October 28, 2011

College power ratings: Everyone still chasing Eagles

Staff Report

Jeffrey Reppucci and Holy Cross made the biggest climb this week, after upsetting Boston University on Saturday.(photo: Peter Cooke)

Every Friday during the season, New England Hockey Journal will present its power ratings of the region's 20 Division 1 men's teams.

1. Boston College (5-1, 3-0 Hockey East)

The defending league champions and No. 1 team in the nation rolled through a pair of wins over UMass and Northeastern, with Needham, Mass., native Bill Arnold picking up three goals, including both game-winners.

2. Yale (0-0, 0-0 ECAC Hockey)

The Elis finally open their anticipated new season against Princeton Friday night in the Ivy Shootout.

3. Merrimack (4-0, 2-0 Hockey East)

A 10-goal advantage over their four opponents thus far has the Warriors looking like they picked up right where they left off from last season, and their 4-0 start is the program’s best since 1993-94.

4. Quinnipiac (6-2, 0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Freshman Matthew Peca was named ECAC Freshman of the Week on the heels of Jeremy Langlois' ECAC Player of the Week nod.

5. Boston University (2-2, 1-1 Hockey East)

There are probably some people on both ends of Commonwealth Avenue who would place the No. 12-ranked Terriers even lower than this after an embarrassing loss to Holy Cross Saturday night, and another performance like that from notoriously slow-starting BU will probably give those folks their wish.

6. Holy Cross (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Crusaders vault to the head of the class and show upward mobility with 5-4 win at Boston University Saturday.

7. Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Dartmouth opens its season against Brown Friday in the Ivy Shootout.

8. Maine (1-2-1, 1-1 Hockey East)

The Black Bears were idle over the weekend, and the hope in Orono has to be that the early-season “bye week” will give them a chance to get some things figured out ahead of a two-game set against upstart Providence.

9. UConn (2-2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Hockey)

A showdown with Holy Cross is up next for Huskies, a game all hockey fans should e intrigued by.

10. Providence (2-1-1, 2-0 Hockey East)

No need to break up the Friars just yet, as they took their first loss of the season Friday, albeit to defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth. Providence is one of only three Hockey East teams currently in possession of a winning record.

11. Northeastern (1-3-1, 1-3-1 Hockey East)

It was a fruitless weekend for the Huskies, who happened to play back-to-back games against the league’s top two in Merrimack and BC, but they saw the emergence of freshman Joe Manno, who scored a pair against the Eagles on Saturday.

12. UMass-Lowell (2-1, 0-0 Hockey East)

The idle River Hawks get back at it with a home-and-home against BC this weekend, which is a heck of a way to start the league slate.

13. Vermont (1-1, 0-0 Hockey East)

The Catamounts finally got their season started over the weekend, and split a pair of games at No. 8 Minnesota, recovering from a 6-0 drubbing to skate out of Minneapolis Sunday with a 5-4 win highlighted by two-goal games from Connor Brickley (Everett, Mass.) and Sebastian Stalberg.

14. Harvard (0-0, 0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Harvard does not begin its season until Nov. 4 against Princeton.

15. UMass (1-2-1, 0-2-1 Hockey East)

Nobody seems to be able to get out of the way of BC this year, and the Minutemen were the latest cannon fodder for the Eagle offense. They do have a chance to jump on a vulnerable BU team in a home-and-home this weekend.

16. New Hampshire (0-4-1, 0-3 Hockey East)

The good news was that Saturday’s game wasn’t a loss; the bad news is that it was just a 3-3 tie at St. Cloud State. But UNH finally comes home for a stretch after starting with four of five on the road, and a win over defending ECAC champion Union Friday or Northeastern on Saturday could certainly turn the depleted power’s fortunes around.

17. Brown (0-0, 0-0 ECAC Hockey)

Brown will have a chance to prove itself Saturday against Dartmouth in the Ivy Shootout on Friday.

18. Bentley (1-4, 1-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Picked up first win, 7-3, at Sacred Heart on Tuesday.

19. AIC (0-5, 0-1 Atlantic Hockey)

Yellow Jackets host Sacred Heart Friday, then play at Union on Saturday.

20. Sacred Heart (0-5, 0-0 Atlantic Hockey)

Pioneers are looking for first win at AIC on Friday.

Hockeyjournal.com’s weekly Division I power ratings are comprised by college hockey writers Andrew Merritt, Dan Guttenplan, Allen Lessels and Mike Zhe. They can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com.