Week 6 hockey power rankings
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:
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.
|Last week's ranking: 1|
|Record: 8-1-3 (5-1-2 CCHA)|
|Last week: T vs. Ferris State, 2-2 OT; T vs. Ferris State, 1-1 OT|
|This week: at Western Michigan, at Western Michigan|
2. NORTH DAKOTA
Saturday's loss to St. Cloud State in Grand Forks snapped the Fighting Sioux's 17-game home unbeaten streak.
|Last week's ranking: 2|
|Record: 7-2-1 (5-2-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: W vs. St. Cloud State, 4-2; L vs. St. Cloud State, 3-2|
|This week: at Denver, at 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.
|Last week's ranking: 4|
|Record: 6-3-1 (4-1-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: Off|
|This week: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota|
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.
|Last week's ranking: 3|
|Record: 4-1-0 (3-1-0 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: L at Yale, 4-2; W at Brown, 6-0|
|This week: vs. Princeton, vs. Quinnipiac|
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.
|Last week's ranking: 5|
|Record: 7-2-1 (3-1-1 Hockey East)|
|Last week: W at Alabama-Huntsville, 3-1; W at Alabama-Huntsville, 4-0|
|This week: vs. Merrimack|
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.
|Last week's ranking: 13|
|Record: 9-2-1 (6-1-1 CCHA)|
|Last week:W at Michigan, 3-2; W vs. Michigan, 2-0|
|This week: vs. Notre Dame, vs. Notre Dame (Fort Wayne, Ind.)|
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.
|Last week's ranking: 15|
|Record: 7-2-1 (6-1-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: W at Minnesota State, 1-0 OT; W at Minnesota State, 3-2|
|This week: vs. Robert Morris, vs. Robert Morris|
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.
|Last week's ranking: 12|
|Record: 2-1-2 (1-1-2 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: W vs. Cornell, 4-2; T vs. Colgate, 3-3 OT|
|This week: vs. Massachusetts, at Brown|
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.
|Last week's ranking: 10|
|Record: 8-1-1 (4-0-0 CHA)|
|Last week: L at Minnesota, 4-1; W at Minnesota, 6-2|
|This week: vs. Alabama-Huntsville, vs. Alabama-Huntsville|
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.
|Last week's ranking: 7|
|Record: 5-2-3 (2-2-2 CCHA)|
|Last week: W vs. Lake Superior State, 4-0; L vs. Lake Superior State, 3-1|
|This week: at Northern Michigan, at Northern Michigan|
For the rest of the top 20 for this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, click here.
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