No. 1 LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY ATOP AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION MEN’S DIVISION I RANKING
Lions Sweep Conference Rival Ohio University in First Games Since November
UNION LAKE, Mich. – (February 2, 2022) – Lindenwood University, undefeated on the season with a record of 13-0-0, holds the top spot in the 2021-2022 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 15. The Lions played their first games since November against Central States Collegiate Hockey League foe Ohio University and swept the Bobcats 9-0 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday.
No. 2 Minot State University (19-2-0) started off its 3-0 week by defeating arch-rival University of Jamestown (9-9-4) 4-1 on Wednesday night on the road in Jamestown, N.D. On Friday and Saturday, the Beavers welcomed Midland University to town and promptly swept the Warriors out of town with a pair of wins (7-3, 5-1).
No. 3 Liberty University (16-6-0) and No. 4 University of Nevada-Las Vegas (21-4-0) split a pair of games at the LaHaye Ice Center in Lynchburg, Va. Friday, the Flames took the series opener 7-4 before the Rebels extinguished the Flames 3-1 on Saturday for the weekend split.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Iowa State University (20-4-2) which swept a pair of road games (7-0, 8-1) against Central States Collegiate Hockey League foe Roosevelt University at Ames/ISU Ice Arena in Bensenville, Ill.
Moving into the polls this week is No. 25 Grand Canyon University while University of Delaware 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 Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 6) 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 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 sixteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.
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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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 31st season in September 2021. For more information, visit achahockey.org.