Illini bounce up to No. 6
Minot State swept Midland University to remain in the top spot in Ranking No. 6
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 / 11:03 AM
Credit: ACHA


Minot State University swept Midland University to remain in the top spot in the 2017-2018 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division 1 Ranking No. 6.  The Beavers (8-0-0) swept the Warriors on the road with a 5-0 shutout win on Friday before escaping Sidner Ice Arena in Fremont, Neb. with a 3-2 win on Saturday.  Adrian College (8-0-0) held firm at No. 2 after dominating arch-rival Davenport University, winning 5-1 on Thursday at home followed by and 8-1 win on Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich. Lindenwood University (9-0-2) maintained the No. 3 spot after overpowering the University of Oklahoma at home (4-1, 8-0).  University of Colorado jumped three spots, up to No. 4, after a three-win weekend in Boulder, Colo.  The Buffaloes started with an 8-0 whitewash of Arizona State University on Thursday, followed by a hard-fought weekend sweep of the University of Arizona (6-4, 5-3).  The University of Central Oklahoma, the defending American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division 1 National Champions, rounds out this week’s Top 5.

Moving into the polls this week are No. 23 Robert Morris University-Pennsylvania, No. 24 Eastern Michigan University and No. 25 Oakland University. Dropping out of the Top 25 are Arizona State University, University of Delaware and University of Rhode Island.

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 six (of 9) of its member teams ranked, the Western Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 8) of its member teams ranked, and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 8) of its member teams ranked.

The computer ranking 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

A total of 60 teams are competing 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 that have departed Men’s Division 1 include Binghamton University and Indiana Tech.

The ACHA uses 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.

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

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.

The seventh ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

2017-2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #6

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

8-0-0

1

2

Adrian

8-0-0

2

3

Lindenwood

9-0-2

3

4

Colorado

9-1-0

7

5

Central Oklahoma

6-1-0

6

6

Illinois

2-0-0

10

7

Robert Morris Illinois

7-3-0

5

8

Michigan-Dearborn

5-1-1

9

9

Jamestown

5-4-1

4

10

Stony Brook

7-0-1

11

11

Ohio

7-2-1

8

12

Iowa State

6-2-0

13

13

Liberty

8-2-0

15

14

Nevada-Las Vegas

5-3-0

14

15

Arizona

5-3-0

12

16

Alabama

5-1-0

19

17

Midland

1-7-0

18

18

Davenport

3-5-0

20

19

Oklahoma

3-7-1

17

20

Missouri State

5-5-2

22

21

Kent State

3-4-1

24

22

Syracuse

6-3-0

16

23

Robert Morris Pennsylvania

8-0-0

NR

24

Eastern Michigan

5-2-0

NR

25

Oakland

9-1-0

NR