Bronchos Stay in Top 10

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (February 20, 2019) – For the twelfth consecutive poll, Lindenwood University holds the top spot in the 2018-2019 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division-I Ranking, No. 16.  Lindenwood (23-1-0), regular season champions of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL), was ide over the weekend but will return to action this weekend on the road at No. 6 Davenport University.

 

No. 2 University of Michigan-Dearborn (18-1-1) swept Rochester College in a home-and-home series.  On Friday, Justin Dunn tallied the hat trick to go along with an assist while Tyler Groat and Kevin Bechard both had two goals and two assists as the Wolverines steamrolled the Warriors 9-1. On Saturday, the Warriors were able to keep it a little closer but were still shutout 4-0 at home.

 

No. 3 Adrian College (26-2-0) clinched the Regular Season Championship of the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) with a weekend sweep of Davenport University, earning a berth to the 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championships in Frisco, Texas with a chance to defend their title.  The Panthers pushed the Bulldogs to the limits both nights, but Adrian prevailed after nine rounds of a shootout on Thursday at home before escaping a high scoring, wild west shootout 8-7 on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For the Bulldogs, it was their seventh GLCHL Regular Season Championship in nine seasons.

 

In a battle for second place in the CSCHL, Ohio University (18-3-6) prevailed over Iowa State University (16-8-2) with a two-game sweep at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio.  The wins pushed the Bobcats up a spot to No. 4 while the Cyclones fell to the No. 5 spot this week.  Defense and tight checking was on display as there were only five goals scored on the weekend as Ohio won 2-1 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.  Goaltender Jimmy Thomas stopped 58 of 59 shots on the weekend, including 33 in Saturday’s shutout, while Gabe Lampron tallied a goal in each contest for the Bobcats.

 

Also earning berths to the 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championships in Frisco, Texas were No. 9 Liberty University, regular season champions of the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL), and No. 24 Drexel University, regular season champions of the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA).

 

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League leads the way with all five of its member teams ranked, while the Western Collegiate Hockey League has six (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 four (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-Iinclude 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 (Drexel University)
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (Liberty University)
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (Adrian College)
  • (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 Children’s Health 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 #16

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Lindenwood

23-1-0

1

2

Michigan-Dearborn

18-1-1

2

3

Adrian

26-2-0

3

4

Ohio

18-3-6

5

5

Iowa State

16-8-2

4

6

Davenport

22-5-3

7

7

Minot State

17-5-2

9

8

Arizona

22-6-0

6

9

Liberty

21-4-3

8

10

Central Oklahoma

19-9-4

10

11

Nevada-Las Vegas

17-7-2

11

12

Illinois

15-13-5

13

13

Stony Brook

17-8-3

14

14

Missouri State

24-10-4

12

15

Robert Morris Illinois

14-15-5

16

16

Oklahoma

15-11-2

15

17

Jamestown

13-10-1

17

18

Alabama

15-13-0

20

19

Colorado

12-15-3

19

20

Syracuse

14-10-2

18

21

Western Michigan

17-10-1

21

22

Colorado State

9-14-5

22

23

Rhode Island

20-11-3

23

24

Drexel

28-3-2

24

25

Kent State

20-10-1

25

 

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