October 18, 2009
INCH Power Rankings

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Miami and North Dakota lined up against traditionally-strong programs and each came away with a win and a tie, leaving them atop the INCH Power Rankings for a second consecutive week.

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. Miami
Senior forward Jarod Palmer, who had a goal and three assists in the RedHawks' win and tie at New Hampshire, needs two points to reach the 100-point mark for his career.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at New Hampshire, 6-3; T at New Hampshire, 5-5 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan State, vs. Michigan State
2. North Dakota
Defenseman Chay Genoway entered his senior season with 16 career goals. He scored three against Minnesota this weekend, all on the power play.
3-0-1 (1-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 4-0; T vs. Minnesota, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Alaska-Anchorage, at Alaska-Anchorage
3. Vermont
No (Viktor) Stalberg, no problem. Five players have two goals each through three games and the top two scorers, Jack Downing and Brayden Irwin, have elevated their games after finishing 11th and 13th, respectively, on last year's team in scoring.
2-1-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston College, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Merrimack
4. Denver

Maybe the Pioneers' up-and-down nature thus far is connected to the Denver weather. Last weekend it snowed. Sunday, the city matched a record high temperature of 84 degrees.

2-2-0 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Ohio State, 2-0; L at Ohio State, 4-0. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, at Minnesota
5. Boston University
The loss at UMass was the first road defeat of Kieran Millan's career.
0-1-0 (0-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Massachusetts, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Michigan
6. Michigan
The Wolverines' week features a rare Thursday night home date with Niagara and a Saturday road trip to Agganis Arena to face defending national champion Boston University.
1-1-0 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Niagara, at Boston University
7. Cornell
Former Big Red star Matt Moulson has four goals already this season for the New York Islanders. His kid brother Chris seems to be following big bro's standard, as Chris sniped a goal during Cornell's red-white scrimmage.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Windsor (Ex.), vs. USNTDP U-18 (Ex.)
8. Princeton
The Tigers have a scrimmage against Morrisville (N.Y.) State scheduled for Friday at Baker Rink. Delaware State apparently wasn't available.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: Off
9. Notre Dame
The Irish held a closed-door team meeting following Thursday's loss to Providence. Guess one of the items on the agenda was, hey, freshman goalie, don't allow any goals in your first career start tomorrow. Mike Johnson was thrilled to oblige.
2-2-0 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Providence, 3-2; W vs. Providence, 2-0. THIS WEEK: at Boston University, vs. Boston College
10. Nebraska-Omaha
A bye week is followed by a stretch of CCHA series that could allow the Mavs to get off to a fast start in the league — Bowling Green, at Michigan State, Lake Superior, at Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, at Ferris State, and at Alaska.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Colgate, 1-1 ot; W at Colgate, 4-1. THIS WEEK: Off
11. Yale
Defenseman Thomas Dignard was a Second Team All-ECAC Hockey selection last year despite missing the last 12 games of the year. He's back to bolster the defense.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: Off
12. UMass Lowell
Is there such a thing as a Puck Daddy curse? We'll assume it's a blessing until proven otherwise.
1-1-0 (0-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Colgate, vs. Northeastern
13. Alaska
The Nanooks stayed undefeated by beating Robert Morris and tying Rensselear this past weekend. Defenseman Joe Sova scored with 1:36 left in regulation to help the Nanooks salvage the draw.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Robert Morris, 4-2; T vs. Rensselaer, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: Off
14. Minnesota
"I think we learned some things this weekend," coach Don Lucia said following Saturday's 3-3 tie at North Dakota. Certainly, the Gophers' abysmal effort against the Sioux Friday was what coaches like to call a "teachable moment."
0-1-1 (0-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at North Dakota, 4-0; T at North Dakota, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, vs. Denver
15. Bemidji State
It's the WCHA Past vs. the WCHA Future in Marquette this weekend when Northern Michigan, winners of the MacNaughton Cup in 1990-91, entertain the Beavers, who join the Dub next season.
2-0-0 (0-0-0 CHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan
16. Boston College
Hey, Sunday coulda been worse. No Eagles were seen in the Titans' secondary, at least.
0-1-0 (0-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Vermont, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Notre Dame
17. St. Cloud State
As good as advertised? Freshman goalie Mike Lee's 1-1-1 record may not be impressive, but his 1.97 GAA and .933 save percentage certainly are.
1-2-1 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Union, 3-3 ot; W vs. Union, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth
18. Massachusetts
Shades of Thomas Pock? Sophomore defenseman Matt Irwin has goals in five straight games dating back to last season, including three goals in two games this year.
2-0-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine
19. Colorado College
Looks like coach Scott Owens has found a replacement for Richard Bachman in freshman Joe Howe, who has a 2-0-1 record, a 1.62 GAA, and a .949 save percentage in three starts.
2-1-1 (1-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Wisconsin, 3-2; T at Wisconsin, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech
20. Wisconsin
Imitation is not flattery: Hours after the Badger hockey team squandered a two-goal lead en route to a 3-2 loss to visiting Colorado College, the UW gridders frittered away a 10-0 lead in a 20-10 loss against Iowa.
0-1-1 (0-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Colorado College, 3-2; T vs. Colorado College, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota State, at Minnesota State

Dropped out: Union, Michigan State

Bubble-licious: Michigan State, Quinnipiac, Minnesota Duluth, Alabama-Huntsville