October 21, 2007
INCH Power Rankings

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North Dakota is atop the first regular-season edition of the INCH Power Rankings, and they haven't allowed a goal yet this season. Minnesota Duluth jumps into the rankings in the 14th spot, on the strength of a 3-0-1 start to their campaign. We bid adieu to Quinnipiac and Boston University.

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. North Dakota
Forget the Chestnut Hill fog and the two-thirds of a game, and instead focus on this: Jean-Philippe Lamoureux is perfect after 160 minutes between the pipes.
2-0-1 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Boston College, 0-0; W at Northeastern, 3-0. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech.
2. Miami
Four games, four wins, an average of four goals per contest, and a total of four goals allowed. Symmetry, thy name is RedHawks.
4-0-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Ohio State, 5-1; W vs. Ohio State, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha.
3. New Hampshire
The Wildcats downed Boston University on Friday at Agganis Arena, giving coach Dick Umile his 400th career victory.
1-0-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Boston University, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Colorado College, vs. Colorado College.
4. Michigan State
Goaltender Jeff Lerg has started every contest between the pipes for MSU since Feb. 3, 2006, a span of 58 straight games in which he’s heard his name over the public address system prior to faceoff.
2-1-0 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Colgate, 6-3; W vs. Colgate, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan, vs. Northern Michigan.
5. Denver
We're not over Kansas anymore. Pioneers' trip to South Bend includes their first loss of the season, and a 22-minute delay. The Joyce Center was briefly evacuated after a tornado was spotted heading for the Golden Dome.
3-1-0 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Notre Dame, 4-3; W at Notre Dame, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth.
6. Colorado College
It's been a nice start for the Tigers and rookie goalie Richard Bachman, although many more questions about this club's legitimacy will be answered two weeks from now, after weekend series in Durham and Grand Forks.
2-0-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 3-1; W vs. Minnesota, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, at New Hampshire.
7. Clarkson
The Golden Knights had just one power-play goal in their first three games. Two of them against St. Lawrence, including the game-winner in overtime, did the trick.
3-1-0 (1-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Lawrence, 5-4 ot. THIS WEEK: at Lake Superior State, at Lake Superior State.
8. Boston College
The Eagles have successfully killed off all 21 of their opponents power-play opportunities this year.
1-1-2 (0-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. North Dakota, 0-0; T at Vermont, 3-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack, at Merrimack.
9. Wisconsin
Your basic eight-point weekend for Kyle Turris as the Badgers stayed hot. Maybe that Gretzky guy, whose Coyotes picked KT third overall in the last NHL draft, knows a little about offensive talent.
3-1-0 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Robert Morris, 7-2; W vs. Robert Morris, 8-2. THIS WEEK: Off.
10. Michigan
What’s the best way to take the home crowd out of the game after their team scores the tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation? If you’re the Wolverines’ Chad Kolarik against Northern Michigan Saturday, you notch the short-handed game-winner with 22 ticks remaining en route to a 4-3 win.
3-1-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Northern Michigan, 3-1; W at Northern Michigan, 4-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University, vs. Boston University.
11. Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish play their next three games and six of their next nine – all of them against CCHA opponents – on the road. Notre Dame was an impressive 10-3-1 away from home last season.
2-2-0 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Denver, 4-3; L vs. Denver, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Bowling Green, at Ferris State, at Ferris State.
12. Minnesota
It was the first time the Gophers have been swept in a road series since 2004. Just don't say Don Lucia struggles when visiting his former employer. Even with these losses, his Minnesota teams are 9-5-0 all-time in Colorado Springs.
2-2-0 (0-2-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Colorado College, 3-1; L at Colorado College, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Ohio State, vs. Ohio State.
13. Massachusetts
After taking nine minor penalties in Friday's tie against UMass-Lowell, the Minutemen had just one penalty in Saturday's win over UConn.
2-1-1 (0-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. UMass-Lowell, 2-2 ot; W vs. Connecticut, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at Providence, vs. Providence.
14. Minnesota Duluth
After a challenging first year, Alex Stalock is playing like the goalie he was supposed to be. Much like CC, we'll know much more about how real the Bulldogs are a month from now, after trips to Denver, CC and NoDak are logged.
3-0-1 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Cloud State, 2-1; W vs. St. Cloud State, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Denver, at Denver.
15. Cornell
In two exhibition games versus Canadian universities, Big Red goalies Ben Scrivens (25 saves) and Troy Davenport (14 saves) each posted shutouts.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. RIT (Blue Cross Arena; Rochester, N.Y.)
16. Maine
Center Wes Clark and defenseman Bret Tyler each had two goals and two assists in a weekend sweep of Mercyhurst.
2-2-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Mercyhurst, 4-2; W vs. Mercyhurst, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Northeastern, at Northeastern.
17. Michigan Tech
Malcolm's in the middle of the fun as Gwilliam notches two goals, three assists (one point better than his freshman season totals) in the Huskies' 7-1 rout of Minnesota State.
3-1-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 2-0; W vs. Minnesota State, 7-1. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota.
18. St. Lawrence
The good news was that St. Lawrence took a 3-0 lead in the first period at Clarkson. The bad news was that the game was an overtime loss.
2-2-0 (0-1-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Clarkson, 5-4 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Colgate, vs. RPI/Union (Governor's Cup; Albany, N.Y.)
19. Air Force
The Falcons' wins against Quinnipiac last weekend marked the first time in school history AFA swept a ranked opponent.
2-0-0 (0-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Quinnipiac, 4-1; W vs. Quinnipiac, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Bentley, at Bentley.
20. Alaska Anchorage
Winston DayChief scored twice as the Seawolves successfully defended the Governor's Cup, raising questions about how he survived the crackdowns on cigarette advertising and Indian nicknames.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska, 4-3; W vs. Alaska, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State.

Dropped out: None

Bubble-licious: Ohio State, Rensselaer, Northeastern.