2021-22 CCHA Power Rankings

Standings Weigh Heavy In Final Rankings

Minnesota State wins the CCHA regular season title. 

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: 21-3 (29-5 overall)

No. 1 Minnesota State continues to dominate college hockey, going 2-0 since the last rankings and stringing together a nine-game winning streak that saw them fight through the loss of coach Mike Hastings and leading scorer Nathan Smith, who represented Team USA at the Olympics.

They’ll return for this week’s upcoming matchup with Michigan Tech and help propel the Mavericks forward as they prepare for the conference tournament and national stage for a shot at the NCAA title.

2. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 2

Record: 16-6-2 (19-9-3 overall)

The USCHO’s No. 14-ranked Huskies continue their inspiring play, skating to a 2-1-1 record over the past two weeks. A huge second-half of the season, where they’ve gone 9-1-2 in the calendar year, portends the Huskies potential to be a serious team in the national tournament.

The program has an impressive and deep offense that measures up to other NCAA powerhouses, and netminder Blake Pietila’s 1.85 GAA, .920 save percentage, and seven shutouts keeps his name in the Mike Richter conversation. 

3. Bemidji State | Last Ranking: 3

Record: 12-12 (14-18 overall)

The Beavers have two games left to salvage some points after an 0-2 mark following the last rankings. With just one win in their past nine outings, they will face St. Thomas and look to maintain third place in the standings.

They have locked down home ice in the upcoming playoffs, but they will face one of Bowling Green, Northern Michigan, or Lake Superior State and all three have the means to claim the upset.

4. Lake Superior State | Last Ranking: 6

Record: (11-13 (15-16-1 overall)

The Lakers will need their 3-1 streak to stay on top of Bowling Green, whom they hold the tiebreaker with as both programs sit at 33 points and home-ice advantage is on the line.

The Lakers will need to adjust quickly after consecutive series with Ferris State and St. Thomas. Bowling Green will bring a gritty, hard fight mixed with some desperation as both programs prep for the playoffs.

5. Northern Michigan | Last Ranking: 5

Record: 11-12-1 (17-13-1 overall)

After a sweep of Bowling Green, the Wildcats separated themselves from Ferris State and a guarantee to not face No. 14 Michigan Tech in the opening round. They are, however, locked in to one of Bemidji State, Lake Superior State, or Bowling Green.

They hold a combined 5-6-1 against those programs this year, and with a sweep of Ferris State this week, they could wind up with home ice, where they sit at 11-7-1. The Bulldogs will face an intense team this weekend with much to play for.

6. Bowling Green | Last Ranking: 4

Record: 11-12-1 (14-15-3 overall)

The Falcons’ roster turnover led to a 2021-22 season theme of fighting for every inch, but as the fight started to matter most, their recent 0-3-1 stretch is putting them at risk of a road trip in the first-round of the playoffs.

A 6-7-3 road record, and this week’s series at Lake Superior State, could be an inside look at a potential first-round matchup, and the Lakers are both hot and great on home ice. 

7. Ferris State | Last Ranking: 7

Record: 8-15-1 (10-21-1 overall)

The Bulldogs are cued up to face No. 14 Michigan Tech in the first-round of the conference tournament with a recent 0-2-1-1 record—and the 0-0-1-1 coming against the Huskies last week—showing they’re ready to ensure this series goes all three games.

The Bulldogs have bite and the Huskies found that out with consecutive overtime games, where the Huskies took a 3-2 decision before a 5-5 tie that the Huskies claimed in a shootout.

8. St. Thomas | Last Ranking: 8

Record: 3-20-1 (3-28-1 overall)

The Tommies will look to play spoiler in this week’s matchup with Bemidji State. A 1-3 record since last rankings saw the inaugural program earn its third NCAA win, and the Beavers will be vulnerable to the Tommies adding some more points.

They’re set to face No. 1 Minnesota State in the opening round of the conference playoffs, but they could find some more confidence against the Beavers ahead of the best-of-three series.

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