October 26, 2008
INCH Power Rankings

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It's not easy to get wins in the North Country of upstate New York, but Colorado College didn't lose in its pair of games at Clarkson, and retained the top spot in the latest INCH Power Rankings. Don't believe us about that difficulty of getting wins up there? We'll direct those questions to the folks in New Hampshire. They'll vouch for our statement.

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. Colorado College
Is Chad Rau the early leader in the Hobey race? The senior forward has scored a goal in five of the Tigers' six games and in the one match in which he didn't light the lamp, he picked up three assists.
4-0-2 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Clarkson, 1-1 ot; T at Clarkson, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Denver, vs. Denver
2. Minnesota
The Gophers play nine of their next 12 at home; one of the "road" games is Saturday's tilt against Minnesota State at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
3-0-1 (3-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Wisconsin, 2-2 ot; W at Wisconsin, 5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State (St. Paul, Minn.)
3. Boston College
The Eagles are 4-0-1 in their last five games against Vermont, including a win in last year's Hockey East championship game. The last Catamount victories came on a weekend sweep of the Eagles in January 2007.
3-1-0 (1-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack, at Merrimack
4. Boston University
BU's seven-goal spree against Michigan tied its highest output at Agganis Arena. The Terriers will be without freshman Vinny Saponari for Friday's game at Vermont, as he received a DQ for fighting late in Saturday's win.
4-1-0 (1-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan, 7-2. THIS WEEK: at Vermont
5. Denver
Freshman Patrick Wiercioch (that's pronounced WEER-kosh) scored a goal in the Pioneers' loss to Ohio State Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound defenseman has four goals and two assists in five games.
4-1-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ohio State, 3-1; L vs. Ohio State, 4-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College, at Colorado College
6. New Hampshire
UNH had only allowed three goals in their first four games, and then St. Lawrence scored four on Sunday night. A bigger concern might be that New Hampshire has scored only five goals over its last four, since opening the year with a 5-1 win over Wisconsin.
3-1-1 (1-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. Massachusetts, 1-1 ot; L at St. Lawrence, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern, at Northeastern
7. Northeastern
The Huskies have allowed a total of eight goals over their first six games. That's the efficient way to a 5-0-1 record. Seniors Ryan Ginand and Dennis McCauley have scored three goals each to lead the team in that category.
5-0-1 (4-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Maine, 5-0; W at Maine, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, vs. New Hampshire
8. Princeton
Six different Princeton players scored the six goals in an exhibition game victory, but sophomore defenseman Cam Ritchie had four assists in the game.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Ontario, 6-2 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: at Brown, vs. Ontario IT (Ex.)
9. Miami
Freshman goalie Cody Reichard earned his first career shutout Friday, stopping all 29 shots he faced in a 2-0 whitewash of host Notre Dame.
3-1-2 (3-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Notre Dame, 2-0; W at Notre Dame, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska, vs. Alaska
10. Minnesota State
The yin to Minnesota's yang, the Mavs are on the road for nine of their next 12. That doesn't include Saturday's match against Minnesota in St. Paul, which is technically Mankato's home date.
3-1-0 (1-1-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, vs. Minnesota (St. Paul, Minn.)
11. Michigan
The Wolverines' special teams were anything but in Saturday's 7-2 loss to Boston University at Agganis Arena. Michigan was 2-for-12 on the power play; the Terriers scored on five of their nine extra-man opportunities.
4-2-0 (1-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Niagara, 4-2; L at Boston University, 7-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Ohio State, vs. Ohio State
12. Michigan State
Don't use Jeff Lerg's 2-2-1 record as an indication of how he's played so far this season. His goals-against average (1.58) and save percentage (.947) are sensational.
3-2-1 (1-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Northern Michigan, 2-2 ot; W vs. Northern Michigan, 2-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
13. St. Cloud State
The Huskies' power play is 10-for-25 in their three wins, and 1-for-24 in their three losses.
3-3-0 (0-2-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Bemidji State, 4-2; W at Bemidji State, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth (St. Paul, Minn.)
14. Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish are off to a subpar start, but consider this: after a Nov. 7 game at Boston College, Jeff Jackson's team might not face a ranked team until Jan. 30, when Michigan comes to town.
2-3-0 (0-2-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Miami, 2-0; L vs. Miami, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan
15. Cornell
Exhibition opponent Western Ontario pulled its goalie and tied the game with 27 seconds left in the third period. Headed for OT? Nope. Brendon Nash scored on an assist from his brother Riley with six seconds left to win it.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Ontario, 4-3 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: Off
16. Air Force
Just when we thought it was safe to take the name "Lamoureux" off our spell check: Jacques Lamoureux had 3-1—4 in the Falcons' sweep of American International, giving him 8-6—14 through six games.
6-0-0 (4-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at American International, 5-2; W at American International, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Bentley, vs. Bentley
17. Vermont
The Cats have allowed three goals in three straight games, and have a win, tie, and loss in that stretch.
2-1-1 (0-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Boston College, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University, at Dartmouth
18. Clarkson
Goals were tough to come by in a weekend series against Colorado College as the teams combined for just six lamp-lighters over 190 minutes of play. Scott Freeman factored in on two of Clarkson's tallies, including scoring the game-tying goal in the third period of Saturday's game.
1-1-2 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T vs. Colorado College, 1-1 ot; T vs. Colorado College, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Carleton (Ex.)
19. Alaska Anchorage
Forward Josh Lunden was the only UAA skater last season to score more than 10 goals. In six games this month, five Seawolves have picked up three or more goals — Lundin, Kevin Clark, Paul Crowder, Tommy Grant, and Craig Parkinson.
4-1-1 (1-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4-3; T vs. Minnesota Duluth, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech
20. St. Lawrence
The Saints took advantage of their first home game of the season with a 4-1 win over a top-five team. Not too shabby after starting the year with two close losses at Michigan and road wins over Niagara and RIT (off campus).
3-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. New Hampshire, 4-1. THIS WEEK: Off

Dropped out: Northern Michigan, Minnesota Duluth

Bubble-licious: Nebraska-Omaha, Colgate, Minnesota Duluth, Union