Hockey / Adrian College Sweeps Mercyhurst, Continues Top Spot in Men's D-I Ranking

Adrian College Sweeps Mercyhurst, Continues Top Spot in Men's D-I Ranking

Date:  Source: ACHA

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (October 17, 2018) – Adrian College, the defending Men's Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, received 26 out of 30 first-place votes to maintain the top spot in the 2018-2019 ACHA Men's Division I Ranking, No. 3. 

 

The Bulldogs rolled over Mercyhurst in the friendly confines of Arrington Arena in Adrian, Mich. (8-0, 5-1).  Lindenwood University held the No. 2 spot after another Central States Collegiate Hockey League sweep, at home, over Iowa State University.  The Lions won 5-1 on Saturday before finishing off the Cyclones 7-3 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 6-0-0 on the season.  Ohio University jumped up to the No. 3 spot this week after sweeping Eastern Michigan University at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio (6-1, 8-1).  The University of Illinois dropped a spot to No. 4 after a long road trip up to North Dakota.  The Fighting Illini lost to Minot State University on Thursday in overtime 2-1, before heading to Jamestown for a pair of games.  The Jimmies took Friday’s contest 3-2 before edging Illinois 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.  Rounding out the Top 5 was Liberty University.  The Flames lost a 5-4 heartbreaker in overtime on Friday night to Syracuse University at the LaHaye Center in Lynchburg, Va. before rebounding with an impressive 7-1 pasting of the Orange on Saturday.

 

The Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (6) and the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (5) lead the way with all of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 8) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 8) of its member teams ranked.

 

Over the past 16 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Minot State, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

 

Entering its 28th season of action, there have been a total of 14 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)
  • Adrian
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

 

A total of 60 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including two new teams: the University of Toledo and William Paterson University. The two teams departing Men’s Division 1 include Midland University and Saint Bonaventure University.

 

The computer ranking, which will not commence until after November 1, will for the sixth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2019 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

 

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)

 

The fourth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

 

The 2019 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships will be hosted March 21-26 for the first time by the Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas Stars, and Dr Pepper StarCenters at the Dr Pepper Arena, in Frisco, TX. This will be the eighth year of the 20-team format.

 

2018-2019 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #3

Rank

School Name

1st Votes

M1 Record

Pts

Previous

1

Adrian

26

4-0-0

 

1

2

Lindenwood

3

6-0-0

 

2

3

Ohio

1

6-0-0

 

4

4

Illinois

 

2-1-2

 

3

5

Liberty

 

5-0-1

 

6

6

Minot State

 

4-3-1

 

5

7

Central Oklahoma

 

5-3-2

 

7

8

Davenport

 

8-0-1

 

11

9

Nevada-Las Vegas

 

5-1-0

 

10

10

Iowa State

 

4-2-0

 

8

11

Michigan-Dearborn

 

2-0-0

 

12

12

Missouri State

 

9-2-1

 

14

13

Robert Morris Illinois

 

2-4-0

 

9

14

Stony Brook

 

4-0-0

 

15

15

Jamestown

 

4-2-1

 

16

16

Arizona

 

7-1-0

 

17

17

Oklahoma

 

7-0-1

 

18

18

Colorado

 

3-5-2

 

13

19

Kent State

 

5-1-0

 

19

20

New York

 

2-1-0

 

20

21

Syracuse

 

3-1-0

 

22

22

Rhode Island

 

3-3-0

 

21

23

Alabama

 

3-5-0

 

23

24

Delaware

 

1-3-0

 

24

25

Drexel

 

5-1-0

 

NR

 

Others receiving votes: Arizona State, Navy, Arkansas, Colorado State, Canisius, Utah, Buffalo, and West Chester.

 

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