LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY BACK IN TOP SPOT IN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING
Lions Remain Undefeated After Sweeping Iowa State University
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (November 17, 2021) – Lindenwood University takes over the top spot in the 2021-2022 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 8. The Lions remain undefeated on the season with a record of 10-0-0 after sweeping visiting Iowa State University. Saturday, the Cyclones got within a goal twice in the third period but each time the Lions responded to take a 2 goal cushion and won 6-4. Sunday, the Cyclones let one slip away, as they led 3-1 in the third period with less than 10 minutes to play, but the Lions tied it at 3-3 in the last minute of regulation before prevailing in the shootout. Despite the losses, Iowa State University (15-2-1) moved up a spot to No. 3 this week.
No. 2 Minot State University (8-0-0), the other undefeated team in Men’s Division I, swept Midland University on the road, winning 5-0 and 7-1. Liberty University (10-3-0) dropped a spot to No. 4 after a split at home against Ohio University. The Flames handled the Bobcats 4-1 on Friday night at the LaHaye Center in Lynchburg, Va., but the Bobcats got revenge on Saturday sneaking out of town after a 3-2 win.
Rounding out the Top 5 was No. 5 University of Nevada-Las Vegas (9-3-0), which went on the road and swept University of Utah. The Rebels got the 4-3 overtime win on Friday before squashing any thoughts of a split by the Utes with a 5-1 drubbing.
Moving into the polls this week is No. 15 Arizona State University and No. 23 Midland University. Dropping out of the Top 25 are Villanova University and New York University.
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 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference has four (of 7) of its member teams ranked, Midwest College Hockey has three (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has two (of 7) of its member teams ranked.
The ACHA uses two computer rankings generated by USHSHO.com, Ranking A (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 7) and Ranking B (Wins with Maximum Goal Differential of 1), and comes up with an average of the two rankings. The ACHA will then use the list generated from the average for its weekly ranking. Ties will be broken using the higher ranked team from Ranking B until the Top 25 teams are listed. All games that go to overtime will be scored as ties in the computer ranking.
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.
Now in 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 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 ninth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, November 24, 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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