Bronchos At #10, Facing Davenport At Nationals

 

UNION LAKE, Mich. – (March 6, 2019) – Lindenwood University (27-1-0) swept University of Arkansas (7-0, 2-1) on the road to hold onto the top spot for the fourteenth consecutive week in the 2018-2019 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division-I Ranking, No. 18.  The Lions, Central States Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions, enter the ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championships as the top seed and look to bring home their second national title in four seasons and fourth overall.

 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (20-1-1) was idle and will be the No. 2 seed, earning its fourth consecutive bid and twentieth overall.  Adrian College (30-2-0), the defending ACHA Men’s Division-I National Champions and Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season Champions, will enter Nationals as the No. 3 seed after sweeping Calvin College in a home-and-home series (3-1, 5-1).  No. 4 seed Ohio University (19-4-6) and No. 5 seed Iowa State (17-10-3) both earned their record-tying 27th bid to Nationals. The Bobcats enter the tournament after splitting a pair of games at Bird Arena in Athens, Ohio, against Kent State University. Meanwhile, the Cyclones also split its pair of home games against Unversity of Central Oklahoma.

 

This ranking marks the deadline for choosing the 20 participating teams for the 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championships.  Eighteen teams in the ranking will all return to the 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I National Championships, including No. 6 seed Minot State; No. 7 seed Davenport; No. 8 seed Liberty; No. 9 seed Arizona; No. 10 seed Central Oklahoma; No. 11 seed Illinois; No. 12 seed Stony Brook; No. 13 seed Nevada-Las Vegas; No. 14 seed Missouri State; and No. 18 seed Drexel (Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association Regular Season Champions); and No. 19 seed Buffalo (Northeast Collegiate Hockey League Regular Season and Playoff Champions).  Joining those 18 schools will be two new teams that did not participate a year ago: No. 15 seed Oklahoma and No. 20 seed Robert Morris Pennsylvania (College Hockey Mid-America Association Playoff Champions).

 

National Tournament Breakdown by leagues:

 

5 – Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) teams include: Illinois, Iowa State, Lindenwood, Ohio and Robert Morris Illinois

 

4 – Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHL) teams include: Arizona, Central Oklahoma, Missouri State, and Oklahoma

 

4 – Independent teams include: Jamestown, Michigan-Dearborn, Minot State and Nevada-Las Vegas

 

2 – Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) teams include: Adrian and Davenport

 

2 – Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) teams include:  Liberty and Stony Brook

 

1 – College Hockey Mid-America (CHMA) teams include: Robert Morris Pennsylvania

 

1 – Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA) teams include: Drexel

 

1 – Northeast Collegiate Hockey League (NECHL) teams include: Buffalo

 

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 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 – Robert Morris University Pennsylvania
  • (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 – University at Buffalo
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League – University of Arizona

 

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 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.

 

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

 

The 2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I National 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.

 

The final ranking of the season will be released on Friday, March 29, 2019.

 

2018-2019 ACHA Men’s Division-I Ranking #18

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Lindenwood

27-1-0

1

2

Michigan-Dearborn

20-1-1

2

3

Adrian

30-2-0

3

4

Ohio

19-4-6

4

5

Iowa State

17-10-3

5

6

Minot State

20-5-2

6

7

Davenport

22-7-3

7

8

Liberty

23-6-3

10

9

Arizona

26-6-0

8

10

Central Oklahoma

22-10-4

9

11

Illinois

17-13-5

12

12

Stony Brook

20-9-3

15

13

Nevada-Las Vegas

20-9-2

11

14

Missouri State

25-14-4

13

15

Oklahoma

18-12-2

14

16

Jamestown

15-10-1

16

17

Robert Morris Illinois

16-15-5

17

18

Syracuse

18-10-2

19

19

Colorado

12-17-3

18

20

Western Michigan

20-10-1

21

21

Alabama

15-17-0

20

22

Rhode Island

21-13-4

23

23

Drexel

28-4-2

25

24

Colorado State

9-14-6

22

25

Kent State

23-11-1

24

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