March 28, 2005
INCH Power Rankings

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As we head to the Frozen Four, why aren't those four teams atop the INCH Power Rankings? Because we weigh a team's average performance over the course of the season, and consider a neutral-ice matchup.

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. Denver 1 The Pioneers are back. We hope they don't mind if the streets of Columbus don't require a police escort to get to the rink.
30-9-2 (19-7-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Bemidji State, 4-3 ot; W vs. New Hampshire, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College.
2. Colorado College 3 Odds are the Tigers and Pioneers won't share a charter flight to Columbus, since one of them will be heading home Thursday night.
31-8-3 (19-7-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Colgate, 6-5; W vs. Michigan, 4-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver.
3. Cornell 2 Not in the Frozen Four, they get No. 3 here. In a seven-game series on neutral ice, we think this is where they'd belong.
27-5-3 (18-2-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Ohio State, 3-2; L at Minnesota, 2-1 ot.
4. Minnesota 2 That said, don't discount the Gophers' ability to bring their game together when it mattered most. We shouldn't be surprised with a Don Lucia team.
28-14-1 (17-10-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Maine, 1-0 ot; W vs. Cornell, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota.
5. North Dakota 5 The Fighting Sioux put on the most impressive show of the regionals. And to think, a month ago they were on the tournament bubble, at best.
24-14-5 (13-12-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 4-0; W vs. Boston College, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota.
6. Boston College 3 After this weekend at the East Regional, will big-game performances dog another BC goalie in Cory Schneider?
26-7-7 (14-3-7 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Mercyhurst, 5-4; L vs. North Dakota, 6-3.
7. Michigan 2 "Just a bad way to go out," captain Eric Nystrom said after the Wolverines squandered a three-goal lead to Colorado College in front of a partisan crowd in Grand Rapids.
31-8-3 (23-3-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Wisconsin, 4-1; L vs. Colorado College, 4-3.
8. New Hampshire 1 Imagine how many goals Sean Collins would have scored if he wasn't "oh-for-the-century", in his words, on breakaways.
27-12-5 (15-5-4 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Harvard, 3-2 ot; L vs. Denver, 4-2.
9. Ohio State 1 Like their maize-and-blue clad CCHA counterparts, the Buckeyes let a lead slip away – OSU took a 2-0 lead against Cornell, but the Big Red got the next three.
27-12-4 (21-5-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Cornell, 3-2.
10. Harvard 1 Harvard seniors will graduate with four straight first-round exits. But hey, they're graduating from Harvard.
21-10-3 (15-5-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L vs. New Hampshire, 3-2 ot.
11. Maine Jimmy Howard's last two starts – 150:53 minutes played, 73 saves, three goals against, two losses.
20-13-7 (13-6-5 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L at Minnesota, 1-0 ot.
12. Colgate

Usually a month of Raider games won't produce 11 goals, but the likes of Adam Mitchell and Jon Smyth did their best to extend the season against CC.

25-11-3 (14-5-3 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L vs. Colorado College, 6-5.
13. Boston University The Terriers' woeful performance in their last two games clouds a much-improved season.
23-14-4 (15-5-4 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 4-0.
14. Wisconsin Hey, the WCHA couldn't have been perfect in the tournament. The NCAA only brings four teams to its final weekend.
23-13-4 (16-9-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan, 4-1.
15. Vermont If the Catamounts were scouting their future Hockey East opponents this weekend, they probably like their chances in the new league.
21-14-4 (13-6-3 ECACHL).
16. UMass Lowell Why Not Us? We wouldn't be surprised if the River Hawks recycled Curt Schilling's favorite saying while watching BU Friday night.
20-12-4 (11-10-3 Hockey East).
17. Dartmouth No joy in Hanover, as the Big Green finish fourth at the NCAA Women's Frozen Four.
20-13-2 (14-8-0 ECACHL).
18. Bemidji State 1 The Beavers almost knocked off the defending champs and didn't even play their best game. They've got a catchy fight song, too.
23-13-0 (16-4-0 CHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Denver, 4-3 ot.
19. Northern Michigan 1 Wildcats will lose Tuomas Tarkki, but none of their top eight scorers were seniors.
22-11-7 (17-7-4 CCHA).
20. Mercyhurst Inspired effort against BC may have been the best first-round game, and it exposed the Eagles' weaknesses.
18-16-4 (14-7-3 Atlantic Hockey). LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston College, 5-4.

Dropped out: None

Bubble-licious: Alaska-Fairbanks, Quinnipiac, Michigan State, Nebraska-Omaha

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