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Week 19 hockey power rankings

3/1/2010

Denver and Miami continue to reign atop the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings. Northern Michigan clinched a first-round bye in the CCHA playoffs and moved into the rankings this week.

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

1. DENVER

Rhett Rakhshani's overtime goal Saturday clinched the WCHA regular-season title for the Pioneers, their first since 2005, third under George Gwozdekcy, and the 12th in school history.

2. MIAMI

The RedHawks closed out the regular season with a scoreless tie at Ohio State, the third 0-0 final in school history. The others occurred in 1994 against Notre Dame and in 1998 against Michigan State.

3. WISCONSIN

Gretzky said you miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. The Badgers didn't score on 91 percent of the shots they took at Michigan Tech last weekend, but when you launch a total of 113 shots on goal over two games, it leads to 10 goals and a series sweep.

4. ST. CLOUD STATE

The Huskies close out the regular season against Minnesota State this weekend, so in honor of alums and U.S. Olympians Ryan Malone (SCSU) and David Backes (MSU), we suggest the two teams hit everything in sight.

5. YALE

Yale trailed 4-1 to Princeton before scoring six straight goals, the last two by Antoine Laganiere in Friday's win. That victory clinched Yale's second-straight ECAC Hockey title.

6. NORTH DAKOTA

Forward Matt Frattin, who didn't score a goal in his first 11 games after returning from a first-half suspension, has five in the Sioux's last five outings including the game-winner in overtime Friday at Colorado College.

7. CORNELL

Olympic ceremonies weren't the only place you could hear international anthems. The Cornell band played the naitonal anthem of Germany prior to defenseman Justin Krueger being honored during Senior Night festivities.

8. BOSTON COLLEGE

UMass slowed down BC's juggernaut offense - who scored seven goals in each game of back-to-back wins -- but the Eagles still won in overtime on Chris Kreider's goal.

9. MICHIGAN STATE

Back where they belong: On the heels of last season's 11th-place showing in the CCHA regular-season standings, the Spartans finished second this season. It's the 25th time in 28 CCHA campaigns that MSU has finished among the league's top four.

10. BEMIDJI STATE

Forward Matt Read needs just three points to become the first BSU skater to record consecutive 40-point seasons since Bernie Adlys did it in 1994-95 and 1995-96 -- four seasons before the Beavers joined the Division I ranks.

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