Illini move up to No. 15 in latest rankings
Minot State swept Jamestown to remain in the top spot in the Division 1 Ranking #12
Thursday, December 14, 2016 / 4:32 PM
Credit: ACHA


Minot State University swept the University of Jamestown to remain in the top spot in the 2016-2017 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking #12, the final ranking of 2016. The Beavers (16-1-1) got a solid 4-0 road win on Friday before ending its semester on Saturday by escaping at home with a thrilling shootout win over the Jimmies. Adrian College (18-1-0), who were idle, remained at #2 while #3 Ohio University (17-4-1) split a pair of CSCHL home games with Robert Morris University Illinois. The Eagles earned a 6-3 road win on Friday before the Bobcats salvaged the weekend with a 3-1 win on Saturday. #4 Davenport (16-2-0) defeated Western Michigan 10-2 in GLCHL action on Wednesday before snow postponed Thursday’s rematch until a new date is determined. Arizona State (17-3-0), also idle this week, rounds out the Top 5.

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all five of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 8) member teams ranked, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 9) of its member teams ranked.

Over the past 14 seasons, eleven different schools have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Illinois (2), Arizona State, Central Oklahoma, Davenport, Delaware, Minot State, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

Currently in its 26th season of action, there have been a total of 13 schools that have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship:

  • Penn State (5 times)
  • Ohio (4)
  • Lindenwood (3)
  • Illinois (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Arizona State
  • Central Oklahoma
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

A total of 59 teams will compete in Men’s Division 1 this season, including three new teams: Arizona State University, Jamestown University, and the University of Utah.  The two teams departing Men’s Division 1 are Lebanon Valley College, which returns its program to NCAA Division 3 status, and Ithaca College.               

The ACHA will use the two computer rankings generated by USHSHO.com, Ranking A (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 7) and Ranking B (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 1), and come up with an average of the two rankings.  The ACHA will then use the list generated from the average for its weekly ranking.  Ties will be broken using the higher ranked team from Ranking B until the Top 25 teams are listed.  Games that go to a shootout will be scored as ties.

The computer ranking will, for the fourth time, determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League

The thirteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

The 2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 9-14 for the first time by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, in Columbus, OH. This will be the sixth year of the 20-team format.

                                 

2016-2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #12

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

16-1-1

1

2

Adrian

18-1-0

2

3

Ohio

17-4-1

3

4

Davenport

16-2-0

4

5

Arizona State

17-3-0

5

6

Central Oklahoma

16-6-0

6

7

Iowa State

14-6-1

7

8

Robert Morris Illinois

15-3-1

8

9

Colorado

15-12-0

9

10

Jamestown *

7-8-2

11

11

Lindenwood

7-11-2

13

12

Oklahoma

12-5-3

10

13

Michigan-Dearborn

8-5-1

12

14

Stony Brook

11-7-2

14

15

Illinois

6-5-3

16

16

Delaware

19-5-0

15

17

Liberty

15-7-0

17

18

Midland

8-8-0

19

19

Colorado State

10-10-3

18

20

Rochester College

10-6-2

24

21

Syracuse

18-4-1

20

22

Indiana Tech

9-7-2

NR

23

Kent State

12-10-1

25

24

Arizona

5-11-1

22

25

Rutgers

9-7-1

21

* = 1st Year Team Not eligible for Nationals