December 4 , 2011
INCH Power Rankings

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When the top three teams in the previous edition of the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings combine to accumulate a 1-5-0 record during the subsequent week, change is guaranteed. That made room for Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth to move to the top of the rankings. We gave the Gophers a slight edge on head-to-head results and overall winning percentage, but that doesn't discount Minnesota Duluth's 12-game unbeaten streak.

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. Minnesota
Home is where the wins are: By sweeping Minnesota State at Mariucci Arena, the Gophers improved to 8-1-0 at home this season, where they’ve outscored foes by a 42-11 margin. Twelve of Minnesota’s remaining 19 games are at home.
13-4-1 (10-2-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 4-2; W vs. Minnesota State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech
2. Minnesota Duluth
Senior forward Jack Connolly scored three goals and an assist in the Bulldogs’ sweep of Michigan Tech, extending his goal-scoring streak to eight games and point streak to 14 games in the process.
11-3-2 (9-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 5-3; W vs. Michigan Tech, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin
3. Boston College
The Eagles have two wins in their last five games, both against ranked opponents, and both behind the efforts of freshman goalie Brian Billett. He made 40 saves in Saturday's 6-1 win over BU in just his second career start.
11-5-0 (8-3-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston University, 5-3; W at Boston University 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Providence, at UMass Lowell
4. Merrimack

Merrimack played its fourth overtime game in a span of five contests and for the first time it didn't go the Warriors' way. After a tie and two victories in extra time, Providence scored the OT-winner on Friday night and handed Merrimack its first loss of the year.

9-2-1 (6-2-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Providence, 2-1 ot; L vs. Providence, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Vermont, at Colgate
5. Colorado College
“It’s an incredible feeling to be the hero for one night,” sophomore forward Alexander Krushelnyski told the Colorado Springs Gazette after scoring on an OT penalty shot Friday to beat rival Denver.
8-4-0 (6-4-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Denver, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage
6. Notre Dame
You know it’s gonna be a tough night when your starting goalie allows three goals on the first three shots he sees. That’s one of the many things that went wrong for the Fighting Irish in their losses to surgining Northeastern.
10-5-3 (7-2-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Northeastern, 9-2; L vs. Northeastern, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Ferris State, vs. Ferris State
7. Ohio State
The Buckeyes extended their win streak to nine by sweeping Lake Superior State. In case you were wondering (and we were), the longest win streak in OSU history is 16, set back in 1972-73.
12-3-1 (9-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior State, 5-2; W vs. Lake Superior State, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Miami, at Miami
8. Colgate
Colgate ran its winning streak to five games with 4-2 and 6-2 victories over Clarkson and St. Lawrence. In the five-game span, Colgate is scoring 4.2 goals per game and allowing just 1.4 goals per game.
11-4-1 (6-2-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Clarkson, 4-2; W vs. St. Lawrence, 6-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack
9. Western Michigan
The Broncos accomplished two things this weekend, snapping a five-game winless streak by sweeping Ferris State and jump-starting their moribund power play. WMU, which entered the series with seven PPGs in 57 opportunities, was 3-for-9 with the extra man against the Bulldogs.
8-4-4 (6-4-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Ferris State, 4-2; W vs. Ferris State, 3-0. THIS WEEK: at Bowling Green, vs. Bowling Green
10. Union
Last year's neutral-site game in Lake Placid between rivals Union and RPI ended in a tie. They'll have a chance to settle that score this weekend when they meet again at the Herb Brooks Arena.
7-3-5 (3-2-2 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T at Quinnipiac, 2-2 ot; T at Princeton, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Rensselaer (Lake Placid, N.Y.)
11. Ferris State
Got tickets to a Bulldog game? You’ve got about a 50/50 chance of seeing a shutout. Seven of FSU’s 16 matches this season have ended with one team scoreless. The most recent was the Bulldogs’ 3-0 loss to Western Michigan in Kalamazoo Saturday.
10-5-1 (6-5-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Western Michigan, 4-2; L at Western Michigan, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, at Notre Dame
12. Denver
Sophomore forward Jason Zucker was terrific in Friday’s loss at Colorado College, scoring two goals and an assist to extend his current point streak to six games. He has four goals and six assists during that span.
6-5-3 (4-3-3 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Colorado College, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Bemidji State, at Bemidji State
13. Boston University
BU won 5-3 Friday night at Boston College, despite being outshot 45-15 and the Eagles owning an 11-6 advantage in power-play chances. The teams combined for 30 penalties for 79 minutes.
8-5-1 (6-4-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Boston College, 5-3; L vs. Boston College, 6-1. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, at Maine
14. Cornell
With a 1-0 win and 0-0 tie at Lynah Rink this weekend, the Big Red extended their home-ice shutout streak to five games, a program record.
7-3-1 (6-1-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Lawrence, 1-0; T vs. Clarkson, 0-0 ot. THIS WEEK: Off
15. Michigan State
Junior forward Dean Chelios scored two goals and an assist Oct. 28 vs. Robert Morris before hurting his shoulder later in the match, forcing him to miss five games. In four games since his return to the lineup Nov. 25, he’s scored two goals and added three assists.
10-5-1 (6-4-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Bowling Green, 5-1; W vs. Bowling Green, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, vs. Michigan
16. UMass Lowell
The River Hawks have been on our radar, and this week solidified a spot in the INCH Power Rankings with a sleep of New Hampshire. Lowell has won nine of its first 13 games, including seven of its last eight.
9-4-0 (6-3-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. New Hampshire, 3-2; W at New Hampshire, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at Northeastern
17. Yale
The Bulldogs wrap up the first semester with a Wednesday night game against UMass. They'll hope for a faster start than in recent games, as Yale fell behind 2-0 against Brown in both games this past weekend.
6-4-1 (4-2-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 5-3; L at Brown, 6-4. THIS WEEK: at Massachusetts
18. Lake Superior State
The Lakers’ two losses at Ohio State this past weekend were the team’s first back-to-back defeats of the season. LSSU has scored a total of seven goals in its six losses to date.
10-6-2 (6-5-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Ohio State, 5-2; L at Ohio State, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan, vs. Northern Michigan
19. Providence
Providence's season has been marked by streaks. After starting 2-0, the Friars had a four-game winless streak. They answered with four straight wins, then lost three in a row. Once again Providence is moving in a positive direction after sweeping a home-and-home with Merrimack.
8-6-1 (6-3-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 2-1 ot; W at Merrimack, 6-1. THIS WEEK: at Boston College
20. North Dakota
Sophomore forward Brock Nelson has seven goals and four assists in North Dakota’s last four games, including a pair of two-goal outings in his teams sweep of Alaska Anchorage last weekend.
8-7-1 (6-6-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Alaska Anchorage, 5-2; W at Alaska Anchorage, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha

Dropped out: Miami, Michigan Tech, Nebraska-Omaha

Bubble-licious: Air Force, Michigan Tech, Nebraska-Omaha