All season long, we've wondered what it would take to bump Miami (Ohio) from the top of the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings. This week, our answer arrived when the RedHawks dropped a pair of games to Robert Morris, a team that entered the weekend with just three wins. It leaves Denver atop the Power Rankings in a week that also sees Minnesota Duluth and Ferris State making big moves after impressive sweeps.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams:
Tyler Ruegsegger's game-winning goal with 39 seconds left in regulation against Alaska Anchorage on Saturday didn't mark the end of the late-game excitement. A fracas at the final buzzer resulted in 103 minutes in penalties doled out between the two teams.
The Badgers start a crucial three-week WCHA swing this week with a road trip to Colorado College. A home series with Denver and two games against Minnesota Duluth at the DECC follow.
Among the notes passed along from Yale's 4-2 win over Dartmouth this weekend was that the Bulldogs stayed at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vt. Contact the Bulldogs if you're heading in that direction and would like a review.
4. MIAMI (OHIO)
Miami's dropping back-to-back games to Robert Morris is the most surprising event in college hockey since Holy Cross defeated Minnesota in the 2006 NCAA tournament. The RedHawks came into the weekend with two total losses and Robert Morris had three total wins.
5. NORTH DAKOTA
Injuries continue to mount for the Fighting Sioux. One day after scoring a pair of goals in a 4-1 win against Minnesota State, freshman forward Corban Knight learned he'd miss up to six weeks with an ankle injury.
The biggest sports news on Cornell's campus this week was the men's basketball team's near-upset of top-ranked Kansas. The hockey team returns to the ice this week at St. Lawrence and Clarkson and is back at Lynah next week against North Dakota.
7. MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans stand one point behind CCHA co-leaders Miami and Ferris State, but would be tied for first with Miami and a point ahead of Ferris in the pre-shootout/three-point game CCHA standings.
8. Minnesota Duluth
Let's dub the Bulldogs' forward trio of Justin Fontaine, Mike Connolly and Jack Connolly the FCC line. They can't be regulated, combining for six goals and seven assists in the weekend sweep of Colorado College.
9. COLORADO COLLEGE
The Tigers had been perfect in seven league road games until this weekend, when they were swept by Minnesota Duluth. Now losers of three straight, they try to bounce back in Colorado Springs against a hot Wisconsin team.
10. FERRIS STATE
The Bulldogs are tied for sixth nationally in scoring offense and third overall in scoring defense. That's a pretty simple formula to building a 16-4-2 record, which gives them the country's best winning percentage.
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