October 23, 2005
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The second full week of play had no shortage of marquee matchups, and with Denver's visit to North Dakota and Michigan State's trip to Cornell coming up, the must-see games show no sign of letting up.

For now, 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. Michigan Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Michigan State marked the third straight tie between the two rivals.
4-0-1 (0-0-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: T vs. Michigan State, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Alaska-Fairbanks, at Alaska-Fairbanks.
2. North Dakota The Fighting Sioux’s version of JoPa – goaltender Jordan Parise – made 75 saves in a win and tie at UNH. That’s just three shy of the other JoePa’s age.
4-1-1 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at New Hampshire, 3-2; T at New Hampshire, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, vs. Denver.
3. Minnesota Kessel's first career goal comes on a penalty shot. We can hear the doubters already: "anybody can score when there's no defense..."
2-1-1 (2-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 5-2; W vs. Minnesota State, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at St. Cloud State, at St. Cloud State.
4. Colorado College 1 You can't say the "Ho-bey Ba-ker" chants are coming too early in the season when Marty Sertich (4-4—8 in 6 GP) has already got a trophy in the den at home.
5-1-0 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Notre Dame, 3-1; W vs. Air Force, 6-3. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota State, at Minnesota State.
5. Ohio State 1 Sophomore forward Tom Fritsche put up two goals and three assists as the Buckeyes took three points from Bowling Green.
2-1-1 (1-0-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Bowling Green, 7-2; T vs. Bowling Green, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Western Michigan, at Western Michigan.
6. Cornell Dominic Vicari's visit to face David McKee and the Big Red might feature the two top goalies in the nation.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. U.S. Under-18 Team, 4-1 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan State, vs. Michigan State.
7. Maine Weekend's score (7-1) and shot (82-43) differential hides the fact that UAH was tied or within one goal in the third period each night.
5-1-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1; W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 4-0. THIS WEEK: at Boston College, at Massachusetts.
8. Denver Sure, it’s early, but goaltender Peter Mannino’s 3.51 GAA and .825 save percentage is worth a raised eyebrow.
2-2-0 (0-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Air Force, 4-2; W vs. Notre Dame, 6-3. THIS WEEK: at North Dakota, at North Dakota.
9. Michigan State 3 From Yost Ice Arena to Lynah Rink, the Spartans get to visit two of college hockey's most hostile environments in back-to-back weeks.
2-0-1 (0-0-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: T at Michigan, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Cornell, at Cornell.
10. Vermont After scoring on 3-of-4 power-play chances Friday night, the Catamounts spent more than a period's worth of Saturday's game with the man advantage (3-for-14).
4-0-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 5-1, W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 5-1. THIS WEEK: at Niagara, at Niagara.
11. Wisconsin Maybe the performances of Joe Pavelski (2-1—3) and Robbie Earl (0-3—3) against St. Cloud State Saturday will jump start an offense that should average more than its current 2.25 goals per game.
2-1-1 (1-0-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: T at St. Cloud State, 2-2 ot; W at St. Cloud State, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage.
12. Boston College 3 The Eagles, who scored nine goals on 33 shots at Bowling Green, managed just one on 30 shots a week later at Northeastern.
1-1-1 (0-0-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: T at Northeastern, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine, vs. Providence.
13. Bemidji State 1 We don’t know how long the Beavers will stay undefeated, but with six games from Oct. 15-Dec. 2, they’ll at least be well rested.
4-0-0 (0-0-0 CHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Air Force, at Air Force.
14. New Hampshire 1 Bad news in N.H.: more rain in the forecast. Good news: the Wildcats skated stride-for-stride with a very talented North Dakota team.
1-2-1 (0-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 3-2; T vs. North Dakota, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Massachusetts.
15. Dartmouth 2 We wonder if McGill, which beat Harvard Friday night, shared the secret to success against the Crimson on its visit to Hanover Saturday.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. McGill, 5-2 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: at Harvard.
16. Northern Michigan 2 So much for that void in goal left by Tuomas Tarkki. Bill Zaniboni has allowed two goals in three starts – all wins – this season.
3-1-0 (0-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 5-1; W at Michigan Tech, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Lake Superior State, at Lake Superior State.
17. Alaska-Fairbanks 2 The Nanooks fared well against our first top-ranked team (Minnesota). Now they get a chance against our second this weekend.
2-1-1 (0-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Alaska Anchorage, 2-1; L at Alaska Anchorage, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan, vs. Michigan.
18. Miami NR The Killer Z’s? Freshman Jeff Zatkoff (2-1-0, 1.35 GAA, .940 save pct.) has been nearly as sharp in goal early on as NMU’s Zaniboni.
3-1-0 (2-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Nebraska-Omaha, 6-3; W at Nebraska-Omaha, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Ohio State, at Ohio State.
19. St. Lawrence

Two against a new Division I program should be a gimme, just like an exhibition against a Canadian team ... hey, wait a minute ...

3-1-0 (0-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L vs. Western Ontario, 4-1 (Ex.). THIS WEEK: at RIT, at RIT.
20. Boston University 4 Terriers' third-period collapse vs. RPI was one of two non-conference upsets on Hockey East ice Friday night. In the Western end of the state Holy Cross also came from behind to beat UMass.
1-1-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. Rensselaer, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, vs. U.S. Under-18 Team (Ex.).

Bubble-licious: Brown, Holy Cross, Colgate, Lake Superior State, Rensselaer