2021-22 CCHA Power Rankings

State of Minnesota Tops The New Year

The Mavericks remain No. 1 in all of the land while Bemidji jumps a few spots.

Welcome to FloHockey’s bi-monthly power rankings for CCHA hockey. Find out which of the CCHA’s eight teams rise, fall, or stay put as the weekly series unfold in the 2021-22 season.

1. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 1

Record: 14-2 (20-4 overall)

The Mavericks hold the latest USCHO Poll’s No. 1 ranking, as they continue to storm through NCAA hockey. A pair of wins over Ferris State by a combined score of 14-1 kicks off their winter semester and shows they can pick apart the easier teams.

But they also pick apart the tougher teams, adding a pair of wins over No. 6 Minnesota Duluth at the turn of the New Year. The 2-1 OT win and 3-0 shutout win show the Mavericks aren’t even afraid of the two-time National Champs. 

2. Bemidji State | Last Ranking: 4

Record: 10-4 (12-10 overall)

The Beavers have bounced around in the bi-monthly rankings this year, but a 2-0 conference record in the New Year has lifted them to 10-4 in the CCHA, second only to Minnesota State.

The conference wins help alleviate a four-game losing streak, albeit to No. 1 Minnesota State and No. 7 St. Cloud State, but the Beavers are likely to put that behind them as they fight to cement home ice and a chance at an at-large national bid.

3. Bowling Green | Last Ranking: 5

Record: 8-5-1 (11-8-3 overall)

The Falcons have been busy since the last rankings, playing six games to a 3-3 overall record, including a sweep of St. Thomas. After some roster turnover the Falcons have had to rely on stingy hockey and coach Ty Eigner has kept them on their toes to fight for every period.

A three-game win streak has them playing their hottest hockey of the season and an upcoming series with Bemidji leaves a lot up for grabs.

4. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 2

Record: 7-5 (10-8-1 overall)    

The other ranked CCHA team, No. 19 Michigan Tech, has yet to pick their conference play back up this semester. However, a 0-0 tie with the offensive powerhouse of then-No. 3 Michigan and 3-2 OT loss to a strong Michigan State team has them playing great hockey.

LSSU and Northern Michigan are next on the schedule and sit three and five points back on the Huskies, respectively. There is a lot of hockey left and the standings will likely shuffle by March. The Huskies will need strong play to lock down their home ice.

5. Northern Michigan | Last Ranking: 6

Record: 6-7-1 (12-8-1 overall)    

The Wildcats are 4-0 in their past four non-conference games, including a sweep of Colgate last week. While that carries no weight in the conference standings, they’re playing well, with wins in six of their past eight. 

With back-to-back series coming up against Minnesota State and Michigan Tech, the Wildcats will need to play to their strengths against two dangerous teams.

6. Lake Superior State | Last Ranking: 3

Record: 7-9 (11-12-1 overall)

The Lakers are 2-3 in their past five CCHA games including consecutive 5-1 losses to Bemidji State last week. A turnaround with No. 19 Michigan Tech this week could be the confidence boost the Lakers need to get their high-scoring offense back.

Forward Louis Boudon and defenseman Jacob Bengtsson have been too strong offensively to keep the Lakers down for long and the team has favorable matchups between now and March.

7. Ferris State | Last Ranking: 7

Record: 4-10 (6-16 overall)

The Bulldogs had an encouraging December, splitting series with Lake Superior State and Bowling Green. Unfortunately, 2022 kicked off with a sweep by a Minnesota State team that hung 14 goals on them in the series.

Up next, St. Thomas, which has been unable to escape the bottom of the rankings once this season. The Bulldogs will look to bounce back into the win column this week.

8. St. Thomas | Last Ranking: 8

Record: 1-15 (1-21 overall)

Another 0-2 showing since the last rankings, the Tommies’ inaugural season continues to be one of losses and lessons learned. On paper, they’ll have the last best chance to add to their lone win with an upcoming series at Ferris State, the same victim of their first program win back on Oct. 23.

Otherwise, a non-conference series with a 5-14-1 Alaska team could bring some good fortune in mid-February.

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