October 28, 2007
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It looks like the score of one of Roger Federer's sets in a tennis match, but Miami's 6-0 means they've got a perfect record in their first six outings, not six-love. The state of New Hampshire is also perfect, as UNH improved to 3-0-0 with a sweep of Colorado College and Dartmouth won its first game of the season, 4-2 at Vermont on Sunday afternoon.

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. Miami
We’re not sure which is scarier – the RedHawks’ explosive offense, averaging 4.67 goals per game, or the fact that they’re doing it with a so-so power play (six PPGs in 44 chances).
6-0-0 (4-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 7-2; W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan.
2. New Hampshire
With the sweep of visiting Colorado College, the Wildcats open the season with three straight victories for the first time since 2003-04.
3-0-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Colorado College, 5-3; W vs. Colorado College, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Northeastern, vs. Northeastern.
3. North Dakota
Weekend results prove that NoDak is human, but just barely. It's now four shutouts in five games for J-P Lamoureux (we’re tired of typing the goalie's entire complicated, hyphenated name), and T.J. Oshie responded to the first loss with his first hat trick of the season.
3-1-1 (1-1-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan Tech, 3-1; W vs. Michigan Tech, 6-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College, vs. Colorado College.
4. Michigan State
The Spartans led Northern Michigan 5-1 after two periods Friday and held a 2-0 edge over the Wildcats after 20 minutes Saturday, but escaped with one-goal wins both nights.
4-1-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northern Michigan, 5-4; W vs. Northern Michigan, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Alaska, at Alaska.
5. Michigan
Ohhhh, Billy, Billy, Billy – junior goalie Billy Sauer stopped 52 of the 56 shots he faced as the Wolverines swept Boston University in Ann Arbor.
5-1-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 4-2; W vs. Boston University, 6-2. THIS WEEK: at Nebraska-Omaha, at Nebraska-Omaha.
6. Boston College
Freshman wing Joe Whitney tallied 2-4—6 in the Eagles’ weekend sweep of Merrimack, giving him a team-best 3-8—11 through six games.
3-1-2 (2-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 7-1; W at Merrimack, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine.
7. Denver
A whopping 43 shots on Saturday weren't enough to prevent the Pioneers from getting shut out at home for the fourth time since January. And now there’s a trip to Minneapolis, to face one or two more hot goalies, on tap.
4-2-0 (1-1-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 5-1; L vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-0. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, at Minnesota.
8. Wisconsin
The red-hot Badgers got a weekend off right before Halloween. One wonders if, with no games to play, the players found anything to do in Madison during their idle time. Other than studying, of course.
3-1-0 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech.
9. Clarkson
A pair of road games at Lake Superior State isn't an easy non-league weekend, but it seems relatively tame when you look ahead in the schedule. Clarkson still has weekend sets against St. Cloud State and Colorado College, and single games against Maine and Boston College on the schedule.
4-2-0 (1-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Lake Superior State, 4-0; L at Lake Superior State, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Harvard, vs. Dartmouth.
10. Colorado College
The Tigers have had enough of the "Live Free Or Die" folks for a while, having now lost six straight versus New Hampshire. Their last win versus the Wildcats was in the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
2-2-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at New Hampshire, 5-3; L at New Hampshire, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North Dakota.
11. Minnesota
Alex Kangas’ collegiate debut featured 21 saves in the third period of a close win over the Buckeyes. "I think that lays
to rest any questions about our goaltending," Gopher coach Don Lucia said afterward.
4-2-0 (0-2-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ohio State, 3-1; W vs. Ohio State, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, vs. Denver.
12. Maine
The Black Bears have won four in a row and outscored their opponents 15-8 after opening the season with two losses at Denver.
4-2-0 (2-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Northeastern, 3-2; W at Northeastern, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at Boston College.
13. Minnesota Duluth
Scoring by committee, coupled with physical defense and rock-solid goaltending – where have we seen that before? The Bulldogs are apparently taking a page from the 2006-07 script of another canine club on Lake Superior.
4-1-1 (3-1-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Denver, 5-1; W at Denver, 3-0. THIS WEEK: Off.
14. Notre Dame
Ferris State prevented the Irish from grabbing three wins last week with a 3-0 shutout in Big Rapids Saturday. Notre Dame failed to score on any of its 10 power play chances and allowed two shorthanded goals.
4-3-0 (2-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Bowling Green, 4-2; W at Ferris State, 3-2; L at Ferris State, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Lake Superior State, vs. Lake Superior State.
15. Michigan Tech
Michael-Lee Teslak (the hyphenated goalie trend continues) got the big win on Friday and got some garbage time on Saturday. We expect the rotation to endure for now, but Teslak is looking like the clear alpha dog in the Huskies’ tandem.
4-2-0 (3-1-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at North Dakota, 3-1; L at North Dakota, 6-0. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin.
16. Rensselaer
Jordan Alford allowed four goals against Boston College (three on the power play) at the IceBreaker Tournament. His other three starts have all been shutout wins — against Bentley, Sacred Heart, and Colgate.
5-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Union, 3-2; W vs. Colgate, 2-0 (Citizens Bank Governor's Cup). THIS WEEK: vs. Yale, vs. Brown.
17. Niagara
By sweeping Western Michigan last weekend, the Purple Eagles extended the nation's longest current home unbeaten streak to 20 games (18-0-2), which dates back to Feb. 10, 2006.
4-1-0 (0-0-0 CHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Michigan, 4-2; W vs. Western Michigan, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Bemidji State, at Bemidji State.
18. St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence has allowed just 13 goals through six games this year. Those types of numbers should yield better results than a .500 record.
3-3-0 (0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L vs. Colgate, 2-1; W vs. Union, 4-0 (Citizens Bank Governor's Cup). THIS WEEK: vs. Dartmouth, vs. Harvard.
19. Dartmouth
J.T. Wyman had three points in Dartmouth's win at Vermont, which gives the Big Green momentum and confidence on the road. They'll need it as they head to the North Country this weekend.
1-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Vermont, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at St. Lawrence, at Clarkson.
20. Massachusetts
We're giving UMass the benefit of the doubt, but the Minutemen could stand to defend home ice better. Ties against UMass-Lowell and Providence at Mullins aren't a good start to the Hockey East season.
2-2-2 (0-1-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Providence, 3-1; T vs. Providence, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack.

Dropped out: Cornell, Air Force, Alaska Anchorage

Bubble-licious: Cornell, Air Force, Alaska Anchorage, UMass-Lowell.