March 21, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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The INCH Power Rankings reflect the recently completed conference tournaments. Some teams played their way up with wins in the conference events and some fell after losses, with 15 of the 16 NCAA Tournament teams appearing.

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
Not sure if it's a cause for concern, but goaltender Cody Reichard has allowed five goals in each of his last two starts. He was yanked from the RedHawks' 5-2 loss to Michigan Friday at Joe Louis Arena.
27-7-7 LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan, 5-2; W vs. Ferris State, 2-1 (CCHA Tournament). THIS WEEK: vs. Alabama-Huntsville (NCAA Midwest Regional)
2. Wisconsin
The Badgers are 12-4-1 in 17 games since Jan. 22, and have scored a total of two goals in those four losses. Wisconsin scored 63 goals in the 12 wins and one tie.
25-10-4 LAST WEEK: L vs. St. Cloud State, 2-0; W vs. Denver, 6-5 (WCHA Final Five). THIS WEEK: vs. Vermont (NCAA West Regional)
3. Denver
Cheverie and Rakhshani are the Pioneers' Hobey candidates, but forward Joe Colborne has been the team's best player in recent weeks. He scored 15 of his 21 goals since Jan. 1, and DU is 16-0-1 when he lights the lamp.
27-9-4 LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 4-3; L vs. Wisconsin, 6-3 (WCHA Final Five). THIS WEEK: vs. RIT (NCAA East Regional)
4. Boston College
The Eagles’ senior class has a career record of 24-3-2 in the month of March entering the program’s first meeting with Alaska.
25-10-3 LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 3-0; W vs. Maine, 7-6 ot (Hockey East Tournament). THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska (NCAA Northeast Regional)
5. North Dakota
Here's a quick summary of the Fighting Sioux season to date: a 7-1-1 start followed by a 6-10-4 stretch from Nov. 14-Feb. 12, and a 12-1-0 run from that date through Saturday's WCHA title game win against St. Cloud State.
25-12-5 LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 2-0; W vs. Denver, 4-3; W vs. St. Cloud State, 5-3. (WCHA Final Five). THIS WEEK: vs. Yale (NCAA Northeast Regional)
6. Cornell
The recent shutout streak by Ben Scrivens - 230 minutes, 24 seconds is the longest in school history, bettering the mark previously held by ... Ben Scrivens (206:44).
21-8-4 LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 3-0; W vs. Union, 3-0 (ECAC Hockey Tournament). THIS WEEK: vs. New Hampshire (NCAA East Regional)
7. St. Cloud State
Cobbled together after the injury to Garrett Roe, the makeshift line of Tony Mosey, Drew Leblanc, and David Eddy was the Huskies' best trio in Saturday's WCHA championship match against North Dakota, combining for two goals and four assists in the 5-3 loss.
23-13-5 LAST WEEK: W vs. Wisconsin, 2-0; L vs. North Dakota, 5-3 (WCHA Final Five). THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan (NCAA West Regional)
8. Northern Michigan
The key to the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament success might be avoiding Michigan. NMU is 10-2-2 since Jan. 23 with the Wolverines the opponent in both losses, the most recent coming in Saturday's CCHA championship game.
20-12-8 LAST WEEK: W vs. Ferris State, 5-4 ot; L vs. Michigan, 2-1 (CCHA Tournament). THIS WEEK: vs. St. Cloud State (NCAA West Regional)
9. Yale
Yale last met North Dakota in a two-game series in Grand Forks to open the 2003-04 series and lost by scores of 8-4 and 10-0. The prior year, the teams combined for 160 minutes in a game in New Haven.
20-9-3 LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota (NCAA Northeast Regional)
10. Union
The best season in Union history ended with a loss in the league championship game to Cornell. It was only the second time all year that Union was blanked, the first coming in a 0-0 tie against Lake Superior State.
21-12-6 LAST WEEK: W vs. St. Lawrence, 3-1; L vs. Cornell, 3-0 (ECAC Hockey Tournament)
11. Bemidji State
Had they known half the conference would be in the Midwest Regional, the CHA could have saved some travel headaches by having Robert Morris and Niagara meet there for the conference tourney.
23-9-4 LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan (NCAA Midwest Regional)
12. Michigan
The Wolverines have scored four or more goals seven times in the last nine games and are 8-1-0 during that span. Compare that to the nine games prior to their current run when U-M scored four or more goals twice and had a 3-6-0 mark.
25-17-1 LAST WEEK: W vs. Miami, 5-2; W vs. Northern Michigan, 2-1 (CCHA Tournament). THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State (NCAA Midwest Regional)
13. Ferris State
The Bulldogs were 1-9-3 against teams that made the NCAA field, with the one win coming against Michigan.
21-13-6 LAST WEEK: L vs. Northern Michigan, 5-4 ot; L vs. Miami, 2-1 (CCHA Tournament)
14. Minnesota Duluth
The disappointing end to the season goes beyond the Bulldogs' 2-0 loss to North Dakota in Thursday's WCHA Final Five quarterfinal. UMD was 16-7-1 on Jan. 16 and went 6-10-0 the rest of the way, winning consecutive games once.
22-17-1 LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 2-0 (WCHA Final Five)
15. RIT
Marc Cheverie and Ben Scrivens are the big-name goalies in the NCAA East Regional, but Jared DeMichiel is fourth nationally in goals-against average (2.00) and ninth in save percentage (.922).
26-11-1 LAST WEEK: W vs. Canisius, 4-0; W vs. Sacred Heart, 6-1 (Atlantic Hockey Tournament). THIS WEEK: vs. Denver (NCAA East Regional)
16. Michigan State
/Doomed by a 5-7-2 finish, the Spartans then had to watch their archrivals win the league and claim an automatic berth.
19-13-6 LAST WEEK: Off.
17. Alaska
The Nanooks would like to give a hearty "Domo arigato" to the NCAA Tournament selection committee for sending them to the Northeast Regional in Worcester. Boston's Logan Airport is a 3,250-mile flight from Fairbanks; it's 3,500 miles from Fairbanks to Tokyo.
18-11-9 LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College (NCAA Northeast Regional)
18. New Hampshire
The Wildcats haven’t scored in 136:54, which seems like a long time until you figure that their first-round foe, Cornell, hasn’t allowed a goal in 230:30.
17-13-7 LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Cornell (NCAA East Regional)
19. Maine
Of Joey Diamond’s three goals on the weekend, Friday’s was an absolute beauty and Saturday’s second made SportsCenter’s Top Plays. Still, we wouldn’t recommend searching his name on YouTube.
19-17-3 LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston University, 5-2; L vs. Boston College, 7-6 ot (Hockey East Tournament)
20. Vermont
While we wouldn't have included Vermont if we were in charge of selecting the NCAA Tournament field (more in the INCH Podcast), the Catamounts deserve this spot in the INCH Power Rankings.
17-14-7 LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston College, 3-0 (Hockey East Tournament). THIS WEEK: vs. Wisconsin (NCAA West Regional)

Dropped out: Boston University, St. Lawrence

Bubble-licious: Alabama-Huntsville