March 20, 2005
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With five titles awarded last weekend just one remains, and 16 teams have it in their sights.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with movement since last week and a note for each team).

No. Team

Of Note
1. Cornell Cornell's four losses match the '01 Michigan State team and the '03 Big Red for the fewest entering the tourney in this decade.
26-4-3 (18-2-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 5-0; W vs. Harvard, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Ohio State.
2. Denver 1 The last time the Pioneers played an NCAA Regional game in Massachusetts was in 1999, when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Michigan. The Wolverines scored the next five goals.
28-9-2 (19-7-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. North Dakota, 2-1 ot; W vs. Colorado College, 1-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State.
3. Boston College 1 Since Christmas, Hockey East Tourney MVP Brian Boyle has 14 goals and has given the Eagles much-needed size and strength at forward.
25-6-7 (14-3-7 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Maine, 2-1 2ot; W vs. New Hampshire, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Mercyhurst.
4. Colorado College 2 Marty Sertich, who was held scoreless in two games at the WCHA Final Five, has one goal and two assists in the Tigers' last seven outings.
29-8-3 (19-7-2 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 3-0; L vs. Denver, 1-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Colgate.
5. Michigan Remember the moment in Happy Gilmore when Shooter McGavin finds out Happy can putt? That's what the Wolverines' opponents feel like now that Al Montoya seems to have found a rhythm.
30-7-3 (23-3-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska-Fairbanks, 3-1; W vs. Ohio State, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Wisconsin.
6. Minnesota The prospect of playing Jimmy Howard and Dave McKee in back-to-back games ranks right up there with trips to the dentist.
26-14-1 (17-10-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Colorado College, 3-0; L vs. North Dakota, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine.
7. New Hampshire If Preston Callander has 54 points and is named the Best Defensive Forward in the league, shouldn't he be at least a first-team all-league pick?
25-10-5 (15-5-4 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 5-2; L vs. Boston College, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Harvard.
8. Ohio State In 2003, OSU was bounced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by BC, 1-0. Last year, the Buckeyes dropped a 1-0 decision to Wisconsin. Care to guess a score in Saturday's game against Cornell?
27-10-4 (21-5-2 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan State, 4-1; L vs. Michigan, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Cornell.
9. Harvard One more reason to respect what Dov Grumet-Morris has done for the Crimson: Harvard didn't even get its first double-digit goal scorer until Friday night (Tom Cavanagh).
21-9-3 (15-5-2 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Colgate, 4-3 2ot; L vs. Cornell, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire.
10. North Dakota 5 In the WCHA, only Colorado College and Wisconsin have allowed fewer goals than the Sioux.
22-14-5 (13-12-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Wisconsin, 3-2; L vs. Denver 2-1 ot; W vs. Minnesota, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University.
11. Maine 1 If the Black Bears wind up short-handed in overtime of Saturday's rematch of the 2002 title game, here's betting they'll keep an eye on Potulny.
20-12-7 (13-6-5 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston College, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota.
12. Colgate

A year delayed, the 2003-04 ECAC regular season champs get their shot at the NCAA Tournament.

25-10-3 (14-5-3 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L vs. Harvard, 4-3 2ot; W vs. Vermont, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College.
13. Boston University 2 Another Hockey East team has knocked the Terriers out of the NCAAs the last two times they've played in Worcester. It'll feel even worse if it's archrival BC on Saturday.
23-13-4 (15-5-4 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. New Hampshire, 5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota.
14. Wisconsin 1 Friday's first-round match with Michigan will feature 26 NHL draft picks – a dozen for Bucky and 14 for the Wolverines.
23-12-4 (16-9-3 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan.
15. Vermont 1 The Catamounts closed their ECACHL era with their best season since the days of Martin St. Louis.
21-14-4 (13-6-3 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L vs. Cornell, 3-0; L vs. Colgate, 2-1.
16. UMass Lowell 1 The River Hawks don't make the tournament, but they should figure prominently in the INCH Wish List Draft over the next couple of days.
20-12-4 (11-10-3 Hockey East).
17. Dartmouth 1 The men's team fell short of the NCAAs, but the Big Green women get a rematch of last year's title game against Minnesota in this weekend's semifinals.
20-13-2 (14-8-0 ECACHL).
18. Northern Michigan 2 One day after being named the CCHA Player of the Year, goaltender Tuomas Tarkki allowed a season-high five goals in a loss to Alaska-Fairbanks.
22-11-7 (17-7-4 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Alaska-Fairbanks, 6-3.
19. Bemidji State 1 The Beavers are the newcomers in the NCAA Tournament, but only two teams in the field have more titles than the six the school racked up in Divisions II and III.
23-12-0 (16-4-0 CHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver.
20. Mercyhurst NR With top seed Boston College on the docket in Worcester, Lakers hope Vermont hoopsters left behind a dash of upset karma in one of the DCU Center locker rooms.
18-15-4 (14-7-3 Atlantic Hockey). LAST WEEK: W vs. Holy Cross, 4-3 ot; W vs. Quinnipiac, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College.

Dropped out: Quinnipiac

Bubble-licious: Alaska-Fairbanks, Quinnipiac, Michigan State, Nebraska-Omaha

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