April 12, 2005
INCH Power Rankings

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As we close the book on 2004-05, we reflect one last time on the best teams in the country and, in some cases, glance ahead at what the future may hold.

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 Skipping thoughts of a third straight title for a moment, we wonder: will Matt Carle or Gabe Gauthier wrest the Hobey from Marty Sertich next season?
32-9-2 (19-7-2 WCHA).
2. Colorado College You can forget your post-playoff round of golf when your town gets two feet of snow as soon as you get home.
31-9-3 (19-7-2 WCHA).
3. North Dakota 2 You have to love this about the Sioux: no fan base turns a game into a costume party quite like those from Grand Forks.
25-15-5 (13-12-3 WCHA).
4. Cornell 1 The biggest challenge for the young Cornell defensemen is to match the reliability provided by departed seniors Jeremy Downs and Charlie Cook.
27-5-3 (18-2-2 ECACHL).
5. Minnesota 1 Somewhere, a Gopher fan has started counting the days to the beginning of the Phil Kessel Era.
28-15-1 (17-10-1 WCHA).
6. Boston College Hands-down, BC's MVP in this year's NCAA Tournament was Humanitarian winner Sarah Carlson.
26-7-7 (14-3-7 Hockey East).
7. Michigan The Wolverines lose 10 seniors, but Jeff Tambellini (57 points) and T.J. Hensick (55 points) should be back.
31-8-3 (23-3-2 CCHA).
8. New Hampshire If they can replace the likes of Preston Callander and Sean Collins as well as they did Mike Ayers and Steve Saviano, the Wildcats will have no worries.
27-12-5 (15-5-4 Hockey East).
9. Ohio State Of the 20 players who appeared in more than 20 games for the Buckeyes in 2004-05, only two were seniors.
27-12-4 (21-5-2 CCHA).
10. Harvard Judging by the contributions from Lederman, Reese, and Grumet-Morris, the Harvard Crimson might suggest that Ted Donato recruit the Israel Junior A Hockey Association.
21-10-3 (15-5-2 ECACHL).
11. Maine Black Bears have been to the final the last two even years. Bodes well for 2006, eh?
20-13-7 (13-6-5 Hockey East).
12. Colgate

Don Vaughan lost nine contributing seniors off this year's club. He's hoping that right-hand man Stan Moore doesn't also leave.

25-11-3 (14-5-3 ECACHL).
13. Boston University It was a bad end of the year for the Terriers, and longtime SID Ed Carpenter suffered a heart attack shortly after the season. Ed's doing well, though, and has the best wishes of all of college hockey.
23-14-4 (15-5-4 Hockey East).
14. Wisconsin The NCAA Midwest Regional (Green Bay) and the Frozen Four (Milwaukee) will both be played in America's Dairyland next season. No pressure, Bucky.
23-13-4 (16-9-3 WCHA).
15. Vermont The Cats' last season in the ECACHL brought to mind some glory days. They'll be able to forge new memories in the fall, when they compete in Hockey East.
21-14-4 (13-6-3 ECACHL).
16. UMass Lowell Everybody (including us) loved the River Hawks heading into last season, and almost that entire team will be back.
20-12-4 (11-10-3 Hockey East).
17. Dartmouth Colgate built on a close miss in 2004 to end an NCAA Tournament drought; we think the Big Green will follow suit in 2006.
20-13-2 (14-8-0 ECACHL).
18. Bemidji State Beavers have two wishes for 2005-06: repeat as CHA playoff champions, and hope it's not the swan song for their conference.
23-13-0 (16-4-0 CHA).
19. Northern Michigan The Wildcats only need to replace two regulars from this year's team, but one of them is 2005 CCHA Player of the Year Tuomas Tarkki.
22-11-7 (17-7-4 CCHA).
20. Mercyhurst With longtime nemesis Quinnipiac out of the picture, who will be the Lakers' biggest Atlantic Hockey challenger?
18-16-4 (14-7-3 Atlantic Hockey).

Dropped out: None

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

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