UCO moves up in National Rankings

National Tournament Field Determined Next Week

 

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (February 27, 2019) – For the thirteenth consecutive poll, Lindenwood University holds the top spot in the 2018-2019 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division-I Ranking, No. 17.  Lindenwood (25-1-0), regular season champions of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL), went on the road to Davenport University (22-7-3) and came away with the weekend sweep.  Cooper Seedott turned away 23 shots on Friday as the Lions squeaked out a 2-1 win before the offense exploded on Saturday in a 5-2 victory.

 

No. 2 University of Michigan-Dearborn (20-1-1) swept University of Toledo in a home-and-home series.  On Friday, Justin Dunn tallied six points (4 goals + 2 assists) while Andrew Spiegel had five points (3 goals + 2 assists) as the Wolverines pounded the Rockets 13-1 at home.  On Saturday in Toledo, the Rockets fought hard but were still beaten by the Wolverines 5-3, as Tyler Groat had two goals and an assist.

 

No. 3 Adrian College (28-2-0) traveled to the LaHaye Ice Center in Lynchburg, Va. and swept Liberty University (21-6-3).  Friday night, the Bulldogs trailed 3-1 and 4-3 but rallied with two goals in the third period to come away with a 5-4 victory over the Flames as Domenic Moore had a pair of goals.  Saturday there was no need for a comeback as Adrian potted four first period goals and Michael Barrett was stalwart in goal making 44 saves for the 4-0 shutout victory.

 

Ohio University (18-3-6) was idle but remained in the No. 4 position and will be back in action against Kent State University (22-10-1) this weekend.

 

Iowa State University (16-9-3) holds onto the No. 5 despite getting swept on the road at the Big Pond in Champaign, Ill. against No. 12 University of Illinois (17-13-5).  Friday night, Tyler Opilka scored 35 seconds into overtime to send the Fighting Illini to the 4-3 victory, while Elliot Gerth made 30 saves Saturday night to propel Illinois to a 3-1 triumph.

 

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 Visit Frisco, 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 #17

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Lindenwood

25-1-0

1

2

Michigan-Dearborn

20-1-1

2

3

Adrian

28-2-0

3

4

Ohio

18-3-6

4

5

Iowa State

16-9-3

5

6

Minot State

18-5-2

7

7

Davenport

22-7-3

6

8

Arizona

24-6-0

8

9

Central Oklahoma

21-9-4

10

10

Liberty

21-6-3

9

11

Nevada-Las Vegas

20-7-2

11

12

Illinois

17-13-5

12

13

Missouri State

24-13-4

14

14

Oklahoma

17-11-2

16

15

Stony Brook

18-9-3

13

16

Jamestown

15-10-1

17

17

Robert Morris Illinois

16-15-5

15

18

Colorado

12-17-3

19

19

Syracuse

16-10-2

20

20

Alabama

15-15-0

18

21

Western Michigan

19-10-1

21

22

Colorado State

9-14-6

22

23

Rhode Island

21-12-3

23

24

Kent State

22-10-1

25

25

Drexel

28-4-2

24

 

The eighteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and will determine the remaining 14 teams invited to the 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championships.

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