Illini holding on at No. 9
The Illini remain in 9th place in the ACHA's ranking #14
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 / 2:34PM
Credit: ACHA


Minot State University retains the top spot in the 2017-2018 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division 1 Ranking, No. 14, extending marking their eighth week at No. 1 this season.  The Beavers (21-2-1), playing at home, started with a 6-2 win over University of Nevada-Las Vegas before sweeping Arizona State University (6-1, 10-2) on Friday and Saturday.  Adrian College (19-1-0) held on the No. 2 spot as they swept Syracuse University at home (5-3, 11-1) while idle Lindenwood University (16-3-4) stayed at the No. 3 position.  Robert Morris University Illinois (17-6-0) remained at No. 4 with a pair of wins while Ohio University (18-7-1) jumped up two spots to round out the Top 5.  The Bobcats split with Iowa State University over the weekend, punching a 5-0 shutout on Friday before succumbing to a 5-4 loss to the Cyclones Saturdayevening.

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) 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.

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. This will be the seventh year of the 20-team format.

The fifteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

2017-2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #14

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Minot State

21-2-1

1

2

Adrian

19-1-0

2

3

Lindenwood

16-3-4

3

4

Robert Morris Illinois

17-6-0

4

5

Ohio

18-7-1

7

6

Central Oklahoma

18-3-3

6

7

Colorado

16-5-1

8

8

Michigan-Dearborn

10-4-2

5

9

Illinois

9-6-1

9

10

Iowa State

12-9-1

12

11

Nevada-Las Vegas

13-8-0

10

12

Stony Brook

16-5-1

11

13

Liberty

18-6-0

14

14

Arizona

17-6-0

13

15

Jamestown

11-11-1

16

16

Davenport

12-8-2

15

17

Midland

5-9-0

17

18

Kent State

17-6-1

18

19

Missouri State

11-10-3

19

20

Syracuse

14-7-1

20

21

Oklahoma

10-13-1

21

22

Calvin

9-6-1

23

23

Alabama

13-6-1

22

24

Rhode Island

15-9-2

NR

25

Arizona State

7-20-0

24