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MINOT STATE CRUISING ALONG AT NO. 1 IN ACHA MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING

Date:  Source: ACHA

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (February 14, 2018)Minot State University remained in the top spot for the sixth consecutive week in the 2017-2018 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division I Ranking, No. 18.  The Beavers (25-2-1), which have held the No. 1 spot for 12 of the 18 ranking periods, hit the road and swept the University of Utah over the weekend, outscoring them 18-1.  Second-ranked Adrian College (24-1-0) shutout Calvin College 6-0 at home on Thursday before Friday’s return trip to Grand Rapids, Mich., was postponed due to weather.  Third-ranked Lindenwood University (21-4-4) hit the road again, this time to Chicago, Ill., where the Lions split a pair of games with Robert Morris University Illinois.  Lindenwood rolled into town and stunned Robert Morris University Illinois 4-1 on Friday before the Eagles were able to return the favor on Saturday with a 3-0 shutout win.  Holding at No. 4 this week is Ohio University, which split a pair of games with new No. 5 University of Illinois.  The Bobcats took the 5-3 win on Friday in Athens, Ohio before the Fighting Illini played spoiler on Saturday with a 4-3 overtime win, netting the tying goal with only 2:19 left in regulation. It's the first time back in the Top 5 for the University of Illinois since November 1, 2017, when they peaked at No. 3.

 

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all five of its member teams ranked, while the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) and Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHL) each have five (of 8) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (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 nineteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and will determine the remaining 14 teams invited to the 2018 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships.

 

2017-2018 ACHA Men's Division I Ranking #18

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

25-2-1

1

2

Adrian

24-1-0

2

3

Lindenwood

21-4-4

3

4

Ohio

25-7-2

4

5

Illinois

14-8-2

6

6

Robert Morris Illinois

18-11-0

7

7

Central Oklahoma

26-5-3

5

8

Colorado

23-8-1

8

9

Jamestown

15-11-1

13

10

Liberty

26-6-0

12

11

Michigan-Dearborn

14-4-2

10

12

Nevada-Las Vegas

17-8-0

11

13

Iowa State

15-12-3

9

14

Stony Brook

20-6-4

14

15

Davenport

16-9-3

15

16

Arizona

17-8-2

16

17

Missouri State

16-12-3

18

18

Midland

5-13-0

17

19

Syracuse

16-12-2

21

20

Kent State

24-7-1

19

21

Oklahoma

13-17-2

20

22

Rhode Island

22-10-2

23

23

Alabama

19-8-1

22

24

New York

15-9-2

NR

25

Pittsburgh

21-10-0

25