Holding on at No. 11
Central Oklahoma, received 29 out of 34 first-places votes to remain in the top spot in Ranking No. 3
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 / 11:23 Am
Credit: ACHA


The defending American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division 1 National Champions, University of Central Oklahoma, received 29 out of 34 first-places votes to remain in the top spot in the 2017-2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking No. 3.  The Bronchos won all three of its home games over the weekend, defeating Missouri State University (4-3) before sweeping a pair of games with University of Arkansas (6-4, 6-0) to improve to 5-0-0 on the season.  Minot State University, which received three first-place votes, remains ranked No. 2 after sweeping No. 14 University of Jamestown in a home-and-home series (1-0, 3-1).  Ohio University, ranked No. 3, went on the road to Annapolis, MD to sweep the Navy Midshipmen (6-2, 4-1), while No. 4 Adrian Collegestayed at home and swept Canisius College (7-0, 8-0).  Iowa State University 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 seven (of 8) of its member teams ranked, the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 9) of its member teams ranked and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 8) of its member teams ranked.

 

In its 27th 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)
  • Central Oklahoma (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

A total of 60 teams will compete in Men’s Division 1 this season, including three new teams: Calvin College, New York University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The two teams departing Men’s Division 1 include Binghamton University and Indiana Tech.

The computer ranking, which will not commence until late October, will for the fifth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2018 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 fourth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The 2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 8-13 for the second consecutive season 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 seventh year of the 20-team format.

2017-2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #3

Rank

School Name

1st Votes

Overall Record

Pts

Previous

1

Central Oklahoma

29

5-0-0

747

1

2

Minot State

3

6-0-0

714

2

3

Ohio

 

4-0-0

689

3

4

Adrian

1

4-0-0

663

4

5

Iowa State

 

4-0-0

624

5

6

Lindenwood

1

5-1-0

592

8

7

Michigan-Dearborn

 

1-1-0

557

7

8

Stony Brook

 

2-0-0

531

9

9

Robert Morris Illinois

 

3-1-0

493

10

10

Davenport

 

1-2-0

483

6

11

Illinois

 

5-1-0

457

11

12

Colorado

 

3-1-0

431

12

13

Liberty

 

5-1-0

411

13

14

Jamestown

 

1-3-0

311

14

15

Nevada-Las Vegas

 

3-1-0

292

18

16

Arizona

 

2-0-0

287

19

17

Colorado State

 

2-2-0

226

16

18

Arizona State

 

2-3-0

222

15

19

Midland

 

1-4-1

204

17

20

Oklahoma

 

2-4-1

151

20

21

Rhode Island

 

3-0-1

132

23

22

Missouri State

 

5-1-2

131

25

23

Delaware

 

3-2-0

112

T 21

24

Western Michigan

 

4-0-0

94

24

25

Kent State

 

2-2-0

90

T 21

Others receiving votes: Syracuse, Alabama, Eastern Michigan, Drexel, and West Virginia.