2022-23 CCHA Power Rankings

CCHA Power Rankings: Final Rankings

The No. 13 Mavericks officially defended their throne, winning their fifth consecutive conference title in must-win fashion over Michigan Tech.

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 2022-2023 season.

1. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 2

Record: 16-9-1 (21-12-1 overall)

The No. 13 Mavericks officially defended their throne, winning their fifth consecutive conference title in must-win fashion over Michigan Tech.

The Mavericks can be expected to return to the national tournament with an at-large bid, while a single regulation loss in 2023 should have opponents worried.

2. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 1

Record: 15-7-4 (22-9-4 overall)

The No. 11 Huskies went into their final series atop the CCHA and with the MacNaughton Cup on the line. A playoff-worthy final game saw the Mavericks’ experience shine.

The Huskies are a No. 11 in the Pairwise Rankings, and an at-large bid is a near-guarantee, but they’ll look to make a statement in the postseason.

3. Northern Michigan | Last Ranking: 6

Record: 14-12 (18-16 overall)

The Wildcats finished in fourth place, but they’re riding momentum with a four-game winning streak and 25 goals in that span.

Hosting a Bemidji State program that hasn’t strung together consecutive wins since Dec. 15-16 is good news for the Wildcats' chance at the second round.

4. Bowling Green | Last Ranking: 3

Record: 12-12-2 (15-17-2 overall)

With three consecutive losses to close out the season, morale isn’t high for the Falcons. Home ice could be the savior with the crowd on their side in the opening round.

But the Bulldogs finished the season biting and are trending in the opposite direction. Don’t miss what is sure to be a must-watch series.

5. Bemidji State | Last Ranking: 5

Record: 12-11-3 (14-15-5 overall)

The Beavers have gone 5-10-1 in 2023, signaling unfamiliar territory after a few strong seasons. Now, as the visiting team in the opening round, they’ll face Northern Michigan.

Defense has been the most prominent issue during their rough stretch, and the Wildcats’ surging offense could make for a quick opening round.

6. Ferris State | Last Ranking: 4

Record: 9-14-3 (12-18-4 overall)

The Bulldogs dropped each of their final five games, dragging them down from a spot with home ice in the opening round to a sixth-place finish.

The good news is they will face Bowling Green, which they went 2-1-1 over this season and has lost three straight.

7. St. Thomas | Last Ranking: 7

Record: 10-14-2 (11-21-2 overall)

The Tommies’ second season in Division I has been promising, and they closed out the regular season with three wins over their final five outings.

Still, pulling a frustrated and motivated Michigan Tech team in the opening round doesn’t bode well.

8. Lake Superior State | Last Ranking: 8

Record: 8-17-1 (9-23-2 overall)

The Lakers went 4-2 in February, by far their strongest month of the season. 

But they’re matched up with the Minnesota State, and as they showed Michigan Tech, nothing will stand in their way.

The Lakers will look to skate in as the underdog, with the hockey world betting against them and nothing to lose.

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