REIGNING CHAMPIONS, LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, START THE 2021-2022 SEASON AS THE #1 SEED
TROY, Mich. – (November 8, 2021) – Liberty University claims the top spot in the first ranking period of the 2021-2022 American Collegiate Hockey Association Women’s Division 1. The Flames (7-0-0-0) have wins against Lindenwood, Adrian, Indiana Tech, and Miami. The No. 2 seed, Adrian College took Liberty to overtime in one of their two match-ups. The Bulldogs (6-1-1-0) have wins over Michigan, Michigan-Dearborn, Minot State, and Midland. One of our new teams to join the league this year, Indiana Tech University claims the No. 3 spot in the rankings. The Warriors (7-3-0-1) take on Davenport this weekend in a CCWHA match-up. No. 4 Lindenwood University swept their neighbors Maryville and McKendree this past weekend. The Lynx (8-2-1-0) play Grand Canyon and Midland this upcoming weekend. Rounding out the top 5 of this week’s ranking is Minot State University. The Beavers (5-2-0-0) take on Minnesota this weekend at Maysa Arena.
The Women’s Midwest College Hockey League has six (of 7) member teams ranked, while the Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association has 6 (of 12) of its member teams ranked, the Western Women’s Collegiate Hockey League has 2 (of 6), and the East Coast Women’s Hockey League has 1 (of 2) of its member teams ranked.
The computer ranking will determine the 8 teams that qualify for the 2022 ACHA Women’s Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following three automatic bids:
- (CCWHA) Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association
- (WWCHL) Western Women’s Collegiate Hockey League
- (WMCHL) Women’s Midwest College Hockey League
A total of 29 teams are competing in Women’s Division 1 this season, including three new teams, Indiana Tech University, Maryville University, and the United States Air Force Academy.
The ACHA uses two computer rankings, Ranking A (Wins with goal differential of 7) and Ranking B (Wins with maximum goal differential of 1), and come up with an average of the two rankings. This is the first year we are only using computer rankings.
There have been a total of 9 schools that have won the ACHA Women’s Division 1 National Championship:
- Cloud State
- Wisconsin (2 Times)
- Michigan State (2)
- Robert Morris (2)
- Lindenwood (4)
- Miami (3)
- Liberty (4)
The 2022 ACHA National Championships will be played from March 10 through March 20, 2022 at the Centene Community Ice Arena in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The Centene Community Ice Center, which opened in September 2019, is the practice facility for the NHL St. Louis Blues as well as the home of Lindenwood University’s hockey programs. The ACHA will also utilize the Maryville University Hockey Center in nearby Chesterfield, Missouri, for overflow games and practices.
More than 1,500 players from 72 teams across all five ACHA divisions—Men’s Division 1, 2, and 3, and Women’s Divisions 1 and 2 — will converge upon the ST. Louis area from March 10 through March 20, 2022, to compete in more than 100 games.