December 5, 2004
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We thought Minnesota and Colorado College were the nation's two best teams before this weekend, and although both lost a game, they did nothing to dispell those beliefs. It was a terrific series in Colorado Springs between a couple of teams that proved they belong atop the rankings.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank Minnesota, CC, and the rest of the nation's top teams (along with movement since last week and a note).

No. Team

Of Note
1. Minnesota Ryan Potulny owns or shares the NCAA lead in goals, power play goals and game-winning goals.
11-4-0 (7-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Colorado College, 3-1; W at Colorado College, 7-2. THIS WEEK: at St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State.
2. Colorado College The Tigers looked great Friday night – as does our slideshow of the weekend from photographer Casey Gibson.
11-3-0 (5-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 3-1; L vs. Minnesota, 7-2. THIS WEEK: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage.
3. Wisconsin 1 The U.S. National Junior Team is announced this week. Mike Eaves won't be there this year, but a handful of his players will.
12-4-0 (9-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-2; W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota State, at Minnesota State.
4. Michigan 1 In 10 CCHA games, the Wolverines are outscoring their opponents, 45-18.
11-4-1 (9-1-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Notre Dame, 6-1; W at Notre Dame, 8-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Bowling Green, at Bowling Green.
5. Boston College 2 Eagles have had 50-plus shots in three games this season and they're 0-1-2, including Saturday's 61-shot tie vs. Providence.
6-3-3 (3-1-3 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L at Boston University, 3-2; T vs. Providence, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern.
6. New Hampshire 1 Two wins and a 47-17 football loss remind Granite Staters that theirs is a hockey school.
10-3-2 (5-1-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Clarkson, 3-1; W vs. St. Lawrence, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Massachusetts, vs. U.S. Under-18 Team (Ex.).
7. Denver 1 Remember the team that won last year's national championship, 1-0? They currently lead the nation in scoring offense (4.13 gpg).
10-5-0 (7-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Michigan Tech, 5-1; W at Michigan Tech, 4-2. THIS WEEK: Off.
8. North Dakota 2 Sioux fans probably aren't happy with a split against Alaska Anchorage, but seeing Brady Murray back in the lineup likely brought out a few smiles in Grand Forks.
10-6-2 (8-5-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska Anchorage, 4-2; L vs. Alaska Anchorage, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota Duluth, at Minnesota Duluth.
9. Maine Black Bears are unbeaten in six straight (4-0-2), with shutouts in two of their last three games.
10-6-2 (6-3-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T vs. Merrimack, 2-2 ot; W vs. Merrimack, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at Harvard.
10. Ohio State Weekend sweep against visiting Alaska-Fairbanks gives Buckeyes seven wins in as many tries at home this season.
11-4-1 (9-2-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska-Fairbanks, 2-1; W vs. Alaska-Fairbanks, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Clarkson, at Clarkson.
11. Vermont Not that the Catamounts' 11-game unbeaten streak will make them overconfident, but perhaps ex-governor Howard Dean could stop by for a chat just in case.
9-4-3 (4-0-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Northeastern, 2-0. THIS WEEK: at Harvard.
12. Colgate 1 Raiders have allowed just three first-period goals all year, including one in the last 11 games.
12-4-0 (5-1-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Princeton, 4-2; W vs. Yale, 4-1. THIS WEEK: Off.
13. Cornell 1 Spreading the wealth: Big Red scored 11 goals this weekend, and they came from 10 different players.
7-2-2 (4-1-1 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Yale, 6-2; W vs. Princeton, 5-3. THIS WEEK: Off.
14. Boston University 1 The Terriers, who last year couldn't rent a goal (never mind buying one) are the highest scoring team in Hockey East play.
9-6-0 (8-1-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston College, 3-2; W at Massachusetts, 7-1. THIS WEEK: at Rensselaer.
15. Northern Michigan 1 Andrew Contois picked up five assists in sweep of Nebraska-Omaha and added empty-net goal in last minute of Saturday's win for good measure.
8-4-2 (6-3-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 3-2; W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 6-3. THIS WEEK: at Alaska-Fairbanks, at Alaska-Fairbanks.
16. Harvard 3 Justin Tobe, the one-time Michigan State netminder, is now 2-0-0 with a .945 save percentage for the Crimson.
7-3-1 (5-3-1 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Union, 4-1; W vs. Rensselaer, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Vermont, vs. Maine.
17. Bowling Green With star goalie Jordan Sigalet sidelined Saturday by a stomach flu – one night after making 46 saves in a win at Michigan State – Falcons settle for split with Spartans.
8-4-2 (5-3-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Michigan State, 2-1; L vs. Michigan State, 6-4. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, vs. Michigan.
18. Minnesota Duluth 6 Things continue to go badly for UMD, but at least they haven't been implicated in any BALCO grand jury testimony.
7-7-2 (5-5-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Wisconsin, 3-2; L at Wisconsin, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota.
19. Nebraska-Omaha 1 Freshman goalie Eric Aarnio got his first career start against Northern Michigan Saturday, gave up two goals on as many shots 39 seconds into the game and was replaced by Chris Holt.
7-6-1 (5-6-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Northern Michigan, 3-2; L at Northern Michigan, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Lake Superior State, vs. Lake Superior State.
20. UMass Lowell NR If anybody kept non-conference standings, the River Hawks would be at the top: their 7-0-0 record outside Hockey East is the best in the nation.
7-5-1 (0-5-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Lawrence, 7-2; W vs. Clarkson, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Dartmouth, at Northeastern.

Dropped out: Alaska-Fairbanks

Bubble-licious: Alaska-Fairbanks, St. Cloud State, Dartmouth, Brown, Michigan State

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