ADRIAN COLLEGE STILL IN NO. 1 SPOT AFTER SWEEPING TRINE IN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION 1 RANKING
Bulldogs Travel to New York to Face Stony Brook This Weekend
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (November 6, 2019) – Adrian College maintains the top spot in the 2019-2020 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 6. The Bulldogs manhandled Men’s Division II opponent Trine (9-0, 8-1) at home but will face a stern road test this upcoming weekend when they travel to Long Island, New York to take on Stony Brook University.
No. 2 Lindenwood University (8-2-0) moved up two spots after sweeping Robert Morris University Illinois at home over the weekend. On Friday, the Lions were pushed to overtime before Vegard Faret ended it on the 45th shot on Eagles goaltender Chris Mallon with only fifteen seconds remaining in the period. Saturday, the Lions were able to solve Mallon, eventually chasing him from the game after their sixth goal, in an 8-1 win. Lindenwood pumped 59 shots on goal and were led by Brendan Murphy and Alex Kalau who each had two goals and an assist.
No. 3 University of Michigan-Dearborn (8-1-1) traveled to Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio and was able to come away with back-to-back overtime-shootout victories over host Ohio University. On Friday, despite being outshot 36-21, the Wolverines took a 3-2 lead in the third period only to have the Bobcats tie it up. In the shootout, goaltender Thomas Proudlock stopped all 7 shots he faced before Joseph Crump buried the game-winner past Bobcat goalie Jimmy Thomas for the 4-3 triumph. Saturday, it was the Wolverines who battled back as Nic Laburn sent it to overtime with only 1:20 left in the third period. Crump scored again in the shootout but it was Justin Dunn that got the game-winner for the 3-2 win.
No. 4 Minot State University (4-1-2), the defending Men’s Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, swept Men’s Division II opponent Providence University (4-2, 9-0), before pounding Grand Canyon University 7-1 on Saturday at home. The Beavers blitzed the Lopes with 61 shots on goal while only allowing 14 shots against as seven different goal scorers paced the attack.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Indiana Tech (9-2-0) which swept Cleary University on the road in Hartland, Mich. The Warriors lowered the boom on the Cougars, 8-2 on Friday and 10-0 on Saturday, with Zach Bennett pacing the attack with five goals and an assist on the weekend.
Moving into the polls this week is No. 21 Lawrence Tech, No. 23 Illinois State University, and No. 25 Robert Morris University Illinois. Dropping out of the Top 25 are Robert Morris University Pennsylvania, West Chester University, and Colorado State University.
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League (5) leads the way with all of its member teams ranked, while the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference has four (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League and the Western Collegiate Hockey League both have four (of 7) of its member teams ranked.
The ACHA uses two computer rankings generated by USHSHO.com, Ranking A (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 7) and Ranking B (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 1), and come up with an average of the two rankings. The ACHA will then use the list generated from the average for its weekly ranking. Ties will be broken using the higher ranked team from Ranking B until the Top 25 teams are listed. All games that go to overtime will be scored as ties in the computer ranking.
Over the past 17 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Minot State (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.
Now in its 29th season of action, there have been a total of 14 schools that have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship:
- Penn State (5 times)
- Ohio (4)
- Lindenwood (3)
- Central Oklahoma (2)
- Illinois (2)
- Minot State (2)
- North Dakota State (2)
- Arizona State
- Iowa State
- Rhode Island
A total of 70 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including eleven new teams: Aquinas College, Cleary University, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Grand Canyon University, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Maryville University, McKendree University, Midland University, Northern Illinois University, and Waldorf University. The sole team departing Men’s Division I is University of Arkansas.
The computer ranking, which will not commence until after November 1, will for the seventh time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2020 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:
- (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
- (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
- (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
- (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
- (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (PLAYOFF CHAMPION)
- (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League (REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION)
The sixth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, November 13, 2019l.
The 2020 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships will be hosted March 19-24 for the second time by the Dallas Stars, Visit Frisco, and Children’s Health StarCenters at the Comerica Center, in Frisco, TX. This will be the ninth year of the 20-team format.
|2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #6|
|Rank|| School |
|25||Robert Morris Illinois||7-5-2||NR|