College hockey rankings: Michigan loses top spot, Minnesota ascends

The Wolverines had a difficult weekend, bottling twice against Notre Dame to ultimately lose 3-2 and 5-4. Dame outshot Michigan on Friday, while the roles were reversed in the shot department on Saturday.

In its previous four games, Michigan outscored its opponents 21-7. Ever since splitting two weekend series with Western Michigan and Wisconsin, the Wolverines was dynamite before facing Dame, of which several online casinos deployed odds ahead..

Six different Wolverines players are averaging more than a point per game. They are Kent Johnson (20), Power (18), Matty Beniers (15), Brendan Brisson (13), Luke Hughes (13) and Thomas Bordeleau (12). Beziers leads the team in goals with nine and Johnson's 20 points are tied for the league lead.

Michigan, the only college team ever with seven NHL first-round picks on its roster, held the no 1 spot for just a week.

Minnesota, meanwhile, climbed to the summit of the standing. The Mavericks had no issue with St. Thomas, outscoring the Tommies 14-0 over the two games. That's two more shutouts for Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay, who just keeps on extending his NCAA DI men's ice hockey record for shutouts.

A weekend like this only helped Minnesota State offensively, as it surpassed Michigan for most goals in the country with 62.

St Cloud State's successive defeats against Western Michigan dragged the side to third from second. After losing 6-2 on Friday, the Huskies fell again 4-0 Saturday. They had only recently slipped to second - a combination of a 3-2 OT loss to No. 11 Omaha and the dominating way in which Michigan had been playing.

The Bulldogs had a quality weekend on the road this past weekend, splitting a series with North Dakota. In the 4-1 win Friday night, graduate student forward Casey Gilling registered a pair of goals.

Goalie Ryan Fanti continued his terrific play, stopping 23 of 24 shots Friday and then 21 of 23 in the 2-1 loss Saturday night.

Quinnipiac had a solid weekend of ECAC play this past weekend, tying a very good Clarkson team, 2-2, and crushing St. Lawrence, 8-0, with several best nz online casinos predicting the game ahead. The game against Clarkson will go in the books as a tie, but Quinnipiac did win in the shootout.

The Fighting Hawks split their series with Minnesota Duluth this weekend. It wasn't the greatest of weekends for them, but escaping with a win against a really good Bulldogs team is still solid.

Forward Brendan Budy scored the game-winner in the 2-1 win on Saturday night. It hasn't been an easy season for the junior, as he missed the first five games of the year with an injury. When he returned, he was slotted in on the fourth line.

A game-winning goal like this against a rival like Minnesota Duluth could be just what Budy needs to spark more quality minutes.

Things don't get any easier for the Fighting Hawks. Next up is a weekend series with Minnesota.

Yet again, Western Michigan upset a top team. This time, it was St. Cloud State.

As previously mentioned, the Broncos played the Huskies perfectly, even being outshot, 36-24, in the 4-0 win in Game 2. They generated quality scoring chances and shut St. Cloud State down in the defensive zone. Junior goalie Brandon Bussi was particularly spectacular in that second game, stopping all 36 shots he faced.

The Golden Gophers had their third straight weekend split with a Big Ten opponent, falling to Penn State, 5-3, on Friday and then beating the Nittany Lions, 4-2, Saturday.

It was inconsistency that plagued Minnesota this past weekend. Goalie Jack LaFontaine, who hasn't been quite the same Mike Richter award winner we saw last year, allowed five goals on 26 shots in the 5-3 loss. However, he played much better the next night, stopping 35 of 37 Penn State shots to earn a win.

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