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College Hockey Power Rankings: Minnesota Duluth takes top spot

Minnesota Duluth's Tony Camarenesi
Minnesota Duluth's Tony Camarenesi
Matt Christians

Minnesota State didn't drop a game last weekend, but even that wasn't enough to hold onto the top spot this week. Minnesota Duluth went on the road and was able to pull off a split against a very good North Dakota squad.

Both teams have held the top ranking at times this season and been near the top of the rankings all season. They're two very talented teams that have played excellent hockey all season. Hopefully they meet each other in two weeks at the upcoming North Star College Cup in what could be a battle of the two best teams in the country.

SBN Rank
1 Minnesota Duluth Minnesota State Minnesota State Minnesota Duluth Minnesota State Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Duluth (67)
2 Minnesota State Minnesota Duluth Minnesota Duluth Minnesota State Minnesota Duluth Minnesota State Minnesota State Minnesota State (56)
3 North Dakota Boston University North Dakota North Dakota North Dakota Boston University North Dakota North Dakota (53)
4 Omaha Harvard Harvard Omaha Boston University North Dakota Boston University Boston University (47)
5 Boston University North Dakota Boston University Harvard Harvard Omaha Omaha Omaha (43)
6 Harvard Omaha Omaha Boston University Omaha Harvard Harvard Harvard (41)
7 Bowling Green Bowling Green Bowling Green Bowling Green Bowling Green UMass Lowell Bowling Green Bowling Green (27)
8 UMass Lowell UMass Lowell UMass Lowell St. Cloud State UMass Lowell Bowling Green UMass Lowell UMass Lowell (16)
9 Miami Boston College Miami Quinnipiac Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College (8)
10 Yale Quinnipiac Vermont UMass Lowell Quinnipiac Miami Quinnipiac Quinnipiac/Miami (5)

1. Minnesota Duluth 13-7-0 (67)

The Bulldogs survived a difficult road test in Grand Forks with a weekend split against North Dakota. On Friday night, in the third period of a tied game, defenseman Willie Raskob made a pretty move around a North Dakota defender and fed Tony Cameranesi for a goal and a 2-1 lead. Carson Soucy added an insurance goal a minute later, and the Bulldogs put in an empty-netter for a 4-1 win. The next night, the home team got the better of them thanks to a three-goal second period that led North Dakota to a 5-2 victory.

- Chris Dilks

2. Minnesota State 16-4-1 (56)

The Mavericks took care of business at home against an over-matched, but improving Lake Superior State team. Special teams were the difference in Friday's 5-2 victory, with the Mavericks scoring three power play goals and a short handed goal. Saturday was a more defensive affair, with Minnesota State scoring once in each period for a 3-1 victory. Next weekend will be a tough test for the Mavericks offense as they make their first ever road trip to Big Rapids to face a defensively stout Ferris State team.

- Chris Dilks

3. North Dakota 14-5-2 (53)

North Dakota struggled to find the back of the net in Friday's 4-1 loss to Minnesota Duluth, but found its scoring touch the next night in a 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs. It was a very physical game, with 64 penalty minutes called in the game.

- Chris Dilks

4. Boston University 12-3-4 (47)

The Terriers scored two empty net attack goals to even the score and salvage a tie at lowly Wisconsin on Friday night. Jack Eichel took over a night later, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists in a 6-1 win over the Badgers. BU has two tough tests this weekend with home dates against archrival Boston College on Friday and then UMass Lowell on Sunday, the team BU is tied with for first place in Hockey East.

- Jeff Cox

5. Omaha 14-5-3 (43)

The Mavericks looked like they still had a holiday hangover when they fell behind 3-0 midway through Friday night's game against Denver. But five different scorers led the charge in a 5-4 come-from-behind victory capped of by Dominic Zombo's game-wining goal with just under three minutes remaining in regulation. On Saturday, Austin Ortega scored 3:29 into the game, and goalie Kirk Thompson made 39 saves to make that lead hold up for a 1-0 victory and his first career shutout.

- Chris Dilks

6. Harvard 10-2-2 (41)

The Crimson struggled on the big stage of Madison Square Garden for a second straight season, dropping a 4-1 decision to rival Yale in Saturday night's Rivalry on Ice clash. Harvard dropped to 10-2-2 with the result as both of its losses have come against the Bulldogs. Junior Jimmy Vesey put in the team's lone goal in the second period, keeping his season-long scoring streak alive and vaulting him to the nation's top spot with 0.79 goals per game. The Crimson return home to host Clarkson and St. Lawrence this coming weekend.

- Joshua Kummins

7. Bowling Green 13-3-4 (27)

The Falcons scored three times in the third period on Friday night to break a scoreless tie with Alaska-Fairbanks and win 3-0. BGSU settled for a 4-4 tie on Saturday, but it's one they'll gladly take. The Falcons trailed 4-2 heading into the final minute of regulation, but Ben Murphy scored two extra attacker goals to tie the game and send it to overtime.

- Chris Dilks

8. UMass Lowell 14-4-3 (16)

The River Hawks suffered the same fate three ranked teams previously have endured this season at UConn. Norm Bazin's team was shutout 2-0 on Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford. It was the third of UConn's four Hockey East wins to come on home against a team ranked No. 11 or higher in the national rankings. UML has a tough road test, albeit against a down a Maine team, Friday night. The heat gets turned up on Sunday with a matinee at Agganis Arena to face the Terriers.

- Jeff Cox

9. Boston College 12-7-2 (8)

Jerry York's team is 5-0-2 in its last seven following this weekend's series against crosstown rival Northeastern in which the Eagles took three of four points. Adam Gilmour scored late on Friday to salvage a 1-1 tie at Matthews Arena. Chris Calnan had two goals Saturday and Gilmour added another as the Eagles won 4-2 on home ice. The defense is highly scrutinized because of its hype, but it seems the blue line is starting to turn things around.

- Jeff Cox

T-10. Quinnipiac 15-6-1 (5)

The Bobcats downed RPI and Union in ECAC Hockey action over the weekend, scoring four goals in each game. Rand Pecknold's team is flying under the radar after a couple seasons of more notoriety, but don't sleep on Quinnipiac down the stretch.

- Jeff Cox

T-10. Miami 14-8-0 (5)

The RedHawks took two on the chin at St. Cloud over the weekend. Miami's offense had a power outage and the Huskies capitalized. Rico Blasi's team has a week to think about things before hosting Denver in a two-game home NCHC series.

- Jeff Cox