MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY CONTROLS TOP SPOT IN AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING
Beavers Remain Undefeated After Sweeping University of Illinois
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (November 10, 2021) – Minot State University holds onto the top spot in the 2021-2022 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 7. The Beavers remained undefeated on the season with a record of 6-0-0 after sweeping visiting University of Illinois, with goaltender Jake Anthony pitching the 5-0 shutout on Friday before bringing out the brooms on Saturday with an 8-2 victory.
No. 2 Lindenwood University (8-0-0), the other undefeated team in Men’s Division I, was idle this weekend while No. 3 Liberty University (9-2-0) swept Stony Brook University, which fell to No. 5 in the polls. The Flames took care of the Seawolves 3-1 on Friday night at the LaHaye Center in Lynchburg, Va., but were pushed to the limit on Saturday as the game went to overtime and the shootout before Liberty escaped victoriously on the lone shootout goal by Jason Foltz (4-3 OT-SO 1-0).
Jumping back into the Top 5 was No. 4 Iowa State University, which improved to 15-1-0 on the season after sweeping University of Central Oklahoma (3-1, 3-0) in Ames, Iowa. Goaltender Devin Naidow made 31 saves on Friday night and another 34 saves in Saturday’s shutout win to lead the Cyclones.
Moving into the polls this week is No. 17 Niagara University, No. 23 University of Illinois, and No. 25 Illinois State University. Dropping out of the Top 25 are University of Alabama, Arizona State University, and University of Delaware.
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 and Midwest College Hockey each have two (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 come 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 eighth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, November 17, 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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