Spittin' Chiclets College Hockey Rankings (Week 21)

1. Cornell

2. St. Cloud State

3. Denver

4. Notre Dame

5. Minnesota State

6. Ohio State

7. Northeastern

8. Providence

9. Clarkson

10. Michigan

What a huge week in college hockey. As the season comes to an end, more and more games seem to have more meaning to them, most importantly in-conference games. That was the case this weekend as we saw some games played with huge implications in the Big10, ECAC, NCHC and Hockey East.

First, let’s start off with the team who is new to the top-10 this week, #10 Michigan. The Wolverines had a home-and-home series with the then top-ranked team in the country, Notre Dame, and they won both. Michigan is a team I was high on early in the season, I like what I saw from the guys playing under Mel Pearson. But with a 4-2 victory on Friday night at Notre Dame’s barn followed by a 1-0 home win on Saturday night, it was a great weekend for the Blue. This puts Michigan in 3rd place in the Big10 with a likely first round playoff matchup against either Penn State or Wisco on the horizon. Notre Dame on the other hand will still no doubt get into the tournament, regardless of winning the Big10 or not but this drops them to #4 this week.

Cornell is back in the #1 spot this week. The Big Red went 2-0-0 this weekend with wins over Brown and Yale and are a whopping 22-3-2 on the year. Say what you want about their schedule this season, but to only lose three games all season is extremely impressive and they should be rewarded for it. They are playing as the best team in the country right now. Tournament time will tell if that is truly the case.

Clarkson continues to fall again this week, going from #7 to #9. The tough play continues from the Golden Knights, going 0-4-2 in their last six games. Casey Jones got his squad out to a great start this season, and you hope they didn’t play all their best hockey in the beginning of the season. But it’s starting to look that way for Clarkson. Hopefully they can figure it out in their final weekend of the season against Princeton and QU.

#7 Northeastern and #8 Providence continue to play great hockey as well. Two experienced teams with a ton of depth coming out of the Hockey East. Adam Gaudette has shown night in and night out that he is one of the best players in the country and probably on track to win a Hobey Baker. Providence on the other hand, who is 4-1-1 in their last six, will finish up their season with UMass on Saturday then head into the Hockey East tournament playing some of their best hockey of the year. Providence had a nice weekend sweep over Lowell, while Northeastern had a weekend sweep over Vermont.

Goal of the week:

Goal of the week goes to Troy Terry and Ryan Donato. Two college kids just putting on an absolute show at the Olympics. Love to see it. Great for the brand. Keep killing it fellas.

Save of the week:

Insane save from Minnesota’s sophomore tendy Mat Robson against Ohio State this weekend. The Gophers split with the Buckeyes in a huge Big10 matchup, Robson was a big part of that.