UCO Surges Ahead in Rankings

Lions Suffer First Loss at the Hands of the University of Central Oklahoma

 

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (January 30, 2019) – For the ninth consecutive poll, Lindenwood University holds the top spot in the 2018-2019 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division-I Ranking, No. 13.  Lindenwood (21-1-0) was the last team without a loss on the season until the University of Central Oklahoma stunned the Lions 4-2 on Friday in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Alex Henry stonewalled the Lions attack making 39 saves for the win.  The Lions regrouped on Saturday night as Michael Lozano had the hat trick and a four-point night in the 6-1 thrashing of the Bronchos.

 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (15-1-1) swept a home-and-home series with Calvin College to hold onto the No. 2 spot.  Billy Brock had three points (goal, 2 assists) while Thomas Proudlock notched the shutout with 14 saves on Friday night as the Wolverines bageled the Knights 6-0.  Calvin responded with a better effort on Saturday night as the Knights goalie Darin Fox made 42 saves to keep it a one-goal game until an empty-net goal sealed the Wolverines 3-1 victory.

 

Adrian College (22-1-0) squeaked out a pair of wins over visiting Stony Brook University to hold onto the No. 3 spot.  The Bulldogs jumped out to 5-0 and 7-2 leads on Friday night before the Seawolves pulled within a goal at 7-6 with 10:03 remaining in the 3rd period.  However, Stony Brook was unable to get the equalizer and fell 7-6 with the Bulldogs outshooting the Seawolves 47-46.  Saturday, Tyler Fyfe and Mike Finger staked Adrian to a quick 2-0 lead before Frank Coscia tallied his third goal of the weekend to make it a 2-1 game with 7:41 left in the first period, but Andrew Wagner shut the door finishing with 32 saves and Mike Fratarcangeli iced the game with an empty-net goal as the Bulldogs held on for a 3-1 victory

 

No. 4 Iowa State University (15-4-1) swept its weekend home series over conference arch-rival University of Illinois.  Tony Uglem paced the attack on Friday with two goals while Matt Goedeke made 28 saves as the Cyclones won 4-1.  Uglem notched two more goals to go along with an assist while Goedeke made 32 saves in goal for a 6-3 win on Saturday night.

 

Ohio University rounds out the Top 5 as the Bobcats were swept in overtime both nights on the road at Robert Morris University Illinois.  Ohio jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two periods on Friday night only to have the Eagles storm back in the third period with three goals in the first half of the period.  Neither team scored the rest of regulation or in overtime and then it took 9 rounds of the shootout before Lucas Stover scored the lone goal for Robert Morris Illinois as Christopher Mallon made 46 saves in the 4-3 victory.  Saturday, it was a 1-1 game until the third period fireworks started.  Scott Coash put the Eagles in front 2-1 before Zach Frank and Bryan Lubin answered back to stake the Bobcats to a 3-2.  However, Sam Turner tied the game for the Eagles with 5:52 remaining in regulation and Nick Rizzo sniped the game-winner only 0:43 into the extra session for the 4-3 win.  Cole Semchak was stellar in goal for Robert Morris Illinois with 44 saves on the night.

 

Moving into the polls this week is No. 24 Arizona State University, while Illinois State University drops out of the Top 25.

 

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 four (of 6) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 8) 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 16 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Minot State, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

 

In its 28th 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)
  • Central Oklahoma (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Adrian
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

 

A total of 60 teams are competing in Men’s Division-I this season, including two new teams: the University of Toledo and William Paterson University. The two teams that have departed Men’s Division-I include Midland University and Saint Bonaventure University.

 

The computer ranking will for the sixth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

 

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

 

The 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-INational Championships will be hosted March 21-26 for the first time by the Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas Stars, and StarCenters at the Comerica Center in Frisco, TX. This will be the eighth year of the 20-team format.

 

2018-2019 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #13

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Lindenwood

20-1-0

1

2

Michigan-Dearborn

15-1-1

2

3

Adrian

22-1-0

3

4

Iowa State

15-4-1

4

5

Ohio

13-3-5

5

6

Arizona

18-5-0

6

7

Central Oklahoma

15-8-4

10

8

Davenport

22-4-1

8

9

Liberty

18-4-2

9

10

Nevada-Las Vegas

15-5-1

7

11

Minot State

11-4-2

11

12

Illinois

11-11-5

12

13

Missouri State

19-9-3

13

14

Stony Brook

11-8-3

14

15

Oklahoma

14-8-1

15

16

Colorado

10-10-2

18

17

Jamestown

10-9-1

17

18

Robert Morris Illinois

13-13-3

19

19

Syracuse

13-6-2

16

20

Alabama

11-11-0

20

21

Western Michigan

13-9-1

25

22

Colorado State

6-12-3

23

23

Rhode Island

17-10-1

21

24

Arizona State

6-21-1

NR

25

Drexel

21-3-2

24

 

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