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Week 17 hockey power rankings

2/16/2010

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).

1. MIAMI

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.

2. DENVER

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.

3. WISCONSIN

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.

4. YALE

Yale's win at Cornell Saturday moved the Bulldogs into first place in ECAC Hockey and also clinched the Ivy League title.

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.

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.

7. CORNELL

Riley Nash returned to Cornell's lineup after missing four games and was clearly the Big Red's offensive catalyst on the weekend.

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.

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.

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.

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