Week 7 hockey power rankings
Denver's impressive sweep over North Dakota moved the Pioneers higher in this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, but not ahead of incumbent No. 1 Miami, carriers of an eight-game unbeaten streak.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams:
The good news is the RedHawks extended their unbeaten streak to eight this weekend. The bad news is that three of those eight games are ties, and they've all come during the past two weekends.
|Last week's ranking: 1|
|Record: 9-1-4 (6-1-3 CCHA)|
|Last week: W at Western Michigan, 3-0; T at Western Michigan, 1-1 OT|
|This week: vs. Bemidji State, at North Dakota (Subway Holiday Classic; Grand Forks, N.D.)|
"It's definitely entertaining to watch," Pioneer goalie Marc Cheverie told the Denver Post's Mike Chambers on Friday following his team's knock-down, drag-out, 1-0 win over North Dakota. Based on Mr. Cheverie's weekend numbers -- 58 saves, 2 goals allowed and an NCAA-best fourth shutout -- he was just as entertaining.
|Last week's ranking: 3|
|Record: 8-3-1 (6-1-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: W vs. North Dakota, 1-0; W vs. North Dakota, 3-2|
|This week: vs. St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State|
3. UMASS LOWELL
UMass Lowell was 5-1-0 in its six Hockey East games last season against this week's opponents, Providence and Maine. The River Hawks outscored the Friars and Black Bears 26-11 in those six games.
|Last week's ranking: 5|
|Record: 8-2-1 (4-1-1 Hockey East)|
|Last week: W vs. Merrimack, 6-3|
|This week: at Providence, vs. Maine|
4. NORTH DAKOTA
The losses at Denver marked the first time the Fighting Sioux suffered a weekend sweep since dropping a pair to Michigan Tech on Dec. 15-16, 2006. "Hopefully it doesn't happen again," NoDak forward Chris VandeVelde told the Grand Forks Herald's Brad Schlossman.
|Last week's ranking: 2|
|Record: 7-4-1 (5-4-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: L at Denver, 1-0; L at Denver, 3-2|
|This week: vs. Ohio State, vs. Miami (Subway Holiday Classic; Grand Forks, N.D.)|
5. COLORADO COLLEGE
The Tigers are off to their best start since the 2005-06 season, when they burst out of the gate with an identical 9-2-1 record. CC fans hope the similarities end there; the '05-'06 club went 15-14-1 the rest of the way and lost in the first round of the WCHA and NCAA playoffs.
|Last week's ranking: 7|
|Record: 9-2-1 (6-1-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: W vs. Robert Morris, 4-3; W vs. Robert Morris, 4-1|
|This week: vs. Alaska Anchorage, vs. Alaska Anchorage|
Tuesday's home game against Colgate is Cornell's last game at Lynah Rink until Jan. 22-23, when North Dakota visits.
|Last week's ranking: 4|
|Record: 5-2-0 (4-2-0 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: W vs. Princeton, 5-2; L vs. Quinnipiac, 3-2|
|This week: vs. Colgate, vs. Boston University (at Madison Square Garden)|
7. BEMIDJI STATE
The Beavers are one of the nation's two teams with 10 wins, and at this rate they'll be the first to 100 goals. The Beavers have scored six goals in each of their past three games and have 49 for the season -- one fewer than nine-win Ferris State, but the Bulldogs have played two more games than the Beavers.
|Last week's ranking: 9|
|Record: 10-1-1 (6-0-0 CHA)|
|Last week: W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 6-1; W vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 6-3|
|This week: vs. Miami, vs. Ohio State (Subway Holiday Classic; Grand Forks, N.D.)|
8. MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans' winless streak against Notre Dame stands at six following the tie and loss to the Irish this past weekend. In those six games dating back to Jan. 13, 2008, MSU has scored a total of five goals.
|Last week's ranking: 6|
|Record: 9-3-2 (6-2-2 CCHA)|
|Last week:T vs. Notre Dame, 1-1 OT; L vs. Notre Dame, 4-1 (at Fort Wayne, Ind.)|
|This week: vs. Wisconsin, vs. Minnesota (College Hockey Showcase)|
The Bobcats extended their winning streak, which now stands at six games, with a pair of impressive wins at Colgate and Cornell. A key to success? Quinnipiac took first-period leads in both contests.
|Last week's ranking: 12|
|Record: 10-1-0 (6-0-0 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: W at Colgate, 5-3; W at Cornell, 3-2|
|This week: vs. Princeton, vs. Massachusetts|
The Minutemen have scored 34 goals in their eight wins, a tidy average of 4.25 goals per game.
|Last week's ranking: 15|
|Record: 8-2-0 (4-2-0 Hockey East)|
|Last week: W at Yale, 4-3 OT|
|This week: at Vermont, at Quinnipiac|
For the rest of the top 20 for this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, click here.