March 26, 2007
INCH Power Rankings

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Those standing, not surprisingly, move up, but when you take the entire season into account – as we do – they aren't necessarily the top four teams. That's not to take anything away from the teams headed to St. Louis.

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. North Dakota
The Sioux meet the Eagles for the third straight NCAA Tournament, and hope this year's is a little more low scoring than last season's 6-5 shootout.
24-13-5 (13-10-5 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan, 8-5; W vs. Minnesota, 3-2 ot. APRIL 5: vs. Boston College.
2. Boston College
There are no No. 1 seeds in St. Louis, but Cory Schneider is a pretty good No. 1.
28-11-1 (18-8-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W St. Lawrence, 4-1; W vs. Miami, 4-0. APRIL 5: vs. North Dakota.
3. Notre Dame
The Irish's hopes in Saturday's game waned every minute that Friday's marathon stretched on.
32-7-3 (21-4-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 3-2 2ot; L vs. Michigan State, 2-1.
4. Minnesota
The Gophers fell, but Erik Johnson may beat North Dakota to St. Louis.
31-10-3 (18-7-3 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Air Force, 4-3 ot; L vs. North Dakota, 3-2 ot.
5. Michigan State
54 weeks after their last meeting, Michigan State gets another shot at Maine in the NCAAs, hoping this one turns out better than the last.
24-13-3 (15-10-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 5-1; W vs. Notre Dame, 2-1.
6. Clarkson
Clarkson's top eight scorers could return next season, which of course doesn't scare Jon Quick one bit.
25-9-5 (13-5-4 ECACHL) LAST WEEK: L vs. Massachusetts, 1-0.
7. Maine
Go ahead and take those four earlier wins, Massachusetts. We'll head back to the Frozen.
23-14-2 (14-12-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Cloud State, 4-1; W vs. Massachusetts, 3-1. APRIL 5: vs. Michigan State.
8. Michigan
T.J. Hensick might not have wanted to take that 10-minute misconduct – that seemed like an opportune game to rack up some points.
26-14-1 (18-9-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 8-5.
9. New Hampshire
The typically high flying Wildcats were held to two goals or fewer eight times in February and March.
26-11-2 (18-7-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Miami, 2-1.
10. St. Cloud State
The Huskies' first NCAA Tournament lead hardly feels like cause for celebration.
22-11-7 (14-7-7 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Maine, 4-1.
11. Boston University
The Terriers won the third-place game the last time the Frozen Four visited St. Louis, in Jack Parker's second season back in '75.
20-10-9 (13-6-8 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan State, 5-1.
12. Massachusetts
Losing is never fun, but the Minutemen can sit back this summer and reflect on the greatest season in the program's history.
21-13-5 (15-9-3 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Clarkson, 1-0 ot; L vs. Maine, 4-1.
13. Miami
Things could've gone differently for the RedHawks had BC's Cory Schneider not stood on his head in the first period of Sunday's game.
24-14-4 (16-8-4 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. New Hampshire, 2-1; L vs. Boston College, 4-0.
14. St. Lawrence
Good guys don't always win. In the case of the Northeast Regional, with four legit good guys behind the benches, it was impossible.
23-14-2 (16-5-1 ECACHL) LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston College, 4-1.
15. Denver
The Pioneers had some great hockey in their backyard, if they could stomach watching it.
21-15-4 (13-11-4 WCHA)
16. Quinnipiac
The Maple Leafs never seem too fond of college players, which makes us wonder if Reid Cashman convinced them Quinnipiac was an obscure member of the QMJHL.
21-14-5 (10-8-4 ECACHL)
17. Dartmouth
Tanner Glass picked up his first pro point with an assist for the Rochester Americans on Sunday. Dartmouth fans would've prefered that he played in Rochester for Dartmouth last weekend.
18-12-3 (12-7-3 ECACHL)
18. Wisconsin
Overheard as Brian Elliott watched the Notre Dame-Huntsville overtimes: "That's nuthin'."
19-18-4 (12-13-3 WCHA)
19. RIT
Such is life in the Power Rankings, RIT: The Tigers lost their leading scorer to the pros.
21-11-2 (20-7-1 Atlantic Hockey)
20. Michigan Tech
The Huskies were 2-0-0 against St. Louis-bound North Dakota – both on the road.
18-17-5 (11-12-5 WCHA)

Dropped out: None

Bubble-licious: Air Force, Alabama-Huntsville