December 13, 2009
INCH Power Rankings

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Based on the preponderence of Christmas colors at the top of this week's Power Rankings, it must be a sign that everyone at INCH World Headquarters is in the holiday mood. True, candy cane-clad Miami and Cornell are mired among the tinsel gold trim of Denver and Boston College this week, but it's no gift--the RedHawks, Pioneers, Big Red and Eagles have earned those spots. So, too, has another red-and-white club, Wisconsin, this week's big mover.

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
In their last 12 CCHA matches, the RedHawks have outscored their opponents by a 36-12 margin. Miami is 9-0-3 in the league during that span.
13-2-5 (10-1-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Ohio State, 6-0; W vs. Ohio State, 4-3. NEXT ACTION: at Robert Morris, Jan. 8
2. Denver
Say this about the Pioneers: when they lose, they really get shellacked. In their five defeats this season, they've allowed a combined 26 goals.
11-5-2 (9-3-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota Duluth, 3-2; L at Minnesota Duluth, 6-3. NEXT ACTION: Denver Cup, Jan. 1-2
3. Cornell
If Cornell faces Maine in the second game at the Florida College Classic, it will be the third in a stretch of four games against ranked teams (Union, CC, Maine, UNH).
7-2-2 (6-2-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. NEXT ACTION: Florida College Classic, Dec. 29-30
4. Boston College
BC was not whistled for a single penalty in Saturday's win. Fans were probably happy to get out of Providence's rink in under two hours (1:58 time of game), and Nick Petrecki was probably disappointed.
10-3-2 (7-3-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Harvard, 3-2; W at Providence, 3-1. NEXT ACTION: at Denver Cup, Jan. 1-2
5. Colorado College
Senior forward Mike Testwuide scored a goal at St. Cloud State Friday and added a goal and an assist against the Huskies Saturday. He's recorded at least one goal in six of the Tigers' last eight games.
11-4-3 (8-3-3 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T at St. Cloud State, 4-4 ot; W at St. Cloud State, 4-1. NEXT ACTION: at Florida College Classic, Dec. 29-30
6. Yale
Yale is also the nation’s highest-scoring team with 4.33 goals per game (52 in 12 games). They could play the nation's second-highest scoring team, Wisconsin, at the Badgers' tournament in early January.
7-3-2 (4-1-2 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. NEXT ACTION: at Badger Showdown, Jan. 2-3
7. Wisconsin
The Badger Showdown at the Kohl Center Jan. 2-3 should be a terrific weekend of hockey as the hosts are joined by two teams rated in the top 15 of these very Power Rankings, Yale and Ferris State, and a vastly improved Merrimack squad.
11-5-2 (8-4-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T at North Dakota, 3-3 ot; W at North Dakota, 4-3. NEXT ACTION: Badger Showdown, Jan. 2-3
8. North Dakota
The Fighting Sioux gave up more than two goals once in their nine games en route to a 7-1-1 start. They've allowed three or more goals six times in the nine games since and are 2-5-2 in that stretch.
9-6-3 (6-6-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Wisconsin, 3-3 ot; L vs. Wisconsin, 4-3. THIS WEEK: vs. USA Under-20 Team (Ex.)
9. Quinnipiac
The Bobcats scuffled a bit in a three-game winless streak following eight consecutive wins, but got on track with a 5-2 win Saturday that featured five different goal scorers.
13-3-1 (7-2-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T at Holy Cross, 1-1 ot; W vs. American International. 5-2. NEXT ACTION: at Harvard, Dec. 29
10. Bemidji State
The two losses to visiting Minnesota State this past weekend extended the Beavers' losing streak against the Mavericks to six in a row. BSU's last win in the series was a 3-2 decision in Mankato on Nov. 4, 2006.
13-4-1 (8-0-0 College Hockey America) LAST WEEK: L vs. Minnesota State, 5-1; L vs. Minnesota State, 3-2. NEXT ACTION: at Western Michigan, Jan. 2-3
11. Michigan State
Forward Corey Tropp closed out a sensational first half of the season with a hat trick in Saturday's win against Bowling Green. Tropp has scored 16 goals in 20 games this season; MSU's leading goal-getter last season had 14 goals in 38 games.
12-6-2 (9-3-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Bowling Green, 3-2 ot; W vs. Bowling Green, 4-1. NEXT ACTION: Great Lakes Invitational, Dec. 29-30
12. UMass Lowell
The River Hawks are a clear favorite at Dartmouth's holiday tournament, as the other three teams - Northeastern (40th), Holy Cross (44th) and Dartmouth (51st) - all rank among the worst teams in the country in winning percentage.
10-6-1 (5-4-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Princeton, 4-1; L vs. Princeton, 3-2. NEXT ACTION: at Ledyard Bank Classic, Jan. 2-3
13. Massachusetts
Will Ortiz scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season to help UMass end a three-game losing streak with a win over Merrimack.
10-5-0 (6-4-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 4-1. NEXT ACTION: at UConn Hockey Classic, Dec. 29-30
14. Ferris State
At 13-3-2 overall, the Bulldogs are off to their best start through 18 games since 1979-80 when they opened with a 14-4-0 mark. The 2002-03 FSU team that won the CCHA regular-season title started 13-5-0.
13-3-2 (8-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Western Michigan, 3-0; W vs. Western Michigan, 4-3. NEXT ACTION: at Badger Showdown, Jan. 2-3
15. Minnesota Duluth
Notice a trend with these Bulldogs? When they score three or more goals this season, they're 11-0-1. When they score two or fewer goals, they're 0-6-0.
11-6-1 (8-5-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Denver, 3-2; W vs. Denver, 6-3. NEXT ACTION: at Catamount Cup, Jan. 2-3
16. Union
Don't leave early when Capital District rivals Union and RPI get together. The Dutchmen scored twice in the final minute of the third period to win on Wednesday. In the previous meeting, RPI tied the game with one second left in the third and Union won in overtime.
8-3-5 (4-0-3 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Rensselaer, 5-4; W vs. US NTDP Under-18s, 4-1. NEXT ACTION: at UConn Hockey Classic, Dec. 29-30
17. Alaska
Senior forward Dion Knelsen needs six points to join the Nanooks' century club. He'd become the first UAF skater to reach 100 career points since Knelsen's ex-teammates Curtis Fraser and Kyle Greentree did it during the 2006-07 season.
9-5-4 (6-5-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 4-3; L vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 5-3. NEXT ACTION: at Nebraska-Omaha, Jan. 8-9
18. New Hampshire
Senior forward Bobby Butler has quietly put together an excellent UNH career. He's played in 131 games and has 45 goals and 92 points and leads this year's Wildcats in scoring with 13 goals and 24 points.
8-6-3 (8-2-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Providence, 4-3. NEXT ACTION: vs. Cornell, Jan. 3
19. Maine
Maine last won the Florida College Classic, which they co-host with Cornell, in the 2006-07 season. The Black Bears scored 14 goals in two wins that weekend in Florida.
9-7-1 (7-4-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northeastern, 5-1. NEXT ACTION: Florida College Classic, Jan. 29-30
20. St. Cloud State
Of the Huskies' nine series during the first half of the season, seven were against teams currently rated among the top 20 in this week's INCH Power Rankings.
8-7-3 (7-5-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Colorado College, 4-4 ot; L vs. Colorado College, 4-1. NEXT ACTION: vs. Brown, Jan. 2-3

Dropped out: None

Bubble-licious: Colgate, Lake Superior State