ADRIAN COLLEGE RETAINS TOP SPOT IN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING
Bulldogs Swept Mercyhurst at Home
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (October 6, 2021) – Adrian College, the defending Men’s Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, received 20 out of 26 first-place votes to come in the top spot in the 2021-2022 ACHA Men’s Division I Ranking #2. The Bulldogs swept Mercyhurst (5-1, 6-0) in the friendly confines of Arrington Arena in Adrian, Mich. Second-ranked Lindenwood University, which received five first place votes, traveled to take on NCAA DI University of Denver on Saturday night. The Pioneers shredded the Lions defense to come away with a 9-1 win. No. 3 Liberty University, which received the other first place vote, improved to 3-0-0 on the season after sweeping the University of Michigan-Dearborn (3-2, 5-2) at the LaHaye Center in Lynchburg, Va. No. 4 Minot State University swept arch-rival University of Jamestown after eking out a 3-2 overtime win on Friday before shutting out the Jimmies 4-0 on Saturday. Rounding out the Top 5 was No. 5 Iowa State University which swept Illinois State University (3-1, 7-0).
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with four (of 5) of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 10) of its member teams ranked, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and both the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference have three (of 7) of its member teams ranked.
Over the past 18 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Minot State (2), Adrian (2), Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.
Entering its 31st season of action, there have been a total of 14 schools that have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship:
- Penn State (5 times)
- Ohio (4)
- Lindenwood (3)
- Adrian (2)
- Central Oklahoma (2)
- Illinois (2)
- Minot State (2)
- North Dakota State (2)
- Arizona State
- Iowa State
- Rhode Island
A total of 68 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, as four teams have departed Men’s Division I: Cornell University, Penn State Berks, Slippery Rock University, and SUNY Cortland.
The computer ranking, which will not commence until after November 1, will for the eighth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2022 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships, which will include the following eight autobids:
- (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
- (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association
- (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
- (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
- (MCH) Midwest College Hockey
- (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
- (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League
- (WHAC) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
The second ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
The 2022 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships will be hosted March 10-15 for the first time by the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League and the St. Louis Sports Commission, with the event to be contested at the Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights, Mo. This will be the tenth year of the 20-team format.
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Others receiving votes: Utah, Lawrence Tech, Midland, Illinois State, and Niagara.
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