October 30, 2011
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As the college hockey calendar turns toward November, just five undefeated teams remain. Four of them are in the top-10 of the latest Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, and the fifth (Harvard) hasn't played yet.

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 Eagles have scored four or more goals in seven of their eight games. The one night they didn't was the team's only loss of the season, a 4-2 defeat to Denver on Oct. 14.
7-1-0 (5-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at UMass Lowell, 4-2; W vs. UMass Lowell, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine, at Massachusetts
2. Colorado College
Follow the numbers, people. Of the eight goals the Tigers scored against Rensselaer this weekend, three were empty-netters. Junior forward Rylan Schwartz was on the business end of three of the five non-ENGs.
4-0-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Rensselaer, 4-1; W at Rensselaer, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Nebraska-Omaha, at Nebraska-Omaha
3. Minnesota
Sophomores were responsible for seven of the Gophers’ eight goals in their sweep of Alaska Anchorage. The outlier, freshman Kyle Rau, added an empty netter in Saturday’s 3-1 win.
7-1-0 (4-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Alaska Anchorage, 5-0; W at Alaska Anchorage, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota
4. Michigan

’Tis best to give and receive: Rookie forward Phil Di Giuseppe scored twice in the Wolverines’ win against Ferris State Thursday, then added two assists in Friday’s shutout of the Bulldogs.

6-1-1 (2-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ferris State, 5-2; W vs. Ferris State, 4-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Western Michigan, vs. Western Michigan
5. Yale
Yale had just six healthy defensemen on the roster for this past weekend's Ivy Shootout, and senior Kevin Peel was out of lineup. Three of the six blueliners were freshmen.
1-0-1 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T vs. Princeton, 2-2 ot; W at Dartmouth, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Cornell, vs. Colgate
6. Merrimack
After winning its first two games by one-goal margins, the Warriors have outscored opponents 17-4 over its most recent four games.
6-0-0 (4-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Vermont, 4-1; W at Vermont, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern, at Northeastern
7. Union
After losing its first game of the season at UNH, Union came out quickly on Saturday against AIC with 23 shots in the first period. That was a school record for shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes of a game.
3-1-3 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at New Hampshire, 2-1 ot; W vs. American International, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at St. Lawrence, at Clarkson
8. Denver
Call it Home-vember: Starting with this weekend’s series against Minnesota Duluth, the Pioneers play seven in a row at Magness Arena and don’t leave the Mile High City until a Dec. 9-10 trip to Bemidji State.
3-2-1 (2-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Michigan Tech, 7-2; T at Michigan Tech, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth
9. Notre Dame
Forward Anders Lee notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season in the Fighting Irish’s sweep of Bowling Green. Lee, who scored 24 goals as a freshman last year, didn’t get his 10th until Dec. 12.
5-2-0 (3-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Bowling Green, 3-1; W at Bowling Green, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan
10. Western Michigan
In eight games this season, the Broncos have allowed more than two goals just once — a 3-3 tie at Union Oct. 15. That stinginess will be tested by Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor.
5-0-3 (3-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northern Michigan, 4-2; W vs. Northern Michigan, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, at Michigan
11. Ferris State
The Bulldogs, which had allowed a total of five goals during its season-opening, six-game winning streak, gave up five in Thursday’s loss at Michigan and four more as the Wolverines completed the sweep the following night.
6-2-0 (2-2-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Michigan, 5-2; L at Michigan, 4-0. THIS WEEK: at Bowling Green, at Bowling Green
12. Lake Superior State
How remarkable are Lake Superior State’s seven October wins? Only once in the previous seven seasons did Lake Superior State win seven games before Dec. 1.
7-1-0 (5-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Miami, 3-2 ot; W at Miami, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State, vs. Bemidji State
13. Colgate
Colgate yielded two goals against Niagara in the final seven minutes of both games this past weekend to lose leads each time, but Austin Smith scored in overtime for the Raiders on Friday.
4-2-1 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Niagara, 7-6 ot; L vs. Niagara, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Brown, at Yale
14. Boston University
The Terriers trailed UMass 3-0 after the first period but second-period goals in a span of 54 seconds and quick-strike third-period goals separated by 2:08 helped BU rally for an overtime victory.
3-2-1 (2-1-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T at Massachusetts, 2-2 ot; W vs. Massachusetts, 5-4 ot. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell
15. Dartmouth
Dartmouth hosted the Ivy Shootout, and the four teams combined to score just 15 goals over four games on the weekend.
1-1-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 2-1; L vs. Yale, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Quinnipiac, vs. Princeton
16. Quinnipiac
After a weekend off, Quinnipiac plays three road games this week. The Bobcats were 3-2-1 in six games last year against Princeton, Dartmouth and Harvard.
6-2-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Princeton, at Dartmouth, at Harvard
17. North Dakota
The four-game winless streak the Fighting Sioux snapped by beating St. Cloud State Saturday in Grand Forks was NoDak’s longest since dropping four straight between Dec. 8-16, 2006.
3-4-1 (1-3-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. St. Cloud State, 4-0; W vs. St. Cloud State, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, at Minnesota
18. Michigan Tech
Appearing in his first two games of the season, sophomore forward Milos Gordic scored four goals—including three in Friday’s 7-2 triumph—as the Huskies earned a win and tie against visiting Denver.
5-2-1 (3-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Denver, 7-2; T vs. Denver, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State
19. Clarkson
The Golden Knights' current six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) is the team's longest since a 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2) in the middle of the 2006-07 season.
5-1-2 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Bentley, 3-2; T at Bentley, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Rensselaer, vs. Union
20. Northern Michigan
Between now and a Jan. 13-14 trip to Michigan State, the Wildcats play nine of 13 at home and 11 of 13 in the Upper Peninsula. The lone exception is a mid-November trek to Columbus to face Ohio State.
4-3-1 (1-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Western Michigan, 4-2; L at Western Michigan, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame

Dropped out: Miami

Bubble-licious: Harvard, Maine, Minnesota Duluth