2022-23 Men's NCAA Hockey Power Rankings
Men's Hockey Power Rankings: Ohio State Climbing, Gophers Re...
Northeastern rides a Beanpot title up the rankings, while Michigan continues to climb after another impressive weekend sweep over rivals Michigan State.
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
A convincing sweep on the road in Happy Valley was another statement series for the Gophers. They rolled to a 7-2 win on Friday with Logan Cooley (ARI) ripping off a career-best five points, and then Matthew Knies (TOR) played OT hero on Saturday with the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win. Additionally, with some help from Ohio State, the Gophers officially clinched the Big Ten regular-season title.
2. Quinnipiac | Last Ranking: 2
The Bobcats' winning streak is now up to eight. In seven of those eight games, they've allowed two or fewer goals including four where they allowed none. Between a stellar defense and a strong netminder in Yaniv Perets, this team continues to play a winning brand of hockey. They just don't give up anything. Meanwhile, Collin Graf has stormed into the NCAA scoring title race with 47 points in 32 games, good for second in the NCAA.
3. Michigan | Last Ranking: 3
A winless weekend at Ohio State featuring a tie and loss in the Faceoff on the Lake outdoor game was a stumble, but not a terribly concerning one given how well OSU has played of late. The Wolverines have another chance to secure home ice in the Big Ten tournament in a massive home series with Notre Dame. The Irish always seem to give Michigan fits, so it should be a good test before the postseason begins.
4. Denver | Last Ranking: 4
A split against Minnesota Duluth that featured a Saturday night loss that ended the Pios' five-game winning streak was a somewhat disappointing result as the DU defense got a little leaky. But that does set the stage for one of the biggest series of the entire season this weekend on the road. Denver leads Western Michigan by five points in the NCHC standings.
5. Western Michigan | Last Ranking: 7
Speaking of Western Michigan, they're playing some really great hockey right now. The Broncos have been getting the goaltending they need to add to their potent scoring attack. Cameron Rowe is the reigning NCHC Goalie of the Week and has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last eight starts. Western has home ice against DU this weekend in what could be the biggest games to be played in Lawson Arena in some years. Should be awesome.
6. Harvard | Last Ranking: 7
The Crimson are unbeaten in five straight and in 10 of their last 12 games. We know they can score and it seems they can defend well enough. They have two more ECAC games to build up some more momentum as we head into tournament season. Meanwhile, Sean Farrell (MTL) remains one of the NCAA's most potent producers with 1.70 points per game, second highest in the country.
7. St. Cloud State | Last Ranking: 6
Winless in their last six games, St. Cloud has three shootout wins in that stretch, but those count as ties when it comes to national standings. In the NCHC, the Huskies sit in fourth place with two weekends of conference play to go. They've built up enough wins from earlier in the season to keep their lofty position in our power rankings, but that's more because no one around them has made an especially impressive case. St. Cloud has to find a way to turn things around quickly.
8. Boston University | Last Ranking: 5
The Terriers have been sliding a bit. With losses in four straight games including a sweep at the hands of Merrimack, BU has struggled to regain their footing after a disappointing performance at the Beanpot. They have two Hockey East weekends ahead of them to right the ship before the Hockey East playoffs begin, sitting just one point behind Northeastern in the conference standings.
9. Ohio State | Last Ranking: 14
Beating Michigan in their outdoor game is a nice feather in the cap of the Buckeyes and it could be used as a springboard as we head into the postseason. Goalie Jakub Dobes (MTL) gives them a chance in every game and rookie forward Stephen Halliday (OTT) continues to excel with a team-best 33 points so far this season.
10. Penn State | Last Ranking: 9
Dropping a pair at home to No. 1 Minnesota isn't worth hanging their heads over, especially given the fight they put up in the second game. That said, the Nittany Lions have just two wins over their last 10 games. It's never a good time of year for a slide like that, but heading into the postseason it's especially troubling.
11. Michigan Tech | Last Ranking: 11
The Huskies got a little help from Bemdiji State last weekend to have a chance at the MacNaughton Cup as regular-season champs in the CCHA. They are two points back of Minnesota State and wouldn't you know it? Michigan Tech heads to Mankato for a pair of games against the Mavericks to close out their conference schedule. It could not have been scripted better. This series will be an all-out war.
12. Northeastern | Last Ranking: 12
Currently first place in Hockey East, the Huskies continue to ride the wave of positivity. Devon Levi (BUF) snagged another shutout in the only game the Huskies have played in the last week. Northeastern closes out Hockey East play with four straight against UMass and UMass-Lowell. Both of those teams should provide a good challenge as Northeastern looks toward the postseason.
13. Minnesota State | Last Ranking: 13
A split at Bemidji State leaves the door cracked open to Michigan Tech to overtake the Mavericks in the CCHA regular-season title race. But now the Mavericks have a chance to clinch the MacNaughton Cup on home ice. They can do it as early as Friday night. You can never seem to count this team out.
14. Cornell | Last Ranking: 10
Mired in a three-game winless streak, the Big Red have just two games remaining in ECAC play. Their offense has shown bursts of energy, but managed just three goals over their last weekend of action. Road games at fellow Ivies Brown and Yale are all that remain before the postseason begins.
15. Omaha | Last Ranking: 16
The Mavericks are playing with heavy hearts following the death of assistant coach Paul Jerrard, who was battling cancer. Jerrard was a huge asset to the program in so many ways and will be sorely missed. Omaha's players and staff rallied around each other and managed to win both of its games last weekend on the road at Miami to keep pace with the top of the NCHC, as they currently sit third in the conference. Under the circumstances, it was a tremendous performance.
16. Alaska | Last Ranking: NR
The Nanooks? The Nanooks! Playing as an independent this year, Alaska has managed to stay in the hunt for an at-large NCAA tournament berth. They still have an uphill battle as they sit 17th in the Pairwise ahead of a critical series against Arizona State on the road. Regardless of if Alaska gets in the tournament or not, the job they've done this season as an independent is nothing short of miraculous. This program was left for dead, but stayed the course and remains a competitive NCAA team.
Dropped Out: Notre Dame