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College Hockey Rankings: Minnesota Remains First; Michigan Falls

While Minnesota confirms their position with a sweep, longtime #3 ranked Michigan falls after losing to Nebraska Omaha and St. Cloud State works their way up the rankings.

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With a convincing sweep of Minnesota State, the Minnesota Gophers remain on top of this week's SBN Power Rankings. Michigan fell from their longtime-home of third all the way to fifth following a loss to Nebraska Omaha, and the St. Cloud State Huskies proved their dominance with a 10 goal shutout on Friday.

Union jumps into the rankings at 9th place, leaping over Ferris State and bumping out Northeastern and Clarkson in the process.

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1. Minnesota 8-1-1 (50)

The Gophers took care of business against Minnesota State this weekend by sweeping the Mavericks at home. Minnesota got out to a 3-0 leadon Friday night, eventually winning 4-1 with the help of goals by brothers Mike and Connor Reilly. Saturday's 3-0 win was boosted by senior goalie Michael Shibrowski making 25 saves in his first start since October 2012.Junior Sam Warning has scored a point in all 10 games this season and will look to extend it next weekend (Friday-Sunday) against Minnesota-Duluth.

- Nate Wells

2. Providence 9-1-1 (43)

Friars took care of business in Burlington garnering the weekend sweep at an always tough venue for the visitors. Junior Ross Mauermann had three more goals on the weekend to increase his season total to ten. Jon Gillies picked up his third shutout of the season and eighth of his career in Saturday's 3-0 victory.

- Jeff Cox

3. St. Cloud State 8-1-1 (39)

Captain Nic Dowd's homecoming to Huntsville, Alabama was a successful one. The Huskies blew out UAH 10-0 on Friday night with eight different Huskies scoring a goal. Saturday was much closer, but Daniel Tedesco's late third period goal sealed a 4-3 win for the series sweep. St. Cloud will face a slightly tougher test next weekend when they host Colorado College for an NCHC series.

- Chris Dilks

4. Quinnipiac 11-1-1 (37)

Rand Pecknold's team keeps rolling along. The Bobcats are unbeaten in twelve games after losing the season opener to Alaska-Anchorage. Jordan Samuels-Thomas had two goals on the weekend as QU defeated Harvard and Dartmouth. Michael Garteig, the replacement to Hobey Baker finalist Eric Hartzell, has a minuscule 1.58 GAA and .924 save percentage.

- Jeff Cox

5. Michigan 7-2-1 (28)

The Wolverines couldn't hold on to a 2-1 third period lead on Fridaynight. Josh Archibald's game-winning goal handed the Wolverines their second loss of the season. But a Derek DeBlois just 50 seconds after UNO had tied Saturday's game at three in the third period helped lead the Wolverines to a hard-earned split in a tough environment in Omaha.

- Chris Dilks

6. Miami 7-4-1 (24)

Goalie Ryan McKay earned a shutout for the third consecutive Friday night in Miami's 2-0 Friday night win over Wisconsin, but the Badgers rebounded to take the second game of the series by a 3-2 score.

- Chris Dilks

7t. Boston College 7-2-2 (18)

Controversy followed the Eagles this week. Jerry York's team avoided an upset bid by UMass on Thursday night thanks to an overturned goal that should not have been reviewed. The next night BC squandered a lead late, eventually settling for a tie, due to a questionable five-minute major call to New Jersey Devils prospect Steve Santini.

- Jeff Cox

7t. Notre Dame 8-3-1 (18)

The Fighting Irish were less than two minutes away from sweeping Merrimack in the first ever Hockey East series played in South Bend, but the Warriors tied it late to pick up a point. Freshman Vince Hinostroza, the team's leading scorer and property of the Chicago Blackhawks, will be sidelined for a few weeks with an injury.

- Jeff Cox

9. Union 6-3-2 (9)

The Dutchmen ran their winning streak over archrival RPI to ten games after the weekend sweep. Union was very impressive in doing so, but no one stood out more than Philadelphia Flyers draft pick Shayne Gostisbehere. Had two goals and two assists on the weekend, and RPI coach Seth Appert called him the best player in the country after Saturday's game.

- Jeff Cox

10. Ferris State 8-2-1 (7)

The Bulldogs escaped with a tie Friday night against Bowling Green after trailing 3-1 with two minutes remaining in regulation. The Bulldogs erased a 2-0 deficit early on Saturday night take home a 4-2 victory. The three-point weekend extended FSU's lead in the WCHA standings, and the Bulldogs look like the class of their league.

- Chris Dilks

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