2022-23 Men's NCAA Hockey Power Rankings

Men's Hockey Power Rankings: Minnesota Regains No. 1 Ranking...

After a week off, Chris Peters is back with his new men's hockey power rankings in which Minnesota is back on top, while Boston University moved up to No. 3, Nebraska-Omaha makes its season debut and Northeastern climbs back into the top 16.

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 2

Record: 20-7-1

The Gophers head into an off weekend on a high after absolutely steamrolling Michigan State by a combined score of 14-3 last weekend on home ice. Minnesota has a firm grip on first place in the Big Ten, have their entire top line among the top 20 scorers in the NCAA and rank third in the country in goals for per game. I don't think any team has more consistently looked like the nation's top team in a season where parity has ruled the day.

2. Quinnipiac | Last Ranking: 1

Record: 20-3-3

After dropping each of their games two weeks ago, Quinnipiac bounced back in a major way last weekend by winning the Connecticut Ice tournament, beating Sacred Heart comfortably before topping ranked UConn in the final with a late goal. Now the Bobcats have to get ready for four straight road conference games starting with a massive showdown with Harvard Friday.

3. Boston University | Last Ranking: 5

Record: 19-6-0

After a convincing sweep over Boston College in the Battle of Comm. Ave., the Terriers are now winners of six straight and nine of their last 10 games. They've got a bunch of momentum built up heading into a single road game against Maine before opening the Beanpot Monday against Northeastern. BU better not get caught looking past the Black Bears, but they have been machine-like of late and I like their chances of picking up their 20th win ahead of one of college hockey's great midseason traditions with the Beanpot.

4. St. Cloud State | Last Ranking: 4

Record: 18-8-0

The Huskies got to enjoy being the top dogs in the U.S. for about one week. Then they ran into the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs and left Amsoil Arena with a pair of losses. It was quite a shocker given that they had swept Denver just a week prior, but that's life in the NCAA this season. The Huskies are now three points behind the Pioneers in the NCHC standings, but should have a chance to get back on track with a pair of home games against last-place Miami.

5. Denver | Last Ranking: 3

Record: 20-7-0

The Pioneers didn't spend much time licking their wounds from the sweep at the hands of St. Cloud State. They beat rival Colorado College 2-0 at Ball Arena in Denver Friday night and go head-to-head with the Tigers once against this weekend. Denver is one of just three teams with 20 or more wins this season to date and while they lacked consistency in January, they have a reasonably favorable schedule to close out the season, save for a tough road series at Western Michigan later this month.

6. Michigan | Last Ranking: 8

Record: 16-9-1

Sweeping Penn State in front of a raucous crowd at Yost Ice Arena last weekend made it look like Michigan is starting to hit its stride. Freshman Adam Fantilli had a seven-point weekend and climbed back into a tie for the national scoring lead with 40 points this season. Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Luke Hughes (NJD) had seven points of his own last weekend, including a four-goal barrage Friday night. Those are not two players anyone else in the NCAA wants to see get hot, but it might already be too late.

7. Harvard | Last Ranking: 7

Record: 15-5-1

A huge two-win weekend in ECAC play including a 6-2 victory over rival Cornell has the Crimson rolling into a huge home game against Quinnipiac Friday. That won't be a hard one to get up for even though a Beanpot date with Boston College awaits Monday. Harvard won seven of their nine games in the month of January, have a bona fide Hobey Baker candidate in Sean Farrell (MTL) and an offensive attack that includes four players in double digits in goals.

8. Penn State | Last Ranking: 6

Record: 18-9-1

Getting swept by the Wolverines on the road could happen to any team. What's more alarming for the Nittany Lions, however, is winning one of six games in January. The calendar couldn't flip to February fast enough, but it's not like it gets any easier. Penn State travels to Columbus for a big road series against Ohio State before welcoming Minnesota to Happy Valley the following week. They've got to find a way to stop the bleeding.

9. Ohio State | Last Ranking: 9

Record: 16-9-1

The Buckeyes had a week off to prepare for their home series with Penn State. They could really use a couple of wins after splitting each of their last two series. That's especially true considering Ohio State is about to finish its conference season with consecutive series against the Nittany Lions, Notre Dame, Michigan and Minnesota. All four of those programs are in the top 16 of the Pairwise at the moment. 

10. Western Michigan | Last Ranking: 10

Record: 17-10-1

With how well Nebraska Omaha has played of late, perhaps a series split for the Broncos shouldn't be much of a surprise. That loss Saturday, however, did stop a seven-game winning streak by Western. They also got shut out, which has happened just three times this season. Despite that whitewashing Saturday, Western Michigan is still leading the NCAA in goals with 118 and is tied for tops in goals per game at a rate of 4.2.

11. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 14

Record: 18-9-1

Reports of Minnesota State's demise were greatly exaggerated. The Mavericks are currently on an eight-game heater, going undefeated in January and taking back their familiar spot atop the CCHA standings. Junior David Silye has keyed Minnesota State's offense with 20 goals and 31 points so far this season. Meanwhile, it appears Keenan Rancier has taken control of the Mavericks' net. This is not a team you want to see heating up as the postseason approaches.

12. Cornell | Last Ranking: 12

Record: 13-7-1

A road win at Dartmouth and road loss to Harvard was how the Big Red spent their weekend. They'll now head into a busy February that will include eight games against conference foes. Cornell is five points back of Quinnipiac for the top spot in the ECAC, though it may be more realistic for them to catch Harvard which is just three points ahead in the standings.

13. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 13

Record: 18-7-4

A sweep of rival Northern Michigan last weekend kept Tech right in the hunt for the CCHA regular-season title. They won six of eight games in January including a signature win over Boston University that has the Huskies feeling like they should manage an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. They have a tough schedule to close out CCHA play with series against Bemidji State, Bowling Green and a highly-anticipated showdown with Minnesota State to close out the regular season.

14. UConn | Last Ranking: 15

Record: 16-8-3

The Huskies dropped a close one to Quinnipiac in the Connecticut Ice Tournament final, which stopped their most recent winning streak at three games. Freshman Matthew Wood, the youngest player in college hockey this year, has taken over the UConn scoring lead with 25 points in 27 games. The 2023 NHL Draft eligible has points in seven straight games.

15. Nebraska Omaha | Last Ranking: NR

Record: 14-10-2

Shutting out the nation's highest scoring offense while on the road is no small feat. Freshman goalie Simon Latkoczy may have had his breakout performance that night, stopping all 40 shots he faced. Meanwhile, the Mavericks have won six of their last seven games, losing just once in January. They've moved into 15th in the Pairwise and are currently second place in the NCHC, just two points behind first-place Denver.

16. Northeastern | Last Ranking: NR

Record: 13-9-3

They're back. After a rough stretch there to close out November and going into December, the Huskies have seemingly righted the ship. Northeastern has won five straight games with series sweeps over Merrimack and UConn. They've got one more Husky showdown with UConn this weekend before heading to the Beanpot Monday. The Huskies have a date set with No. 3 Boston University in a highly-anticipated matchup that could have some massive implications.

Dropped Out: Merrimack, Michigan State