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Week 15 hockey power rankings

2/1/2010

It's no surprise to see Miami and Denver populating the top two spots of the latest INCH Power Rankings. They've been at or near the top of the rankings all season long and regain those positions this week after getting weekend sweeps in conference play.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for each team).

1. MIAMI

The RedHawks gave up two goals in their weekend sweep of Western Michigan. In 20 CCHA games, they've allowed a total of 23 goals.

2. DENVER

You'd think it'd take some digging to find the last time the Pioneers won four straight against the North Dakota, but DU took five in a row from the Sioux from March 27, 2004, to April 9, 2005, a run that included two NCAA tournament wins and one WCHA Final Five victory.

3. WISCONSIN

Senior forward Blake Geoffrion, who scored the Badgers' final goal in Friday's 5-2 win at Minnesota Duluth, has 18 goals this season, all but two of which have come in WCHA play.

4. CORNELL

Cornell snapped an 0-for-30 drought on the power play with three PPGs in the second period against Clarkson. The Big Red moved into first place in ECAC Hockey with a four-point weekend.

5. ST. CLOUD STATE

Saturday's loss to Colorado College snapped the Huskies' nine-game winning streak, but it didn't stop their offensive explosion. In 10 games since Jan. 1, SCSU is averaging 4.1 goals per game.

6. YALE

The four-goal loss to RPI was Yale's largest margin of defeat since an 8-3 loss to Nebraska-Omaha last season. The Bulldogs responded by going 12-1-2 in the next 15 games.

7. MICHIGAN STATE

Saturday's 5-4 loss to Michigan at Joe Louis Arena was the Spartans' first in four games with their archrival this season. More surprising is that Saturday's game also marked the first time the Wolverines held a lead against MSU this season.

8. MINNESOTA DULUTH

"We were a completely different team," Bulldog goaltender Kenny Reiter told the Duluth News-Tribune's Kevin Pates following Saturday's 4-0 win against Wisconsin. Reiter would know—after stopping 47 shots in a 5-2 loss Friday, he made a relatively miniscule 28 saves to earn his first career WCHA shutout.

9. NORTH DAKOTA

Maybe it's coincidence, but the Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald reports that since Brett Hextall has been out of the lineup with an injury, the Fighting Sioux are 1-4-1 and have scored two goals in their last 40 power-play opportunities.

10. COLORADO COLLEGE

The Tigers have won just three of their last nine games. The common denominator in those victories: six, as in the number of goals CC has netted in each of the three triumphs, the latest being a 6-4 win against visiting St. Cloud State Saturday.

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