October 17, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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The first BCS college football standings were released Sunday about an hour before we put the finishing touches on the college hockey season's second INCH Power Rankings. And while you need a Ph.D in applied mathematics to decipher the factors in the BCS poll, the INCH Power Rankings are pretty straightforward.

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. Boston College
As if the balance up front weren't enough, the Eagles have allowed just two goals in three games with a .976 save percentage.
3-0-0 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Denver, 6-2; W at Denver, 3-0. THIS WEEK: at Notre Dame
2. North Dakota
The Sioux welcomed Bemidji State to the WCHA and even let them have the puck every so often, to the tune of 36 shots in two games.
3-0-1 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Bemidji State, 5-2; W at Bemidji State, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Maine, at Maine
3. Michigan
"My legs were burning pretty good [and] so were my lungs," goalie Shawn Hunwick said after making a career-high 45 saves in Saturday’s 3-3 tie at New Hampshire.
2-0-2 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. US NTDP U-18s, 3-0 (Ex.); T at New Hampshire, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha
4. Miami

Here's your RedHawk advance scouting report: Keep an eye on No. 11. Forward Carter Camper has six goals and nine points in four games.

2-1-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at St. Cloud State, 6-3; T at St. Cloud State, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan, vs. Northern Michigan
5. Minnesota Duluth
The Connolly-Connolly-Fontaine trio each brings a point-per-game average of at least 2.0 into conference action.
3-0-1 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Providence, 5-3; W vs. Providence, 7-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage
6. Yale
Yale football beat Fordham by a point, which is about as close as the vote when the INCH staff was asked, "What neighborhood would you rather live in, Yale's or Fordham's?"
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: Off
7. Alaska
The Nanooks' Scott Greenham outdueled a pair of formidable foes – Union’s Keith Kincaid and Colorado College’s Joe Howe – in two 2-1 wins at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush.
3-1-0 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Union, 2-1; W vs. Colorado College, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Michigan State, at Michigan State
8. New Hampshire
The Wildcats are 1-1-1 and have only played CCHA teams. Not sure if Michigan proposed a shootout Saturday night just to make the assimilation complete.
1-1-1 (0-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. Michigan, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Northeastern
9. Boston University
The Terriers surrendered a 2-0 first-period lead in Saturday's tie with UMass but gets another shot at the Minutemen Friday night.
2-0-1 (0-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. Massachusetts, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Massachusetts, vs. Providence
10. Union
More proof that INCH A-Z is always worth reading, courtesy of Union's Jeremy Welsh. He had 19 points in a solid freshman campaign, and already has 4-4—8 in four games this year.
3-1-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Alaska, 2-1; W vs. Alaska Anchorage, 4-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Niagara, vs. RIT
11. Denver
As if seeing Boston College and North Dakota in the same month wasn't enough, those series bookend one with Wisconsin, which was 2-0-1 against the Pioneers last year.
1-2-1 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston College, 6-2; L vs. Boston College, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Wisconsin, vs. Wisconsin
12. Michigan State
If you like penalties, Munn Ice Arena was the place to be last weekend. In the Spartans’ win and tie with Maine, the teams combined for 36 penalties and 30 power plays.
1-0-1 (0-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Maine, 4-4 ot; W vs. Maine, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska, vs. Alaska
13. Maine
Spencer Abbott - who had 16 goals his first two seasons - leads the team with four goals and seven points, including two scores a school-record 10 seconds apart Saturday night.
1-1-2 (1-0-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T at Michigan State, 4-4 ot; L at Michigan State, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota
14. Notre Dame
Senior forward Ryan Guentzel, who entered the year with 21 points in 102 career games, has six points (all assists) in the Irish's first four games this season.
3-1-0 (2-0-0 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior State, 4-2; W vs. Lake Superior State, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College
15. Wisconsin
After a season-opening 4-3 loss to Boston University, the Badgers have outscored their next three opponents 18-2. Think anyone in Madison noticed?
3-1-0 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 7-0; W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Denver, at Denver
16. Nebraska-Omaha
Evidently at home in the WCHA after scoring nine goals in two games at Mariucci, the Mavericks return to CCHA stomping grounds this weekend at Yost.
4-0-0 (2-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota, 5-4; W at Minnesota, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, at Michigan
17. Rensselaer
Sophomore C.J. Lee played in 28 games last year as a freshman. He recorded his first career goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over Bentley, and added an assist for good measure.
1-1-2 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T at Northeastern, 2-2 ot; W vs. Bentley, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. RIT, vs. Niagara
18. Cornell
A pair of exhibition games this weekend whet the appetites of the Lynah Faithful before New Hampshire and RIT visit one week later.
0-0-0 (0-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Trois-Rivieres (Ex.), vs. US NTPD U-18s (Ex.)
19. St. Cloud State
The Huskies are down about a goal a game offensively in the early going, with their top two returning goal scorers, Garrett Roe and Tony Mosey, held to one goal between them.
1-2-1 (0-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Miami, 6-3; T vs. Miami, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota, at Minnesota
20. Robert Morris
Robert Morris is off to a perfect 4-0-0 start for the first time in program history, and has assumed an early lead as newcomers to Atlantic Hockey with three wins in three conference games.
4-0-0 (3-0-0 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Ohio State, 4-3; W vs. Air Force, 4-3. THIS WEEK: Off

Dropped out: Minnesota, RIT

Bubble-licious: Colgate, Colorado College, Michigan Tech