November 15, 2009
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Our top five teams remain unchanged this week, but volatility is the trend among the next 15 teams. Michigan State and Colorado College were the big movers after sweeping conference series.

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
College hockey's stimulus package: Pay for 60 minutes of action, get five minutes free. The RedHawks played Ferris State to a pair of ties this past weekend, the fourth and fifth overtime games for the RedHawks this season.
8-1-3 (5-1-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Ferris State, 2-2 ot; T vs. Ferris State, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
2. North Dakota
Saturday's loss to St. Cloud State in Grand Forks snapped the Fighting Sioux's 17-game home unbeaten streak.
7-2-1 (5-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Cloud State, 4-2; L vs. St. Cloud State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Denver, at Denver
3. Denver

The bye week is over; now North Dakota comes calling. Until the puck drops Friday, the health of goalie Marc Cheverie and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch will be the hot topic in Pio-land.

6-3-1 (4-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota
4. Cornell
Let's oversimplify Friday's loss at Yale: Riley Nash had six penalty minutes compared to just two shots on goal. The Big Red leads the nation in both penalty-killing and power-play percentage.
4-1-0 (3-1-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Yale, 4-2; W at Brown, 6-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Princeton, vs. Quinnipiac
5. UMass Lowell
Save UAH Hockey has been a popular motto in our sport, but UML goalies Carter Hutton and Nevin Hamilton interpreted it differently. They combined to stop 38 of 39 Charger shots on the weekend.
7-2-1 (3-1-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1; W at Alabama-Huntsville, 4-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack
6. Michigan State
The Spartans could reach double digits in wins this season by beating Notre Dame this week. Last season, MSU didn't climb to that lofty win total until Feb. 20.
9-2-1 (6-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Michigan, 3-2; W vs. Michigan, 2-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
7. Colorado College
Five straight home games for the Tigers begin with a visit from Robert Morris this week. Coach Scott Owens' team started the season with six of its first ten at home.
7-2-1 (6-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota State, 1-0 ot; W at Minnesota State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Robert Morris, vs. Robert Morris
8. Yale
The Bulldogs ran their unbeaten streak against Cornell to five games, including four straight wins, with Friday's 4-2 victory. They've scored four goals or more in all of those wins against a typically-stingy Big Red defense.
2-1-2 (1-1-2 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Cornell, 4-2; T vs. Colgate, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Massachusetts, at Brown
9. Bemidji State
After playing six of their first 10 on the road, the Beavers can settle in until after Jan. 1; other than a short jaunt to North Dakota Thanksgiving weekend for games with Miami and Ohio State, BSU plays three of its next four series at home.
8-1-1 (4-0-0 CHA) LAST WEEK: L at Minnesota, 4-1; W at Minnesota, 6-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Alabama-Huntsville, vs. Alabama-Huntsville
10. Nebraska-Omaha
Three Maverick skaters – Jeric Agosta, Rich Purslow, and Joey Martin – have accouted for more than 50 percent (15 of 29) of UNO's goals so far this season.
5-2-3 (2-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior State, 4-0; L vs. Lake Superior State, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan
11. Alaska
Jarrett Granberg and Dion Knelsen each scored two goals Saturday as the Nanooks avenged a 3-1 loss at Bowling Green with a 5-3 win in the series finale.
7-2-1 (4-2-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Bowling Green, 3-1; W at Bowling Green, 5-3. THIS WEEK: at Lake Superior State, at Lake Superior State
12. Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac, whose 8-1-0 record is the best in college hockey, is outscoring its opponents by two goals a game, with a 38-20 advantage over nine contests.
8-1-0 (4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Harvard, 5-1; W vs. Dartmouth, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Colgate, at Cornell
13. Princeton
Two of Princeton's three wins this season have come in overtime. Cam MacIntyre scored the OT-winner against Dartmouth, his first goal of the season.
3-2-1 (2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Dartmouth, 2-1 ot; T vs. Harvard, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Cornell, at Colgate
14. Vermont
Vermont successfully killed four penalties in Sunday's win at Boston College after allowing three power-play goals in Saturday's loss to the Eagles. It was Vermont's first win at Kelley Rink in 15 years.
4-4-1 (3-3-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Boston College, 7-1; W at Boston College, 3-2. THIS WEEK: Off
15. Massachusetts
The next five game for the Minutemen are against teams that are currently listed in these Power Rankings - Yale, Vermont, Quinnipiac, Boston College and UMass Lowell.
7-2-0 (4-2-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. New Hampshire, 4-3 ot; L vs. New Hampshire, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Yale
Notre Dame
Show of hands: How many of you really thought that the Fighting Irish would be the team desperately seeking a spark heading into this weekend's series with Michigan State?
5-5-2 (3-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Northern Michigan, 3-2; T vs. Northern Michigan, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Michigan State, vs. Michigan State (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
17. Wisconsin
The Badgers have scored 38 goals through 10 games. In the four games in which it lost or tied, Bucky lit the lamp a total of seven times.
6-3-1 (4-3-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 5-1; W vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 6-2. THIS WEEK: at St. Cloud State, at St. Cloud State
18. Minnesota Duluth
One night after the Bulldogs were stymied by Michigan Tech goalie Kevin Genoe (48 saves) in a 3-2 loss, UMD forward Justin Fontaine scored four goals in an 8-1 rout of the visiting Huskies.
7-4-1 (4-3-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan Tech, 3-2; W vs. Michigan Tech, 8-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, at Minnesota
19. Boston College
With a goal in each game this weekend, Ben Smith raised his season total to seven tallies, already surpassing his total of six from his junior campaign.
4-3-1 (3-3-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 7-1; L vs. Vermont, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Maine, at Maine
20. Colgate
The Raiders' six-game unbeaten is tied for the second longest in the nation and the longest unbeaten run for Colgate since November 2005.
5-2-4 (3-0-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Brown, 5-3; T at Yale, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Quinnipiac, vs. Princeton

Dropped out: Michigan

Bubble-licious: Merrimack, St. Cloud State, Ferris State, Rensselaer