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Week 11 hockey power rankings

1/4/2010

The holiday tournament season has come and gone, allowing us to know a little more about the teams that participated. We also got to know that our stance hasn't changed on shootouts: They're a little goofy and out of place in college hockey. Yale and Wisconsin didn't settle anything through 65 minutes on Sunday night, but strong weekends by both teams saw them jump up in this week's rankings.

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

1. MIAMI
Despite the long holiday respite, there was some RedHawk-related news during the break: Ex-Miami defenseman and current San Jose Shark Dan Boyle was named to the Canadian Olympic hockey team.

2. DENVER
Pioneer coach George Gwozdecky spoke about forward Rhett Rakhshani, who scored two goals in Saturday's come-from-behind win over BC, to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: "His play was outstanding … where once when we got to the third period, he wasn't going to be denied."

3. YALE
The nation's top two scoring offenses met in the championship of the Badger Hockey Showdown and the game yielded just four goals through 65 minutes, less than half of the combined season-averages of Yale (4.29) and Wisconsin (4.00).

4. WISCONSIN
The Badger Hockey Showdown -- won by the hosts on the strength of their shootout triumph over Yale in the title match -- is history, scrapped in favor of the Barry Alvarez Big Ten Hockey Hootenanny. Or maybe not.

5. COLORADO COLLEGE
Maine scored a pair of third-period goals en route to a 3-2 win over the Tigers in the title game of the Florida College Classic. It was CC's first loss in nine games away from home this season.

6. CORNELL
After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time all season, Cornell responded with one of its strongest efforts. The fourth goal came following three minutes of cycle time in the UNH zone, during which the Big Red made two line changes, capped by Riley Nash's goal.

7. NORTH DAKOTA
How did former Sioux star Jonathan Toews, now the toast of Chicago as the Blackhawks' captain, spend New Year's Eve in the Windy City? Dining with his brother, David, and the rest of the NoDak hockey team, in town for Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament.

8. BOSTON COLLEGE
We can't help but wonder how differently the third period might have gone against Denver had John Muse made the stop on a long wrister from Rhett Rhakshani on the first shift, the first of Denver's four third-period goals.

9. MICHIGAN STATE
MSU scored a total of 16 goals in wins against Michigan Tech and Rensselaer at the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit last week. The Spartans scored 19 goals in their 10 nonconference games in 2008-09.

10. BEMIDJI STATE
Matt Read and Brad Hunt assisted on every goal the Beavers scored in Bemdji State's tie and win at Western Michigan this past weekend. Granted, BSU scored only three times, but that was three more goals than the Broncos managed.

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