1.) St. Cloud State
2.) Minnesota Duluth
4.) Minnesota State
5.) Penn State
7.) Ohio State
8.) Notre Dame
Week 7 rankings are here and for the first time since I started doing these over a year ago there was basically zero movement. The top two teams in the country (St. Cloud State, Minnesota Duluth) didn’t play and there were two top-10 matchups with one splitting their series. But there was definitely still some great college hockey played this weekend, so let’s take a look.
#3 Massachusetts was the only team who saw movement and I don’t know if I have ever moved a team down after a win. It sucks and I hate to do it, but when push comes to shove Duluth is loaded and an overtime win over Princeton isn’t a great look when you are the #2 team in the country. Granted Princeton is having a decent year and a win is a win but if you are the #2 team in the country you got to have a better performance that. But I still love this team. Without a doubt NewMass is my favorite team in the country and I’ll ride them all the way to the Frozen Four, it’s great to see them finally getting this program on the map.
Penn State remains at #5 after a weekend series split with Ohio State, beating the Buckeyes on Friday night 4-2 and losing on Saturday 5-2. They have Wisconsin next weekend, then they welcome Notre Dame to Happy Valley for a weekend series the weekend after that. #7 Ohio State on the other hand has Minnesota this upcoming weekend then basically has a month off before they see action again, playing their next game on Dec. 28th against Mercyhurst. Mason Jobst continues to impress. Two more goals this weekend. In 14 games this season, the senior forward has 9 goals and 4 assists.
#6 Denver and #8 Providence was the other top-10 matchup from this past weekend. Denver going 1-0-1 on the weekend, with a 3-1 win on Friday night and a 4-4 tie on Saturday. Can we please get rid of ties in college hockey already? Let the boys play until it is over. Let’s see some 3×3 for fucks sake. These ties are a giant pain in the ass. Anyways, Providence schedule lightens up going forward with games against UNH, Merrimack, Brown and Dartmouth while Denver will be on the road the next few weekends, heading to NoDak, Merrimack, Umass Lowell, and Wisco. Their next home game isn’t until January 11th against Nebraska Omaha.
How about #10 Quinnipiac too? Just spanking Maine this weekend. 7-2 on Friday night then 5-0 on Saturday. QU has Princeton next weekend then the big home-and-home with UMass Amherst.
Goal of the weekend
If your first college hockey goal looks like this, you absolutely deserve a shout out. So shout out to Jackson Keane of NoDak on his first collegiate goal.