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MINOT STATE DROPS TWO GAMES IN OT BUT STILL RANKED NO. 1 IN ACHA MEN’S DIVISION 1 RANKING

Date:  Source: ACHA

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (October 9, 2019) – Minot State University, the defending Men's Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, received 12 out of 30 first-place votes to come in as this week’s choice for the top spot in the 2019-2020 ACHA Men's Division I Ranking No. 2.  The Beavers lost both of its games over the weekend in overtime to the University of Jamestown, as Allan Pruss netted the game winner for the Jimmies at home on Thursday night and Jason Richter the game winner on Friday night in Minot, N.D.

 

Adrian College jumped up three spots this week to tie for the No. 2 spot with Lindenwood University.  The Bulldogs swept Western Michigan University in a home-and-home series by pounding the Stallions 8-1 on Thursday at Arrington Arena in Adrian, Mich, before sweating out a 5-4 win on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Mich.  Co-No. 2 Lindenwood traveled to Dearborn, Mich. and ended up splitting its series with No. 4 University of Michigan-Dearborn.  The Wolverines drew first blood on Thursday night as Thomas Proudlock turned away 37 shots in a 3-1 win before the Lions were able to skip out of town with a 2-1 overtime win on Friday.

 

Rounding out the top five was a tie between Iowa State University and Liberty University.  The Cyclones split a pair of games on the road against Illinois State University, coming out victorious 1-0 on Friday night before the Redbirds returned the favor on Saturday with a 3-1 win.  Meanwhile, the Flames improved to a perfect 5-0-0 after a huge road sweep over the University of Alabama, wining 6-0 on Friday and 8-3 on Saturday. 

 

Moving into the polls this week is No. 25 University of Delaware while the University of Colorado dropped out of the Top 25.

 

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League (5) leads the way with all of its member teams ranked, while the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has fix (of 6) of its member teams ranked, the Western Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 7) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 7) of its member teams ranked.

 

Over the past 17 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Minot State (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

 

Now in its 29th 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)

· Minot State (2)

· North Dakota State (2)

· Adrian

· Arizona State

· Davenport

· Delaware

· Iowa State

· Oakland

· Rhode Island

 

A total of 70 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including eleven new teams: Aquinas College, Cleary University, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Grand Canyon University, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Maryville University, McKendree University, Midland University, Northern Illinois University, and Waldorf University. The sole team departing Men’s Division I is the University of Arkansas.

 

The computer ranking, which will not commence until after November 1, will for the seventh time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2020 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 second ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

 

The 2020 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships will be hosted March 19-24 for the second time by the Dallas Stars, Visit Frisco, and Children’s Health StarCenters at the Comerica Center, in Frisco, TX. This will be the ninth year of the 20-team format.

 

2019-2020 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #2

Rank

School Name

1st Votes

M1 Record

Pts

Previous

1

Minot State

12

2-0-2

616

1

T 2

Adrian

5

2-0-0

586

5

T 2

Lindenwood

6

2-2-0

586

2

4

Michigan-Dearborn

3

1-0-1

570

4

T 5

Iowa State

 

4-2-0

536

3

T 5

Liberty

4

5-0-0

536

7

7

Ohio

 

4-0-0

532

6

8

Central Oklahoma

 

3-3-0

438

8

9

Illinois

 

2-0-0

427

10

10

Davenport

 

2-2-0

388

9

11

Arizona

 

3-1-1

387

11

12

Nevada-Las Vegas

 

6-1-0

369

12

13

Stony Brook

 

2-0-0

325

13

14

Oklahoma

 

4-1-0

316

15

15

Jamestown

 

2-0-0

309

17

16

Missouri State

 

3-3-0

263

14

17

Robert Morris Illinois

 

2-2-0

204

16

18

Syracuse

 

1-0-1

199

18

19

Western Michigan

 

2-2-0

156

19

20

Drexel

 

2-1-1

130

21

21

Rhode Island

 

3-1-0

126

20

22

Indiana Tech

 

2-1-0

125