Logan, Utah: The American Collegiate Hockey Association released its latest Men’s Division 2 Rankings today. These rankings will be released on a weekly basis until Mid-December and then resume in early January, concluding with the Final Ranking the week of February 12th. The Top 20 for each region are listed below and full rankings can be found at M2 Ranking Page
Central Region: Trine University regains Autobid spot in latest Ranking.
After falling to the 3rd spot in last week’s rankings, Trine was able to regain their autobid position, moving back into the top 2 and putting pressure on the top seed, Lindenwood, whose lead is down to .06. Lake Superior State University continues to move up the rankings, pushing into the 6th spot, moving past Iowa, which fell to 8th. Davenport University made it’s first appearance in the Top 20, coming in at #18.
Northeast Region: Army pushes into the Top 10
Army jumped five spots this week into a coveted Top 10 slot, helped by their weekend sweep over #18 Clarkson University. There was little movement in the Top 6, with only Boston University and Northeastern flipping spots at 4 and 5. Connecticut College fell out the rankings this week, and was replaced by Siena College, who entered the Top 20 at #19.
Southeast Region: TSCHL continues to dominate SE Region
The Tri-State Collegiate Hockey League continue to have eight teams in the region, including half of the Top 10. Miami University shrank the distance between themselves and #2 Liberty, moving .08 closer to remain only .26 behind. Rowan University were able to celebrate their Thanksgiving weekend with their highest ranking of the season at #10. West Virginia University joined the Top 20 for the first time this year at #20.
West Region: West Region continues to be volatile in latest Rankings
Movement is normal in rankings, but to see 18 of 20 teams in different spots is rare, even this early in the season. This week sees Mary regaining the top spot over Montana State, Utah State and MSU-Denver flipping spots, University of Utah continuing to climb, and Washington jumping five spots to #12. Northern Arizona replaces University of Colorado as the lone new entry this week.
Men’s Division 2 postseason is broken into the two levels. The top two teams in each region receive an automatic bid to the National Tournament, making up half of the field. The other half of the field is determined in Regional Tournaments with 12 teams competing for the two remaining spots from each region. Those eight winners will then join the eight autobids in the ACHA National Championship Tournament presented by FloHockey, in Marlborough, MA on March 17-21, 2023.