MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY SWEEPS THREE GAMES FROM UNIVERSITY OF OREGON TO REMAIN ATOP THE AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKINGS
Beavers Undefeated With a Perfect 11-0-0 Record Heading Into December
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (November 23, 2022) – Minot State University keeps the top spot in the 2022-2023 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 7. The Beavers (11-0-0) swept all three games from University of Oregon (11-2, 8-1, 5-0) at the Maysa Arena in Minot, N.D. this past weekend. Forward Sheldin Howard scored six goals for the Beavers during the three-game series, including a hat trick on Friday night. Goaltender Jake Anthony was in net for two of the three Minot State victories, with fellow netminder Riley Wallace securing the other win for the Beavers. Meanwhile, No. 2 Liberty University (11-4-0) traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., and promptly swept previously undefeated University of Nevada-Las Vegas (7-2-0), which stumbled down to No. 4 as a result. The Flames came away with a 6-2 win on Friday followed by a 5-2 win on Saturday. Forward Truett Olsen netted a goal in each game for Liberty while goaltender Hunter Virostek turned away 63 of the 67 shots he faced during the two-game series to secure the road sweep for the Flames. Adrian College (14-2-1) swept a pair of conference games over Davenport University (9-1, 12-1) to remain at No. 3. Forward Matteo Digiulio had a hat trick in both games to lead the scoring for the Bulldogs. Rounding out the Top 5 is University of Central Oklahoma (16-2-0), which swept a pair of conference games over Missouri State University (4-2, 5-2).
Moving into the polls this week is No. 22 Purdue University Northwest while dropping out of the Top 25 is University of Delaware.
The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with two (of 3) of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (of 10) of its member teams ranked, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 8) of its member teams ranked, the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 9) of its member teams ranked, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference has three (of 7) of its member teams ranked, and Midwest College Hockey has two (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 19 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (4), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Minot State (2), Adrian (2), Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.
Now in its 32nd season of action, there have been a total of 14 schools that have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship:
- Penn State University (5 times)
- Lindenwood University (4)
- Ohio University (4)
- Adrian College (2)
- Minot State University (2)
- North Dakota State University (2)
- University Central Oklahoma (2)
- University of Illinois (2)
- Arizona State University
- Davenport University
- Iowa State University
- Oakland University
- University of Delaware
- University of Rhode Island
A total of 70 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including these new members: College of New Jersey, University of Oregon, Purdue University Northwest, and San Diego State University. The defending Men’s Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, Lindenwood University, has departed to play NCAA Men’s Division I while Iowa State University is on a school suspension for the 2022-23 season.
The computer ranking will for the ninth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2023 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships presented by FloHockey, which will include the following eight auto bids:
- (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
- (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association
- (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
- (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
- (MCH) Midwest College Hockey
- (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
- (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League
- (WHAC) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
The seventh ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
The 2023 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships presented by FloHockey will be hosted March 16-21 for the first time at the New England Sports Center (NESC) in Marlborough, Mass. This will be the eleventh year of the 20-team format.
|2022-2023 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #7|
|Rank||School Name||M1 Record||Previous||Conference|
|17||Grand Valley State||15-4-0||19||GLCHL|
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About American Collegiate Hockey Association
The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is a recognized 501(c)3 organization of almost 450 college and university-affiliated programs which provides structure, regulates operations, and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey throughout the United States. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, the ACHA’s primary mission is to support the growth and development of college hockey programs nationwide. The ACHA identifies standards which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level and entered its 32nd season in September 2022. For more information, visit achahockey.org.