Hockey / Lindenwood Maintains No.1 in Men's D-I Ranking

Lindenwood Maintains No.1 in Men's D-I Ranking

Date:  Source: ACHA

 

Lions Stay Perfect After Sweeping University of Oklahoma

 

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (November 7, 2018) – Lindenwood University retains the top spot in the 2018-2019 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division-I Ranking, No. 6.  The Lions took to the road and were able to sweep the University of Oklahoma to improve to a perfect 12-0-0 on the season.  Lindenwood outshot the Sooners 71-32 over the weekend but were only able to escape with a 3-1 win on Saturday and a 4-2 win on Sunday as goaltender Phil Babb was sensational for Oklahoma.

 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (5-0-0) throttled the University of Utah with a 12-0 shutout Saturday night to hold steady in the No. 2 spot.  Tyler Groat and William Brock each had two goals and four assists as the Wolverines fired 66 shots on goal.  Adrian College (9-0-0) held at No. 3 as the Bulldogs also hammered the University of Utah, winning 11-1 on Thursday night.  Mike Finger led the way with five points (4 goals + 1 assist). 

 

Davenport University held at No. 4 after splitting on the road with Ohio University.  The Bobcats tamed the Panthers with their first regulation loss on Friday with a 4-2 victory at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio.  Davenport was able to respond on Saturday night with a 3-2 overtime shootout win to improve to 12-1-1 on the season.  Rounding out the top 5 is Iowa State University after it swept University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla.  The Cyclones’ Dylan Goggin had two goals and four assists and Matt Goedeke stopped 57 of 61 shots over the weekend resulting in a 3-1 win on Friday and a 5-3 come-from-behind win on Saturday.

 

Moving into the polls this week are No. 24 Colorado State University and No. 25 Kent State University. Dropping out of the Top 25 are Oakland University and the University of Rhode Island.

 

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 Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 8) of its member teams ranked, and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 6) of its member teams ranked.

 

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.  All games that go to overtime will be scored as ties in the computer ranking.

 

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.

 

In 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 are competing in Men’s Division-I this season, including two new teams: the University of Toledo and William Paterson University.  The two teams that have departed Men’s Division-I include Midland University and Saint Bonaventure University.

 

The computer ranking 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 seventh ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, November 14, 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 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 #6

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Lindenwood

12-0-0

1

2

Michigan-Dearborn

5-0-0

2

3

Adrian

9-0-0

3

4

Davenport

11-1-1

4

5

Iowa State

9-3-0

5

6

Ohio

8-1-1

9

7

Illinois

5-3-3

10

8

Liberty

9-2-1

8

9

Missouri State

11-2-2

6

10

Jamestown

6-2-1

11

11

Central Oklahoma

8-6-3

7

12

Robert Morris Illinois

5-6-1

12

13

Syracuse

7-2-0

17

14

Arizona

8-3-0

15

15

Oklahoma

8-6-1

16

16

Nevada-Las Vegas

6-2-0

14

17

Stony Brook

6-2-2

13

18

Minot State

4-4-2

18

19

Alabama

5-7-0

20

20

Western Michigan

7-3-1

21

21

Colorado

4-7-2

19

22

Utah

3-5-0

23

23

Illinois State

1-8-1

22

24

Colorado State

4-6-0

NR

25

Kent State

10-2-0

NR