Week 10 hockey power rankings
Based on the preponderence of Christmas colors at the top of this week's Power Rankings, it must be a sign that everyone at INCH World Headquarters is in the holiday mood. True, candy cane-clad Miami and Cornell are mired among the tinsel gold trim of Denver and Boston College this week, but it's no gift -- the RedHawks, Pioneers, Big Red and Eagles have earned those spots. So, too, has another red-and-white club, Wisconsin, this week's big mover.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams:
In their last 12 CCHA matches, the RedHawks have outscored their opponents by a 36-12 margin. Miami is 9-0-3 in the league during that span.
|Last week's ranking: 2|
|Record: 13-2-5 (10-1-3 CCHA)|
|Last week: W at Ohio State, 4-3;|
|This week: idle. Next: At Robert Morris, Jan. 8|
Say this about the Pioneers: when they lose, they really get shellacked. In their five defeats this season, they've allowed a combined 26 goals.
|Last week's ranking: 1|
|Record: 11-5-2 (9-3-2 WCHA)|
|Last week: W at Minnesota Duluth, 3-2; L at Minnesota Duluth, 6-3|
|This week: idle. Next: Denver Cup, Jan. 1-2|
If Cornell faces Maine in the second game at the Florida College Classic, it will be the third in a stretch of four games against ranked teams (Union, CC, Maine, UNH).
|Last week's ranking: 4|
|Record: 7-2-2 (6-2-1 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: Off|
|This week: Florida College Classic, Dec. 29-30|
4. BOSTON COLLEGE
BC was not whistled for a single penalty in Saturday's win. Fans were probably happy to get out of Providence's rink in under two hours (1:58 time of game), and Nick Petrecki was probably disappointed.
|Last week's ranking: 9|
|Record: 10-3-2 (7-3-2 Hockey East)|
|Last week: W at Harvard, 3-2; W at Providence, 3-1|
|This week: Off. Next: at Denver Cup, Jan. 1-2|
5. COLORADO COLLEGE
Senior forward Mike Testwuide scored a goal at St. Cloud State Friday and added a goal and an assist against the Huskies Saturday. He's recorded at least one goal in six of the Tigers' last eight games.
|Last week's ranking: 7|
|Record: 11-4-3 (8-3-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: T at St. Cloud State, 4-4 ot; W at St. Cloud State, 4-1|
|This week: vs. Off. Next: at Florida College Classic, Dec. 29-30|
Yale scored the last four goals of the game in a 7-4 win over Quinnipiac that featured five lead changes. Denny Kearney and Sean Backman scored in a span of 63 seconds to break a 4-4 tie in the last five minutes of the third period.
|Last week's ranking: 6|
|Record: 7-3-2 (4-1-2 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: Off|
|This week: Off. Next: at Badger Showdown, Jan. 2-3|
The Badger Showdown at the Kohl Center Jan. 2-3 should be a terrific weekend of hockey as the hosts are joined by two teams rated in the top 15 of these very Power Rankings, Yale and Ferris State, and a vastly improved Merrimack squad.
|Last week's ranking: 13|
|Record: 11-5-2 (8-4-2 WCHA)|
|Last week: T at North Dakota, 3-3 ot; W at North Dakota, 4-3|
|This week: Off. Next: Badger Showdown, Jan. 2-3|
8. NORTH DAKOTA
The Fighting Sioux gave up more than two goals once in their nine games en route to a 7-1-1 start. They've allowed three or more goals six times in the nine games since and are 2-5-2 in that stretch.
|Last week's ranking: 3|
|Record: 9-6-3 (6-6-2 WCHA)|
|Last week: T vs. Wisconsin, 3-3 OT; L vs. Wisconsin, 4-3.|
|This week: vs. USA Under-20 Team (Exhibition)|
The Bobcats scuffled a bit in a three-game winless streak following eight consecutive wins, but got on track with a 5-2 win Saturday that featured five different goal scorers.
|Last week's ranking: 8|
|Record: 13-3-1 (7-2-0 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: T at Holy Cross, 1-1 ot; W vs. American International. 5-2|
|This week: Off. Next: at Harvard, Dec. 29|
10. BEMIDJI STATE
The two losses to visiting Minnesota State this past weekend extended the Beavers' losing streak against the Mavericks to six in a row. BSU's last win in the series was a 3-2 decision in Mankato on Nov. 4, 2006.
|Last week's ranking: 5|
|Record: 13-4-1 (8-0-0 College Hockey America)|
|Last week:L vs. Minnesota State, 5-1; L vs. Minnesota State, 3-2|
|This week: Off. Next: at Western Michigan, Jan. 2-3|
For the rest of the top 20 for this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, click here.
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