College Hockey Power Rankings: BC on Top Heading into Postseason
It is conference tournament time. There are five automatic NCAA tournament bids on the line. Air Force, Minnesota, Ferris State, Union and Boston College are the five conference tournament one-seeds.
Of those teams, BC looks like the favorite to win the NCAA Championship.
Jerry York's Boston College Eagles are the hottest team in the country. The Eagles have won 11 straight and they are getting hot at the right time.
Hobey Baker Favorites: Spencer Abbott (Maine), Jack Connolly (UMD), Justin Schultz (Wisconsin), Austin Smith (Colgate), Troy Grosenick (Union), Reilly Smith (Miami), Kent Patterson (Minnesota), Mark Zengerle (Wisconsin), Nick Bjugstad (Minnesota), and Drew Shore (Denver)
First Five Out: Western Michigan, Merrimack, Harvard, Colgate and Wisconsin
15. Michigan State (19-13-4)
'Sparty has won six of their last eight games. However, MSU will face (No. 10) Miami in the CCHA playoffs, who have won six in a row.
14. Cornell (15-7-7)
Cornell ranks eighth in the nation in team defense. The Big Red face rival Dartmouth (13-14-4) in the ECAC playoffs.
Which team will win the WCHA Tournament?
13. Colorado College (18-14-2)
The Tigers are coming off of a sweep of Michigan Tech, who happens to be their opponent for the WCHA playoffs. Tech is 14-8-4 on the year.
12. Massachusetts-Lowell (22-10-1)
The Riverhawks are struggling, going 3-3-1 in their last seven games. However, Lowell is coming off of a sweep of Providence, who will be their opponent in the Hockey East playoffs. The Friars are 12-18-4 this year.
11. North Dakota (20-12-3)
UND (can't say Sioux anymore) is 8-2-1 in its last 11 games. During that span, North Dakota scored at least three goals in 10 of the 11 games. UND faces Bemidji State (17-16-3) in the WCHA playoffs.
10. Miami (21-13-2)
The Redhawks are white hot. Miami has won six straight games and outscored their opponents 22-4 (including two shutouts) in those contests. Miami faces Michigan State in the CCHA playoffs.
9. Maine (20-11-3)
Spencer Abbott finishes the regular season as the NCAA's leader in points with 56. Maine faces Merrimack (17-10-7) in the Hockey East playoffs.
Which team will win the Hockey East Tournament?
8. Denver (21-11-4)
The Pioneers have won three of their last four games. DU faces Wisconsin (16-16-2). The Pioneers and Badgers split a series in Madison in February.
7. Boston University (21-12-1)
The Terriers have the third best team offense in the nation, averaging 3.59 goals per game. BU plays New Hampshire (14-17-3) in the Hockey East playoffs.
6. Michigan (21-11-4)
The Wolverines are looking to make their 22nd straight NCAA tournament. A few conference tournament wins should lock up a bid for Michigan. The Wolverines face Notre Dame (19-16-3) in the CCHA playoffs.
5. Ferris State (22-9-5)
The Bulldogs captured the CCHA regular season title, just their second in school history. FSU plays Bowling Green (12-22-5) in the CCHA playoffs.
4. Minnesota (24-12-1)
The Gophers captured the WCHA regular season championship on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Wisconsin. It was Minnesota's first conference championship since 2007. The Gophers play Alaska-Anchorage (9-23-2) in the WCHA playoffs.
3. Minnesota-Duluth (22-8-6)
The Bulldogs have struggled recently, but should start clicking in the WCHA playoffs against Minnesota State (12-22-2).
2. Union (20-7-7)
The Dutchmen are the only team in the nation to allow less than two goals per game. Union faces RPI (12-22-3) in the ECAC playoffs.
1. Boston College (25-10-1)
Winners of 11 straight, the Eagles look poised to win their third NCAA Championship since 2008. BC faces UMass (13-16-5) in the Hockey East tournament.
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