November 1, 2009
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It's never too early to get excited for the upcoming weekend. Six CCHA teams appear in the latest Inside College Hockey Power Rankings and will face each other in three very attractive early-season series this 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
Stuck in the middle with you: The RedHawks have scored 17 of their 26 goals this season in the second period.
6-1-1 (3-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Northern Michigan, 4-3; W at Northern Michigan, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, at Michigan
2. North Dakota
According to popular sports radio host Jim Rome, former Sioux defenseman Mike Commodore, now with the Columbus Blue Jackets, has an ownership stake in racehorses. Thankfully, he's not riding them.
4-1-1 (2-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Michigan Tech, at Michigan Tech
3. Denver

Goalie Marc Cheverie will miss two to four weeks after his left calf was cut deep by Minnesota State skate in the third period of the Pioneers' win over the Mavericks Friday.

5-2-1 (3-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 4-3; T vs. Minnesota State, 4-4 ot. THIS WEEK: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage
4. Michigan
What can Brown do for you? Score goals, apparently. Freshman forward Chris Brown is tied for the team lead with four markers in six games.
4-2-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Lake Superior State, 5-1; W at Lake Superior State, 6-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Miami, vs. Miami
5. Cornell
Not too shabby when your parents weekend game draws Ron Francis. The Hall of Famer and fourth-leading scorer in NHL history has a daughter at Cornell, and the Hurricanes' Associate Head Coach caught Friday night's win over Niagara.
1-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Niagara, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Dartmouth, vs. Harvard
6. Nebraska-Omaha
The Mavs ended up on the short end of a controversial shootout loss to Bowling Green Friday. But since the game goes into the record books as a tie, how controversial can it be?
4-0-2 (1-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Bowling Green, 3-3 ot; W vs. Bowling Green, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Michigan State, at Michigan State
7. Yale
Four third-period goals lifted Yale to a 5-2 win over Princeton in the Bulldogs' first game of the season, a non-league game. The second line of Denny Kearney, Broc Little and Kevin Limbert is the best in ECAC Hockey.
1-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ontario IT, 8-0 (Ex.); W at Princeton, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Rensselaer, at Union
8. Notre Dame
The scheduling gods, who allowed the Irish to play seven of their first eight games at home with the lone road match a trip to BU during fall break, send Notre Dame to Fairbanks this weekend for two games with surprising Nanooks.
4-3-1 (1-0-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ohio State, 3-1; T vs. Ohio State 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Alaska, at Alaska
9. UMass Lowell
The university reached an agreement with the city of Lowell to take over ownership of Tsongas Arena in a mutually-beneficial relationship, and the team got a nice bounce-back win over BU on Saturday.
4-2-0 (2-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston University, 5-4 ot; W at Boston University, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Vermont, vs. New Hampshire
10. Boston University
Friday's back-and-forth victory over UMass Lowell is an early candidate for game of the year. The Terriers rallied in the third period to take a late lead, before the River Hawks forced the game to OT, which BU won on a power-play goal by Colby Cohen.
2-3-0 (1-2-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at UMass Lowell, 5-4 ot; L vs. UMass Lowell, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Northeastern, at Maine
11. Alaska
Through six games, the Nanooks have scored 18 goals, about one quarter the number (74) they scored in 39 games last season.
5-0-1 (2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ferris State, 3-1; W vs. Ferris State, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame
12. Vermont
After scoring 14 goals in their first three games, the Catamounts have scored a total of three in back-to-back losses to Merrimack and Maine.
2-3-0 (1-2-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Maine, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. UMass Lowell, vs. Providence
13. Bemidji State
At 5-0-1, BSU is off to its best start since winning its first 11 games of the 1984-85 season.
5-0-1 (2-0-0 CHA) LAST WEEK: W at Alabama-Huntsville, 2-1 ot; W at Alabama-Huntsville, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Robert Morris, vs. Robert Morris
14. Princeton
Princeton got a taste of what Harvard ran into last spring, as Brown goalie Dan Clemente blanked the Tigers for 61 minutes before Tyler Beachell scored a power-play goal in overtime to give Princeton a win.
1-1-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 1-0 ot; L vs. Yale, 5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Lawrence, vs. Clarkson
15. Colorado College
May the Schwartz be with you: Tiger freshman forward Rylan Schwartz has seven points in six games to lead all WCHA rookies in scoring.
4-1-1 (3-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth
16. Michigan State
The Spartans had six wins in October. They didn't win their sixth game last year until Jan. 2. They're 3-0-0 at Munn Ice Arena, where they will play six of their next eight games.
6-2-0 (3-1-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Michigan, 2-1; W at Western Michigan, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha
17. Massachusetts
UMass saw its four-game winning streak snapped Saturday despite outshooting Providence 48-17 in the game, including 21-0 in the third period, but their rally fell short due to the 47-save effort of Friars goalie Alex Beaudry.
4-1-0 (3-1-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Providence, 5-3; L vs. Providence, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Niagara, at Niagara
18. Minnesota Duluth
There should be plenty of entertainment in Colorado Springs this weekend as the Bulldogs face Colorado College in a series that features seven of the WCHA's top 15 scorers.
5-2-1 (2-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Clarkson, 4-1; W vs. Clarkson, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Colorado College, at Colorado College
19. Wisconsin
Junior defenseman Brendan Smith had four assists in the Badgers' impressive sweep of New Hampshire this past weekend.
3-2-1 (1-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. New Hampshire, 4-1; W vs. New Hampshire, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota, vs. Minnesota
20. Boston College
Goalie John Muse ranks 63rd nationally in goals-against average (3.69) and 75th in save percentage (.843) as the Eagles have allowed 14 goals through four games.
2-2-0 (1-2-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 4-3; L at Merrimack, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, vs. Northeastern

Dropped out: St. Cloud State, New Hampshire

Bubble-licious: Quinnipiac, Harvard, Merrimack, St. Cloud State