March 27, 2006
INCH Power Rankings

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With the 2005-06 season in the books, we wrap up the final edition of our INCH Power Rankings. Wisconsin didn't have to leave the state to earn ththe top spot here either, although over the course of the year the Badgers have shown they've earned it, wherever they've played.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for each team).

No. Team

Of Note
1. Wisconsin
Despite all the talent on the roster, the Badger who may generate the most interest among NHL types is head coach Mike Eaves.
30-10-3 (17-8-3 WCHA).
2. Boston College
The Eagles' youth bodes well for the future. The loss of Chris Collins and, presumably, Brian Boyle and Cory Schneider do not.
26-13-3 (17-8-2 Hockey East).
3. North Dakota
Having 11 NHL draft picks slated to return next fall will create a little anxiety for Sioux fans, but they can't all leave early – right?
29-16-1 (16-12-0 WCHA).
4. Minnesota
You had to appreciate the hearty Gopher fans who wore their school colors to the Bradley Center.
27-9-5 (20-5-3 WCHA).
5. Maine
The Black Bears have been to the Frozen Four every other year dating back to 2000. That pattern seems to say they won't be in St. Louis, but Ben Bishop will do all he can to get his team to play in his hometown next April.
28-12-2 (17-8-2 Hockey East).
6. Boston University
The Terriers scored 15 goals in two games the last time the Frozen Four was in St. Louis, but finished third (1975). If they can get there next April, it will be their first trip to the semifinals since 1997.
26-10-4 (17-7-3 Hockey East).
7. Michigan State

The Spartans streak of titles every 20 years (1966, 1986) was snapped, but like an East Lansing bar patron, they'll have a shot when the current stretch turns 21 next spring.

25-12-8 (14-7-7 CCHA).
8. Miami
The newcomer with the biggest impact next season will be the RedHawks' new 3,200-seat arena, which debuts in October when it hosts the Lefty McFadden Invitational.
26-9-4 (20-6-2 CCHA).
9. Cornell
Goaltender Troy Davenport was an understudy to David McKee, but left Ithaca to return to the world of junior hockey. McKee's gone, but Davenport is back and has the inside track on the starting job.
22-9-4 (13-6-3 ECACHL).
10. Harvard
Highlights of Harvard's 1989 title shown over the weekend in Milwaukee proved that Ted Donato worked in the corners as hard as he works from the bench.
21-12-2 (13-8-1 ECACHL).
11. Denver
With all due respect to Brian Elliott, somebody needs to get Barry Melrose a tape of Matt Carle in action before he starts wondering why the Badger goalie didn't win the Hobey.
21-15-3 (17-8-3 WCHA).
12. Colorado College
In four years with the Tigers, Marty Sertich and Brett Sterling combined for 169 goals and 197 assists, two WCHA regular-season titles, three NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the 2005 Frozen Four.
24-16-2 (15-11-2 WCHA).
13. New Hampshire
The Wildcats were shut out three times this year, including their finale, each by a 1-0 score.
20-13-7 (14-7-6 Hockey East).
14. Holy Cross
Losing three of the top four scorers and both goalies will hurt, but you have to think the knowledge of what's possible will motivate the Crusaders for years to come.
25-10-2 (19-7-2 Atlantic Hockey).
15. Michigan
Jack Johnson says he's not going anywhere. Opposing forwards can only hope it's some sort of bargaining ploy for this summer.
21-15-5 (13-10-5 CCHA).
16. St. Cloud State
The bad news – the Huskies graduate four of their top five scorers from this season. The good news – with goalie Bobby Goepfert back, how many goals do you really need?
22-16-4 (13-13-2 WCHA).
17. Dartmouth
We expect that most of Dartmouth's young guns at forward will return to Hanover. With head coaching positions open at Yale and RPI, Big Green assistant coach Dave Peters may not.
18-12-2 (14-6-2 CCHA).
18. Northern Michigan
Even though the Wildcats lose eight seniors, coach Walt Kyle says his team can be a "quiet contender" with players like forwards Darin Olver and Mike Santorelli in the fold.
22-16-2 (14-12-2 CCHA).
19. Colgate
The Raiders return two first-team All-ECACHL performers in Tyler Burton and Mark Dekanich; the rest of the league has one (Quinnipiac's Reid Cashman).
20-12-6 (14-6-2 ECACHL).
20. Bemidji State
We love offseason college hockey chatter, but when the topic is the future well-being of your league, it's not so fun.
20-14-3 (12-7-1 CHA).

Dropped out: None

Bubble-licious: Nebraska-Omaha