Illini hold onto 14th spot
ACHA releases Ranking No. 19
Wednesday, February 22 / 12:10 PM
Credit: ACHA


Minot State University (23-1-2) swept No. 16 Midland University (9-1, 4-2) at home to hold onto the top spot for the eleventh consecutive week in the 2016-2017 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 19.  The Beaversenter the 2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships looking to bring home its secondnational title in five seasons.  Adrian College (29-1-0), the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Co-Champions, earned their 21st consecutive win after sweeping Illinois State at Arrington Ice Arena in Adrian, Mich., and will enter Nationals as the No. 2 seed.  Ohio University (24-7-1) enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed after getting swept at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio by Iowa State University.  With the 3-2 win on Friday, followed by its 1-0 win on Saturday, the Cyclones secured the Central States Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Championship, as well as jumping up five spots to the No. 5 seed.  Rounding out the Top 5 entering Nationals as the No. 4 seed is University of Central Oklahoma, which hit the 30-win plateau after sweeping Mercyhurst University on the road (9-0, 7-2) in Erie, Penn. The Bronchos, Western Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions, will seek their second national title in three seasons.

This ranking marks the deadline for choosing the 20 participating teams for the 2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships.  Fifteen teams in the ranking will all return to the 2017 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships, including No. 6 seed Lindenwood, the defending ACHA Men's Division 1 National Champions; No. 7 seed Davenport; No. 8 seed Robert Morris Illinois; No.9 seed Michigan-Dearborn; No. 11 seed Stony Brook; No. 12 seed Colorado; No. 13 seed Illinois;No. 14 seed Oklahoma; No. 16 seed Delaware and No. 18 seed Syracuse (Northeast Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions).  Joining those 15 schools will be five new teams that did not participate a year ago: No. 10 seed Arizona State; No. 15 seed Midland; No. 17 seed Liberty; No. 19 seed Pittsburgh (College Hockey Mid-America Regular Season Champions); and No.20 seed Drexel (Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association Regular Season Champions).                    

National Tournament Breakdown by leagues:

5 – Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) teams include: Illinois, Iowa State,Lindenwood, Ohio and Robert Morris Illinois

4 – Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHL) teams include: Arizona State, Central Oklahoma, Colorado and Oklahoma

3 – Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) teams include: Adrian, Davenport andMichigan-Dearborn

3 – Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) teams include:  Deleware, Liberty and Stony Brook

2 – Independent teams include: Midland and Minot State

1 – College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) teams include: Pittsburgh

1 – Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) teams include: Drexel

1 – Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (NECHL) teams include: Syracuse

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all five of its member teams ranked, while the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has seven (of 9) of its member teams ranked, the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 8) 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 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 – UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association – DREXEL UNIVERSITY
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League – UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League – ADRIAN COLLEGE
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League – SYARACUSE UNIVERSITY
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League – UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

The twentieth and final ranking of the regular season will be released on Friday, March 17, 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 #19

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

23-1-2

1

2

Adrian

29-1-0

2

3

Ohio

24-7-1

3

4

Central Oklahoma

30-7-1

4

5

Iowa State

21-13-1

10

6

Lindenwood

16-11-3

5

7

Jamestown *

12-8-3

8

8

Davenport

26-6-0

7

9

Robert Morris Illinois

21-8-4

6

10

Michigan-Dearborn

20-7-1

9

11

Arizona State

22-9-2

11

12

Stony Brook

23-9-2

12

13

Colorado

20-16-3

13

14

Illinois

12-9-3

14

15

Oklahoma

16-8-5

15

16

Midland

14-11-1

16

17

Delaware

26-9-0

17

18

Liberty

25-12-0

18

19

Colorado State

18-15-5

19

20

Arizona

13-14-2

20

21

Rochester College

15-13-2

21

22

Syracuse

25-7-3

23

23

Indiana Tech

12-17-3

22

24

Kent State

19-14-1

NR

25

Western Michigan

17-15-2

25

* = 1st Year Team Not eligible for Nationals