LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY REMAINS IN TOP SPOT IN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING
Lions Swept By NCAA Division I United States Air Force Academy
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (October 27, 2021) – Lindenwood University (6-0-0), received 20 out of 21 first-place votes to remain in the top spot in the 2021-2022 ACHA Men’s Division I Ranking #5, despite the Lions getting swept (6-1, 7-3) in non-conference action against NCAA Division I United States Air Force Academy at the Centene Community Center in Maryland Heights, Mo.
Minot State University (4-0-0) remained at No. 2 after an 8-1 road win over Williston State while No. 3 Liberty University (7-2-0) concluded its 4-game trek out west with a sweep of University of Jamestown (3-1, 2-1) at Wilson Arena in Jamestown, N.D. No. 4 Iowa State University remained undefeated on the season (12-0-0) after sweeping No. 12 Maryville University in the friendly confines of Ames/ISU Arena in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones edged the Saints 4-2 on Friday before both overtime and a shootout were necessary for the 2-1 (OT) (1-0 SO) win on Saturday night. Rounding out the Top 5 is Adrian College which swept a home-and-home series with conference rival Grand Valley State University (8-2, 12-5).
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with four (of 5) of its member teams ranked, while the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference has four (of 7) of its member teams ranked, the Western Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 10) of its member teams ranked, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has 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 Collegiate Hockey
- (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
- (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League
- (WHAC) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
The sixth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, November 3, 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.
|2021-2022 ACHA Men’s Division I Ranking #5|
|Rank||School Name||1st Votes||M1 Record||Pts||Previous|
|4||Iowa State||12-0-0||373||4 T|
Others receiving votes: Niagara, New York, Concordia Ann Arbor, Midland, William Paterson, and Utah.
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