March 16, 2008
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Some say that Sundays are a day of rest, but don't tell that to the teams that were involved in one of 11 Division I games across the country. Among those 11 games, four went to overtime and of those four, three required more than 20 minutes for a winner to be determined. Niagara (ranked 16th) and Air Force (18th) were the first two teams to earn automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Tournament and will find out their opponents and destinations on Sunday. Meanwhile, upset victims Michigan State, Clarkson, and Minnesota State are hoping for good news next weekend.

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. Colorado College
A trio of goals by sophomore Mike Testwuide (including the OT-winner on Saturday) sets up a family reunion in St. Paul. Older brother J.P. is a junior defenseman at Denver.
28-9-1. LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska Anchorage, 4-1; W vs. Alaska Anchorage, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: WCHA Final Five (St. Paul, Minn.).
2. Michigan
Welcome back, Kolarik: In his first game since going on the shelf with a wonky hamstring Feb. 22, senior forward Chad Kolarik scored a hat trick in the Wolverines' 10-1 romp against Nebraska-Omaha Friday.
29-5-4. LAST WEEK: W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 10-1; W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 2-1. THIS WEEK: CCHA Semifinal vs. Northern Michigan (Detroit).
3. North Dakota
How healthy is T.J. Oshie? Healthy enough for three goals and an assist for the weekend as the Sioux put away the pesky Huskies.
25-9-4. LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 4-0; L vs. Michigan Tech, 3-2 ot; W vs. Michigan Tech, 2-1. THIS WEEK: WCHA Final Five vs. Denver (St. Paul, Minn.).
4. Miami
Welcome back, Carter: In his first games since going on the shelf with an ankle injury Feb. 8, freshman center Carter Camper recorded a goal and two assists in the RedHawks' weekend sweep of visiting Bowling Green.
31-6-1. LAST WEEK: W vs. Bowling Green, 4-1; W vs. Bowling Green, 4-2. THIS WEEK: CCHA Semifinal vs. Notre Dame (Detroit).
5. New Hampshire
Jerry Pollastrone had four goals in Hockey East play during the regular season, but surpassed that with a two-goal effort and his first career hat trick in the Wildcats' series sweep of UMass.
25-8-3. LAST WEEK: W vs. Massachusetts, 4-1; W vs. Massachusetts, 7-2. THIS WEEK: Hockey East Semifinal vs. Boston College (Boston).
6. Denver
Peter Mannino's 15th career shutout was the Pioneers' third notable 1-0 playoff win since 2004. If you can't name the others, your Pioneer Fan Club membership is hereby revoked.
24-13-1. LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 6-3; W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 1-0. THIS WEEK: WCHA Final Five vs. North Dakota (St. Paul, Minn.).
7. Michigan State
By losing their best-of-three quarterfinal series to Northern Michigan this past weekend, the Spartans fail to advance to the Joe Louis Arena portion of the CCHA tournament for the first time since 1991.
24-11-5. LAST WEEK: W vs. Northern Michigan, 5-1; L vs. Northern Michigan, 2-1; L vs. Northern Michigan, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: Off.
8. St. Cloud State
All that hype about the offense, then goalie Jase Weslosky has a "what about me" weekend, with a Friday shutout and a 46-save overtime win in the series clincher.
19-14-5. LAST WEEK: W vs. Wisconsin, 3-0; W vs. Wisconsin, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: WCHA Final Five vs. Minnesota (St. Paul, Minn.).
9. Boston College
Forget the Brian Gionta comparisons for Nate Gerbe. More like Ryan Shannon.
19-11-8. LAST WEEK: W vs. Providence, 5-1; W vs. Providence, 5-1. THIS WEEK: Hockey East Semifinal vs. New Hampshire (Boston).
