November 29, 2009
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Miami's eight-game unbeaten streak came to end when Bemidji State upended the RedHawks at the Subway Holiday Classic in Grand Forks. Miami came back the next night to tie North Dakota, but it wasn't enough to keep the RedHawks atop the INCH Power Rankings. Denver is our new No. 1 team.

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. Denver
Perhaps the most meaningless note for a new no. 1 team in INCH Power Rankings history: In eight of the Pioneers' last 10 games, one team has scored three goals.
9-4-1 (7-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Cloud State, 5-3; L vs. St. Cloud State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Colorado College, vs. Colorado College
2. North Dakota
The Fighting Sioux have scored a total of 41 goals in their eight wins and two ties—including nine against Ohio State and Miami last weekend—but have just five goals in their four losses.
8-4-2 (5-4-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ohio State, 4-1; T vs. Miami, 5-5- ot. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota Duluth, at Minnesota Duluth
3. Miami
Fact 1: Miami has gone to overtime in seven of its 16 games so far. Fact 2: The RedHawks' draw at North Dakota Saturday was their second 5-5 tie of the season; the first was against New Hampshire in Durham Oct. 17.
9-2-5 (6-1-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Bemidji State, 3-2; T vs. North Dakota, 5-5 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame
4. Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac's eight-game winning streak is the nation's longest, and if they can keep it intact after Friday's game at Yale, it might go on through the new year. Their next five opponents following the Bulldogs are a combined 11-36-7 on the year.
12-1-0 (7-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Princeton, 5-1; W vs. Massachusetts, 5-4 ot. THIS WEEK: at Yale, at Brown
5. Cornell
Saturday's game against BU at Madison Square Garden included television timeouts, even though it wasn't televised, and according to the officials instant replay wasn't available.
6-2-1 (5-2-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Colgate, 4-2; T vs. Boston University, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Rensselaer, at Union
6. Bemidji State
Chris McKelvie, a fourth-liner at the Frozen Four last year, channeled some of the Beavers' March magic with a goal and an assist in the rematch with Miami.
11-2-1 (6-0-0 CHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Miami, 3-2; L vs. Ohio State, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Niagara, vs. Niagara
7. Colorado College
Alaska Anchorage snapped the Tigers' six-game winning streak Saturday in Colorado Springs with a 3-2 OT triumph. CC's three losses this season have all occurred at home and were one-goal decisions.
10-3-1 (7-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 5-0; L vs. Alaska-Anchorage, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, at Denver
8. UMass Lowell
A banner season for UMass Lowell hit a speed bump last week. They were held under three goals in a game for the first and second time all season in two losses.
8-4-1 (4-3-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Providence, 4-2; L vs. Maine, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, vs. Massachusetts
9. Massachusetts
There's no sophomore slump for Casey Wellman, who had 11 goals and 33 points as a freshman in 39 games. This year he's got 11 goals and 20 points in the first dozen games for the Minutemen.
9-3-0 (5-2-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Vermont, 6-2; L at Quinnipiac, 5-4 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at UMass Lowell
10. Yale
The Bulldogs have taken care of business in their last three outings against Brown, Sacred Heart and Holy Cross, averaging 7.0 goals per game in that span. Things get tougher in a busy week against three teams that have appeared in the INCH Power Rankings so far this year.
5-2-2 (2-1-2 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Sacred Heart, 8-2; W at Holy Cross, 7-3. THIS WEEK: at Vermont, vs. Quinnipiac, vs. Princeton
11. Michigan State
The Spartans, who entered their series with Notre Dame two weekends ago on a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1), are now in the midst of a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) during which they've never held a lead over their opponent.
9-5-2 (6-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Wisconsin, 7-3; L vs. Minnesota, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan
12. Alaska
Each of the Nanooks' last three games have gone into OT. The scores at the end of regulation: 2-2, 3-3, and 4-4. We expect 5-5 and 6-6 duels after 60 minutes in your series at Western Michigan this weekend, boys.
8-3-3 (5-3-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Northern Michigan, 3-3 ot; T vs. Northern Michigan, 4-4 ot. THIS WEEK: at Western Michigan, at Western Michigan
13. Minnesota Duluth
Alumni report: Former Bulldog Mason Raymond scored a goal and two assists in Vancouver's rout of Calgary Saturday. Raymond has 1-6—7 in his five games prior to Sunday's tilt against San Jose.
9-4-1 (6-3-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota
14. Boston College
BC is doing it with balance. The Eagles rank sixth nationally in scoring with 3.82 goals per game, yet don't have a single player among the nation's top 50 individual point producers.
6-3-2 (4-3-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Clarkson, 6-5. THIS WEEK: at Massachusetts, at Boston University
15. Wisconsin
Don't look now, but the allegedly systems-oriented, defensive-minded Badgers have scored six or more goals four times this season and four or more goals in eight of their 14 games.
8-5-1 (5-4-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Michigan State, 7-3; L at Michigan, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech
16. Notre Dame
It may be the least impressive five-game unbeaten streak in college hockey history, but the Fighting Irish are 2-0-3 in their last five. Wins and ties will be harder to come by in December, as series with Miami and Michigan loom.
7-5-4 (4-2-4 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Bowling Green, 2-1 ot; T vs. Bowling Green, 4-4 ot. THIS WEEK: at Miami, at Miami
17. Vermont
After earning back-to-back wins over Denver and Boston College in the opening weeks of the season, the Catamounts haven't managed to win two in a row since, and are just 3-4-1 in their last eight games.
5-5-1 (4-4-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Massachusetts, 6-2; W at Northeastern, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Yale, at Boston University, vs. New Hampshire
18. Ferris State
Senior forward Blair Riley enters the weekend with 12 goals in 15 games. He entered the season with 24 goals in 107 career appearances.
9-3-2 (4-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha
19. Nebraska-Omaha
By sweeping visiting Western Michigan last weekend, the Mavericks ended a six-game slump during which they posted a 1-4-1 mark and won back-to-back games for the first time since the season-opening IceBreaker Tournament.
7-4-3 (4-4-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Western Michigan, 4-3; W vs. Western Michigan, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Ferris State, at Ferris State
20. St. Cloud State
The Huskies earned a third straight "good split" against a ranked opponent. This weekend it's about time for the first sweep of the season.
6-6-2 (5-4-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Denver, 5-3; W at Denver, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage

Dropped out: Colgate

Bubble-licious: Colgate, RIT, Union