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Week 1 hockey power rankings

10/13/2009

The first full weekend of NCAA men's hockey play provided several exciting finishes and a number of upsets. Miami's series sweep of St. Cloud State, coupled with losses by Notre Dame and Denver, make the RedHawks our new No. 1 team.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams:

1. MIAMI
You think a few fans at Goggin Ice Arena Version 2.0 had flashbacks to April in Washington, D.C., when St. Cloud State scored with less than two minutes left in regulation Friday to send the game into OT?

2. NORTH DAKOTA
Fourteen of the 18 skaters who dressed for the Sioux's sweep of Merrimack registered at least one point on the weekend.

3. DENVER
Shootout at the DU Corral: Every period of the Pioneers' weekend series with Vermont featured no fewer than three goals.

4. BOSTON UNIVERSITY
As if it hadn't proven its worth already, Agganis Arena was especially needed Saturday night. Nobody's sure whether all five banners that the Terriers raised would have fit in old Walter Brown Arena.

5. NOTRE DAME
The Fighting Irish likely helped Alabama-Huntsville's Cameron Talbot pack his bags and load the bus following their series split with the Chargers. Talbot, UAH's senior goalie, stopped 87 of the 92 shots he faced.

6. MICHIGAN
When Ben Winnett scored with less than two minutes into the Wolverines' 6-1 win over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, it ended a UM goal drought of 140 minutes, 29 seconds that dated back to the second period of the 2009 CCHA tournament championship game.

7. CORNELL
The Big Red have exhibitions scheduled for Oct. 23 and 24 but fans can get their first look at the 2009-10 team Saturday at 7 p.m. in the annual Red-White scrimmage.

8. PRINCETON
Princeton fans must get an early look at the Tigers. Their first six games are at Baker Rink. They don't play another home game until January.

9. MINNESOTA
Guess we'll get an early sense of what the Gophers are all about: After the upcoming trip to North Dakota, Minnesota welcomes Denver to Mariucci Arena.

10. YALE
High-end forwards get plenty of notoriety for the Bulldogs, but they return seven defensemen from last year's team.

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