March 20, 2014

NEHJ College Hockey Power Rankings

Every week during the season, the New England Hockey Journal will present its power rankings of the region's 20 Division 1 men's teams:

RANK

TEAM

LAST WEEK

RECORD

COMMENTS

1

UMass Lowell

2

Overall: 23-10-4

Hockey East: 11-6-3

Friday’s semifinal will be just the third all-time meeting between the River Hawks and Notre Dame. The previous two came this season, and UMass-Lowell swept them in a weekend series at the Tsongas Center.

2

Quinnipiac

3

Overall: 24-8-6

ECAC: 12-6-4

The Bobcats achieved some level of redemption over the weekend with a series sweep of Yale in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals. In a way, the sweep avenges Quinnipiac’s loss to the Elis in last year’s national championship game, although the stakes were much higher last April. Either way, Quinnipiac effectively ended Yale’s national-title defense.

3

Boston College

1

Overall: 26-7-4

Hockey East: 16-2-2

With their loss to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals, the Eagles will miss the Hockey East semifinal round for the first time since 2004, and no Boston team will make the final four for the first time in league history.

4

New Hampshire

5

Overall: 21-17-1

Hockey East: 11-9-0

Kevin Goumas picked a fine time to score his second career hat trick, helping the Wildcats to a 5-4 victory in Game 3 against Northeastern, and sending UNH to the Hockey East semifinals for the first time in three years. His four points against the Huskies gave him 144 for his career, which ties him with his coach, Dick Umile, for 30th all-time at UNH.

5

Providence

7

Overall: 21-9-6

Hockey East: 11-7-2

Playing his final games at Schneider Arena, senior Derek Army scored the game-winners in both of Providence’s victories as the Friars swept Maine to advance to the Hockey East semifinals for the third straight year.

6

Vermont

4

Overall: 20-14-3

Hockey East: 10-10-0

Freshman Mario Puskarich was one of three unanimous selections to the Hockey East All-Rookie team, joining BC’s Thatcher Demko and Northeastern’s Mike Szmatula.

7


Yale

6

Overall: 17-11-5

ECAC: 10-8-4

The Elis entered last weekend ranked 17th in the PairWise. After falling to Quinnipiac in back-to-back games, they likely played their final game in their national-title defense. They allowed five goals each in consecutive games for the first time since 2008.

8

Bentley

8

Overall: 19-14-4

Atlantic: 16-7-4

Senior Brett Gensler had three goals and five assists in three games against Canisius. He ends his career at 33-94-167 in 145 games. Goalie Branden Komm finishes tops in career wins (47), gaa (2.46) and save percentage (.923).

9

Maine

9

Overall: 16-15-4

Hockey East: 9-8-3

Senior Ben Hutton scored his 15th goal of the year in Game 2 against Providence, making him the Maine all-time single-season leader in goal scoring by a defenseman.

10

Dartmouth

12

Overall: 10-20-4

ECAC: 7-13-2

The Big Green can be proud of their ECAC Hockey tournament performance after an otherwise disappointing season. Although they were swept by Union  last weekend in the quarterfinals, they snapped Union’s four-game shutout streak and played well enough to win both nights.

11

UConn

10

Overall: 18-14-4

Atlantic: 15-9-3

UConn ended its season and stay in Atlantic Hockey with a pair of quarterfinal losses at home to Robert Morris, 3-0 and 3-2. Senior Matt Grogan ends his career with a program-best 2.32 career goals against average.

12

Northeastern

11

Overall: 19-14-4

Hockey East: 10-8-2

Though the Huskies’ season is almost certainly over, senior Clay Witt is a finalist for the inaugural Mike Richter award, which will go to the most outstanding goaltender in the nation. Witt is on the five-man list with UMass-Lowell’s Connor Hellebuyck, Denver’s Sam Brittain, Wisconsin’s Joel Rumpel and Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox.

13

Holy Cross

13

Overall: 14-22-3

Atlantic: 11-13-3

Senior Adam Schmidt finished his career as the school's all-time leader in games played. He led Holy Cross at 14-15-29 this year and was 52-60-112 in 151 career games. The Crusaders lead the country with 658 blocked shots.

14

Boston University

14

Overall: 10-21-4

Hockey East: 5-12-3

BU’s loss in the Hockey East first round means this is the first time in the 30-year history of Hockey East that the Terriers will miss the quarterfinals.

15

Brown

15

Overall: 11-17-3

ECAC: 8-13-1

The Bears went out with a whimper, failing to earn a single point over the final weekend of the regular season and the first round of the ECAC tournament. It’s disappointing for a team that played in the conference championship game last season.

16

Sacred Heart


16

Overall: 12-24-0

Atlantic: 11-16-0

The Pioneers went 6-4-0 in
their last 10 games before the tournament, but closed the season with a pair of shutouts at Niagara. Three of the top four scorers for Sacred Heart were freshmen, led by Justin Danforth at 5-24-29.

17

Merrimack

18

Overall: 8-22-3

Hockey East: 3-15-2

While his Merrimack career ended on a sour note with last week’s loss, Roslindale, Mass., native Mike Collins signed a professional tryout contract with the Providence Bruins on Wednesday.

18

Harvard

17

Overall: 10-17-4

ECAC: 6-12-4

The Crimson fell in the first round of the ECAC Hockey tournament for the second year in a row, and this time was particularly painful as it came at the hands of Ivy League rival Yale in a sweep. The Harvard coaching staff will have a difficult time recruiting against Yale in the next 12 months, considering Yale’s program is leaps and bounds ahead of Harvard at the moment.

19

AIC

19

Overall: 10-25-1

Atlantic: 9-17-1

Freshman goalie Hunter Leisner made 48 saves to take Niagara to double overtime in the first game of the series before the Yellow Jackets fell, 1-0. Senior Jon Puskar had career-best totals of 17-18-35 for AIC this season.

20

UMass

20

Overall: 8-22-4

Hockey East: 4-13-3

After reaching the Hockey East quarterfinals in 10 straight seasons, the Minutemen have now missed out two years in a row.


HockeyJournal.com’s weekly Division 1 power rankings are compiled by college hockey writers Andrew Merritt, Dan Guttenplan, Allen Lessels and Joshua Kummins. They can be reached at feedback@hockeyjournal.com.