We're set up for a week of big games between
Hockey East members, which of course starts with Monday's
Beanpot championship between Boston University and Boston
College. Local bragging rights and a trophy are at stake,
but in the long run their weekend series might be bigger -
BU has a home-and-home with UMass Lowell and BC has a similar
series with Merrimack. All four teams are ranked in the top-10
of the latest INCH Power Rankings.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors
and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for
|By sweeping Notre Dame, the Bulldogs became the first
team in the nation to reach 20 wins, ran their unbeaten
streak to 12, and extended their lead in the CCHA standings
to five points over second-place Western Michigan with
four games remaining in the regular season.
CCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Notre Dame, 3-0; W vs. Notre Dame,
5-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Bowling Green, vs. Bowling Green
|The Dutchmen have scored 37 power-play goals and allowed
just 16 PPGs by their opponents. The only other team in
the country with at least a 2-to-1 ratio in that department
ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Dartmouth, 5-1. THIS WEEK:
vs. Princeton, vs. Quinnipiac
|The Bulldogs avoided losing their third in a row, hanging
on to beat North Dakota Saturday, but sophomore forward
J.T. Brown, UMD’s third-leading scorer, was injured
late in the first period of that game and did not return.
WCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. North Dakota, 3-1; W vs. North
Dakota, 5-4. THIS WEEK: at Minnesota State, at Minnesota
The Terriers average the most penalty minutes per
game in the country, but they also have eight short-handed
goals. Only Boston College (10) and Colgate (11) have
Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Harvard, 3-1 (Beanpot Semifinal);
L vs. Massachusetts, 3-2. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston College
(Beanpot Championship), at UMass Lowell, vs. UMass Lowell
|Saturday’s overtime loss at Denver was the Gophers’
first this season when leading after two periods and the
team’s first Saturday night loss against a WCHA
(15-7-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Denver, 5-3; L at Denver,
4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Bemidji State, vs. Bemidji State
|The River Hawks have been a surprising story this year,
and they might be around for a while. Standout goaltender
Doug Carr is a sophomore, and the team's two leading goal-scorers
are sophomore Derek Arnold (15 goals) and freshman Scott
Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Merrimack, 3-0; L vs. Maine,
2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Boston University, at Boston University
|Junior forward A.J. Treais, who scored three goals in
the Wolverines’ weekend split with Michigan State,
has six goals and an assist in his last five games. In
the 12 games prior to his current scoring streak, Treais
had recorded a total of two goals.
(12-8-4 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Michigan State, 3-2; W vs.
Michigan State, 3-2 ot (Joe Louis Arena). THIS WEEK: vs.
Northern Michigan, vs. Northern Michigan
|Monday's Beanpot championship will be the 100th game
of Chris Kreider's career at Boston College. He has 44
goals so far, including two in last year's Beanpot final
and one as a freshman in the Beanpot title game —
both of which were won by the Eagles.
(13-7-1 Hockey East) LAST WEEK: W vs. Northeastern, 7-1
(Beanpot Semifinal); W at Vermont, 6-1. THIS WEEK: vs.
Boston University (Beanpot Championship); vs. Merrimack,
|The Pioneers swept Minnesota, giving them 10 wins in
their last 12 meetings with the Gophers. One loss DU can’t
afford is Jason Zucker—the team’s second-leading
scorer left Friday’s game midway through the second
period after a check by Minnesota’s Kyle Rau, and
didn’t play Saturday.
WCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Minnesota, 5-3; W vs. Minnesota,
4-3 ot. THIS WEEK: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin
|Through 21 conference games, Merrimack
is 3-3-2 against the other teams in the top-half of the
Hockey East standings and 8-3-2 against the bottom-five
teams in the league.
Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at UMass Lowell, 3-0; T vs.
New Hampshire, 1-1 ot. THIS WEEK: at Boston College, vs.
|Balanced scoring is back for the Big Red, on a weekend
during which Cornell lit the lamp nine times. All three
of the team's top scoring lines accounted for at least
two goals, and the fourth line provided a physical presence
in wins over Brown and Yale.
ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Brown, 5-2; W vs. Yale,
4-2. THIS WEEK: at Clarkson, at St. Lawrence
|Since stumbling through a five-game winless streak in
November, Maine is 14-3-1 in its last 18 games, including
sweeps of Boston College and Boston University in late
Hockey East) LAST WEEK: L at Providence, 4-3; W at UMass
Lowell, 2-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Massachusetts, vs. Massachusetts
|If you're a believer in veteran teams making deep postseason
runs, keep an eye on Colgate. Nine of the Raiders' lineup
regulars have played at least 100 career games.
(11-6-1 ECAC Hockey) LAST WEEK: W vs. Yale, 4-2; W vs.
Brown, 7-6. THIS WEEK: at St. Lawrence, at Clarkson
|Invigorated by a season series win against rival Denver,
the Tigers did a complete 180, losing twice to Bemidji
State on the road. “The locker room isn’t
a very good place right now,” Colorado College assistant
coach Joe Bonnett said in a radio interview following
(12-9-1 WCHA) LAST WEEK: L at Bemidji State, 4-2; L at
Bemidji State, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs.
|It was a big weekend for junior forward Carter Rowney,
who scored two goals and an assist in Friday’s 3-1
win at Minnesota Duluth and added a pair of goals in Saturday’s
5-4 loss to the Bulldogs. Rowney, who entered this season
with four career goals, has scored 12 in 29 games this
(12-10-0 WCHA) LAST WEEK: W at Minnesota Duluth, 3-1;
L at Minnesota Duluth, 5-4. THIS WEEK: vs. Michigan Tech,
vs. Michigan Tech
|All you need to know about the Fighting Irish, losers
of three straight and seven of their last 10, summed up
by one statistic: Notre Dame is 1-10-3 this season when
it scored two or fewer goals. That means the Irish are
15-3-0 when it gets 3+ goals.
(11-10-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: L vs. Ferris State, 3-0; L at
Ferris State, 5-1. THIS WEEK: at Miami, at Miami
|Senior third-string goalie Ben Saksa made his first
career save in the RedHawks’ 4-1 win against visiting
Alabama-Huntsville Saturday. The St. Clairsville, Ohio,
native stopped the only shot he faced over the final 3:27
of the third period.
(11-11-2 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1;
W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 4-1. THIS WEEK: vs. Notre Dame,
vs. Notre Dame
|No-Torey-ous: Junior defenseman Torey Krug scored twice
and added an assist in Friday’s win vs. Michigan
and pitched in an assist in Saturday’s OT loss to
the Wolverines in Detroit. In his last five games, Krug
has four goals and six assists.
(11-10-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Michigan, 3-2; L vs. Michigan,
3-2 ot (Joe Louis Arena). THIS WEEK: vs. Alaska, vs. Alaska
|Is it just us, or does it always seem like Air Force
really gets its act together in second half of the season.
The Falcons are on an eight-game unbeaten streak. Last
year they had an eight-game winning streak in February
Atlantic Hockey) LAST WEEK: W at Niagara, 2-0; T at Niagara,
3-3 ot. THIS WEEK: vs. Mercyhurst
|Despite the split with Ohio State this past weekend,
the Broncos remain in second place in the CCHA standings,
five points behind Ferris State. If WMU can keep pace
with the Bulldogs, it’ll set up a home-and-home
showdown for the league title on the final weekend of
the regular season.
(12-9-3 CCHA) LAST WEEK: W vs. Ohio State, 3-2 ot; L vs.
Ohio State, 4-3. THIS WEEK: at Lake Superior State, at
Lake Superior State