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College Hockey Rankings: SBN College Hockey Power Rankings for November 24th

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Minnesota State sweeps Michigan Tech, shaking this weekends rankings.

Minnesota State
Minnesota State
Matt Christians

Boston University was unanimously voted as the number one team among the SBN College Hockey staff after a successful weekend of play against Maine and Connecticut.

The largest fluctuation in this week's rankings were the result of a series taking place in Houghton, Michigan, where Minnesota State issued Michigan Tech their first two losses of the season.  The Huskies, who sat in second place last week, fell to sixth, while Minnesota State jumped from seventh to third.

Rank
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Josh
SBN Rank
1 Boston University Boston University Boston University Boston University Boston University Boston University Boston University Boston University (70)
2 Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Duluth North Dakota Minnesota Duluth Minnesota State North Dakota Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Duluth (60)
3 Minnesota State Minnesota State Minnesota Duluth Minnesota State Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Duluth Minnesota State Minnesota State (54)
4 Minnesota North Dakota Minnesota North Dakota Michigan Tech Minnesota State North Dakota North Dakota (49)
5 Michigan Tech Minnesota Minnesota State Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota (44)
6 North Dakota Michigan Tech Michigan Tech Miami North Dakota Michigan Tech Michigan Tech Michigan Tech (37)
7 Miami Harvard Miami Michigan Tech Miami Nebraska Omaha UMass Lowell Miami (23)
8 Nebraska Omaha Minnesota State Nebraska Omaha Nebraska Omaha Nebraska Omaha UMass Lowell Harvard Nebraska Omaha (18)
9 UMass Lowell Miami UMass Lowell UMass Lowell UMass Lowell Miami Miami UMass Lowell (18)
10 Harvard Nebraska Omaha Quinnipiac Bowling Green Bowling Green Harvard Nebraska Omaha Harvard (9)

1. Boston University  8-1-1 (70)

The Terriers kept pace with Vermont at the top of the Hockey East standings with wins over Maine and UConn this weekend. Freshman Jack Eichel wowed the crowd again on Friday night, scoring his seventh goal of the season at 2:20 of overtime to lift BU to a 3-2 decision over the Black Bears. Eichel became the first BU player since Nick Bonino in 2009-10 to record points in ten straight games the following day as he registered two assists in a 5-2 win in Hartford, Conn. His junior linemate Ahti Oksanen scored two goals and added an assist as the Terriers earned their sixth win in eight league games. BU is now 4-0-1 in its last five games and readies to host ECAC foes Harvard (Tuesday) and Colgate (Saturday).

-Josh Kummins

2. Minnesota Duluth  9-5-0 (60)

The nation's longest active winning streak ended when Nebraska Omaha handed the Bulldogs their first Saturday loss of the season to split the weekend series.  UMD downed the Mavericks on Friday night after Karson Kuhlman, Andy Welinski, and Cal Decowski each scored in the third period resulting in a 3-2 Bulldog win.  Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, UNO netminder Ryan Massa stood on his head after giving up an early goal to UMD's Kyle Osterberg despite being peppered with 40 shots throughout the night.

-Matt Christians

3. Minnesota State  9-3-0 (54)

The Mavericks handed Michigan Tech their first two losses of the season, earning a WCHA conference sweep in Houghton. On Friday night, the Mavericks scored twice in 24 seconds to turn a 1-0 third period deficit into a 2-1 win. On Saturday night, seniors Matt Leitner and Jean-Paul LaFontaine scored in the third period, leading Minnesota State to a 3-2 win. The Mavericks now have five victories on the road against teams ranked in the top 10 in RPI, and head to Thanksgiving as the top-ranked team in the Pairwise.

-Chris Dilks

4. North Dakota  9-3-1 (49)

North Dakota had a flat effort on Friday night, as they fell to St. Cloud State 3-1. But they rebounded with a much better effort on Saturday night, pulling out a 3-2 win to earn a series split. Freshman forward Trevor Olson scored the first two goals of his career on Saturday night, which also happened to be his 21st birthday.

-Chris Dilks

5. Minnesota  7-3-0 (44)

Although the Gophers were off from collegiate action this weekend, Minnesota did fall 5-4 in OT to the US Under-18 program thanks to two goals from 2016 eligible forward Auston Matthews. The team travels to Boston this week for games against Boston College and Northeastern. It's likely the Gophers will get back defenseman Brady Skjei (New York Rangers) for the first time since November 1.

-Nate Wells

6. Michigan Tech  10-2-0 (37)

Michigan Tech became the last team to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten after dropping a pair of games to a very good Minnesota State team. The Huskies scored first in both games, but were unable to hold onto those leads, and dropped a pair of one-goal games. The Huskies will travel to Alabama-Huntsville over the holiday weekend.

-Chris Dilks

7. Miami  10-4-0 (23)

The RedHawks moved into first place in the NCHC with a home sweep over Western Michigan. Jay Williams made 23 stops in a shutout win on Friday and the RedHawks scored four times in the second period on Saturday for a 5-2 win. They'll have next weekend off before hosting Omaha on the first weekend of December.

-Chris Dilks

T-8. Nebraska Omaha  7-2-1 (18)

On Friday night, Omaha held a 2-0 lead on Minnesota Duluth heading into the third period, but surrendered three third period goals, including the game-winner with under three minutes remaining. On Saturday, the Mavericks were outshout 40-18, but were opportunistic, earning a 4-1 win.

-Chris Dilks

T-8. UMass Lowell  8-2-3 (18)

After a disappointing finish against Penn State on home ice, the River Hawks recovered for three Hockey East points with a 3-1 win Thursday and 2-2 tie Friday at Notre Dame. With those results, UML remains unbeaten in league play this season (5-0-2) and against the Fighting Irish all-time (4-0-1). Junior Michael Colantone got the scoring going with a first-period shorthanded goal in the series opener, a game in which UML never trailed. Friday night was a different story as Lowell went down 2-0 nine minutes into the second period before goals from freshman John Edwardh and junior Joe Gambardella evened the score for good. It was a solid weekend for junior Kevin Boyle as well as he stopped 47 of 50 shots to backstop the River Hawks. Harvard pays a visit to Tsongas Center for the first time ever on Saturday at 7 p.m.

-Josh Kummins

10. Harvard  5-1-2 (9)

Thanks in large part to a four-goal first period, Harvard dismantled Bentley on Friday night at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Freshman Jake Horton scored his first collegiate goal to get the scoring going en route to a 5-1 win.

-Josh Kummins