5-4-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan.
19. Harvard 1 About two dozen freshmen have more points than Jon Pelle (4-4—8 in 9 GP), but few have had his impact on their team.
5-3-1 (3-3-1 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W at Boston University, 2-1; L at St. Lawrence, 4-2; W at Clarkson, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Union, vs. Rensselaer.
20. Alaska-Fairbanks NR Nanooks had four freshmen on the top two lines in Saturday night's win over Notre Dame and freshman Wylie Rogers in net.
6-4-0 (5-3-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Notre Dame, 3-2; W vs. Notre Dame, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Ohio State, at Ohio State.

Dropped out: Union

Bubble-licious: Union, St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, Michigan State, Dartmouth

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