Illini slip in latest rankings
While idle last weekend, Minot State University was still able to hold the top spot in Ranking #15
Thursday, January 25, 2017 / 6:25 PM
Credit: ACHA


While idle last weekend, Minot State University was still able to hold the top spot in the 2016-2017 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 15. #2 Adrian College (20-1-0) was also idle while Ohio University swept Rutgers University on the road (8-5, 6-1) to come in at No. 3.  Davenport University (21-4-0) swept a home-and-home league conference series with Indiana Tech (6-2, 2-1) with Robert Morris Illinois (18-4-3) rounding out the Top 5 after an overtime shootout loss on Friday at Michigan-Dearborn (2-1, 1-0 SO), followed by a 4-2 regulation loss on Saturday

Drexel University clinched the first automatic berth to the 2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships after winning the regular season title of the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA).  The Dragons (14-8-1) defeated Navy 4-3 on Saturday and Temple 6-1 on Sunday to secure the Regular Season Championship.

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 three (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 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 sixteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, February 1, 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 #15

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

18-1-1

1

2

Adrian

20-1-0

3

3

Ohio

21-4-1

2

4

Davenport

21-4-0

4

5

Robert Morris Illinois

18-4-3

5

6

Arizona State

21-4-0

7

7

Central Oklahoma

21-7-1

6

8

Michigan-Dearborn

14-5-1

10

9

Jamestown *

10-8-2

9

10

Iowa State

15-11-1

8

11

Stony Brook

17-7-2

14

12

Colorado

17-15-1

12

13

Lindenwood

8-11-3

15

14

Oklahoma

13-6-5

13

15

Illinois

10-7-3

11

16

Midland

12-8-0

16

17

Delaware

19-9-0

17

18

Liberty

18-10-0

21

19

Colorado State

12-14-3

20

20

Rochester College

12-8-2

19

21

Arizona

9-13-2

18

22

Utah

4-7-0

NR

23

Syracuse

21-5-1

24

24

Kent State

16-12-1

23

25

Indiana Tech

9-12-3

22

* = 1st Year Team Not eligible for Nationals