November 14, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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For the fourth week in a row, a different team resides atop the INCH Power Rankings. The latest big dog is a bulldog, from the western shore of Lake Superior. Speaking of mascots, we say hello to an old friend at the other end of the rankings, the Skating Friar from Providence.

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. Minnesota Duluth
With two wins against Michigan Tech, the 'Dogs improved to 9-1-2—the best record through 12 games in school history, topping the 1989-90 team's 10-2 start and the 1982-83 club's 9-2-1 start.
9-1-2 (6-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan Tech, 5-3; W vs. Michigan Tech, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin
2. Boston University
If the Terriers had three ties in a row last year it would have been one game shy of their best unbeaten stretch of the season. This year, it extends their record to 6-0-4.
6-0-4 (4-0-4 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. Merrimack, 1-1 ot; T at Merrimack, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, vs. New Hampshire
3. Maine
Goals in both wins against Northeastern this weekend gave Joey Diamond nine in his last 12 games, dating back to last season.
6-1-3 (4-0-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northeastern, 4-2; W vs. Northeastern, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Boston College, at Boston College
4. Nebraska-Omaha
It's one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. The release of the new Harry Potter movie? Nah, we're talking about Blais Bowl I in Omaha, where the Mavs entertain the North Dakota Voldemorts.
8-1-1 (5-0-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at St. Cloud State, 3-0; T at St. Cloud State, 4-4 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota
5. Yale
It looked like another two-win weekend for Yale when Denny Kearney gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead at Air Force in the first minute of the third period Sunday, but the Falcons scored four straight to hand Yale its first loss of the year.
5-1-0 (2-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Colorado College, 5-1; L at Air Force, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at Cornell, at Colgate
6. North Dakota
Prior to this past weekend, the Fighting Sioux had only swept Wisconsin on one prior occasion in the 12-year history of the Kohl Center.
7-4-1 (6-2-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Wisconsin, 1-0; W at Wisconsin, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Nebraska-Omaha, at Nebraska-Omaha
7. New Hampshire
Goaltender Matt DiGirolamo posted his first career shutout Friday night after allowing just one goal in each of the previous two games.
5-1-3 (3-0-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Massachusetts, 3-0; T vs. Massachusetts, 3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University, at Boston University
8. Miami
Here's how good Carter Camper has been thus far—he had four points in the RedHawks' split with Alaska, yet his points per game slid from 2.4 to 2.33.
6-3-3 (4-2-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alaska, 4-0; L vs. Alaska, 3-2. THIS WEEK: at Bowling Green, at Bowling Green
9. Michigan
Summing up the last four weekends for the Wolverines: On Fridays—a total of five goals scored and an 0-3-1 record. On Saturdays—19 goals scored and a 4-0-0 mark.
6-3-3 (5-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Notre Dame, 3-1; W vs. Notre Dame, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Lake Superior State, vs. Lake Superior State
10. Union
After winning four of its first six games by four goals or more, Union has a smaller margin for error. They have three ties, and three one-goal games (two wins, one loss) in their last six outings.
7-2-3 (2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Rensselaer, 2-1; L at Rensselaer, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: Off
11. Notre Dame
Freshman Anders Lee scored his eighth goal of the year in Saturday's 5-3 loss at Michigan. The only rookie in the nation with more goals is Colorado College's Jaden Schwartz (nine).
7-3-1 (5-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Michigan, 3-1; L at Michigan, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan State, vs. Michigan State
12. Alaska
After getting shut out at Miami Friday, the Nanooks salvaged a split Saturday, scoring twice in the last five minutes of regulation to steal a 3-2 win.
7-4-1 (4-3-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Miami, 4-0; W at Miami, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Northern Michigan, vs. Northern Michigan
13. Boston College
A month ago the Eagles swept Denver with ease and you wondered if they'd lose all year. They're 4-4-0 since and it seems like a split would be welcome against surging Maine.
6-4-0 (4-3-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Vermont, 3-2; L at Vermont, 5-3. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine, vs. Maine
15. Denver
Fun with round numbers: Forward Anthony Maiani became the 92nd Pioneer to reach the 100-career point plateau with a shorthanded goal in the third period of Saturday's 6-1 win against Minnesota State.
6-4-2 (5-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota State, 3-2; W vs. Minnesota State, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State, vs. Bemidji State
15. Wisconsin
We should say something about getting swept by North Dakota or the upcoming series with UMD, but we can't get over the fact that the Badger football team hung 83 points on Indiana.
6-4-2 (3-3-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 1-0; L vs. North Dakota, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth
16. Western Michigan
More from the “That Was Then, This is Now” file: Last season, two Broncos shared the team lead with eight goals in 36 games. This season, senior forward Max Campbell has five goals in 10 games.
6-2-2 (2-1-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Ferris State, at Ferris State
17. Rensselaer
The Engineers have a weekend off before hosting their annual holiday tournament right after Thanksgiving. The turkey will taste better after Saturday's late rally against Union - RPI tied the game with less than a second left in the third and won in overtime.
5-3-3 (2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Union, 2-1; W vs. Union, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: Off
18. Robert Morris
Robert Morris got the game-tying goal with 28 seconds left in the third period to salvage a point in the series opener against Sacred Heart, then took care of business Saturday by a 5-1 score as Nathan Longpre assisted on four of the tallies.
7-2-1 (6-2-1 Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: T vs. Sacred Heart, 4-4 ot; W vs. Sacred Heart, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Mercyhurst, at Canisius
19. Michigan State
One can sum up the Spartans’ fortunes through 10 games thusly: They’ve allowed 20 goals in their three losses and three ties, and given up four goals in their four victories.
4-3-3 (2-3-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Ohio State, 4-3 ot; W vs. Ohio State, 4-0. THIS WEEK: at Notre Dame, at Notre Dame
20. Providence
The Friars are 4-0-2 in their last six with winnable games against Northeastern (twice) and Holy Cross the rest of the month.
5-4-2 (3-2-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1; W at Alabama-Huntsville, 4-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Northeastern, at Northeastern

Dropped out: Ferris State

Bubble-licious: Merrimack, Niagara, Dartmouth, Princeton