Hockey / MINOT STATE MAINTAINS HOLD AT NO. 1 IN ACHA MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING

MINOT STATE MAINTAINS HOLD AT NO. 1 IN ACHA MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING

Date:  Source: ACHA

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (February 7, 2018)Minot State University remained in the top spot for the fifth consecutive week in the 2017-2018 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division I Ranking, No. 17.  The Beavers (23-2-1), which have held the No. 1 spot for eleven of the 17 ranking periods, didn’t allow a goal in their home-and-home game sweep with Dakota College Bottineau (7-0, 7-0).  Second-ranked Adrian College (23-1-0) blasted Eastern Michigan (12-1, 8-1) in their Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) home-and-home series.  Third-ranked Lindenwood University (20-3-4) traveled to Ames, Iowa and swept Iowa State University, pulling out a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday before escaping town with a 2-0 win on Saturday.  Meanwhile No. 4 Ohio University (24-7-1) hammered visiting Oakland University in the friendly confines of Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio; winning 6-1 Friday before pitching a 12-0 shutout on Saturday.  Jumping back into the Top 5 and clinching the regular season title of the Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHL) was the University of Central Oklahoma (24-5-3).  The Bronchos, the defending ACHA Men's Division I National Champions, earned their berth to Columbus, Ohio, with a huge 3-2 win over University of Colorado last Thursday, before sweeping Colorado State University (6-1, 5-0).

 

The three remaining autobids were also clinched over the weekend by the University at Buffalo, Drexel University, and the University of Pittsburgh.  The University at Buffalo (18-7-3) secured the regular season title of the Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (NECHL) after defeating Canisius College (4-2) and Saint Bonaventure University (12-1) over the weekend.  The Bulls clinched their first trip to Nationals since 2015 and third overall (also 2005).  Drexel University (18-9-1), regular season champions of the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA), earned a repeat trip back to the ACHA Men's Division I National Championships after splitting a home-and-home series with Villanova University (6-3, 2-3).  This will be the Dragons fifth overall appearance at Nationals (also 2002, 2003, 2012, 2017).  Also returning to the 2018 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships will be the University of Pittsburgh (19-10), which wrapped up the College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) Regular Season Championship by defeating Indiana University of Pennsylvania 3-2 in overtime on Friday and Duquesne University 6-4 on Saturday.  The Panthers only other berth was last season (2017).

 

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all five of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 8) of its member teams ranked, the ESCHL has four (of 8) of its member teams ranked, and the GLCHL has four (of 9) of its member teams ranked.

 

The computer ranking will for the fifth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2018 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

 

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America – University of Pittsburgh
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association – Drexel University
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League – Liberty University
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League – Adrian College
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League – University at Buffalo
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League – University of Central Oklahoma

 

A total of 60 teams are competing in Men’s Division I this season, including three new teams: Calvin College, New York University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  The two teams that have departed Men’s Division I include Binghamton University and Indiana Tech.

 

The ACHA uses two computer rankings generated by USHSHO.com, Ranking A (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 7) and Ranking B (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 1), and come up with an average of the two rankings.  The ACHA will then use the list generated from the average for its weekly ranking.  Ties will be broken using the higher ranked team from Ranking B until the Top 25 teams are listed.  Games that go to a shootout will be scored as ties.

 

In its 27th season of action, there have been a total of 13 schools that have won the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship:

 

  • Penn State (5 times)
  • Ohio (4)
  • Lindenwood (3)
  • Central Oklahoma (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

 

The 2018 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships will be hosted March 8-13 for the second consecutive season by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, in Columbus. This will be the seventh year of the 20-team format.

 

The eighteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

 

2017-2018 ACHA Men's Division I Ranking #17

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

23-2-1

1

2

Adrian

23-1-0

2

3

Lindenwood

20-3-4

3

4

Ohio

24-7-1

4

5

Central Oklahoma

24-5-3

6

6

Illinois

13-7-2

8

7

Robert Morris Illinois

17-10-0

7

8

Colorado

21-8-1

5

9

Iowa State

14-11-3

10

10

Michigan-Dearborn

14-4-2

9

11

Nevada-Las Vegas

17-8-0

12

12

Liberty

24-6-0

13

13

Jamestown

13-11-1

11

14

Stony Brook

20-6-2

14

15

Davenport

14-9-3

16

16

Arizona

17-8-2

15

17

Midland

5-11-0

17

18

Missouri State

15-11-3

18

19

Kent State

22-7-1

19

20

Oklahoma

13-15-2

20

21

Syracuse

16-10-2

21

22

Alabama

19-6-1

22

23

Rhode Island

20-10-2

23

24

Arizona State

10-23-0

24

25

Pittsburgh

19-10-0

NR