Week 13 hockey power rankings
Think of this week's INCH Power Rankings as rearranging the living room -- things look different, but it's really just the same furniture in different spots. Denver, which was idle last weekend, remains on top.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for each team):
The Pioneers' toughest road stretch of the season starts this weekend with two games in Madison against Wisconsin. DU beat the Badgers five times in as many meetings last season.
|Last week's ranking: 1|
|Record: 14-5-3 (10-3-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: Off.|
|This week: At Wisconsin, at Wisconsin|
2. MIAMI (OHIO)
One week after being swept by Robert Morris, the RedHawks earned their sixth series sweep of the season, beating Ferris State twice in Big Rapids to improve to 8-0-1 in CCHA road contests.
|Last week's ranking: 4|
|Record: 15-4-5 (12-1-3 CCHA)|
|Last week: W at Ferris State, 4-0; W at Ferris State, 5-4.|
|This week: at Alaska, at Alaska|
Playing his first games since helping the U.S. team to the gold medal at the World Junior Championship, forward Derek Stepan had a goal and four assists in the Badgers' weekend split at Colorado College.
|Last week's ranking: 2|
|Record: 13-6-3 (9-5-2 WCHA)|
|Last week: W at Colorado College, 4-0; L at Colorado College, 6-5.|
|This week: vs. Denver, vs. Denver|
4. MINNESOTA DULUTH
Mike Connolly scored 3:43 into OT to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 win over Minnesota State Saturday. UMD is 3-0-1 in the extra session this season and 5-0-9 in OT since dropping a 2-1 decision to North Dakota on March 2, 2008.
|Last week's ranking: 8|
|Record: 16-7-1 (12-5-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: W at Minnesota State, 2-1; W at Minnesota State, 4-3 OT.|
|This week: at Bemidji State, vs. Bemidji State|
Despite missing several players from its regular lineup and having up to 17 players affected by a flu bug late in the week, the Big Red got three points in the North Country and will have some time to recover before North Dakota visits this weekend.
|Last week's ranking: 6|
|Record: 9-4-3 (7-2-2 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: W at Clarkson, 3-1; T at St. Lawrence, 1-1 OT.|
|This week: vs. North Dakota, vs. North Dakota|
Yale re-dedicated its renovated Ingalls Rink in a daytime ceremony then the nation's highest-scoring team continued the celebration Saturday night by scoring eight goals in a win over Brown. Five of Yale's goals came on the power play.
|Last week's ranking: 3|
|Record: 10-4-3 (6-2-2 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: L at Harvard, 3-2; W vs. Brown, 8-5.|
|This week: at Clarkson, at St. Lawrence|
7. NORTH DAKOTA
Minnesota's 5-1 win at Mariucci Arena on Saturday marked the first time this season that the Fighting Sioux suffered a loss by more than one goal.
|Last week's ranking: 5|
|Record: 12-7-5 (8-7-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: T at Minnesota, 3-3 OT; L at Minnesota, 5-1.|
|This week: at Cornell, at Cornell|
8. MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans' loss and tie against Notre Dame this past weekend looks even worse when considering MSU blew a 2-0 lead in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Irish in South Bend and squandered a 3-0 advantage in a 4-4 draw in East Lansing the next night.
|Last week's ranking: 7|
|Record: 15-7-4 (10-4-4 CCHA)|
|Last week: L at Notre Dame, 5-2; T vs. Notre Dame, 4-4 OT.|
|This week: vs. Ohio State, vs. Ohio State|
9. BOSTON COLLEGE
The Eagles played their first home games since Thanksgiving, and whipped visiting Providence and Maine by a combined 10-2 margin. BC is 6-1-0 in its seven home games this year, with seven more scheduled in the regular season. Cam Atkinson and Joe Whitney each had five points this weekend.
|Last week's ranking: 11|
|Record: 12-6-2 (9-4-2 Hockey East)|
|Last week: W vs. Providence, 4-1; W vs. Maine, 6-1.|
|This week: vs. Boston University, at UMass Lowell|
10. COLORADO COLLEGE
The Tigers scored six times against Wisconsin on Saturday to snap a four-game losing streak. CC had scored a total of five goals during that stretch.
|Last week's ranking: 7|
|Record: 13-8-3 (9-6-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: L vs. Wisconsin, 4-0; W vs. Wisconsin, 6-5.|
|This week: at Alaska Anchorage, at Alaska Anchorage|
For the rest of the top 20 for this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, click here.
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