January 30, 2011
INCH Power Rankings

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Yale faced its biggest test of the season and suffered back-to-back losses for just the third time in the last three seasons. Boston College moves into the top spot in the INCH Power Rankings this week, with three WCHA teams also stacked among our top five.

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
Don't let the score fool you. Saturday's victory at UMass Lowell was a 2-1 game in the third period, but BC salted things away with two goals in a 27-second span late in the game. Oh, and Cam Atkinson had two more goals, including one short-handed.
18-6-0 (14-5-0 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at UMass Lowell, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Massachusetts
2. Yale
The Bulldogs entered the weekend averaging 4.79 goals per game, but scored just four total goals in losses to Union and RPI. All four of those came on the power play.
17-4-0 (11-3-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: L at Union, 3-2; L at Rensselaer, 5-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Harvard, vs. Dartmouth
3. Denver
He may be tied for fourth on the team in scoring, but keep close tabs on senior forward Kyle Ostrow, who has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in the Pioneers' last six games.
16-5-5 (12-3-3 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: at Colorado College, vs. Colorado College
4. North Dakota
Senior defenseman Chay Genoway was hurt in Friday's loss at Colorado College and didn't play Saturday; his replacement, sophomore Joe Gleason, scored his first career goal in Saturday's 6-0 rout.
19-8-2 (14-6-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Colorado College, 4-2; W at Colorado College, 6-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage
5. Minnesota Duluth
Bulldog opponents would be wise to keep freshman J.T. Brown off the scoresheet; UMD is 7-0 in games in which he scores a goal and 12-1 when he records a point.
17-5-3 (12-4-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: Off. THIS WEEK: vs. Minnesota, vs. Minnesota
6. New Hampshire
Mike Sislo became the latest member of UNH's 100-career-point club with three points Friday at Providence. Bobby Butler was the previous member, and he also achieved that milestone at Providence's Schneider Arena.
15-5-4 (13-2-2 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Providence, 5-2; W vs. Providence, 5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Maine, vs. Maine
7. Rensselaer
RPI scored three straight goals in a six-minute span over the final three minutes of the second period and first three minutes of the third period to take a 4-1 lead. That allowed the Freakout! fans to celebrate for the rest of the contest.
17-6-3 (9-5-0 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 3-0; W vs. Yale, 5-2. THIS WEEK: at Quinnipiac, at Princeton
8. Union
Some of Union's younger players have bolstered the team's scoring this season, but senior Adam Presizniuk came through this weekend. He scored the game-winning goal against Yale and added two more tallies against Brown.
18-7-3 (10-3-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Yale, 3-2; W vs. Brown, 4-2. THIS WEEK: at Princeton, at Quinnipiac
9. Michigan
The Wolverines have scored a total of 10 goals in their seven losses this season; Michigan fired 35 shots at Michigan State goalie Will Yanakeff Saturday, but only beat him once in a 2-1 loss.
17-7-4 (14-5-1 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Michigan State, 2-1 (Joe Louis Arena, Detroit). THIS WEEK: at Miami, at Miami
10. Merrimack
Freshman Mike Collins had a hat trick Saturday. He has shown a knack for getting his points in bunches. The last five games in which he's recorded at least one point, four of those games have been multi-point efforts.
15-5-4 (9-5-3 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Vermont, 2-1; W vs. Vermont, 7-1. THIS WEEK: at Northeastern, vs. Massachusetts
11. Wisconsin
The Badgers have applied the clamps to their opponents, and haven't allowed more than two goals against in their last six games. Wisconsin now owns the nation's best overall scoring defense, yielding just 2.00 goals per game.
19-8-3 (11-7-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Michigan Tech, 4-2; W at Michigan Tech, 4-1. THIS WEEK: Off
12. Notre Dame
Freshmen Anders Lee and T.J. Tynan each scored two goals in the series against Miami; both now have 18 on the season. Dave Poulin (28 goals in 1978-79) is the school's leader in goals by a rookie.
16-9-5 (13-6-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T vs. Miami, 5-5 ot; T vs. Miami, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: Off
13. Miami
Senior forward Andy Miele is now the nation's leading scorer, surpassing teammate Carter Camper for that honor. Miele has 49 points, including 16 in the RedHawks' last seven games.
14-9-3 (11-7-4 CCHA) LAST WEEK: T at Notre Dame, 5-5 ot; T at Notre Dame, 2-2 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan, vs. Michigan
14. Western Michigan
The Broncos extended their unbeaten streak to 11 by sweeping Northern Michigan in Kalamazoo. During that run, WMU has outscored its foes by a 2-to-1 (36-18) margin.
14-6-8 (8-5-7 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northern Michigan, 5-2; W vs. Northern Michigan, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Bowling Green, vs. Bowling Green
15. Boston University
It doesn't quite match the 10-game unbeaten streak the Terriers posted to start the year, but BU has responded from back-to-back losses with two wins and a tie on the road to move into third place in Hockey East.
12-7-7 (9-5-5 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W at Maine, 4-3; T at Maine, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. UMass Lowell
16. Dartmouth
Dartmouth is all about balanced scoring as eight different players accounted for the nine Big Green goals this weekend. Eight players have 12 points or more this season in Dartmouth's 21 games.
12-6-3 (8-4-2 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: T vs. Cornell, 2-2 ot; W vs. Colgate, 7-3. THIS WEEK: at Brown, at Yale
17. Princeton
Welcome back from break. Princeton returned to the ice after its January exam period and rattled off three straight wins. Kevin Lohry capped the week with the game-winner at Clarkson, just nine seconds into overtime.
14-6-1 (9-4-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Sacred Heart, 7-1; W at St. Lawrence, 5-3; W at Clarkson, 4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Union, vs. Rensselaer
18. Maine
Maine hasn't been able to get on a roll since the start of November. The Black Bears' longest win streak in that time is just two games, and they're starting to jeopardize their NCAA Tournament at-large chances.
11-7-6 (8-5-4 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L vs. Boston University, 4-3; T vs. Boston University, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at New Hampshire, at New Hampshire
19. Nebraska-Omaha
The Mavericks started the season by winning eight of their first nine. Since then, they've won seven of 17 and haven't posted consecutive wins in six weeks.
14-10-2 (10-6-2 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 4-0; L vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 2-1 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State
20. Colorado College
Leading the Tigers in their 4-2 win against North Dakota Friday were four freshman goal scorers (Dakota Eveland, Alexander Krushelnyski, Jeff Collett, William Rapuzzi) and a sophomore goalie (Joe Howe matched a season high with 38 saves).
15-12-1 (9-9-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. North Dakota, 4-2; L vs. North Dakota, 6-0. THIS WEEK: vs. Denver, at Denver

Dropped out: Ohio State

Bubble-licious: Minnesota, Niagara, RIT, Robert Morris