Illini jump up 6 spots in latest rankings
Minot State University started off 2017 sweeping the University of Colorado to remain in the top spot in Ranking No. 14
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / 1:30 PM
Credit: ACHA


Minot State University started off 2017 sweeping the University of Colorado to remain in the top spot in the 2016-2017 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 14. The Beavers (18-1-1) won 4-1 on Friday and 8-3 on Saturday.  Ohio University (19-4-1) moved up to No. 2 after sweeping the University of Delaware at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio.  The Bobcats squeaked out a 1-0 shutout win on Friday before pounding the Blue Hens 10-1 on Saturday.  Adrian College (20-1-0) fell to No. 3 this week despite sweeping Indiana Tech in a home-and-home league series.  The Bulldogs won 5-2 on Friday and 4-0 on Saturday.  Davenport University (18-4-0) moved up to No. 4 this week after sweeping Colorado State University with a pair of 5-2 scores.  Saturday’s contest was the ESPN3 Game of the Week.  Rounding out the Top 5 is Robert Morris Illinois (18-3-2) which saw its games with Lindenwood University get postponed due to the ice storm in St. Louis, Mo.

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 Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 9) of its member teams ranked, and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 6) member teams ranked.

Over the past 14 seasons, 11 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 III 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 fifteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, January 25, 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, Ohio. This will be the sixth year of the 20-team format.

2016-2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #14

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

18-1-1

1

2

Ohio

19-4-1

3

3

Adrian

20-1-0

2

4

Davenport

18-4-0

5

5

Robert Morris Illinois

18-3-2

6

6

Central Oklahoma

19-7-0

7

7

Arizona State

21-4-0

4

8

Iowa State

15-9-1

8

9

Jamestown *

8-8-2

10

10

Michigan-Dearborn

12-5-1

11

11

Illinois

9-6-3

17

12

Colorado

15-15-0

9

13

Oklahoma

12-5-4

13

14

Stony Brook

15-7-2

12

15

Lindenwood

7-11-2

14

16

Midland

10-8-0

16

17

Delaware

19-7-0

15

18

Arizona

9-12-1

20

19

Rochester College

12-6-2

22

20

Colorado State

11-12-3

18

21

Liberty

16-10-0

19

22

Indiana Tech

9-10-3

25

23

Kent State

15-11-1

NR

24

Syracuse

19-5-1

21

25

Rutgers

10-8-1

24

* = 1st Year Team Not eligible for Nationals