UCO Slips One Spot In ACHA D1 Rankings

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (October 11, 2017) – Despite being idle last weekend, Minot State University received 16 out of 32 first-places votes to take over the top spot in the 2017-2018 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division 1 Ranking No. 4. The defending ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Champions, University of Central Oklahoma, drops to No. 2 after receiving eight first-place votes and splitting a home series with Lindenwood University, falling 2-1 on Friday before gutting out a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday.

 

The Minot State Beavers are the last team other than Central Oklahoma to be ranked No. 1, dating back to Ranking No. 19 on February 22, 2017.

 

Adrian College, who received four first-place votes, inched up to the No. 3 spot after hammering Kent State in a home-and-home series, winning 8-1 on Friday at home and 5-0 on Saturday at Kent, OH. Lindenwood University, receiving three first-place votes, jumped up two spots to No. 4 after its road split with Central Oklahoma. Rounding out the Top 5 is Ohio University, who dropped two spots after being swept at home by University of Jamestown (3-2, 3-1).

 

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all five of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has seven (of 8) of its member teams ranked, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 8) of its member teams ranked and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 9) of its member teams ranked.

 

In its 27th season of action, there have been a total of 13 schools that have won the ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championship:

 

  • Penn State (5 times)
  • Ohio (4)
  • Lindenwood (3)
  • Central Oklahoma (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

 

A total of 60 teams will compete in Men’s Division 1 this season, including three new teams: Calvin College, New York University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The two teams departing Men’s Division 1 include Binghamton University and Indiana Tech.

 

The computer ranking, which will not commence until late October, will for the fifth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2018 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

 

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League

 

The fifth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

 

The 2018 ACHA Men’s Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 8-13 for the second consecutive season by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, in Columbus, OH. This will be the seventh year of the 20-team format.

 

2017-2018 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #4

Rank

School Name

1st Votes

Overall Record

Pts

Previous

1

Minot State

16

6-0-0

684

2

2

Central Oklahoma

8

6-1-0

662

1

3

Adrian

4

6-0-0

644

4

4

Lindenwood

3

6-1-1

632

6

5

Ohio

4-2-0

551

3

6

Iowa State

5-1-0

540

5

7

Michigan-Dearborn

4-1-0

533

7

8

Stony Brook

4-0-0

500

8

9

Robert Morris Illinois

5-1-0

478

9

10

Colorado

1

6-1-0

439

12

11

Jamestown

3-3-0

428

14

12

Illinois

7-1-0

404

11

13

Liberty

5-1-0

365

13

T 14

Davenport

1-3-0

336

10

T 14

Nevada-Las Vegas

5-1-0

336

15

16

Arizona

3-0-0

286

16

17

Oklahoma

3-5-1

206

20

18

Missouri State

6-3-2

180

22

19

Midland

3-4-1

171

19

20

Arizona State

2-4-0

143

18

21

Rhode Island

4-1-1

142

21

22

Colorado State

2-4-1

136

17

23

Delaware

5-2-0

117

23

24

Syracuse

4-1-0

35

NR

25

Alabama

3-1-0

30

NR

 

Others receiving votes: Western Michigan, Arkansas, Robert Morris Pennsylvania, Oakland, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Calvin, New York, and Niagara.

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