April 12, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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The final edition of the INCH Power Rankings features Boston College at the top, of course, and also provides recognition to 19 other clubs that had seasons worthy of recognition. We'll take a look back at where we had them slotted in our INCH Power Rankings Preseason Great 58, and talk about what went right for them.

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

Great 58

What Went RIght
1. Boston College
The Eagles soared at the right time, going 12-0-1 over the last 13 games of the season and capturing the program's second national title in three years and fourth overall.
29-10-3 (16-8-3 Hockey East, 2nd)
2. Wisconsin
The Badgers shook off three straight ho-hum seasons to return to the national championship game and forward Blake Geoffrion won the school's first Hobey Baker Award.
28-11-4 (17-8-3 WCHA, 2nd)
3. Miami
The Frozen Four loss to Boston College notwithstanding, the RedHawks ran away with the CCHA regular-season title and made a second Frozen Four appearance in as many years.
29-8-7 (21-2-5 CCHA, 1st)
4. Denver
Losing to RIT in the first round of the NCAA East Regional will sting for a while; still, the MacNaughton Cup winners will be remembered as one of the most talented teams in school history.
27-10-4 (19-5-4 WCHA, 1st)
5. St. Cloud State
Long the butt of jokes, the Huskies finally have an NCAA Tournament win to their credit and gave Wisconsin a pretty good run in the West Regional final.
24-14-5 (15-9-4 WCHA, 3rd)
6. Yale
The Bulldogs proved that last year was no fluke by backing up its ECAC Hockey regular-season crown and getting a great win over a tough North Dakota team in the NCAA Tournament.
21-10-3 (15-5-2 ECAC Hockey, 1st)
7. North Dakota
Despite a rash of injuries including the loss of defenseman Chay Genoway for the bulk of the season, the Sioux still won the WCHA playoff championship and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.
25-13-5 (15-10-3 WCHA, 4th)
8. Cornell
Cornell added more hardware to its illustrious trophy case with an ECAC Hockey playoff championship and two more First Team All-Americans in Ben Scrivens and Brendon Nash.
21-9-4 (14-5-3 ECAC Hockey, 2nd)
9. RIT
As if convincingly dominating the Atlantic Hockey regular-season and playoffs weren't enough, RIT made this year memorable by beating Denver and New Hampshire and making it to the Frozen Four.
28-12-1 (22-5-1 Atlantic Hockey, 1st)
10. Michigan
The Wolverines in February were on the verge of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in two decades, but got hot, captured the CCHA playoff title, and were one iffy whistle from advancing to the Frozen Four.
26-18-1 (14-13-1 CCHA, 7th)
11. Northern Michigan
A perennial second-half team, the Wildcats got into gear in early November this season, going 19-9-7 after starting 1-4-1 and making trips to the CCHA championship weekend and NCAA Tournament.
20-13-8 (13-9-6 CCHA, 4th)
12. Union
It was the best season in Union's Division I history and featured 21 wins, a trip to the ECAC Hockey championship weekend for the first time and record-breaking years and careers for the likes of Jason Walters and Mike Schreiber.
21-12-6 (12-6-4 ECAC Hockey, 3rd)
13. New Hampshire
Another Hockey East title for the Wildcats, who edged the national champs for the regular-season conference crown. They advanced to the NCAA East Regional Final.
18-14-7 (15-6-6 Hockey East, 1st)
14. Bemidji State
The Beavers couldn't recapture their NCAA Tournament magic from a year ago, but made a second straight trip to the national tournament, cruised to the CHA regular-season title, and scored non-conference wins against Miami, Minnesota, and Minnesota Duluth.
23-10-4 (14-3-1 CCHA, 1st)
15. Ferris State
A six-week swoon in mid-January and early February likely cost the Bulldogs an NCAA Tournament berth, but FSU ended the season with 21 wins, its best showing since capturing the CCHA regular-season title in 2002-03.
21-13-6 (13-9-6 CCHA, 5th)
16. Minnesota Duluth
The Bulldogs had a 16-7-1 record in mid-January and were in contention for the WCHA title before being waylaid by a 6-10-0 finish. If most of its remaining key contributors return, UMD should be a factor next season.
22-17-1 (16-11-1 WCHA, 5th)
17. Michigan State
After a dismal showing in 2008-09, the Spartans rebounded to finish second in the CCHA regular-season standings. Standout defenseman Jeff Petry left early for the pros and senior forward Nick Sucharski moves on, but everyone else returns.
19-13-6 (14-8-6 CCHA, 2nd)
18. Alaska
The Nanooks made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament and, one could reasonably argue, came close to knocking eventual national champion Boston College out in the first round of the Northeast Regional.
18-12-9 (11-9-8 CCHA, 5th)
19. Vermont
The Catamounts played their best in the big games, scoring big non-league wins in the regular season against Minnesota Duluth, Yale and Denver before knocking off top-seed New Hampshire in the Hockey East playoffs.
17-15-7 (9-11-7 Hockey East, 8th)
20. Maine
Gustav Nyquist showed he's one of the best players in the nation and was a Hobey Hat Trick finalist. The Black Bears finished in a tie for third in Hockey East, much higher than preseason projections placed them.
19-17-3 (13-12-2 Hockey East, T-3rd)