Numbers don't lie, so when we state that this
week's INCH Power Rankings were particularly volatile, you
better believe we've got the math to back it up. Nine of the
20 teams in the poll, led by big gainer Wisconsin –
the Badgers skyrocketed a half-dozen places with its sweep
of North Dakota – moved a minimum of three spots in
either direction. And that doesn't take into account Ohio
State falling out of the rankings from no. 17 last week after
the Buckeyes were swept by Miami.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors
and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for
||After playing eight of their first 10 games at home,
the Tigers get a stiff road test with a series against
Wisconsin in Madison this weekend.
(4-0-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Cloud State, 4-2; W
vs. St. Cloud State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at
||Don Cherry has been pumping the tires of good ol' Ontario
boy Andrew Cogliano on Hockey Night in Canada
all season. With 15 points in his last six games, the
freshman is making Grapes look good.
(3-1-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Notre Dame, 8-5; W vs. Notre
THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan.
||Ho ho goal! Fourth-line forward Zak McClellan –
a native of Frankenmuth, Mich., home of the world's largest
Christmas store – scored his first career goal in
the Spartans' rout of Northern Michigan Saturday.
(2-0-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Northern Michigan 5-4;
W vs. Northern Michigan, 5-0. THIS WEEK: at Ferris State,
vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
||The Badgers are off to their best start since 2000-01,
when they opened with a 7-1-0 mark...but that team would
go on to lose eight of its next nine.
(5-0-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W at North Dakota, 4-2; W at
North Dakota, 4-1.
THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College, vs. Colorado College.
||The lack of a finishing touch that had us concerned
in the preseason crept to the fore in Sunday's game, as
the Black Bears had just one goal on 38 shots.
(3-1-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 3-1;
L vs. Boston Univ., 2-1. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, at
||Assistant coaches Brent Brekke and Scott Garrow have
a perfect 2-0 record in games that Mike Schafer has missed
due to suspension.
(2-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W at Yale, 4-2; W at Brown,
THIS WEEK: at Harvard, at Dartmouth.
||The Catamounts, 7-1-0 despite playing six of eight on
the road, now get to welcome teams to "the Gut"
for eight of the next 10.
(1-1-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at Northeastern, 5-3;
L at Boston Univ., 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Providence, vs.
||When's the next time you're going to Toronto, Dad? With
father, Peter, in the Tee-Dot-Oh for Hockey Hall of Fame
festivities, Paul Stastny lights up Michigan Tech with
a goal and six assists in the Pioneers' sweep.
(3-1-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 5-2; W vs.
Michigan Tech, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at MSU-Mankato, at MSU-Mankato.
||Rastislav Spirko could be back for this weekend's series
with UMD, welcome news for a drought-stricken offense.
Throw out their 6-0 win vs. Northeastern, and the Fighting
Sioux are averaging a meager 2.1 goals per game.
(1-3-0 WCHA). LAST WEEK: L vs. Wisconsin, 4-2; L vs. Wisconsin,
THIS WEEK: at Minnesota Duluth, at Minnesota Duluth.
||You know Coach Lucia wants to rewrite this line before
his end-of-the-year banquet speech: "This team does
not have a very good work ethic in practice."
(3-2-1 WCHA). LAST WEEK: T at Minnesota Duluth, 2-2; L
at Minnesota Duluth, 4-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage,
vs. Alaska Anchorage.
||Nine players have scored goals for the Eagles –
10 if you count UNH goalie Kevin Regan.
(2-1-1 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: W at New Hampshire, 3-2.
THIS WEEK: at Vermont.
||All 10 skaters receive unsportsmanlike conduct minors
at 7:10 of the first period in Friday's game. What did
they do? Call each other names?
(4-0-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W vs. Ohio State, 3-1; W at Ohio
THIS WEEK: at Lake Superior State, at Lake Superior State.
||The development of Craig Switzer (8 pts. in 8 GP) into
an offensive presence on the blueline gives UNH another
weapon back there with Brian Yandle.
(3-1-0 Hockey East). LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston College,
3-2; W at Northeastern, 6-4; W vs. Northeastern, 3-0.
THIS WEEK: at Boston University, vs. Maine.
||Nanooks got their second penalty shot in as many weeks
at Ferris State. This time they scored, thanks to junior
Jordan Emmerson, playing just his fourth game of the year.
(2-1-1 CCHA). LAST WEEK: W at Ferris State, 5-2; T at
Ferris State, 3-3.
THIS WEEK: Off
||In all honesty, the Beavers might have played a game
last weekend and nobody would have known. Everyone in
northern Minnesota was deer hunting.
(1-1-0 CHA). LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Wayne State,
at Wayne State.
Sophomore center Ben Camper had three points on the weekend, one point more
than he had his entire freshman year.
(2-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W at Brown, 5-0; W at Yale,
THIS WEEK: at Dartmouth, at Harvard.
||Gordie Howe was at the Bobcats ECACHL opener vs. Harvard
at the Hartford Civic Center, old home of the Whalers.
Apparently he asked the Bobcats if any of them had sons
on the team.
(2-0-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Harvard, 5-2; W vs. Dartmouth,
THIS WEEK: at Rensselaer, at Union.
||The Wildcats' four-game win streak ended in East Lansing
this weekend, but they extended their streak of losing
a player to a checking-from-behind major to four in a
(2-2-0 CCHA). LAST WEEK: L at Michigan State, 5-4; L at
Michigan State, 5-0.
THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan, vs. Michigan.
||Freshman Kevin DeVergilio already has five goals, including
(2-1-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: W vs. Union, 6-2; W vs. Rensselaer,
THIS WEEK: at Yale, at Brown.
||There's daylight between John Daigneau (2-0-0, 1.51
GAA, .933 sv. pct.) and Justin Tobe (0-1-0, 4.12, .818)
in the race for the Crimson's top goaltending role.
(2-1-0 ECACHL). LAST WEEK: L at Quinnipiac, 5-2; W at
THIS WEEK: vs. Cornell, vs. Colgate.