LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY TAKES OVER TOP SPOT IN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING
Lions Swept Maryville University
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (October 20, 2021) – Lindenwood University (6-0-0), received 23 out of 27 first-place votes to come in the top spot in the 2021-2022 ACHA Men’s Division I Ranking #4 as the Lions swept Maryville University at the Centene Community Center in Maryland Heights, Mo. Minot State University (4-0-0) jumped up to No. 2 after sweeping No. 3 Liberty University in the friendly confines of the Maysa Arena in Minot, N.D. Meanwhile, Adrian College fell all the way to No. 4 after being swept on home ice by Stony Brook University, which vaulted up five spots to No. 9. Iowa State University moves into a tie for the No. 4 spot with Adrian after improving to 10-0-0 with a sweep of league rival Ohio University at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio.
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 fifth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 27, 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 #4|
|Rank||School Name||1st Votes||M1 Record||Pts||Previous|
|4 T||Iowa State||10-0-0||506||5|
Others receiving votes: Niagara, Midland, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, New York, and Utah.
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