October 25, 2009
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Our top-ranked team suffered its first loss of the year but it wasn't enough to knock these birds from their perch since other contenders also suffered losses. Denver moved higher with an impressive sweep of Minnesota.

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
This week marks the start of an important stretch for the RedHawks. Eight of the team's next 10 games are on the road, including trips to Michigan, North Dakota, and a date with Bemidji State in Grand Forks in a 2009 Frozen Four semfinal rematch.
4-1-1 (1-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan State, 2-1; L vs. Michigan State, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan
2. North Dakota
Fighting Sioux freshman goalie Aaron Dell pulled off a unique feat against Alaska Anchorage Friday, shutting out the Seawolves in his first career start and notching an assist to boot.
4-1-1 (2-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Alaska-Anchorage, 5-0; L at Alaska-Anchorage, 2-1. THIS WEEK: Off
3. Denver

Fun with round numbers: Saturday's 3-0 win at Minnesota was the 500th of coach George Gwozdecky's career, and his 350th behind the DU bench, his home for 15-plus seasons following stints at Wisconsin-River Falls and Miami.

4-2-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota 3-0; W at Minnesota, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State
4. Boston University
It's too early to say this weekend's home-and-home set with UMass Lowell is a crucial Hockey East series, but it will serve as a measuring stick for a BU team plugging some holes and a UML club seeking a perch among the league's elite teams.
1-2-0 (0-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Notre Dame, 3-0; W vs. Michigan, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, vs. UMass Lowell
5. Michigan
In its win against Niagara at Yost Ice Arena Thursday, the Wolverines scored three goals in the game's first 10 minutes and held on for a 3-2 win.
2-2-0 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Niagara, 3-2; L at Boston University, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Lake Superior State, at Lake Superior State
6. Vermont
This week's trip to Maine is Vermont's third straight weekend with just one game.
2-2-0 (1-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Merrimack, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Maine
7. Cornell
Rookie blueliner Nick D'Agostino scored twice in his first game for the Big Red in Friday's 7-0 win over Windsor.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Windsor, 7-0 (Ex.); L vs. USNTDP U-18, 3-2 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: vs. Niagara
8. Princeton
Following up on last week's note regarding the scrimmage against Morrisville: The Tigers won, 7-0, outshooting the Mustangs by a 58-15 margin.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Morrisville, 7-0 (Ex.); L vs. Winsdor, 5-3 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: vs. Brown, vs. Yale
9. Notre Dame
Boston College handed Notre Dame its third loss of the season last Friday. In all three cases, the Irish have been on the short end of a 3-2 score.
3-3-0 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Boston University, 3-0; L vs. Boston College, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Ohio State; vs. Ohio State
10. Nebraska-Omaha
Nick Fanto, the team's leading scorer with six points in four games, entered his senior season with 30 points in 101 career games.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK:Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Bowling Green, vs. Bowling Green.
11. UMass Lowell
Might want to think twice before taking that thoughtless penalty against the RiverHawks—UML was 4 for 12 with the man advantage against Colgate and Northeastern last weekend.
3-1-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Colgate, 5-3; W vs. Northeastern, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University, at Boston University
12. Yale
Saturday night's Halloween opener at Princeton is a non-league game. Yale will formally begin its defense of its ECAC Hockey the following weekend at RPI and Union.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Ontario Institute of Technology (Ex.); at Princeton
13. Alaska
This weekend's pair of games with Ferris State mark the first of two home series against CCHA competition for the Nanooks, who were 8-4-2 against league foes last season.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Ferris State, vs. Ferris State
14. Bemidji State
Freshman goalie Mathieu Dugas earned his first career shutout in his first start, turning aside all 13 shots he faced in a 5-0 rout of Northern Michigan.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 CHA) LAST WEEK: T at Northern Michigan, 3-3 ot; W at Northern Michigan, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at Alabama-Huntsville, at Alabana-Huntsville
15. Boston College
Public address fail: At Saturday's BC-Notre Dame football game, it was announced that the Irish had been defeated by the defending national champion Eagles the previous night.
1-1-0 (0-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Notre Dame, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack, at Merrimack
16. Massachusetts
Nice weekend for the UMass hockey program—the Minutemen improve to 3-0 by beating Maine in Amherst, and ex-goalie Jon Quick, now with the L.A. Kings, signs a three-year contract extention worth a reported $5.4 million.
3-0-0 (2-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. vs. Maine, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Providence, vs. Providence
17. St. Cloud State
Among those inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame this past weekend were Jeff Saterdalen, the leading scorer in Husky hockey history with 179 points in 148 career games played from 1988-92.
2-2-2 (1-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-3 ot; W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech
18. Colorado College
The Tigers' sweep of Michigan Tech in Colorado Springs was the start of a seven-week stretch during which they play 9 of 11 on the road.
4-1-1 (3-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 4-1; W vs. Michigan Tech, 8-5. THIS WEEK: Off
19. Michigan State
Bittersweet moment for Spartan fans: Right about the time forward Andrew Rowe scored in OT to salvage at 3-2 ot win and a split with top-ranked Miami, Iowa scored a last-second touchdown in a 15-13 win over MSU.
4-2-0 (1-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Miami, 2-1; W at Miami, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
20. New Hampshire
Nice weekend for UNH defenseman Blake Kessel, who had 1-4—5 and a plus-minus rating of +4 in wins against Northeastern.
2-2-1 (2-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northeastern, 4-2; W vs. Maine, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin

Dropped out: Minnesota, Wisconsin

Bubble-licious: Quinnipiac, Wisconsin