College Hockey Power Rankings: Boston University Replaces UMD as No. 1 Team

Joe WatsonCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2012

BOSTON - JANUARY 08:  Cam Atkinson #13 of the Boston College Eagles and Kevin Shattenkirk #3 of the Boston University Terriers fight for the puck on January 8, 2010 during the Sun Life Frozen Fenway Hockey Game at the Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Boston University Terriers knocked off the Merrimack Warriors 4-1, moving the Terriers to the top spot in this week's power rankings.

The previous No. 1, Minnesota-Duluth, split with WCHA cellar dweller Alaska-Anchorage. This split dropped Duluth to the No. 2 spot.

First five out: Michigan State, Colgate, Lake Superior State, Western Michigan, Miami

Series of the Week: (No. 15) North Dakota @ (No. 2) Minnesota-Duluth, (No. 5) Minnesota @ (No. 14) Denver, (No. 11) Notre Dame vs. (No. 9) Ferris State, Michigan State vs. (No. 10) Michigan, Western Michigan @ Ohio State

15. North Dakota (15-10-2)

UND has the pleasure of traveling to Duluth to face the (No. 2) UMD Bulldogs this weekend.

14. Denver (15-9-4)

The Pioneers look like they will be playing in a shootout this weekend.  DU ranks sixth in the nation in team offense and face (No. 2) Minnesota who rank second.

13. Cornell

Cornell picked up two ties last weekend against Union and RPI.  The Big Red face Brown (8-12-3) and Yale (10-11-2) this week.

12. Notre Dame (16-11-3)

The Irish are 3-5-0 in their last eight games.  It will not get any easier for ND when they face (No. 9) Ferris State.

11. Boston College (16-10-1)

BC faces Northeastern (11-12-3) and Vermont (5-21-1) this week.

10. Michigan (17-9-4)

The Wolverines are 5-1-0 in their last six games.  Michigan faces rival Michigan State (15-11-4) this weekend.

9. Ferris State (18-8-4)

The Bulldogs rank seventh in the nation in team defense.  FSU faces (No. 11) Notre Dame this weekend.

8. Maine (16-8-3)

The Black Bears took care of business last weekend, sweeping Alabama-Huntsville.  Maine faces Providence (10-14-2) and (No. 6) Massachusetts-Lowell this weekend.

7. Colorado College (15-9-2)

The Tigers took three points from the Denver Pioneers last weekend.  CC travels to Bemidji State (13-12-3) this weekend.

6. Massachusetts-Lowell (18-7-0)

Lowell is coming off of a sweep of Vermont.  The Riverhawks have big games against (No. 4) Merrimack and (No. 8) Maine this weekend.

5. Minnesota (19-9-1)

The Golden Gophers rank second in the nation in both team offense and team defense, but struggle to win on Fridays.  Minnesota travels to Denver to face the (No. 14) Pioneers this weekend.

4. Merrimack (15-6-5)

The Warriors rank fourth in the nation in team defense.  Merrimack faces Massachusetts-Lowell and New Hampshire (11-14-2).

3. Union (16-6-7)

Union remain the nation's top defense, allowing 1.83 goals per game.  The Dutchmen face Dartmouth (9-10-4) this weekend.

2. Minnesota-Duluth (18-6-4)

The Bulldogs are 1-2-1 in their last four games.  Duluth will look to get back to their winning ways against (No. 15) North Dakota this weekend.

1. Boston University (16-8-1)

The Terriers face Massachusetts (9-12-5) this weekend.