Week 17 hockey power rankings
As the end of the regular season nears, it's time for the nation's elite teams to establish themselves. Mission accomplished for the top 10 in this week's INCH Power Rankings. Those teams that played, took care of business and are starting to separate themselves.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for each team).
Ten of the 18 skaters in the RedHawks' lineup for Saturday's 10-2 drubbing of Bowling Green recorded multiple points, led by centerman Andy Miele's four assists. He also had a pair of helpers in Miami's 3-2 win over the Falcons Friday.
|Last week's ranking: 1|
|Record: 22-4-6 (19-1-4 CCHA)|
|Last week: W at Bowling Green, 3-2; W at Bowling Green, 10-2.|
|This week: vs. Nebraska-Omaha, vs. Nebraska-Omaha|
Turns out this Joe Colborne kid can play a little. The sophomore forward had four goals in the Pioneers' weekend sweep of Minnesota, three of them coming in DU's 5-1 drubbing of the Gophers at Magness Arena Saturday.
|Last week's ranking: 2|
|Record: 20-6-4 (14-4-4 WCHA)|
|Last week: W vs. Minnesota, 4-1; W vs. Minnesota, 5-1.|
|This week: vs. Michigan Tech, vs. Michigan Tech|
Also turns out this Blake Geoffrion kid can play a little. The senior forward had 4-3-7 in the Badgers' weekend sweep of Minnesota State, and he's now the WCHA goal-scoring leader with 21 goals in 28 games.
|Last week's ranking: 3|
|Record: 18-7-4 (13-6-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: W vs. Minnesota State, 4-3; W vs. Minnesota State, 8-4.|
|This week: vs. St. Cloud State, vs. St. Cloud State|
Yale's win at Cornell Saturday moved the Bulldogs into first place in ECAC Hockey and also clinched the Ivy League title.
|Last week's ranking: 5|
|Record: 16-6-3 (12-4-2 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: W at Colgate, 6-3; W at Cornell, 2-1 OT.|
|This week: vs. St. Lawrence, vs. Clarkson|
5. ST. CLOUD STATE
Friday's 4-3 win over North Dakota was the 100th of SCSU head coach Bob Motzko's career. Which is somewhat ironic, because Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Fighting Sioux probably felt like 100 defeats all rolled into one.
|Last week's ranking: 4|
|Record: 19-9-4 (14-7-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: W vs. North Dakota, 4-3; L vs. North Dakota, 8-1.|
|This week: at Wisconsin, at Wisconsin|
6. COLORADO COLLEGE
Great opportunity for CC to lock down a WCHA first-round home playoff series over the next two weeks. The Tigers, currently fifth in the league standings, play seventh-place Minnesota this weekend and meet sixth-place North Dakota after that.
|Last week's ranking: 7|
|Record: 17-10-3 (11-8-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: Off.|
|This week: at Minnesota, at Minnesota|
Riley Nash returned to Cornell's lineup after missing four games and was clearly the Big Red's offensive catalyst on the weekend.
|Last week's ranking: 6|
|Record: 14-7-3 (11-4-2 ECAC Hockey)|
|Last week: W vs. Brown, 5-3; L vs. Yale, 2-1 OT.|
|This week: at Colgate, at Harvard, at Dartmouth|
8. MICHIGAN STATE
The Spartans, winless in their last three games this season, are 3-0-1 in their last four games against Ferris State over the last two years.
|Last week's ranking: 8|
|Record: 17-10-5 (12-7-5 CCHA)|
|Last week: Off.|
|This week: At Ferris State, vs. Ferris State.|
9. MINNESOTA DULUTH
Home/road scoring splits of Colorado Rockie-esque proportions for the Bulldogs. In 12 home WCHA games, UMD is averaging 3.8 goals per game. In 10 road games, the Bulldogs are averaging 2.8 goals.
|Last week's ranking: 11|
|Record: 18-11-1 (14-7-1 WCHA)|
|Last week: Off.|
|This week: at North Dakota, at North Dakota|
10. NORTH DAKOTA
The Fighting Sioux power play, which had failed to score in each of its last 32 man-advantage opportunities entering last weekend's series at St. Cloud State, connected five times in 10 chances against the Huskies.
|Last week's ranking: 9|
|Record: 14-11-5 (9-10-3 WCHA)|
|Last week: L at St. Cloud State, 4-3; W at St. Cloud State, 8-1.|
|This week: vs. Minnesota Duluth, vs. Minnesota Duluth|
For the rest of the top 20 for this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, click here.