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Date: Nov 16, 2018
Bishops University, Minot State Take No. 1 Spots in Second American Collegiate Hockey Association Women’s D-II Ranking
TROY, Mich. – (Nov. 7, 2018) – Bishops University and Minot State University each moved up one spot, securing top positions for their regions in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Women’s Division-II (W2) second rankings of the 2018-2019 season.
Based on the average of two computer rankings, Ranking A (wins with goal differential of 7) and Ranking B (wins with maximum goal differential of 1), the second ranking includes games played through Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Each of the 2018-2019 ranking periods will highlight the top 10 teams from the East and West Regions.
A lot has changed since the first ranking was released on Oct. 25, with New England-based teams heavily dominating the East region's rankings at this time. The West region see just four of the six teams that competed in Columbus, Ohio, for the National Championship title in 2018.
The following teams secured top 10 spots in their region for ranking period #2:
NR = not previously ranked
1. Bishops University (previously #2)
2. Boston College (#7)
3. Northeastern University (NR)
4. University of New Hampshire (NR)
5. University of Vermont (#9)
6. University of Connecticut (NR)
7. Boston University (#7)
10. Bentley University (NR)
10. University at Buffalo (#1)
10. Liberty University (NR)
East teams removed from top 10 due to playing less than 3 games:
· Merrimack College
1. Minot State University (previously #2)
2. Assiniboine Community College (NR)
3. North Dakota State University (Tied-4)
4. University of Minnesota-Duluth (#1)
5. University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (NR)
6. University of Wisc-Eau Claire (#9)
7. Iowa State University (#7)
8. Adrian College (#3)
9. Northern Michigan University (Tied-4)
10. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (#8)
West teams removed from top 10 due to playing less than 3 games:
· Lakehead University
Ultimately, the top six teams from each region will receive invitations to the 2019 ACHA National Championships, set to take place in Frisco, Texas in March 2019. Any W2 team earning a championship title from recognized ACHA conferences, including Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association (CCWHA), College Hockey East (CHE), Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference (DVCHC) and Independent Women’s Club Ice Hockey League (IWCHL), will receive an automatic bid to the W2 National Championships tournament.
Three W2 teams have waived their intent to participate at Nationals 2019, and will not be included in the rankings the rest of this season: Notre Dame (West region), Union College (East region) and University of New England (East region).
In partnership with the Dallas Stars, Dallas Sports Commission and Dr Pepper StarCenters, the 2019 ACHA Women’s Division II National Championships will begin Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The championship game will be held Sunday, March 31, 2019.
The third W2 ranking period will end on Nov. 18, 2018. Follow the W2 schedule and standings here.
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