Editor's note: These rankings were released Nov. 20.
All of the teams in the latest edition of the Inside College Hockey Power Rankings have something to be thankful for. Even though there's a long way to go before the end of the season, a place in the rankings at this point means that the season has started in a positive manner.
Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams (along with a note for each team).
1. Merrimack (8-0-1, 6-0-1 Hockey East)
Of note: Merrimack gets back into action this week with a Wednesday game against Alabama-Huntsville.
2. Colorado College (7-2-0, 5-2-0 WCHA)
Of note: Looks like there's a new No. 1 goalie in the Springs: sophomore Josh Thorimbert has backstopped the Tigers to wins in each of his last three starts, stopping 110 of the 115 shots he's faced.
3. Minnesota (11-3-0, 8-2-0 WCHA)
Of note: Not a bad Saturday night for sophomore forward Nick Bjugstad -- three shots on goal, three goals, in a 5-0 drubbing of St. Cloud State at Mariucci Arena.
4. Notre Dame (9-2-2, 6-1-2 CCHA)
Of note: The Fighting Irish extended their unbeaten streak to nine (7-0-2) with 3-2 wins against Western Michigan and Boston College. Only once in those nine games has Notre Dame allowed more than two goals.
5. Boston College (9-4-0, 7-2-0 Hockey East)
Of note: Boston College has lost back-to-back games for the first time since the 2009-10 season, but the good news is that the Eagles went on to win the national title that year.
6. Yale (5-1-1, 3-1-0 ECAC)
Of note: Kenny Agostino had his first two goals of the season as the Bulldogs defeated Connecticut 5-3 in a Nutmeg State contest Saturday night.
7. Minnesota Duluth (9-3-2, 7-2-1 WCHA)
Of note: As was the case with Notre Dame, the topic of lengthy unbeaten streaks also applies to UMD. The Bulldogs are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games. During that run, Duluth has outscored its opponents by a 41-15 margin.
8. Ferris State (10-3-1, 6-3-1 CCHA)
Of note: Fourth-line forward Andy Huff boosted the Bulldogs to a series split at Alaska, scoring his first two goals of the season -- including the game-winner with 4:30 left in regulation -- in Saturday's 3-2 win.
9. Ohio State (10-3-1, 7-2-1 CCHA)
Of note: The last time the Buckeyes left Ann Arbor with two wins over Michigan? Feb 14-15, 1986, although some of the recent pastings the Ohio State gridders have put on the Wolverines have felt like two wins.
10. Denver (5-3-3, 4-2-3 WCHA)
Of note: Maybe the Pioneers will start scheduling Thursday-Friday series: DU is 3-1-1 on Fridays this season, and 2-2-2 on Saturdays.
11. Union (6-3-3, 3-2-0 ECAC)
Of note: With an exam break and holiday break included, Union is currently undergoing a nearly two-month gap between home games -- from the Nov. 12 loss to Yale until the Dutchmen's next home contest vs. Harvard on Jan. 6.
12. Michigan (7-5-2, 3-5-2 CCHA)
Of note: Maybe the Wolverines, 1-4-1 in their last six games, need a little nonconference action to get back on track. Michigan, which welcomes Northeastern and Union to Yost this weekend, is four-for-four against non-league foes this season.
13. Western Michigan (6-4-3, 4-4-1 CCHA)
Of note: The Broncos have lost four straight, not a surprise for a team that has played catch-up more often than not during that span. In its last 240 minutes of play, WMU has held the lead for a grand total of 5:57.
14. Colgate (8-4-1, 4-2-0 ECAC Hockey)
Of note: Austin Smith scored five of Colgate's seven goals on the weekend in a pair of wins over Quinnipiac and Princeton. He now has 15 goals on the year, which leads the nation.
15. Lake Superior State (9-3-2, 5-2-1 CCHA)
Of note: Illness left the Lakers with just 15 healthy skaters for Sunday's finale of a nonconference series at Canisius -- it also shelved assistant coach Tim Christian -- but Lake State managed to grind out a 4-2 win.
16. Cornell (5-2-0, 5-1-0 ECAC Hockey)
Of note: What took so long? After highly-regarded goalie Andy Iles picked up his first career shutout in his 23rd collegiate start, he notched his second zero just 24 hours later.
17. Michigan Tech (7-4-1, 5-4-1 WCHA)
Of note: With their 5-0 win at Alaska Anchorage Saturday, the Huskies now have two shutouts this season, something that hasn't happened since Tech posted five shutouts in 2006-07.
18. Boston University (6-4-1, 5-3-1 Hockey East)
Of note: Matt Nieto and Corey Trivino lead the Terriers with eight goals each so far this season, and both contributed to that lead with a goal in each game of wins over Vermont and UNH this weekend.
19. Miami (Ohio) (6-6-2, 4-4-2 CCHA)
Of note: The RedHawks are back to .500 after going 4-0-2 in their last six games. The schedule does them no favors, however -- all but one of Miami's next 10 games are away from home.
20. Nebraska-Omaha (6-6-2, 5-3-2 WCHA)
Of note: Forward Terry Broadhurst, who ranks tied for third in the country in goals, has scored eight of his 12 markers this season on the road. That includes a goal in the Mavs' loss at Denver Friday.
Dropped out: Providence, Dartmouth
Bubblelicious: Clarkson, UMass Lowell, St. Cloud State
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