10. Minnesota State
After 14 periods of hockey, the Mavs can almost claim to have lost the first five-game playoff series in WCHA history.
19-16-4. LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 1-0 2ot; L vs. Minnesota, 2-1 ot; L vs. Minnesota, 3-2 2ot. THIS WEEK: Off.
11. Clarkson
Steve Zalewski scored a goal on Clarkson's first power-play opportunity of the weekend, but the Golden Knights were 0-for-10 the rest of the way, including an 0-for-8 in Sunday's Game 3 loss against Colgate.
21-12-4. LAST WEEK: W vs. Colgate, 1-0; L vs. Colgate, 4-3; L vs. Colgate, 3-2 2ot. THIS WEEK: Off.
12. Notre Dame
The Irish bounced back from a series-opening loss to Ferris State to win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25-26, when they took both ends of a home-and-home series against Bowling Green.
24-13-4. LAST WEEK: L vs. Ferris State, 2-1; W vs. Ferris State, 6-3; W vs. Ferris State, 2-1. THIS WEEK: CCHA Semifinal vs. Miami (Detroit).
13. Harvard
Harvard scored 11 goals on Friday. They had 10 goals during the month of December (six games) and 10 more in January (five games).
16-12-4. LAST WEEK: W vs. Quinnipiac, 11-0; L vs. Quinnipiac, 7-4; W vs. Quinnipiac, 3-1. THIS WEEK: ECAC Hockey Semifinal vs. Cornell (Albany, N.Y.).
14. Princeton
Goalie Zane Kalemba matched his regular-season total with two shutouts on the weekend against Yale. The good news continues for Princeton, who drew Colgate in the semifinals. Princeton has a three-game winning streak against the Raiders.
19-13-0. LAST WEEK: W vs. Yale, 3-0; L vs. Yale, 4-3; W vs. Yale, 4-0. THIS WEEK: ECAC Hockey Semifinal vs. Colgate (Albany, N.Y.).
15. Boston University
The Terriers entered their last Garden tournament five games under .500 and lost the first night. They are 11-2-0 since then.
19-16-4. LAST WEEK: W vs. UMass Lowell, 5-3; L vs. UMass Lowell, 4-1; W vs. UMass Lowell, 4-2. THIS WEEK: Hockey East Semifinal vs. Vermont (Boston).
16. Niagara
College Hockey America tournament MVP Ted Cook extended his goal-scoring streak to six games with a power-play tally in the Purple Eagles' title game victory over regular-season champion Bemidji State.
22-10-4. LAST WEEK: W vs. Robert Morris, 6-3; W vs. Bemidji State, 3-2 (College Hockey America Championship - Niagara Falls, N.Y.). THIS WEEK: Off.
17. Cornell
If you haven't read about one of the feel-good stories of the season so far, check out the INCH Newsstand for the tale of what some Cornell players did during an ice storm in Ithaca last weekend.
18-13-3. LAST WEEK: W vs. Union, 3-2; W vs. Union, 3-2. THIS WEEK: ECAC Hockey Semifinal vs. Harvard (Albany, N.Y.).
18. Air Force
By winning the Atlantic Hockey playoff championship, the Falcons ensure that for the first time ever, Colorado's three Division I hockey teams will appear in the NCAA tournament field simultaneously.
21-11-6. LAST WEEK: W vs. RIT, 5-0; W vs. Mercyhurst, 5-4 ot (Atlantic Hockey Championship - Rochester, N.Y.). THIS WEEK: Off.
19. Minnesota
Since the first round of the WCHA playoffs went to a best-of-three format in 1988, there have been 100 series played. The Gophers join Denver in 1989 as the only teams to win a series on the road after losing the first game.
17-15-9. LAST WEEK: L at Minnesota State, 1-0 2ot; W at Minnesota State, 2-1 ot; W at Minnesota State, 3-2 2ot. THIS WEEK: WCHA Final Five vs. St. Cloud State (St. Paul, Minn.).
20. Ferris State
Despite the disappointing end to the season, the future looks bright in Big Rapids. Most of the offense returns, as the Bulldogs' five seniors combined to score just 40 points, and 27 of them were provided by center Adam Miller.
18-16-5. LAST WEEK: W at Notre Dame, 2-1; L at Notre Dame, 6-3; L at Notre Dame, 2-1. THIS WEEK: Off.

Dropped out: Wisconsin, Union, Army

Bubble-licious: Vermont, Colgate, Wisconsin