November 28, 2010
INCH Power Rankings

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Once again, there are only minor adjustments in this week's INCH Power Rankings. And once again, it's due to the fact that the nation's top teams took care of business over the holiday weekend.

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
But what about the damage deposit? After this weekend’s series against Denver, the Bulldogs turn in the keys for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, their home since 1966.
11-1-2 (8-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, vs. Denver
2. Yale
Yale posted a five-spot against Sacred Heart, the seventh time in nine games this year that the Bulldogs have scored five goals or more.
8-1-0 (4-0-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Sacred Heart, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Rensselaer, vs. Union
3. Nebraska-Omaha
This weekend marks the start of a 10-game stretch for the Mavericks against opponents with a combined record of 19-27-5.
9-2-1 (6-1-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Bemidji State, at Bemidji State
4. Boston University
The Terriers' drop this week isn't a reflection on the tie against Brown, but a reflection on a series of them - four draws in the last six games with a win and a loss. We expect more out of a top-five team.
7-1-5 (5-1-4 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. Brown, 4-4 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College, at Boston College
5. Maine
Maine is 5-1-1 in its last seven games against Providence, the team they'll take on this weekend.
6-3-3 (4-2-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Providence, at Providence
6. North Dakota
After a win and tie against Notre Dame at Engelstad Arena, the Sioux are still looking for their first home sweep of the season. With 10 of their next 15 at home, they’ll have plenty of opportunities.
9-5-2 (7-3-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Notre Dame, 6-3; T vs. Notre Dame, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State
7. New Hampshire
When does a tie feel like a win? When you score two goals in the final two minutes to salvage a 5-5 draw on home ice against Brown.
7-2-4 (5-1-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: T vs. Brown, 5-5 ot; W vs. Merrimack, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at UMass Lowell, vs. Vermont
8. Union
Union returns to action after two weeks away with important league games at Brown and Yale. All three of those teams, and RPI, have played just four league games so far.
7-2-3 (2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Brown, at Yale
9. Miami
Friday’s loss at Western Michigan was the RedHawks’ third in league play this season. Miami only lost two conference games in 2009-10 and in four of the previous five seasons didn’t register CCHA loss no. 3 until after Jan. 1.
9-4-3 (7-3-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Western Michigan, 5-2; W at Western Michigan, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame
10. Michigan
Wanna know what a Big Ten hockey league would look like? The Wolverines will—they just played Wisconsin and Minnesota, go to Ohio State this weekend, and have at least three games (and possibly four) with Michigan State between Dec. 11 and Jan. 8.
8-4-4 (7-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Wisconsin, 4-4 ot; L at Minnesota, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Ohio State, at Ohio State
11. Denver
This weekend’s matchup between the Pioneers and UMD pits the country’s two hottest teams against one another—DU has won six in a row, while the Bulldogs have won five straight.
10-4-2 (7-2-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Lake Superior State, 6-3; W vs. Air Force, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota Duluth, at Minnesota Duluth
12. Notre Dame
Sophomore defenseman Sam Calabrese scored his first career goal with 3:02 left in regulation Saturday as the Irish salvaged a 2-2 tie at North Dakota and avoided consecutive losses for the first time this season.
9-4-2 (7-2-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at North Dakota, 6-3; T at North Dakota, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Miami, at Miami
13. Boston College
Six different players scored for the Eagles in Sunday's win over Vermont, and the Eagles won their fourth game of the year by shutout.
9-5-0 (7-4-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Merrimack, 5-3; W vs. Vermont, 6-0. THIS WEEK: at Boston University, vs. Boston University
14. Alaska
The Nanooks are in the midst of a stretch in which they play eight of 10 on the road; they got that run off to a good start this past weekend by beating and tying Ohio State in Columbus.
8-5-3 (5-4-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Ohio State, 3-3 ot; W at Ohio State, 5-2. THIS WEEK: Off
15. Wisconsin
On the same night the Badger footballers earned a share of the Big Ten title with Ohio State and Michigan State, Bucky’s icers snapped a six-game winless streak by doing something they couldn’t do with the pigskin: Beat the Spartans.
7-6-3 (3-5-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Michigan, 4-4 ot; W vs. Michigan State, 4-1. THIS WEEK: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage
16. Rensselaer
Defenseman-turned-forward Bryan Brutlag was named MVP of the RPI Holiday Tournament after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of the championship game victory against Bowling Green. It was RPI's first title in their own tournament since 2001.
7-3-3 (2-2-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Connecticut, 6-5; W vs. Bowling Green, 3-2 ot. THIS WEEK: at Yale, at Brown
17. Merrimack
Jesse Todd, Joe Cucci and Stephane Da Costa had multi-point nights in a win over BC. Not surprisingly, they're the team's top three scorers on the season.
5-3-4 (4-3-3 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Boston College, 5-3; L vs. New Hampshire, 2-1. THIS WEEK: at Harvard, at Northeastern, vs. Northeastern
18. Ferris State
In only one of the Bulldogs’ 15 games to date have both teams scored three or more goals. That was on Oct. 23 in Big Rapids, when Ferris dropped a 5-3 decision to Ohio State.
7-5-3 (4-4-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Michigan State, 3-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan State, at Michigan State
19. Minnesota
Shortly after killing a five-minute major penalty, the Gophers scored to take a 2-0 lead over Michigan. They went on to a 3-1 win, their third victory this year over a nationally-ranked team.
8-5-1 (5-4-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan State, 5-2; W vs. Michigan, 3-1. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota State, at Minnesota State
20. Western Michigan
Mmm-mmm good: Senior forward Max Campbell was soup-er for the Broncos this past weekend, scoring a goal and adding four assists in his team’s split with visiting Miami.
7-4-3 (3-3-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Miami, 5-2; L vs. Miami, 5-1. THIS WEEK: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan

Dropped out: None

Bubble-licious: Brown, Dartmouth, Robert Morris