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Five unbeatens remain in college hockey

11/2/2011

Editor's note: These rankings were released Oct. 30.

As the college hockey calendar turns toward November, just five undefeated teams remain. Four of them are in the top 10 of the latest Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, and the fifth (Harvard) hasn't played yet.

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

1. Boston College (7-1-0, 5-1-0 Hockey East)

Of note: The Eagles have scored four or more goals in seven of their eight games. The one night they didn't was the team's only loss of the season, a 4-2 defeat to Denver on Oct. 14.

2. Colorado College (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA)

Of note: Follow the numbers, people. Of the eight goals the Tigers scored against Rensselaer this weekend, three were empty-netters. Junior forward Rylan Schwartz was on the business end of three of the five non-ENGs.

3. Minnesota (7-1-0, 4-0-0 WCHA)

Of note: Sophomores were responsible for seven of the Gophers' eight goals in their sweep of Alaska Anchorage. The outlier, freshman Kyle Rau, added an empty-netter in Saturday's 3-1 win.

4. Michigan (6-1-1, 2-1-1 CCHA)

Of note: Tis best to give and receive: Rookie forward Phil Di Giuseppe scored twice in the Wolverines' win against Ferris State Thursday, then added two assists in Friday's shutout of the Bulldogs.

5. Yale (1-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC)

Of note: Yale had just six healthy defensemen on the roster for this past weekend's Ivy Shootout, and senior Kevin Peel was out of lineup. Three of the six blueliners were freshmen.

6. Merrimack (6-0-0, 4-0-0 Hockey East)

Of note: After winning their first two games by one-goal margins, the Warriors have outscored opponents 17-4 over their most recent four games.

7. Union (3-1-3, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Of note: After losing its first game of the season at UNH, Union came out quickly on Saturday against American International with 23 shots in the first period. That was a school record for shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes of a game.

8. Denver (3-2-1, 2-1-1 WCHA)

Of note: Call it Home-vember: Starting with this weekend's series against Minnesota Duluth, the Pioneers play seven in a row at Magness Arena and don't leave the Mile High City until a Dec. 9-10 trip to Bemidji State.

9. Notre Dame (5-2-0, 3-1-0 CCHA)

Of note: Forward Anders Lee notched his ninth and 10th goals of the season in the Fighting Irish's sweep of Bowling Green. Lee, who scored 24 goals as a freshman last season, didn't get his 10th until Dec. 12.

10. Western Michigan (5-0-3, 3-0-1 CCHA)

Of note: In eight games this season, the Broncos have allowed more than two goals just once -- a 3-3 tie at Union Oct. 15. That stinginess will be tested by Michigan this weekend in Ann Arbor.

11. Ferris State (6-2-0, 2-2-0 CCHA)

Of note: The Bulldogs, who had allowed a total of five goals during their season-opening, six-game winning streak, gave up five in Thursday's loss at Michigan and four more as the Wolverines completed the sweep the following night.

12. Lake Superior State (7-1-0, 5-1-0 CCHA)

Of note: How remarkable are Lake Superior State's seven October wins? Only once in the previous seven seasons did Lake Superior State win seven games before Dec. 1.

13. Colgate (4-2-1, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Of note: Colgate yielded two goals against Niagara in the final seven minutes of both games this past weekend to lose leads each time, but Austin Smith scored in overtime for the Raiders on Friday.

14. Boston University (3-2-1, 2-1-1 Hockey East)

Of note: The Terriers trailed UMass 3-0 after the first period but second-period goals in a span of 54 seconds and quick-strike third-period goals separated by 2:08 helped BU rally for an overtime victory.

15. Dartmouth (1-1-0, 0-0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Of note: Dartmouth hosted the Ivy Shootout, and the four teams in the tourney combined to score just 15 goals over four games on the weekend.

16. Quinnipiac (6-2-0, 0-0-0 ECAC)

Of note: After a weekend off, Quinnipiac plays three road games this week. The Bobcats were 3-2-1 in six games last season against Princeton, Dartmouth and Harvard.

17. North Dakota (3-4-1, 1-3-0 WCHA)

Of note: The four-game winless streak the Fighting Sioux snapped by beating St. Cloud State Saturday in Grand Forks was NoDak's longest since dropping four straight between Dec. 8-16, 2006.

18. Michigan Tech (5-2-1, 3-2-1 WCHA Hockey)

Of note: Appearing in his first two games of the season, sophomore forward Milos Gordic scored four goals -- including three in Friday's 7-2 triumph -- as the Huskies earned a win and tie against visiting Denver.

19. Clarkson (5-1-2, 0-0-0 ECAC)

Of note: The Golden Knights' current six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) is the team's longest since a 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2) in the middle of the 2006-07 season.

20. Northern Michigan (4-3-1, 1-2-1 CCHA Hockey)

Of note: Between now and a Jan. 13-14 trip to Michigan State, the Wildcats play nine of 13 at home and 11-of-13 in the Upper Peninsula. The lone exception is a mid-November trek to Columbus to face Ohio State.

Dropped out: Miami (Ohio)

Bubblelicious: Harvard, Maine, Minnesota Duluth


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