We are already one month into the college hockey season and Boston College is proving once again that they are the best team in the land. The Eagles have followed up their 2012 NCAA Championship with a 6-1-0 start this season.
The Minnesota Gophers appear to be one of the few teams capable of knocking off the BC Eagles. Minnesota's skilled forwards—Nick Bjugstad, Kyle Rau and Erik Haula—have returned to avenge their Frozen Four loss to BC.
Here are this week's power rankings.
First Five Out: St. Lawrence, Northern Michigan, Merrimack, Ferris State and Harvard.
15. Dartmouth (3-0-1)
Dartmouth outscores their opponents by two goals per game, and it is allowing fewer than two goals per game. The Big Green face RPI and Union this weekend.
14. Western Michigan (4-2-0)
The Broncos have won three of their last four games, including a 3-2 win over Notre Dame in South Bend. Western Michigan has a home-and-home series with Bowling Green this weekend.
13. Michigan (3-3-1)
Michigan has the nation's top offense, scoring 4.43 goals per game. However, the Wolverines have the nation's 50th-ranked defense, allowing 3.43 goals per game. Michigan has a home-and-home series with rival Michigan State.
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12. St. Cloud State (5-3-0)
The Huskies boast a high-scoring offense, averaging nearly four goals per game. Junior forward Nick Dowd is second in the nation in goals with eight. SCSU hosts North Dakota this weekend.
11. Colorado College (5-3-0)
The Tigers swept the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison last weekend. CC notched eight goals in two games at the Kohl Center. The Tigers host Bemidji State this weekend.
10. Boston University (4-2-0)
Jack Parker has another solid squad in Beantown. The Terriers are 3-1-0 in their last four games and will face rival Boston College this weekend.
9. North Dakota (3-2-1)
The Sioux are coming off of a split with the Boston University Terriers and will travel to St. Cloud to face the Huskies this weekend.
8. Notre Dame (6-2-0)
The Irish are not undefeated on the ice, but they are still one of the nation's best squads. Forward Anders Lee once again is near the top in the nation in goals. ND travels to play Boston College this weekend.
7. Union (5-1-1)
Last year, the Dutchmen were known for their stingy defense. This year, the Dutchmen are flaunting their explosive offense. Union averages 4.43 goals per game, tops in the nation. The Dutchmen face Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.
6. Miami (5-2-1)
The Redhawks are utilizing two freshmen netminders this season. The inexperience in net could cost the Redhawks as the season progresses. Miami plays host to Northern Michigan this weekend.
5. New Hampshire (5-1-1)
The UNH Wildcats are off to a hot start (4-0-0) at home in the Whittemore Center. UNH has outscored opponents by two goals per game at home. The Wildcats look to continue their hot home start against Vermont this weekend.
4. Cornell (3-0-1)
Cornell is one of the two remaining unbeaten teams in the nation, relying on the best team defense in the land. The Big Red allow just 1.25 goals per game. Cornell has games at Princeton and at Quinnipiac this weekend.
3. Denver (5-1-0)
The Pioneers have the third-best offense in the nation, notching 4.33 goals per game. DU faces Minnesota State this weekend.
2. Minnesota (5-2-0)
The Gophers have struggled early this season. They have been upset twice already, losing to Michigan Tech and Minnesota State. Furthermore, the Gophers tied the U.S. Under 18 Team in an exhibition match. However, an upcoming series with Alaska-Anchorage could right the ship for Minnesota.
1. Boston College (6-1-0)
The Eagles have the best power-play unit in the nation, converting 40 percent of the time. BC faces Notre Dame and BU this week.