November 30, 2008
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If you left the rink or turned the game off before the full 60 minutes were played, you probably missed out on a lot during a great weekend of fantastic finishes around the nation.

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. Notre Dame
Remember when Jeff Jackson told everyone at the Frozen Four to expect a big sophomore season from Calle Ridderwall? Well, he's scored five goals and 14 points in his last five games.
10-3-2 (6-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Michigan, 4-1; T vs. Western Michigan, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Ferris State, at Ferris State
2. Minnesota
The Gophers get a mulligan for the showing against Michigan and, though fans expected a win against Michigan State, getting a 4-4 tie without Jay Barriball, Mike Carman, and Ryan Stoa (for all but six minutes) in the lineup is the sign of a good team.
7-2-5 (6-1-3 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan, 6-3; T vs. Michigan State, 4-4 ot. THIS WEEK: Off
3. Boston College
Sophomore Brian Gibbons scored with 38 seconds left in the third period to tie the game in an OT win Sunday at Dartmouth. Classmates Nick Petrecki, Joe Whitney and John Muse may get more notoriety, but Gibbons has 53 points in 57 career games.
9-4-1 (5-4-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Harvard, 5-1; W at Dartmouth, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Boston University, vs. Boston University
4. Denver
It's the first week in December, and the Pioneers play just their fourth and fifth road games of the season when they head to Michigan Tech this weekend. DU has lost all three of its previous away matches.
9-5-1 (5-4-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Colgate, 6-1; W vs. Air Force, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech
5. Boston University
BU's wins last week improved the Terriers' record to 5-0-0 against non-league opponents at Agganis Arena. Unfortunately for BU, those were the last two non-leaguers at home this season.
9-4-0 (4-4-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Holy Cross, 3-2; W vs. St. Lawrence, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at Boston College
6. Princeton
Late-game heroics were plentiful on both sides of Princeton's loss to Mercyhurst. The Tigers' key to success is offensive balance. The Tigers are averaging 3.00 goals per game, but no player has more than eight points.
9-2-0 (7-1-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Quinnipiac, 2-1; W vs. Northeastern, 5-3; L vs. Mercyhurst, 6-4. THIS WEEK: vs. Quinnipiac
7. Northeastern
For two teams that entered the game in the top-10 nationally in scoring defense, Friday's 5-3 game between Northeastern and Princeton provided a surprising scoreline.
10-3-2 (6-2-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Princeton, 5-3; W at Rensselaer, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine
8. Vermont
The Catamounts are 7-1-1 in their last nine games and six of those wins have been by one goal, including overtime wins on the road at Dartmouth and Massachusetts.
9-3-2 (6-3-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Massachusetts, 3-2 ot; W vs. Maine, 3-2. THIS WEEK vs. USNTDP Under-18s (Ex.)
9. Miami
The RedHawks rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 1.71 goals per game. With Western Michigan (tied for 49th in the country in scoring offense), Rensselaer (58th), and Clarkson (38th) over the next five games, Miami could climb that ladder.
8-3-3 (8-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
10. Air Force
When the Falcons lost at Denver Saturday, the remaining living members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins popped champagne bottles. Whaddaya mean they don't do that for every sport?
13-1-0 (10-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Colorado College, 4-1; L at Denver, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. RIT, vs. RIT
11. Colorado College
The Tigers, who started the season with an eight-game unbeaten streak, have alternated losses and wins on four consecutive weekends. Does that mean coach Scott Owens can't grouse about his team's consistency?
9-4-3 (6-3-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Air Force, 4-1; W vs. Colgate, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth
12. Minnesota State
The Mavericks move down three spots despite getting a tie and win on the road. The rationale: We're still looking for that big win or big weekend from Minnesota State - a team that's just 1-2-1 against teams in this week's rankings.
8-3-3 (5-3-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Bowling Green, 2-2 ot; W at Bowling Green, 5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Cloud State, at St. Cloud State
13. Cornell
The Big Red had not allowed more than two goals in a game, let alone four in a period (the third on Friday at North Dakota). But Saturday's bounce-back win gets Cornell back on track for a visit from Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
5-1-2 (4-0-2 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at North Dakota, 7-3; W at North Dakota, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Clarkson, vs. St. Lawrence
14. Michigan
And we thought the goaltending was inconsistent: Friday, the Wolverines score four goals in the first 24 minutes en route to a convincing win at Minnesota. The following night, U-M can muster just 19 shots on goal in a loss at Wisconsin.
9-7-0 (5-5-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota, 6-3; L at Wisconsin, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan State, at Michigan State
15. Dartmouth
The Big Green were less than 40 seconds away from a weekend sweep against Hockey East opponents, and now have to wait until the end of December to get back into the competitive flow when they host Army, Bemidji State, and Massachusetts in the Ledyard Bank Classic on Dec. 28-29.
6-4-0 (5-2-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Providence, 4-2; L vs. Boston College, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: Off.
16. Alaska
Almost exactly two years ago, the Nanooks moved to four games above .500 with a win and tie against Lake Superior State in Fairbanks ... then proceeded to lose 11 of their next 12.
8-4-2 (6-3-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior State, 4-1; T vs. Lake Superior State, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Nebraska-Omaha, at Nebraska-Omaha
17. UMass Lowell
The River Hawks are 5-1-0 in their last six games and have scored 28 goals during that run. Freshman David Vallorani has a five-game point streak, accumulating seven of his 13 points in the stretch.
8-5-0 (5-3-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Merrimack, 3-1; W vs. RIT, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire, at New Hampshire
18. Ohio State
The Buckeyes have won six of their last seven games. Based on the records of their opponents over the next 10 games — a combined 18 games below .500 — that run could extend for quite a while.
8-6-1 (6-5-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 4-3; W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Robert Morris (Cleveland, Ohio)
19. Nebraska-Omaha
All four of the Mavs' losses thus far have been one-goal decisions. In three of those defeats, UNO's opponent scored the game-winning goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation.
9-4-1 (5-4-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Ohio State, 4-3; L at Ohio State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska, vs. Alaska
20. Wisconsin
The Badgers, who opened the season with an 0-6-1 October mark, went 7-1-1 in November. Don't be surprised if they reference this weekend's Alaska Anchorage series as being played on Nov. 35-36.
7-7-2 (5-5-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan State, 3-1; W vs. Michigan, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage

Dropped out: New Hampshire, St. Cloud State, Massachusetts

Bubble-licious: Alaska Anchorage, Yale