College Hockey Power Rankings: Boston College Holds Top Spot

Joe WatsonCorrespondent INovember 13, 2012

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 05:  Goalie Kent Patterson #35 of the Minnesota Gophers deflects the puck as Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Boston College Eagles shoots during the NCAA Division 1 Men's Hockey Championship Semifinal Game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 5, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Boston College, the nation's top team and defending national champion, faced two tough tests this weekend.  First, BC knocked off Notre Dame 3-1 in a non-conference contest.  Then, the Eagles knocked off rival Boston University 4-2 on BU's home ice. The Eagles are now 8-1-0 on the season and have won eight straight games.

Here are this week's rankings:


15. Michigan (4-4-1)

The Wolverines split a series with the Michigan State Spartans and allowed seven goals in Saturday's loss.  Michigan hosts Notre Dame this weekend.


14. St. Cloud State (6-4-0)

The Huskies split last weekend's series with the Fighting Sioux.  SCSU was shut out on Friday but bounced back with five goals in Saturday's win.  The Huskies are off this weekend.


13. Western Michigan (5-2-1)

The Broncos have the nation's eighth-best team defense, allowing just two goals per game.  Western Michigan travels to Fairbanks to play Alaska this weekend.


12. Cornell (3-2-1)

It was a rough weekend for Cornell, losing to both Quinnipiac and Harvard.  Opponents outscored Cornell 9-4 in those two loses.  The Big Red look to rebound this weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.


11. Notre Dame (6-3-0)

Notre Dame lost 3-1 to BC last weekend but will look to right the ship against Michigan this weekend.


10. Boston University (5-3-0)

BU is 2-2-0 in its last four games.  The two losses have come against North Dakota and Boston College.  The Terriers face Vermont and New Hampshire this weekend.


9. North Dakota (4-3-1)

The Fighting Sioux are 2-2-0 in their last four games, splitting each of the last two series.  UND hosts Minnesota-Duluth this weekend.


8. Colorado College (7-3-0)

The Tigers are getting hot, winners of four straight.  CC has scored 17 goals during that span.  The Tigers have a home-and-home series against rival Denver this weekend.


7. Dartmouth (5-0-1)

The Big Green are the nation's lone unbeaten team, and forward Eric Robinson is second in the nation in goals scored.  Dartmouth faces Colgate and Cornell this weekend.


6. Union (6-2-1)

The Dutchmen notched six goals in a win against Harvard last weekend but only two goals in a loss to Dartmouth.  Union is off this week.


5. Miami (6-2-2)

Freshman forward Riley Barber is second in the nation in scoring with 14 points.  The Redhawks face Michigan State this weekend.


4. New Hampshire (6-1-1)

UNH knocked off Maine and Vermont last weekend, both by 4-0 scores.  The Wildcats have the nation's best team defense, allowing just 1.38 goals per game.  UNH faces Massachusetts-Lowell and Boston University this weekend.


3. Denver (7-1-0)

DU has won three straight games, outscoring opponents 13-6 over that span.  The Pioneers boast the nation's fourth-best scoring offense, notching 4.12 goals per game.  DU has a home-and-home series against rival Colorado College this weekend.


2. Minnesota (6-2-1)

Minnesota managed to take three points from Alaska-Anchorage last weekend, outscoring the Seawolves 6-2 in the series.  The Gophers will host the Wisconsin Badgers at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis this weekend.


1. Boston College (8-1-0)

Winners of eight straight, the Eagles look poised to repeat as National Champions.  BC faces Merrimack this weekend.