January 13, 2008
INCH Power Rankings

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It's never easy getting back-to-back wins on a college hockey weekend, but don't tell that to the teams in the INCH Power Rankings. Nine of the 20 pulled off the feat this weekend, moving up or moving into this week's list.

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
The Wolverines, who earlier this season won 12 in a row, extended their current win streak to seven by sweeping Western Michigan.
20-2-0 (13-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Michigan, 6-1; W at Western Michigan, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
2. Miami
Forwards Ryan Jones (19 goals), Justin Mercier (17), and Tommy Wingels (12) have combined for more goals than 14 Division I teams.
21-3-0 (13-3-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Nebraska-Omaha, 6-3; W at Nebraska-Omaha, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Lake Superior State, vs. Lake Superior State.
3. Colorado College
The Tigers have outscored visitors to World Arena by a 3-to-1 margin through nine home games this season. With that ratio, it's no surprise CC is 9-0 in Colorado Springs.
16-6-0 (15-3-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Alaska Anchorage, 6-1; W at Alaska Anchorage, 5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State, vs. Air Force.
4. Denver
At least the Pioneers have the good fortune to really stink it up all at once and get it out of their system. Saturday's loss to Wisconsin was DU's fifth this season; they've been outscored 23-7 in those defeats.
17-5-0 (12-4-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Wisconsin, 3-2; L vs. Wisconsin, 7-2. THIS WEEK: at Air Force, vs. Bemidji State.
5. New Hampshire
UNH goalie Kevin Regan had 32 and 37 saves in weekend wins over UMass, and moved into a tie atop the Wildcats' career wins list with Michael Ayers (58).
13-6-1 (9-4-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Massachusetts, 3-2; W vs. Massachusetts, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Dartmouth (Manchester, N.H.)
6. Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish thoroughly outplayed Michigan State at the Joyce Center Sunday in the finale of the teams' home-and-home series, but ND needed a goal from forward Ryan Thang with 38 seconds left in regulation to salvage a point.
18-7-1 (11-4-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Michigan State, 3-1; T vs. Michigan State, 1-1ot. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, vs. Michigan (Auburn Hills, Mich.)
7. Michigan State
The Spartans' win against Notre Dame in East Lansing Friday — the deciding goal was accidentally poked across the line by Irish goalie Jordan Pearce with less than two minutes remaining in regulation — was MSU's first against a ranked opponent this season.
14-5-4 (10-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Notre Dame, 3-1; T at Notre Dame, 1-1ot. THIS WEEK: at Ohio State, at Ohio State.
8. North Dakota
Do I make you Chorney, baby? Defenseman Taylor Chorney scored two goals and added two assists in the Fighting Sioux's weekend sweep of visiting Michigan Tech.
12-8-1 (9-7-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 4-1; W vs. Michigan Tech, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota State, at Minnesota State.
9. Boston College
Nathan Gerbe continued his strong Hobey run with five more points in a weekend sweep of Vermont.
10-5-5 (6-3-4 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 4-1; W vs. Vermont, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, vs. Boston University.
10. Massachusetts
The Minutemen started the third period of Friday's game with a 2-1 lead and a 5-on-3 power play for a full 2:00. They didn't score on the 5-on-3, and UNH scored a pair of goals later in the third to steal a win at the Mullins Center.
9-5-5 (4-4-4 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. New Hampshire, 3-2; L at New Hampshire, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Providence, at UMass Lowell.
11. Northeastern
The Most Dangerous Lead In Hockey, Part One: Northeastern went up 2-0 on Merrimack, but the Warriors rallied for the last four goals of the game on Friday. It snapped an 11-game unbeaten streak for Northeastern, the second-longest streak in team history.
11-5-2 (8-4-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Merrimack, 4-2; W vs. Merrimack, 3-0. THIS WEEK: at Vermont, at Vermont.
12. Quinnipiac
If loving you is Wong, I don't want to be right: Brandon Wong had five points in a weekend sweep of Brown and Yale that saw the Bobcats take over sole possession of second place.
13-5-3 (6-3-3 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Brown, 6-3; W at Yale, 3-0. THIS WEEK: at Holy Cross.
13. St. Cloud State
With a win and tie against Minnesota this past weekend, the Huskies extended their unbeaten streak against the Gophers to seven (4-0-3). SCSU's last loss in the series was Oct. 29, 2005, when Phil Kessel scored the game-winner in a 3-1 triumph.
11-10-3 (6-8-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota, 3-1; T vs. Minnesota, 4-4ot. THIS WEEK: Off.
14. Clarkson
Steve Zalewski recorded a hat trick in the win at Harvard, including the game-winner with 3:16 remaining and an empty-netter to seal the victory.
12-7-1 (7-3-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Dartmouth, 3-1; W at Harvard, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Colgate, at Cornell.
15. UMass Lowell
Six of the last seven meetings between UMass Lowell and Providence have gone to overtime; and in those six games each team has two wins, two losses, and two ties.
10-5-4 (5-5-4 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Providence, 4-3ot; W vs. Providence, 3-2ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, vs. Massachusetts.
16. Minnesota Duluth
The Most Dangerous Lead In Hockey, Part Two: The Bulldogs erased a 2-0 Minnesota State lead Friday en route to a 4-3 overtime win, but squandered a two-goal edge to the Mavs Saturday and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
8-7-5 (6-6-4 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 4-3ot; T vs. Minnesota State, 2-2ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota, vs. Minnesota.
17. Princeton
The Tigers have rebounded from a 2-8-0 stretch to win five in a row and move into first place in ECAC Hockey. They'll carry that win streak into a two-week academic break, as they don't play again until Jan. 29.
10-8-0 (8-4-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Yale, 4-3; W at Brown, 6-2. THIS WEEK: Off.
18. Bemidji State
The CHA-leading Beavers, who've already played St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, and Minnesota Duluth this season, travel to Colorado College and Denver this weekend for non-conference games. BSU also has a series at North Dakota next month.
11-9-2 (8-2-2 CHA) LAST WEEK: W at Alabama-Huntsville, 4-0; W at Alabama-Huntsville, 7-1. THIS WEEK: at Colorado College, at Denver.
19. Air Force
Falcons defenseman Greg Flynn did something this season that his brother, Ryan (a forward at Minnesota) didn't — beat RIT. Greg Flynn had five assists in his team's split with the Tigers this past weekend.
11-7-4 (9-6-3 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. RIT, 5-2; L vs. RIT, 4-3ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, at Colorado College.
20. Cornell
The Big Red recorded just 13 shots on goal at Rensselaer and Friday and managed to win. They improved the shot total to 18 against Union, but lost.
7-6-2 (5-3-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Rensselaer, 2-1; L at Union, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Lawrence, vs. Clarkson.

Dropped out: Minnesota State, RIT, Minnesota

Bubble-licious: RIT, Minnesota, Providence, Wisconsin