2022-23 Men's NCAA Hockey Power Rankings

Men's Hockey Power Rankings: Quinnipiac On Cusp, Michigan Te...

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. Minnesota | Last Ranking 1

Record: 16-6-0

After a short holiday break, the Gophers got right back into it with a win over Bemidji State despite missing some key players for the World Juniors. They then earned a split with No. 3 St. Cloud State, with each team winning the home half of that series. Minnesota has one of the best top lines in college hockey, have among the deepest defensive groups and have gotten above-average goaltending from Justen Close. I still think they're the best team on paper in this year of tremendous parity. 

2. Quinnipiac | Last Ranking: 2

Record: 17-1-3

The lone one-loss team in the land continues to pile up wins, most recently a convincing 4-1 victory over Harvard, which has put them No. 1 in both major college hockey polls. The Bobcats have proven near impossible to score against this season with an average of just 1.7 goals against this season. Meanwhile they have the second highest goals-for-per-game average at 4.1 with an offense led by 30-point man Collin Graf.

3. St. Cloud State | Last Ranking: 4

Record: 15-5-0

Returning from nearly a month off by beating No. 1 Minnesota at home was yet another firm statement from SCSU that they're among the heavyweights in college hockey this season. It ended up being a series split for the Huskies, but it should have provided a lot of momentum as they head into the back half of a tough NCHC schedule.

4. Denver | Last Ranking: 3

Record: 17-5-0

The Pios returned from a three-week layoff by splitting with Alaska, which has been one of the real surprise teams of the 2022-23 season with a number of quality wins on their ledger. Denver promptly followed up their Game 1 loss to the Nanooks with a seven-goal explosion on Saturday. This team can score in bunches when needed with four players currently averaging at least a point per game led by Massimo Rizzo, who has 29 points this season.

5. Penn State | Last Ranking: 6

Record: 17-5-0

The Nittany Lions have been idle for the last two weeks after sweeping RIT in a home-and-home series at the end of December. They'll finish out the year with a Big 10 schedule that includes a lot of tough road series, but they've shown throughout this year that they can hang with anyone and are a legit postseason threat.

6. Boston University | Last Ranking: 8

Record: 13-6-0

The Terriers came out of the winter break by playing in the Desert Hockey Classic at Arizona State. The Terriers ended up losing to Michigan Tech in the championship game. BU will have a lot of big matchups coming up soon including a tough non-conference game against Cornell Saturday. 

7. Harvard | Last Ranking: 7

Record: 10-4-1

Harvard started the new year with a bang with an 8-4 win over Northeastern. Last weekend, they managed to outlast Princeton in overtime Friday and then dropped a 4-1 decision to ECAC leaders Quinnipiac. That sets up a highly-anticipated rematch at home against the Bobcats early next month. 

8. Merrimack | Last Ranking: 5

Record: 14-6-1

The Warriors are winless in their last three games including a rather surprising 6-2 home loss to Brown last weekend. There's still plenty of reason to believe in this team that has been one of the pleasant surprises of the 2022-23 season. They've got the offensive attack that won't stay quiet for long.

9. Michigan | Last Ranking: 9

Record: 12-7-1

Idle since Dec. 10, save for an exhibition against the U.S. U18 Team, the Wolverines are back on home ice this weekend against Ohio State. We'll see if the long layoff allowed any rust to build up, but many of Michigan's top players were at the World Junior Championship. Michigan has a very busy January and February ahead where we should learn a lot more about this young group.

10. Western Michigan | Last Ranking: NR

Record: 12-9-1

A dominant showing at the Great Lakes Invitational over which the Broncos scored 16 goals in two games was a great reminder of how explosive this team can be. They were winless in their previous four games and have been off for the last two weeks, but we'll get a look at if there was momentum generated from the GLI as they have a tough road series against North Dakota coming up. They'll be bringing three of the nation's top six scorers including leader Ryan McAllister, who has 38 points in just 22 games as a freshman.

11. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 12

Record: 14-6-3

Tech picked up a pair of massive wins at the Desert Hockey Classic, beating both host Arizona State and ranked Boston University. That was also following an overtime win over Michigan State at the Great Lakes Invitational consolation game. Now Michigan Tech is 13th in the Pairwise ratings, which would put them on track to make the NCAA tournament as an at-large. But they'll still have to take care of business in conference.

12. UConn | Last Ranking: 11

Record: 13-6-3

A 4-1 loss last weekend to Northeastern makes three losses in the last five games for the Huskies, half their season total. They have a relatively light January schedule, but will get a rematch against Northeastern this weekend to try to get themselves back on track.

13. Ohio State | Last Ranking: NR

Record: 14-7-1

The Buckeyes came back from break with a big road sweep of Michigan State, out-scoring the Spartans 9-1 as Jakub Dobes appeared to have a return-to-form weekend. The Buckeyes ascended to sixth in the Pairwise rankings and seemed to have regained their footing overall. They'll face a big road test this weekend at Michigan.

14. Cornell | Last Ranking: NR

Record: 10-5-1

Unbeaten in nine of their last 10 games, the Big Red are building up some momentum heading into one of the toughest stretches of their schedule. They've got a big non-conference tilt with Boston University this weekend with an even bigger conference game against Quinnipiac coming up Jan. 20. Cornell has been it's typical tough-to-play-against self as they keep ramping up.

15. Providence | Last Ranking: 13

Record: 11-5-6

The Friars have been a tough team to gauge all season with some massive wins and puzzling losses, while playing almost every single game tight. They close out this month with five consecutive road games that could make or break their season including a pair at Merrimack.

16. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 15

Record: 12-9-1

The Mavericks picked up a pair of important conference wins on the road at Northern Michigan last weekend and hit the road for a pair of non-conference games at Arizona State before closing out play in CCHA. They're on the outside looking in when it comes to a potential at-large bid, but close enough to feel like they can make up some ground. This team has been in chase mode more of its season than any in the last several that came before it and a little desperation may be a good thing down the stretch.

Dropped Out: UMass-Lowell, UMass, Michigan State