1.) St. Cloud State
3.) Ohio State
4.) Minnesota Duluth
6.) Minnesota State
7.) Western Michigan
9.) Notre Dame
The Week 14 Spittin’ Chiclets College Hockey Rankings are here. Deeply sorry for having to miss the rankings last week, all of my time we dedicated to banking A+ interviews with NHL all stars for Spittin’ Chiclets on the West Coast Wagon Tour. There are definitely some changes to the rankings since I last did them though, including a new #1. So let’s get started.
Coming in at #1 we have St. Cloud State. The Huskies went to North Dakota and split two games with the Sioux at the Ralph. Winning on Friday night 3-1 and losing on Saturday 5-1. At 18-4-2, SCSU has the best record in the entire country and clearly is loaded from front to back. They’ll welcome Miami of Ohio to St. Cloud this weekend, then they got Colorado College the following weekend, so not the toughest opponents going forward for the Huskies.
UMass falls to #2 this week. I still think UMass may be the best team in the country, but you can’t lose to Maine and not expect any repercussions. The Minutemen split their weekend series with Maine, winning 4-2 on Friday night and losing 4-3 on Saturday. UMass has just one game this weekend, and it’s at BU. So nothing too difficult. Carvel and his boys have a pretty easy schedule the rest of the way before the Hockey East tournament starts, so I expect them to keep their foot an the gas pedal as they head into tournament play.
Shout out to Quinnipiac. I completely forgot them in my last rankings. I think that is the first time I have done that since I have started doing these rankings so hand up, that’s on me. QU comes in at #5 this week after a 4-3 win over BU last weekend. The Bobcats already beat Holy Cross on Tuesday and will play Clarkson tonight, a long with St. Lawrence tomorrow….both on the road. So this will be a good test for QU.
Western Michigan is new to the rankings this week. They come in at #7 after sweeping Denver. The Broncos had their way with the Pios last weekend, winning 3-1 Friday night and spanking them 5-1 on Saturday. WMU needs to keep adding all the regular season wins they can, because making the tournament out of the NCHC is going to be virtually impossible with how loaded it is. They’ll start with Nebraska-Omaha this weekend and North Dakota next weekend, before they face off against #1 SCSU.
Goal of the week:
Big fan of no look passes. Brogan Rafferty of QU with the filthy no look pass this week against Holy Cross.