October 31, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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Former top-spot holder Boston College dropped a game for the second weekend in a row, while Miami keeps on taking care of business. The RedHawks are our new number-one in the INCH Power Rankings.

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
Remember our RedHawk advance scouting report — keep an eye on No. 11? Well, Carter Camper had two goals and three assists last weekend. This is gonna stay here until someone shuts him down. And when that happens, we’ll take credit for it.
5-1-2 (3-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior State, 6-2; T vs. Lake Superior State, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Ferris State, at Ferris State
2. Minnesota Duluth
Five of the Bulldogs’ eight games, including both at Bemidji State this past weekend, have been decided by one or fewer goals and four have gone into overtime.
6-0-2 (3-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Bemidji State, 3-2 ot; T at Bemidji State, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North Dakota
3. Boston University
Not exactly Tim Thomas numbers, but Kieran Millan has a .934 save percentage and a GAA under 2.00 for the unbeaten Terriers.
6-0-1 (4-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at UMass Lowell, 5-1; W vs. UMass Lowell, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine
4. Boston College

Two losses and two goals per game in the past two weeks doesn't add up for a team with this much talent.

4-2-0 (2-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 3-2; L at Merrimack, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. UMass Lowell, vs. New Hampshire
5. Michigan
The Wolverines have scored 11 first-period goals, tops in the CCHA. Two of those came in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Ferris State at Yost Ice Arena.
4-1-3 (3-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Ferris State, 2-2 ot; W vs. Ferris State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Alaska, at Alaska
6. Maine
A perfect time for a one-game weekend for Maine and BU, as the two Hockey East teams who have played the best thus far meet Saturday at Agganis Arena.
4-1-2 (2-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Vermont, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Boston University
7. Yale
Seniors Denny Kearney (4-4—8) and Broc Little (3-3—6) led the way as the Bulldogs opened their season with a pair of victories, scoring seven goals each night.
2-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 7-4; W vs. Dartmouth, 7-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Princeton, vs. Quinnipiac
8. North Dakota
The Fighting Sioux outshot Denver by a 63-34 margin last weekend, but the Pioneers outscored NoDak by a 6-4 margin. Feel free to jump to your own conclusion here.
4-3-1 (3-1-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Denver, 4-3; L vs. Denver, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth
9. Union
Freshman Mat Bodie scored his first career goal at the perfect time, with 30 seconds left in the third period to tie the game against Rensselaer Saturday afternoon in Lake Placid.
5-1-2 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T vs. Connecticut, 3-3 ot; T vs. Rensselaer, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Harvard, at Dartmouth
10. Michigan State
Apropos of Halloween, Alabama-Huntsville gave the Spartans a scare, erasing a 4-1 deficit by scoring thrice in the final 3:48 of regulation to earn a 4-4 draw Friday and taking them to the wire Saturday in a 2-1 MSU win.
3-0-3 (1-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 4-4 ot; W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
11. New Hampshire
UNH became the first visiting team to score seven goals at Cornell's Lynah Rink since Providence did so, way back on Jan. 5, 1999.
2-1-2 (0-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Cornell, 7-4. THIS WEEK: at Boston College, at UMass Lowell
12. Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish scored a total of five goals in their win and tie against Western Michigan—two from freshman David Gerths, two from freshman Anders Lee, and one from freshman Jeff Costello.
5-1-1 (3-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Michigan, 3-2; T at Western Michigan, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Bowling Green, at Bowling Green
13. Denver
One bad mother, that Zucker: Rookie forward Jason Zucker, who scored twice for the Pioneers in their win and tie against Wisconsin two weekends ago, potted three goals in a split with North Dakota this past weekend.
3-3-2 (2-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at North Dakota, 4-3; W at North Dakota, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College, at Colorado College
14. Nebraska-Omaha
Historic weekend for the Mavericks as they host their first-ever WCHA series—by entertaining Minnesota State, which UNO has played every season going back to 2001-02, to Omaha. Splashy.
5-1-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State
15. Alaska
Senior forward Kevin Petovello paced the Nanooks in their sweep of Bowling Green with two goals in Friday’s 4-1 win and three assists in Saturday’s finale, another 4-1 outcome.
5-2-1 (2-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Bowling Green, 4-1; W vs. Bowling Green, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan, vs. Michigan
16. Wisconsin
The Badgers follow this weekend’s road trip to Minnesota with a two-month stretch of games during which they play 12 of 14 games at the Kohl Center, the lone exception being a visit to Alaska Anchorage next month.
5-2-1 (2-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 5-2; W vs. Michigan Tech, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, at Minnesota
17. Rensselaer
Senior forwards Tyler Helfrich and Chase Polacek are being counted on to lead the RPI offense, and they have been up to the task so far this year, with nine points each.
3-1-3 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T vs. Union, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Dartmouth, at Harvard
18. Merrimack
No sophomore slump for Stephane Da Costa. He has recorded at least one point in all five Merrimack games and has eight points so far.
2-1-2 (1-1-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Boston College, 3-2; W vs. Boston College, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Sweden Under-20s (Ex.), at Providence
19. Robert Morris
After suffering its first loss of the year in a tough environment at RIT, Robert Morris bounced back with a 4-2 win at Niagara. Chris Kushneriuk scored the third-period game-winner against the Purps.
5-1-0 (4-1-0 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at RIT, 3-2 ot; W at Niagara, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Holy Cross, at Holy Cross
20. Quinnipiac
The Bobcats have scored 3.0 goals-per-game or better for the last six seasons. The only other schools to match that streak - Boston College, Miami, Michigan, New Hampshire and North Dakota. Impressive company.
4-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at St. Cloud State, 4-2; L at St. Cloud State, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Brown, at Yale

Dropped out: Cornell, Western Michigan

Bubble-licious: Clarkson, Minnesota, St. Cloud State