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Streaks take over INCH Power Rankings

Updated: February 2, 2009, 11:09 AM ET
By Inside College Hockey

The latest version of the INCH Power Rankings is all about streaks. Notre Dame's unbeaten one continues, RIT's winning streak has reached double-digits and Air Force ended a two-month streak without winning two games on the same weekend.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for each team):

Notre Dame

1. Notre Dame

It seems like a million years ago when the Fighting Irish stunned Michigan in the Frozen Four semifinal in Denver. The two teams meet for the first time since that April night this weekend with ND in the role of favorite.
Previous ranking: 1
Record: 19-3-3 (13-2-3 CCHA)
Last week: Off
This week: vs. Michigan, at Michigan

BU

2. Boston University

BU was outshot 30-18 at New Hampshire on Saturday and held to just four shots in the second period and four in the third. But they got the one that mattered most, when Chris Connolly scored the game-winner just 25 seconds after UNH tied the game in the third period.
Previous ranking: 3
Record: 18-5-1 (11-5-1 Hockey East)
Last week: W vs. New Hampshire, 5-0; W at New Hampshire, 3-1
This week: at Merrimack

Cornell

3. Cornell

Yale's not buying into the intimidation of Lynah Rink. Cornell's last home win against the Bulldogs was a 6-2 victory on Dec. 3, 2004.
Previous ranking: 2
Record: 14-2-3 (9-1-2 ECAC Hockey)
Last week: L vs. Yale, 4-3; W vs. Brown, 5-1
This week: at St. Lawrence, at Clarkson

Northeastern

4. Northeastern

Northeastern's power play converted at a 12.1 percent rate in the team's first 20 games. It is 8-for-26 (30.8 percent) in its past four games.
Previous ranking: 5
Record: 17-5-2 (13-3-1 Hockey East)
Last week: W at Providence, 3-1; W vs. Providence, 6-3
This week: at Massachusetts

Vermont

5. Vermont

Other than three games against New Hampshire, all of Vermont's remaining opponents are in the bottom half of the Hockey East standings and a combined 19 games under .500.
Previous ranking: 6
Record: 14-5-4 (9-4-3 Hockey East)
Last week: W vs. Massachusetts, 2-1; T vs. Massachusetts, 1-1 OT
This week: at New Hampshire

Denver

6. Denver

Coach George Gwozdecky, assessed a minor penalty and ejected midway through Saturday's 2-2 tie at North Dakota after voicing his displeasure following an apparent noncall, then walked across the ice to speak with one of the linesmen. "I thought he was going to go sit the two minutes himself," Denver defenseman Patrick Wiercioch told the Grand Forks Herald.
Previous ranking: 4
Record: 15-7-3 (11-5-2 WCHA)
Last week: L at North Dakota, 8-3; T at North Dakota, 2-2 OT
This week: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage

Michigan

7. Michigan

The Wolverines swept Michigan State this past weekend, running their winning streak against the Spartans to six. The last time Michigan beat MSU in six straight was 1962 -- Red Berenson's senior year.
Previous ranking: 8
Record: 18-8-0 (12-6-0 CCHA)
Last week: W vs. Michigan State, 6-2; W vs. Michigan State, 5-3
This week: at Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame

Minnesota

8. Minnesota

Forward Ryan Stoa has saved his best performances for league foes. Thirteen of his 15 goals and 12 of his 15 assists have come in 15 WCHA games.
Previous ranking: 7
Record: 12-5-5 (9-4-3 WCHA)
Last week: Off
This week: at Minnesota State, vs. Minnesota State

Princeton

9. Princeton

Princeton (finally) returns to the ice for some Monday Night Hockey against Robert Morris. Consider it a Beanpot warmup, which follows on Feb. 2 and 9.
Previous ranking: 9
Record: 13-5-0 (8-4-0 ECAC Hockey)
Last week: Off
This week: vs. Robert Morris, at Yale, at Brown

Miami (OH)

10. Miami (Ohio)

Defend this house? The RedHawks, who host Bowling Green this weekend, have a pedestrian 5-3-1 home record in CCHA play this season -- and that mark includes a November sweep of Michigan.
Previous ranking: 11
Record: 14-8-4 (12-5-3 CCHA)
Last week: T at Nebraska-Omaha, 2-2 OT; W at Nebraska-Omaha, 6-1
This week: vs. Bowling Green, vs. Bowling Green

For the rest of the top 20 for this week's Power Rankings, check out Inside College Hockey.

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