College Hockey Power Rankings: UMD Bulldogs Stumble but Remain No. 1

Joe WatsonCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2012

ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 07:  The Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs line up before the start of the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four against of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on April 7, 2011 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Michigan Tech Huskies tied the No. 1 UMD Bulldogs in Duluth last Friday.  Then, on Saturday, the Huskies shut out the Bulldogs 5-0.

While getting beat at home does not look good for UMD, the Bulldogs have proven that they are still the team to beat in the NCAA.

The Bulldogs still boast the nation's best offense and will look to start clicking on offense against Alaska-Anchorage (6-16-2) this weekend. 

 

First Five Out: Ohio State, Colgate, Miami, Nebraska-Omaha and Lake Superior State

Series of the Week: (No. 9) Colorado College vs. (No. 14) Denver, Miami @ (No. 13) Michigan, Michigan State @ Ohio State, (No. 11) Ferris State @ Northern Michigan, and St. Cloud State @ Wisconsin 

 

15. North Dakota (15-10-2)

North Dakota is coming off of a sweep of a solid Wisconsin squad.  UND is off this weekend. 

 

14. Denver (15-8-3)

Gwozdecky's squad is putting it together.  The Pioneers are 7-1-0 in the last eight games.  DU has a big series against in-state rival Colorado College this weekend. 

 

13. Michigan (15-9-4)

The Wolverines face the up-and-down Miami Redhawks (15-11-2) this weekend. 

 

12. Cornell (11-6-4)

Cornell was dominated by Colgate last weekend.  Colgate outscored the Big Red 7-4 in the series. Cornell faces RPI (7-18-1) and Union. 

 

11. Ferris State (17-8-3)

The Bulldogs are coming off of a sweep of Michigan State.  FSU plays Northern Michigan (12-9-5) this weekend. 

 

10. Massachusetts-Lowell (16-7-0)

Lowell beat down the rival Minutemen 4-2 and 5-2 last weekend.  Lowell is 6-2-0 in their last eight games.  The Riverhawks face Vermont (5-19-1) this weekend. 

 

9. Colorado College (14-9-1)

The Tigers have had a week to rest for their big series against DU. 

 

8. Maine (14-8-3)

The Black Bears are the hottest team in the country.  After sweeping BU last weekend, Maine is 12-2-2 in their last 16 games.  Maine faces Alabama-Huntsville (2-24-1) this weekend. 

 

7. Notre Dame (15-10-3)

The Irish split with Alaska in Fairbanks last weekend, and face Bowling Green (8-15-5) this weekend. 

 

6. Boston College (16-10-1)

The Eagles are coming off of a sweep of UNH, winning each game by one goal.  BC is off this week. 

 

5. Minnesota (19-9-1)

The Gophers squeaked out two wins against St. Cloud State last weekend, winning 2-1 and 3-2.  The Maroon and Gold are off this weekend. 

 

4. Boston University (15-8-1)

The Terriers struggled against Maine last weekend, losing 4-2 and 3-1.  BU faces Merrimack this weekend. 

 

3. Union (15-6-6)

The Dutchmen have the nation's best team defense, and it showed last weekend.  Union allowed only two goals against Clarkson and St. Lawrence. 

 

2. Merrimack (14-5-5)

The Warriors have the second best team defense in the nation.  Merrimack has tough tests against BU and UMass (9-10-5) this weekend. 

 

1. Minnesota-Duluth (17-5-4)

The nation's best team has the nation's best offense.