October 23, 2011
INCH Power Rankings

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The biggest mover in this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings was Ferris State, based on a home sweep of Miami. The Bulldogs are 6-0-0 on the year and have won three games by shutout.

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
On fire: Calgary Flames draft picks Bill Arnold (5-5 - 10) and Johnny Gaudreau (3-4 - 7) are both averaging better than a point per game in the early part of the season.
5-1-0 (3-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Massachusetts, 4-2; W at Northeastern, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, vs. UMass Lowell
2. Colorado College
Starting with this weekend’s trip to Rensselaer, the Tigers play five straight, and seven of their next nine on the road.
2-0-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Rensselaer, at Rensselaer
3. Denver
Prior to Saturday’s 10-2 drubbing of Minnesota State, the Pioneers last reached double digits in goals on Dec. 27, 1995, when DU hung an 11-1 loss on Air Force.
3-1-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 4-2; W vs. Minneosta State, 10-2. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech
4. Yale

Keith Allain hopes Yale's exhibition loss to Waterloo is a learning experience. "This sends a good message to our guys. You need a certain intensity level to compete in our league, and it's hard to simulate that in practice," he said.

0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L vs. Waterloo, 2-1 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: vs. Princeton, at Dartmouth (Ivy Shootout)
5. Union
Some people find RIT's Ritter Arena to be a difficult place to play. That wasn't the case for Union, as the Dutchmen scored on the first shift of the game and went ahead 4-0 after the first period.
2-0-3 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T at Niagara, 3-3 ot; W at RIT, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, vs. American International
6. Minnesota
Sunday’s loss to Vermont snapped the Gophers’ five-game winning streak, their longest since winning seven in a row midway through the 2006-07 season.
5-1-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 6-0; L vs. Vermont, 5-4. THIS WEEK: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage
7. Michigan
Goaltender Shawn Hunwick stopped all 17 Northern Michigan shots he faced Friday before earning a major for contact to the head and a game misconduct after getting flattened by the Wildcats’ Andrew Cherniwchan midway through the second period.
4-1-1 (0-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Northern Michigan, 5-3; T at Northern Michigan, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Ferris State, vs. Ferris State
8. Merrimack
Merrimack ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense last year by yielding just 2.49 goals-against per game. This year has started even better, as the Warriors have allowed just four goals in four games.
4-0-0 (2-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northeastern, 4-1; W vs. Connecticut, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at Vermont, at Vermont
9. Ferris State
With six wins in as many games, the Bulldogs are off to their best start since 1979-80 when FSU reeled off eight straight victories in its first season in the CCHA.
6-0-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Miami, 4-2; W vs. Miami, 2-0. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, at Michigan
10. Notre Dame
Sophomore Anders Lee, who scored three goals, was voted No. 1 star in the Fighting Irish’s 5-2 win against Rensselaer Friday, but the night really belonged to Notre Dame’s glittering new Compton Family Ice Arena.
3-2-0 (1-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Rensselaer, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Bowling Green, at Bowling Green
11. Western Michigan
Bronco fans were a little cheesed at us last season when we made mention of their inordinate amount of ties (an NCAA-high 10 draws). But through six games this year, WMU has three ties. Not an indictment; we’re just sayin’.
3-0-3 (1-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Alaska, 4-1; T at Alaska, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan, vs. Northern Michigan
12. North Dakota
Fighting Sioux? More like fighting the puck. After Brad Eidsness allowed four goals on 18 shots in 26 minutes of work in a loss at Wisconsin Friday, Aaron Dell was victimized for five goals on 15 shots as the Badgers earned the sweep.
2-3-1 (0-2-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Wisconsin, 5-3; L at Wisconsin, 5-4. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State
13. Colgate
Austin Smith is off to a huge start in his senior season, with at least one point in all five games so far, and five goals and two assists overall. He scored twice in the third period as Colgate rallied to tie Army.
3-1-1 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T vs. Army, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Niagara, vs. Niagara
14. Northern Michigan
The ‘Cats’ solid start has the fans in Marquette excited. More than 4,200 fans packed the Berry Events Center for Saturday’s 2-2 tie with Michigan, the rink’s first sellout in four years.
4-1-1 (1-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan, 5-3; T vs. Michigan, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
15. Dartmouth
Dartmouth scored two goals in a span of 24 seconds in an exhibition win over Western Ontario, and Dustin Walsh had two goals and an assist. You might remember him.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Ontario, 4-2 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: vs. Brown, vs. Yale (Ivy Shootout)
16. Boston University
After a 5-4 loss to Holy Cross, Jack Parker said they had a center, a left wing, and a right wing play well, the problem is that the three players are on different lines.
2-2-0 (1-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Holy Cross, 5-4. THIS WEEK: at Massacusetts, vs. Massachusetts
17. Miami
With two wins in their first six games, the RedHawks are off to their worst start since opening the 2003-04 season with a 1-4-1 mark. That team recovered to win 23 games and earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
2-4-0 (0-2-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Ferris State, 4-2; L at Ferris State, 2-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Lake Superior State, vs. Lake Superior State
18. Quinnipiac
Freshman Matthew Peca scored a short-handed goal late in the first period Saturday and it proved to be the game-winner at Robert Morris, as the Bobcats scored two empty-net goals to wrap the game.
6-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Robert Morris, 5-4; W at Robert Morris, 4-1. THIS WEEK: Off
19. Lake Superior State
Underrated goalie Kevin Kapalka has a 1.84 GAA and .926 save percentage in six starts, and he’s even terrific in defeat. He made 28 saves in his first loss of the year, a 1-0 decision against Bowling Green Friday in the Soo.
5-1-0 (3-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Bowling Green, 1-0; W vs. Bowling Green, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Miami, at Miami
20. Clarkson
One of the keys to Clarkson's early success is having two effective power-play units. How effective? Seven different Golden Knights have scored at least one power-play goal this season, and the team is 10-for-34 with the man advantage.
4-1-1 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. American International, 5-2; W vs. American International, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at Bentley, at Bentley

Dropped out: Alaska Anchorage, RIT, Providence, Michigan Tech

Bubble-licious: Bowling Green, Cornell, Harvard