2022-23 Men's NCAA Hockey Power Rankings
Denver Reclaims Top Spot In Year Of Remarkable Parity
Chris Peters provides his weekly power rankings for NCAA Division I Men's Hockey.
Welcome to FloHockey's weekly power rankings for men's NCAA hockey. Find out which teams across the country rise, fall or stay put as the weekly series unfold in the 2022-2023 season.
1. Denver | Last Ranking 3
With seven wins over their last eight games including a convincing sweep of North Dakota on the road, the defending champs are back in the No. 1 spot after a few weeks away. With a sweep at the hands of UMass earlier in the year the only real hiccup this season, the Pioneers have been remarkably consistent. Sophomores Massimo Rizzo (CAR) and Carter Mazur (DET) have been driving forces for the offense with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Meanwhile, senior Kyle Mayhew is anchoring one of the nation's best D corps while some of his more offensive fellow blueliners continue to push the pace, allowing DU to be one of the NCAA's best teams in puck possession.
2. Minnesota | Last Ranking: 1
There's certainly no shame in a split with red-hot Penn State, but we're still waiting to see the Gophers hit their stride a little bit. They've won four of their last seven games and only have two series sweeps to date. That said, Minnesota still looks like one of the nation's best teams. They're getting balanced scoring with big contributions from their young players and senior goaltender Justen Close has been outstanding throughout the season with a .923 save percentage and 1.88 goals-against average.
3. Michigan | Last Ranking: 2
For the second straight week, Michigan managed a split on the road against Notre Dame. Their lone loss came in overtime, but the Wolverines are now 2-2-0 in Big Ten play. Adam Fantilli (2023) remains the nation's leading scorer, but Michigan has also gotten significant contributions from sophomore winger Mackie Samoskevich (FLA), who leads the team with 10 goals. Meanwhile, freshman T.J. Hughes has been a pleasant surprise with 14 points in his first 12 NCAA games, while Luke Hughes (NJD) has returned to his high-scoring form with 12 points in 12 games from the blue line.
4. Penn State | Last Ranking: 6
The only two losses Penn State has sustained this season came to the No. 1 and No. 3 teams on this list. The rest of their schedule may not have been as challenging, but when Penn State is on the same ice with top teams, they look like they belong in that same conversation. They're fast, physical and they can score. They've also gotten the goaltending from junior Liam Souliere, who has a .932 save percentage in 10 appearances this season.
5. UConn | Last Ranking: 5
The thing that strikes me about UConn is how well they adapt to any game. They can play any way to win. Last weekend, they had a pair of ties against Providence. The first game was a 1-1 slog. The next game, they scored two goals with their goaltender pulled to erase a two-goal deficit in a game that finished 6-6. In both those games, UConn won the shootout, which matters only for conference standings. The fact that the Huskies are this deep into their schedule with just one loss is truly remarkable. Mike Cavanaugh's club is legit.
6. St. Cloud State | Last Ranking: 4
A split on home ice against Western Michigan made for the second straight conference split for the Huskies. The Saturday win, however, was St. Cloud at its best. They held the Broncos to just 12 shots on goal, making easy work for Dominc Basse (CHI), who continues to shine in net. Slowing down WMU's high-powered scoring attack is no easy feat.
7. Harvard | Last Ranking: 7
The Crimson have not played the toughest part of their schedule yet, but 7-0 is 7-0. Six of those wins have come in conference, but Harvard will get their biggest challenge to date in a non-conference road series at Michigan after a bye this weekend. That game will feature one of the larger collections of NHL prospects on the same ice sheet to date, which will make for a star-studded affair. Harvard's two biggest stars are coming off of a big weekend, too, as Matt Coronato (CGY) and Sean Farrell (MTL) have returned to the top of the team's scoring chart with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
8. Quinnipiac | Last Ranking: 9
The Bobcats are on a five-game heater with a 4-0-0 start in ECAC competition. At this stage of the season, QU still has just one loss. Their wins may not always be pretty and many of their games are a bit more tightly-contested. Regardless of how it looks, this team plays an effective, winning brand of hockey.
9. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 10
An idle weekend should have provided ample time for the Mavericks to prepare for a tough home series against Northern Michigan. The Mavs had won their four previous games to start CCHA play at a perfect 4-0-0. They'll put that record on the line against a Wildcats team that can find a lot of different ways to score, which should make for a fun matchup. You can watch that series exclusively on FloSports.
10. Boston University | Last Ranking: 15
After a 12-goal barrage against UMass in a weekend series, it looked like we got a glimpse of BU's full powers when they're going. Freshman Ryan Greene (CHI) had a six-point weekend to climb the team's scoring list and show the nation that there are quite a few weapons up and down this lineup. The Terriers have won three straight against ranked opponents. After a rough start to the season, it looks like Drew Commesso (CHI) is settling in. He got both starts against UMass and allowed just three goals on 50 shots to improve to 4-1-0 on the season.
11. Providence | Last Ranking: 11
Technically unbeaten in their last six games, with a pair of shootout losses last weekend that count as ties in the national standings, Providence has been tough to play against. The Friars will likely feel like they let one get away against UConn last Saturday and that definitely puts a few cracks in their armor. That said, they play a hard-nosed, attacking style that is challenging their opponents. With a little more consistency from their offense and they might be on the rise soon.
12. Ohio State | Last Ranking: 8
Is the bloom off the rose in Columbus? After getting swept by Michigan State last weekend, the Buckeyes have lost three straight games. They're now 3-3 in Big Ten play. Their scoring is drying up a little bit and that has coincided with Jakub Dobes (MTL) starting to look a little more human after a hot start to his season in net. It doesn't get any easier from here on out, so Ohio State will have to try to get themselves back on track quickly.
13. Western Michigan | Last Ranking: 14
An impressive weekend split on the road at St. Cloud State keeps the Broncos trending up. This team can score with an average of 4.1 goals for per game. That ranks second in the country. Meanwhile, freshman Ryan McAllister is second in the NCAA with 22 points and sophomore Max Sasson has 18 points, which ranks fourth. They get contributions from all over their lineup which makes them tough to match up against.
14. Northeastern | Last Ranking: 13
A tie and loss to the previously-struggling Boston College Eagles wasn't the most convincing weekend for the Huskies. That said, freshman Cam Lund (SJS) had a heroic performance in the first game of that series with a buzzer-beater to complete a hat trick and then pick up the extra Hockey East point in the shootout. They needed more secondary scoring and if that weekend sparks Lund to be a source of it, that's a good thing for Northeastern.
15. Merrimack | Last Ranking: NR
After going through the tragedy of the sudden passing of assistant coach Josh Ciocco, Merrimack's players have rallied around each other and coach Scott Borek in a very special way. The Warriors have won five straight games which includes wins over UMass, Boston College and Maine, with the latter two getting swept in weekend series. Junior forward Alex Jefferies (NYI) has been a driving force of their success with 13 points in 11 games. You can see Merrimack Thursday on FloHockey as they'll be traveling for a non-conference date with Sacred Heart.
16. UMass-Lowell | Last Ranking: 16
A loss to Boston College is their only result since our last rankings, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Eagles Tuesday night. That puts the River Hawks in a big-time prove-it weekend against UConn. It's a Hockey East home-and-home series, which should be quite revelatory. My one concern with Lowell is if they can score enough to keep up with the big boys. This weekend should provide a glimpse.
Dropped Out: UMass