October 24, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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There were plenty of movers and shakers among the top-five teams in the INCH Power Rankings. Even though last week's top team, Boston College, was shaken on the road at South Bend, they didnt move. We still think they're the best team in the nation, and that's reflected this week.

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. Boston College
The number-one team in the INCH Power Rankings lost last weekend, but we still give the defending national champs the benefit of the doubt this week.
3-1-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Notre Dame, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack, at Merrimack
2. Miami
In this very space last week, we offered our RedHawk advance scouting report for the world to see: Keep an eye on No. 11. Based on Carter Camper’s weekend numbers (1-7—8), we’re guessing Northern Michigan chose to not heed our advice.
4-1-1 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northern Michigan, 4-0; W vs. Northern Michigan, 9-1
3. Minnesota Duluth
Based on Bulldog fans’ tweets, freshman forward J.T. Brown is the new favorite among that group. He’s scored nine points in six games, one of them being the winning goal in Friday’s OT triumph against Alaska Anchorage.
5-0-1 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska Anchorage, 3-2 ot; W vs. Alaska Anchorage, 6-0. THIS WEEK: at Bemidji State, at Bemidji State
4. Michigan

Senior winger Scooter Vaughn, a former defenseman, scored two goals in Saturday’s 6-1 rout of Nebraska-Omaha. He’s got four goals in six games this season; coming into the year, Vaughn had two goals in 93 career games.

3-1-2 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 4-2; W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1. THIS WEEK: at Ferris State, vs. Ferris State
5. Boston University
Living dangerously is just fine - the operative word is living. The Terriers are unbeaten thanks to four one-goal wins and a tie.
4-0-1 (2-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Massachusetts, 4-3; W vs. Providence, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, vs. UMass Lowell
6. Maine
The Black Bears delivered the statement of the young season and did it with a chorus of voices -- eight players had goals and two goalies got wins.
3-1-2 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. North Dakota, 7-3; W vs. North Dakota, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Vermont
7. North Dakota
The last time the Fighting Sioux got swept by a non-conference opponent? Why, that was Oct. 20-21, 2006, when Maine won two games at Engelstad Arena.
3-2-1 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Maine, 7-3; L at Maine, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, vs. Denver
8. Yale
Yale hosts the Ivy Shootout this weekend to start the year. This year it takes on a tournament format, with Friday's winners meeting Saturday night at The Whale.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Brown, vs. Dartmouth/Princeton (Ivy Shootout)
9. Union
Union has scored 29 goals in four home games this year. Needless to say, they're 4-0-0 at Messa Rink.
5-1-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Niagara, 6-1; W vs. RIT, 7-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Connecticut, vs. Rensselaer (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
10. Michigan State
After giving up four goals in the Spartans’ season opener against Maine, junior goalie Drew Palmisano has allowed a total of four goals in three games since.
2-0-2 (1-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Alaska, 1-1 ot; W vs. Alaska, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Alabama-Huntsville, vs. Alabama-Huntsville
11. New Hampshire
The Wildcats visit Ithaca seven months and three days after bouncing Cornell from the NCAA Tournament, in the Big Red's first non-exhibition action since then.
1-1-2 (0-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T at Northeastern, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Cornell
12. Denver
With a name like Zucker, he has to be good: Freshman Jason Zucker scored twice in the Pioneers’ 4-2 defeat of Wisconsin Friday.
2-2-2 (1-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Wisconsin, 4-2; T vs. Wisconsin, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North Dakota
13. Notre Dame
"To win a game like that, you have to have a difference-maker in goal," coach Jeff Jackson said following his team’s 2-1 win over visiting Boston College. That difference maker would be Irish sophomore Mike Johnson (28 saves).
4-1-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston College, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
14. Nebraska-Omaha
Nebraska-Omaha suffered its first loss of the year, a 6-1 setback at Michigan. Next up, 12 straight WCHA games between now and Christmas.
5-1-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Michigan, 4-2; L at Michigan, 6-1. THIS WEEK: Off
15. Alaska
Scott Greenham is good – real good – in goal, but he can’t score. Neither can the Nanooks for that matter, with just seven goals in their last five games.
3-2-1 (0-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Michigan State, 1-1 ot; L at Michigan State, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Bowling Green, vs. Bowling Green
16. Rensselaer
RPI remained perfect at Houston Field House with weekend wins over RIT and Niagara. Freshman Brock Higgs had three goals and an assist in those games, including the OT-winner against Niagara.
3-1-2 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. RIT, 4-1; W vs. Niagara, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Union (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
17. Wisconsin
We're still trying to find out about Wisconsin, the same status we're mired in regarding this week's upcoming opponent, Michigan Tech. Proving-ground weekend in Madison.
3-2-1 (0-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Denver, 4-2; T at Denver, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech
18. Cornell
Freshman goalie Andy Iles got his second start in the last year at Lynah Rink Saturday night in a 6-0 exhibition shutout over the US NTDP Under-18 team, the team he played for last year in beating the Big Red.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Trois-Rivieres, 6-3 (Ex.); W vs. US NTDP Under-18s, 6-0 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire, vs. RIT
19. Robert Morris
One factoid lost in the mire of Robert Morris' undefeated start to the year. Senior forward Nathan Longpre has passed the 100-point mark for his career.
4-0-0 (3-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at RIT, at Niagara
20. Western Michigan
The Broncos are 3-0-1 in their first four road games this season, pretty heady stuff considering they were 2-14-2 away from Kalamazoo last season.
4-1-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at St. Lawrence, 3-1; T at St. Lawrence, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Notre Dame, vs Notre Dame

Dropped out: St. Cloud State

Bubble-licious: Colorado College, Michigan Tech, Quinnpiac, St. Cloud State