2023-24 College Hockey Power Rankings
Men's Hockey Power Rankings: Denver Holds Firm At No. 1; Wis...
Chris Peters delivers weekly power rankings for the 2023-24 men's college hockey season.
Each week veteran hockey analyst Chris Peters delivers his men's college hockey power rankings. Check back every week to see who's rising, who's falling and where your favorite team might land.
1. Denver (6-1-1) | Last Week: 1
Denver made easy work of their in-state rivals Colorado College last weekend, outscoring the Tigers 11-2 over the weekend. The Pioneers boast two players averaging north of two points per game including national scoring leader Massimo Rizzo (2.13 points per game) and junior forward Jack Devine (2.00 points per game).
2. Boston College (7-1-0) | Last Week: 2
A weekend sweep of UMass Lowell in a home-and-home series gives the Eagles four-straight wins. BC has three players in double-digit points -- Will Smith (12), Gabe Perreault (11) and Cutter Gauthier (10). Meanwhile, true freshman goalie Jacob Fowler has been as good as previously advertised with a .923 save percentage. A big road trip to play Maine makes for a very exciting early-season Hockey East matchup.
Top-15 matchup at Alfond this weekend ⏳ pic.twitter.com/yI9uLxDE0H— BC Men's Hockey (@BC_MHockey) November 7, 2023
3. Wisconsin (9-1-0) | Last Week: 4
The Mike Hastings turnaround in Madison is one of the most intriguing storylines of the early season. The Badgers were expected to be better with a good recruiting class from the previous staff and some key transfers brought in by Hastings, but they've surpassed any reasonable expectations. Additionally, it's been senior Mathieu De St. Phalle, a program stalwart for the last four years, leading the way with 12 points. Wisconsin has a massive Big Ten showdown in East Lansing with Michigan State this weekend.
4. Providence (6-1-2) | Last Week: 5
Unbeaten in regulation in seven straight games, the Friars took a big step last weekend by picking up a win and a tie against ranked UNH. Providence's scoring has dried up a little recently, but they've shown over the course of the season that they can get goals when they need to and are awfully hard to score against. They've allowed two or fewer goals against in seven of their nine games.
5. North Dakota (5-2-1) | Last Week: 3
A split with Boston University on the road was a great result for a team that has played a challenging schedule to start the season. The Fighting Hawks have proven they can score with Jackson Blake taking over the scoring lead after a four-point weekend. A tough road series to open conference play against Minnesota Duluth this weekend should be another outstanding test for this group.
6. Cornell (4-0-0) | Last Week: 7
Cornell looks outstanding to start the season, outscoring the opposition 17-3 through the first four games. Ian Shane hasn't allowed more than one goal in any game yet and is rocking a .958 save percentage to open the year. He was expected to be one of the top goalies in the country and has been every bit that good. The Big Red will welcome a pair of Ivy League rivals to Ithaca this weekend as Dartmouth and Harvard roll in.
7. Minnesota (4-3-1) | Last Week: 6
The Gophers went unbeaten at Minnesota Duluth with an impressive 6-1 win in the series opener. They couldn't complete the sweep, though, with the second game ending in a tie. Minnesota's lineup got a boost with the return of Mike Koster from injury. While Minnesota certainly has scoring depth, we've seen spells of inconsistency from some of their top offensive players.
8. Boston University (4-3-1) | Last Week: 10
BU stood in, in a tough series with North Dakota. They got the win in the opener and dropped Game 2 in overtime. We're still waiting to see the Terriers fully hit their stride even though their freshman forward is clearly hitting his. Macklin Celebrini continues to impress with 14 points through his first eight games, while Lane Hutson already has six goals in just seven games.
9. Quinnipiac (5-3-1) | Last Week: 9
The defending champs tied Dartmouth before rolling past Harvard last weekend in ECAC play. Senior transfer Vinny Duplessis has been a strong presence in the net with a .937 save percentage. Meanwhile, Jacob Quillan has points in every game but two so far. QU has four straight home games to try to find that consistency that has evaded them this season.
10. Western Michigan (4-1-1) | Last Week: 11
The Broncos split with Omaha on the road last week, losing the second game of their NCHC opener in overtime. Western Michigan has been a dynamic scoring team this season with each of their four wins coming with five or more goals scored. A big home weekend against St. Cloud State lays ahead.
11. Michigan State (7-3-0) | Last Week: 13
Michigan State bounced back in a big way from getting swept at Boston College two weeks ago by sweeping a good Ohio State squad, scoring six goals in each of their two wins. Sophomore Karsen Dorwart has been a surprising source of significant scoring as he has points in every game but the first, posting 13 points over his first 10 games.
12. Maine (5-1-0) | Last Week: 14
Continuing to stake their claim as being back on the map, the Black Bears swept Merrimack on the road, scoring 2-1 and 5-4 wins to get off on the right foot in Hockey East play. Now the Black Bears will host the high-scoring Boston College Eagles in what should be an epic early-season conference tilt. Freshman standout Bradly Nadeau is leading the team with eight points through his first six collegiate games.
13. Michigan (5-4-1) | Last Week: 8
Swept on the road by Wisconsin, the Wolverines are reeling heading into a big home series with Minnesota.This team seems to thrive in high-scoring scenarios, but when the games get tighter they can't find the net as was the case in Game 2 against Wisconsin. Despite that, the Wolverines have seven players in double-digit points with four boasting 15 or more points including sophomore defenseman Seamus Casey who leads all NCAA blueliners with 15 points.
14. New Hampshire (4-2-1) | Last Week: 12
The Wildcats played Providence tough, but came away winless and saw their record fall to 4-2-1. Still, this UNH squad has shown an ability to play any way they need to, to keep themselves in games. They've also been awfully stingy of late, allowing two or fewer goals in four straight games. Freshman Ryan Conmy has been among the real standout first-years in the NCAA this season.
15. UMass (5-2-1) | Last Week: NR
A 2-1 result over Northeastern was all that is on the Minutemen's record from the past week, but that allowed them to improve to 5-2-1 on the season anyway. The excitement around freshman goalie Michael Hrabal continues to build as he's 4-1-1 with a .923 save percentage and a source of consistency between the pipes.
16. Arizona State (6-1-1) | Last Week: 15
The toughest test of the Sun Devils' season to date awaits this weekend as Arizona State will host No. 1 Denver. They'll have to find a way to score more consistently, but this veteran group has a lot of experience on their side. Five of the team's top six scorers are seniors or graduate players.
Dropped Out: Minnesota Duluth