Illini tumble five spots to #17
Weekend losses slide Illinois down the ladder in Ranking #13
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 / 1:15pm
Credit: ACHA


For the eleventh consecutive ranking, Adrian College (20-0-0) remains in the top spot in the 2019-2020 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division 1 Ranking No. 13.  The Bulldogs got its 19th and 20th victories of the season after sweeping visiting Robert Morris University Illinois at Arrington Ice Arena (11-1, 7-2), as Dominic Moore, Emanuel Silverio, and Tyler Fyfe each had a pair of goals on the weekend.

No. 2 Liberty University (21-4-0) traveled to Long Island, N.Y. and came away with a split against host Stony Brook University in a pair of conference games.  The Seawolves struck first coming away with a 4-3 win on Saturday evening as Ian Keller notched the game winner midway through the third period, after assisting on the first three goals for Stony Brook.  Saturday, the Flames bounced back and bombarded Seawolves goaltender Richard Shipman with 55 shot attempts during a 7-2 romp, aided by Quinn Ryan’s two goals.

No. 3 Lindenwood University (16-6-0) split its conference series with Ohio University at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Mo.  The Lions jumped all over the Bobcats on Friday night in an 8-1 victory as Alex Kalau had the three goal hat trick and Ryan Finnegan added a pair of goals.  Saturday, however, Bobcats goaltender Mason Koster turned aside 47 shots and Gianni Evangelisti netted the game winning goal with only 2:12 remaining in regulation for the 3-2 upset victory.

No. 4 Minot State University (13-4-3), the defending Men's Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, was swept in a home-and-home series with arch-rival University of Jamestown, losing 4-1 at home on Friday night before hitting the road Saturday and coming up short in a 3-2 loss.  Goaltender Tyson Brouwer got both wins as he turned aside 60 of the 63 Beaver shots on the weekend as the Jimmies inched up to the No. 11 spot.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (17-6-2) rounds out the top 5 after splitting its conference series with Aquinas College.  The Wolverines hit the road Friday night and came away with a 4-2 win as Thomas Proudlock made 36 saves while Anthony Davis and Justin Dunn each had a pair of goals.  Proudlock tried to steal away another win on Saturday making 65 saves, but the Saints finally solved him in the third period after trailing 1-0 for most of the game and came away with a 3-1 victory on the road.   

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with four (of 5) of its member teams ranked, while the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 6) of its member teams ranked, the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League and Western Collegiate Hockey League both have four (of 7) of its member teams ranked, and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference has three (of 6) of its member teams ranked.              

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.  All games that go to overtime will be scored as ties in the computer ranking.

Over the past 17 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Minot State (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

Now in its 29th season of action, there have been a total of 14 schools that have won the ACHA Men's Division I National Championship:

  • Penn State (5 times)
  • Ohio (4)
  • Lindenwood (3)
  • Central Oklahoma (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • Minot State (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Adrian
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

A total of 70 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including eleven new teams: Aquinas College, Cleary University, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Grand Canyon University, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Maryville University, McKendree University, Midland University, Northern Illinois University, and Waldorf University. The sole team departing Men’s Division I is University of Arkansas.

The computer ranking will for the seventh time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2020 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships, including the following six autobids:

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)

The fourteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

The 2020 ACHA Men's Division I National Championships will be hosted March 19-24 for the second time by the Dallas Stars, Visit Frisco, and Children’s Health StarCenters at the Comerica Center, in Frisco, TX. This will be the ninth year of the 20-team format.

2019-2020 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #13

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Adrian

20-0-0

1

2

Liberty

21-4-0

2

3

Lindenwood

16-6-0

3

4

Minot State

13-4-3

4

5

Michigan-Dearborn

17-6-2

5

6

Ohio

16-7-3

7

7

Stony Brook

15-7-0

6

8

Indiana Tech

18-6-1

8

9

Davenport

15-6-0

10

10

Arizona

19-3-3

9

11

Jamestown

18-5-0

13

12

Drexel

19-2-5

14

13

Oklahoma

17-4-0

16

14

Pittsburgh

19-2-0

15

15

Central Oklahoma

20-9-2

17

16

Calvin

12-2-2

11

17

Illinois

13-8-3

12

18

Nevada-Las Vegas

15-11-1

21

19

Arizona State

16-7-1

18

20

Aquinas

14-10-2

19

21

Oakland

15-5-2

22

22

Delaware

17-10-0

23

23

New York

7-7-2

20

24

Iowa State

17-9-2

25

25

McKendree

10-2-0

NR