November 7, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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It wasn't but a couple of weeks ago when Boston College sat atop the INCH Power Rankings. Alas, the Eagles have stumbled three times in as many weeks, which allowed Miami to ascend to the top spot. The RedHawks lost and tied at Ferris State this past weekend, however, which means we're in the market for a new No. 1 team. That honor goes to BC's crosstown rival, Boston University. At 6-0-2, the Terriers are one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the country.

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 University
BU's penchant for playing close games continued, with a 2-2 tie against Maine. The Terriers knotted the score with 1:21 left in the third period on an extra-attacker goal Charlie Coyle.
6-0-2 (4-0-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. Maine, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Merrimack, at Merrimack
2. Minnesota Duluth
Saturday's overtime win at North Dakota pushed the Bulldogs' OT record since the start of last season to an impressive 7-1-3.
7-1-2 (4-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at North Dakota, 4-2; W at North Dakota, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech
3. Maine
You know all about Gustav Nyquist, but classmate Spencer Abbott shares the points lead for the Black Bears with 13 points on six goals and seven assists.
4-1-3 (2-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T at Boston University, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern, vs. Northeastern
4. Yale

Yale is perfect through four games and has posted impressive scorelines in each win, but they've trailed at one point in three of their four contests.

4-0-0 (2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Princeton, 5-3; W vs. Quinnipiac, 5-1. THIS WEEK: at Colorado College, at Air Force
5. Miami
Finally, someone heeded our RedHawk scouting report: Ferris State earned a win and a tie against Miami, limiting Carter Camper to two assists on the weekend.
5-2-3 (4-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Ferris State, 3-2; T at Ferris State, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska, vs. Alaska
6. Michigan
Notre Dame, this weekend's opponent, has been a thorn in the Wolverines' side in recent years; the Irish are 8-5-0 against Michigan since the start of the 2006-07 season.
5-2-3 (4-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Alaska, 3-0; W at Alaska, 5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame
7. Union
Union's 0-0 tie at Dartmouth was the fifth in program history. They most recently had that scoreline last November, against Lake Superior State in the opening round of RPI's Thanksgiving tournament.
6-1-3 (1-0-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Harvard, 2-1; T at Dartmouth, 0-0 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Rensselaer, at Rensselaer
8. North Dakota
The Fighting Sioux are in the middle of a six-week stretch of games against teams currently in the INCH Power Rankings — they've already faced Maine, DU, and UMD and have Wisconsin, UNO, and Notre Dame up next.
5-4-1 (4-2-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota Duluth, 4-2; L vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin
9. New Hampshire
The Wildcats are 4-0-2 in six games since dropping their season-opener at Miami. Matt DiGirolamo stopped 55 of 57 shots he faced in a pair of 2-1 wins over the weekend.
4-1-2 (2-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Boston College, 2-1; W at UMass Lowell, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Massachusetts, vs. Massachusetts
10. Boston College
The Eagles have a heavy burden as defending national champs. They're the biggest game on everyone's schedule. That said, three losses in three weekends isn't what anyone expected.
5-3-0 (3-2-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. UMass Lowell, 5-2; L vs. New Hampshire, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Vermont, at Vermont
11. Nebraska-Omaha
The nation's second-best scoring offense at 4.62 goals per game boasts seven players averaging better than a point per game.
7-1-0 (4-0-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 5-1; W vs. Minnesota State, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at St. Cloud State, at St. Cloud State
12. Wisconsin
Freshman Mark Zengerle had a goal and two assists in Friday's 6-0 at Minnesota and added three assists in the Badgers' 3-3 tie at Mariucci Arena Saturday.
6-2-2 (3-1-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 6-0; T vs. Minnesota, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota
13. Notre Dame
Senior forward Ryan Guentzel had a goal and three assists in this weekend's split at Bowling Green, giving him 13 points in nine games this season. He entered the year with 21 points in 102 career games.
6-2-1 (4-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Bowling Green, 3-2; W at Bowling Green, 6-3. THIS WEEK: at Michigan, at Michigan
14. Alaska
The Nanooks had their 10-game home winning streak snapped Saturday when Michigan scored three third-period goals en route to a 5-2 win at the Carlson Center.
6-3-1 (3-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan, 3-0; L vs. Michigan, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Miami, at Miami
15. Michigan State
Despite getting swept by Western Michigan, defenseman Torey Krug extended his point streak to five games with a single assist in each game against the Broncos.
3-2-3 (1-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Western Michigan, 4-3; L at Western Michigan, 3-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Ohio State, vs. Ohio State
16. Denver
“This was an embarrassing loss and we'll correct it starting Monday,” coach George Gwozdecky said following his team's 9-2 defeat at Colorado College Saturday. Guessing the week's first practice will consist of a whole lot of skating and not a lot of pucks.
4-4-2 (3-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Colorado College, 4-1; L at Colorado College, 9-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State
17. Western Michigan
How impressive has Western Michigan's start been? They're one of seven teams with six wins so far. Only Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota Duluth (seven each) have more.
6-2-2 (2-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan State, 4-3; W vs. Michigan State, 3-1. THIS WEEK: Off
18. Rensselaer
The Engineers yielded a power-play goal in the final 10 seconds of the third period in a 1-0 loss at Harvard. It was the first time this year that RPI was shutout.
4-2-3 (1-1-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Dartmouth, 4-1; L at Harvard, 1-0. THIS WEEK: at Union, vs. Union
19. Robert Morris
If this was pro hockey, Robert Morris would have a point in every game this season. Both of their losses came in overtime, including this past weekend against Holy Cross, when the Crusaders scored at 4:55 of OT.
6-2-0 (5-2-0 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Holy Cross, 4-2; L at Holy Cross, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Sacred Heart, vs. Sacred Heart
20. Ferris State
Two goals against is a pretty telling number for Ferris State. They're 5-0-2 when allowing two goals or fewer, and have been hit for three or more in all three losses.
5-3-2 (2-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Miami, 3-2; T vs. Miami, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Lake Superior State, at Lake Superior State

Dropped out: Merrimack, Quinnipiac

Bubble-licious: Merrimack, St. Cloud State