Illini leap up 6 spots in Rankings
The Illini hold the 9th spot in the latest ACHA rankings
Wednesday, March, 04, 2020 / 11:22am
Credit: ACHA


For the sixteenth consecutive ranking, Adrian College (26-2-0) remains in the top spot in the 2019-2020 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division 1 Ranking No. 18 after finishing its regular season with a 16-0 drubbing of Slippery Rock University.  The Bulldogs, Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions, earned its tenth consecutive bid and enter the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships as the top seed, looking to bring home their second national title in three seasons.

Liberty University (31-4-0), the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions, swept University of Alabama at home (9-1, 9-1) and will be the No. 2 seed, earning its fourth consecutive bid and twelfth overall.  Lindenwood University (25-7-0), the Central States Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions, will enter Nationals as the No. 3 seed after sweeping Missouri State on the road (5-1, 11-4).  The Lions earned its sixteenth consecutive bid to nationals and will seek their fourth national championship.  No. 4 seed Ohio University (24-8-4) earned its 27th consecutive and record-breaking 28th overall bid to nationals and will seek their fifth national championship.  The Bobcats enter the tournament after sweeping a pair of games at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio against in-state rival Kent State University (11-1, 8-0).  Rounding out the top 5 is Minot State University (17-4-3), the defending Men's Division 1 National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.  The Beavers traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah and swept University of Utah (6-1, 8-1) earning its eleventh consecutive bid and sixteenth overall.

The first three conference playoff champions were crowned this past weekend in College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA), Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (NECHL), and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), as Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Niagara University, and University of Michigan-Dearborn won their respective titles.  With their playoff titles in hand, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Niagara University secured the final two autobids to the 2020 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships.

This ranking marks the deadline for choosing the 20 participating teams for the 2020 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships.  Fourteen teams in the ranking will all return to the 2020 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships, including No. 6 seed Michigan-Dearborn (21st overall appearance); No. 7 seed Stony Brook (12th overall appearance); No. 8 seed Arizona (18th overall appearance); No. 9 seed Illinois (25th overall appearance); No. 11 seed Davenport (10th overall appearance);  No. 12 seed Jamestown; No. 13 seed Central Oklahoma (11th overall appearance); No. 14 seed Drexel (Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association Regular Season and Playoff Champions); and No. 15 seed Nevada-Las Vegas.  Joining those schools will be six new teams that did not participate a year ago: No. 10 seed Indiana Tech, No. 16 seed Aquinas, No. 17 seed Calvin, No. 18 seed Arizona State (13th overall appearance), No. 19 seed Indiana Pennsylvania (CHMA Playoff Champions) and No. 20 seed Niagara (NECHL Regular Season and Playoff Champions).  .                                                        

National Tournament Breakdown by leagues:

3 – Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) teams include: Illinois, Lindenwood, and Ohio

3 – Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) teams include: Adrian, Calvin, and Davenport

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

3 – Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) teams include: Aquinas, Indiana Tech, and Michigan-Dearborn

3 – Independent teams include: Jamestown, Minot State and Nevada-Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

The CSCHL (5) leads the way with all of its member teams ranked, while the ESCHL has five (of 6) of its member teams ranked, the WCHL has four (of 7) of its member teams ranked, the WHAC has three (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and the GLCHL has three (of 7) 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 National Championships, including the following six autobids:

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (Drexel University)
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (Liberty University)
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (Adrian College)
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (Niagara University)
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League (University of Arizona)

The final ranking of the season will be released on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

The 2020 ACHA Men's Division 1 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 #18

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Adrian

26-2-0

1

2

Liberty

31-4-0

2

3

Lindenwood

25-7-0

3

4

Ohio

24-8-4

4

5

Minot State

17-4-3

5

6

Michigan-Dearborn

27-6-2

6

7

Stony Brook

22-9-1

7

8

Arizona

25-4-3

8

9

Illinois

21-10-3

15

10

Indiana Tech

25-8-1

9

11

Davenport

18-11-0

12

12

Jamestown

20-5-0

11

13

Central Oklahoma

26-9-2

10

14

Drexel

25-2-5

14

15

Nevada-Las Vegas

22-13-1

13

16

Aquinas

24-11-2

19

17

Calvin

15-7-2

16

18

Arizona State

23-11-1

17

19

Iowa State

20-15-3

24

20

Pittsburgh

27-5-0

18

21

Robert Morris Illinois

17-16-4

21

22

Oklahoma

18-13-0

20

23

Delaware

20-16-1

22

24

Syracuse

15-13-3

NR

25

New York

10-14-2

23