LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY IN TOP SPOT IN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING
Lions Defeat Crosstown Rival University of Maryville 3-1 to Stay Perfect
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (December 8, 2021) – Lindenwood University holds the top spot in the 2021-2022 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 10. The Lions remain undefeated on the season with a record of 11-0-0 after defeating Maryville University 3-1 on Saturday night. Trent Burnham got the shutout victory but only needed to make 12 saves on the night due to the Lions suffocating defense.
No. 2 Minot State University (11-1-0) swept University of Mary (5-1, 4-1), the defending Men’s Division II National Champions, which were just approved for Men’s Division I play beginning in 2023-2024. In Ames, Iowa, No. 3 Iowa State University (17-2-1) pounded conference foe Roosevelt University, putting up 19 goals on the weekend (9-1, 10-0), while No. 4 University of Nevada-Las Vegas swept Grand Canyon University on the road (3-2, 5-2).
Rounding out the Top 5 was Liberty University (12-4-0), which hammered West Virginia University 9-0 on Friday and 10-0 on Saturday.
Moving into the polls this week is No. 22 University of Delaware while Illinois State University drops out of the Top 25.
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, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has two (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and Midwest College Hockey has three (of 6) 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 eleventh ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, December 15, 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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