2022-23 CCHA Power Rankings

No. 13 Minnesota State Reclaims Top Spot

The No. 13 Mavericks won all four of their contests since the last rankings and streaked to the top of the CCHA rankings and standings.

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1. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 2

Record: 11-4-3-2 (18-9-1 overall)

The No. 13 Mavericks won all four of their contests since last rankings and streaked to the top of the CCHA rankings and standings. 

An eight-game winning streak to open 2023 has the Mavericks eyeing another conference title after an uneasy first half.

During their eight-game stretch, the Mavericks have allowed more than two goals just once. 

They’re back.

2. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 3

Record: 11-4-0-5 (18-7-4 overall)

The No. 12 Huskies are hot on the Mavericks’ heels, down just three points in the standings and deadlocked at 20 games played each. 

With just one loss in the new year (6-1-1), the Huskies have stepped it up after a three-loss December.

They face Minnesota State to conclude February for some pending must-watch hockey. The series could decide the conference title.

3. Bowling Green | Last Ranking: 1

Record: 11-6-1-2 (14-13-1 overall)

The Falcons found the top but managed just 2-of-6 points against St. Thomas, which snapped the Falcons’ six-game win streak.

With just six games remaining, the Falcons are almost a lock for home ice in the conference tournament, but their chasers have two games in hand entering the final month.

4. Bemidji State | Last Ranking: 4

Record: 7-5-4-2 (11-10-5 overall)

The Beavers are one of those chasers and sit six points back from third place, with a series in hand. 

No. 13 Minnesota State and No. 12 Michigan Tech are two of those series and won’t come easy.

So, taking advantage of series with Ferris State and St. Thomas will be pivotal in February, as the Beavers seek their best odds for March’s tournament.

5. Ferris State | Last Ranking: 5

Record: 6-8-3-1 (10-13-3 overall)

The Bulldogs sit six points behind Bemidji and face them in two weeks. 

There’s hockey to be played before their next matchup, but a path to home ice is findable, and the Beavers are in the way.

First, a slowing Bowling Green team will have something to say, but a strong next two weeks could see the Bulldogs looking down on a few more programs.

6. St. Thomas | Last Ranking: 7

Record: 6-9-0-3 (7-17-2 overall)

The Tommies sit behind Northern Michigan in the standings, losing the tiebreaker, but they’ve been fearless with a split against Michigan Tech and four points over Bowling Green in their past two CCHA series.

A home-and-home with red-hot No. 13 Minnesota State opens February, where even a point could be enough of a confidence boost to shake up some pre-conference tournament expectations.

7. Northern Michigan | Last Ranking: 6

Record: 5-10-3 (12-14 overall)

The Wildcats sit in sixth place, holding the tiebreaker over St. Thomas, but a 1-3 mark since the last rankings isn’t a late-season trajectory for a home-ice expectation.

But February is a softer schedule than a three-series January against the top 3 CCHA teams. 

It’s not too late for some extra wins to make a difference.

8. Lake Superior State | Last Ranking: 8

Record: 3-14-2-1 (5-21-2 overall)

The Lakers took Minnesota State to extra time and snagged a win over Bemidji State since the last rankings, but the damage likely is done.

Yet, their February has the three-closest teams in the standings lined up, and a late push could see some standings swaps, but the tiers remain in the CCHA, so March is likely to be short.

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