January 23, 2005
INCH Power Rankings

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We had snow, we had surprises, and now, after a thoroughly unpredictable weekend in college hockey, we have a new No. 1 team in the INCH Power Rankings.

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 for each team).

No. Team

Of Note
1. Boston College 1 Had the Eagles not been snowed out vs. UNH Saturday, it's conceivable that the top four teams in last week's rankings all would have suffered losses this weekend.
15-3-3 (9-1-3 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Northeastern, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire, at Massachusetts, vs. Massachusetts.
2. Colorado College 1 Not only did the Tigers have their 11-game unbeaten streak snapped, now they have to face red-hot (yes, we're serious) Michigan Tech.
20-4-2 (13-4-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: T vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-3 ot; L vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech.
3. Wisconsin 2 The last time the Badgers posted shutouts in both games of a series, it was against Penn. We're checking on whether Ben Franklin played in that series.
19-6-1 (14-4-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Notre Dame, 2-0; W vs. Notre Dame, 2-0. THIS WEEK: Off.
4. Michigan When the Wolverines score 3+ goals this season, they're 19-0-1. Score two or fewer, and they're 0-6-0.
19-6-1 (16-2-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Ohio State, 4-1; W at Ohio State, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan, vs. Northern Michigan.
5. Denver 1 En route to winning his sixth consecutive start, rookie goalie Peter Mannino breaks Wade Dubielewicz's school-record shutout streak by more than 20 minutes.
16-6-1 (11-4-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at St. Cloud State, 5-2; W at St. Cloud State, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage.
6. New Hampshire 1 We know it's probably too late to change anything, but it's a real shame that NESN has reruns of Sportsdesk running throughout Monday's rescheduled BC-UNH tilt.
16-5-2 (9-1-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 6-2. THIS WEEK: at Boston College, at UMass Lowell, vs. UMass Lowell.
7. Cornell 3 Mike Schafer's been vocal about penalties called against the Big Red. He hasn't complained about Cornell's PP, which had four more goals this week.
13-4-2 (9-2-1 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Dartmouth, 3-1; W vs. Vermont, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Clarkson, vs. St. Lawrence.
8. Minnesota 5 Mike Vannelli's father, Tom, was the Gophers leading scorer in 1977, which was the last time Minnesota was swept in consecutive WCHA home series.
18-9-0 (11-7-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan Tech, 6-3; L vs. Michigan Tech, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth.
9. Colgate 1 The Raiders had trouble building on momentum from Friday, as Saturday's game was delayed by two hours when Dartmouth's bus was stuck in the snow.
18-6-0 (10-2-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 4-1; L vs. Dartmouth, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Lawrence, vs. Clarkson.
10. Harvard 1 With exams completed, and the Beanpot looming, the Crimson must figure out how to beat Princeton, a team they're 2-5-1 against in the last eight meetings.
10-5-2 (7-4-1 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Princeton, at Yale.
11. North Dakota Three-game conference losing streak, coupled with Minnesota Duluth's recent rebound, suddenly has the Sioux in a real fight for the last home-ice slot.
14-10-2 (10-9-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State, vs. Bemidji State.
12. UMass Lowell 2 River Hawks played the only game in the state of Mass. Saturday night, thanks to the snow, but tried to make up for the missing offense by scoring six goals (three by Ben Walter).
14-5-3 (5-5-2 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T at Brown, 0-0 ot; W at Massachusetts, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire, at New Hampshire.
13. Ohio State More than 27,000 fans walked through the Value City Arena turnstiles to catch this weekend's series against Michigan, although some of them were probably there just to see the band spell out 'Ohio' in script on the ice.
16-7-3 (13-4-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan, 4-1; L vs. Michigan, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Western Michigan, vs. Western Michigan.
14. Maine 2 6-0-3 run in Hockey East games has brought Black Bears within two points of the conference lead. Now comes a series against Northeastern, the last league team they lost to.
13-8-5 (8-3-3 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T vs. Boston University, 1-1 ot; W vs. Boston University, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern, vs. Northeastern.
15. Vermont 3 The last time the Catamounts lost three straight, they ran off an 11-game unbeaten streak.
13-9-3 (7-4-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L at Colgate, 4-1; L at Cornell, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Rensselaer, vs. Union.
16. Northern Michigan 3 Super Yoopers – The Wildcats were one of three U.P. programs to post sweeps last weekend, joining Michigan Tech and the pride of Hancock, Mich., the D-III Finlandia Lions.
12-7-5 (10-5-3 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Bowling Green, 3-1; W vs. Bowling Green, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, at Michigan.
17. Boston University 2 BU got power play point man Chris Bourque back, but their extra-man struggles continued. The Terriers are now 2-for-30 in their last four games on the PP.
13-10-1 (9-4-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T at Maine, 1-1 ot; L at Maine, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Merrimack, vs. Providence.
18. Nebraska-Omaha Loss to Miami Saturday ended the Mavericks' six-game unbeaten streak, but UNO still has a five-point lead on Michigan State for fourth place in the CCHA.
12-10-2 (10-8-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Miami, 5-2; L at Miami, 4-2. NEXT GAME: vs. Wayne State, vs. Wayne State.
19. Dartmouth 1 The Big Green have had a player DQ'd in three straight games. The first of those, Eric Przepiorka, had a hat trick in his return.
9-8-2 (6-6-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L at Cornell, 3-1; W at Colgate, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Union, vs. Rensselaer.
20. Brown NR Bears are located just 20 miles from Foxboro, the home of the Patriots. Come to think of it, Troy Brown would make a nice offensive defenseman.
9-6-3 (4-5-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: T vs. UMass Lowell, 0-0 ot; W vs. Providence, 5-1. THIS WEEK: at Yale, at Princeton.

Dropped out: Bowling Green

Bubble-licious: Bemidji State, Alabama-Huntsville, Michigan State, Bowling Green, St. Lawrence

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