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Week 6 hockey power rankings

11/16/2009

The top five men's hockey teams remain unchanged this week, but volatility is the trend among the next 15 teams. Michigan State and Colorado College were the big movers after sweeping conference series.

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

1. MIAMI
College hockey's stimulus package: Pay for 60 minutes of action, get five minutes free. The RedHawks played Ferris State to a pair of ties this past weekend, the fourth and fifth overtime games for the RedHawks this season.

2. NORTH DAKOTA
Saturday's loss to St. Cloud State in Grand Forks snapped the Fighting Sioux's 17-game home unbeaten streak.

3. DENVER
The bye week is over; now North Dakota comes calling. Until the puck drops Friday, the health of goalie Marc Cheverie and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch will be the hot topic in Pio-land.

4. CORNELL
Let's oversimplify Friday's loss at Yale: Riley Nash had six penalty minutes compared to just two shots on goal. The Big Red lead the nation in both penalty-killing and power-play percentage.

5. UMASS LOWELL
"Save UAH Hockey" has been a popular motto in this sport, but Lowell goalies Carter Hutton and Nevin Hamilton interpreted it differently. They combined to stop 38 of 39 Charger shots on the weekend.

6. MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans could reach double digits in wins this season by beating Notre Dame this week. Last season, MSU didn't climb to that lofty win total until Feb. 20.

7. COLORADO COLLEGE
Five straight home games for the Tigers begin with a visit from Robert Morris this week. Coach Scott Owens' team started the season with six of its first 10 at home.

8. YALE
The Bulldogs ran their unbeaten streak against Cornell to five games, including four straight wins, with Friday's 4-2 victory. They've scored four goals or more in all of those wins against a typically stingy Big Red defense.

9. BEMIDJI STATE
After playing six of their first 10 on the road, the Beavers can settle in until after Jan. 1; other than a short jaunt to North Dakota over Thanksgiving weekend for games with Miami and Ohio State, BSU plays three of its next four series at home.

10. NEBRASKA-OMAHA
Three Maverick skaters -- Jeric Agosta, Rich Purslow and Joey Martin -- have accounted for more than 50 percent (15 of 29) of UNO's goals so far this season.

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