Bronchos remain in Top 10


UNION LAKE, Mich. – (October 16, 2019) – Adrian College received 12 out of 29 first-place votes to jump past Minot State University and into the top spot in the 2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division I Ranking No. 3.  The Bulldogs hammered visiting Mercyhurst University 9-0 on Thursday and 8-1 on Friday to improve to 4-0-0 on the season.  Idle Minot State (2-0-2), the defending Men’s Division I National Champions of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, received 11 first-place votes but dropped to No. 2.

 

No. 3 Lindenwood University received 3 first-place votes and went on the road to Ames, Iowa and swept Iowa State University by allowing only 1 goal against on the weekend in Central States Collegiate Hockey League action.  The Lions won 3-1 on Friday and shutout the Cyclones 3-0 on Saturday.

 

Holding pat at No. 4 was University of Michigan-Dearborn (1 first-place vote), which manhandled Concordia Ann Arbor in Wolverine-Hoosier league play to improve to 3-0-1 on the season.  The Wolverines Thomas Proudlock pitched back-to-back shutouts by stopping all 37 shots directed his way, winning 11-0 on Friday and 10-0 on Saturday.

 

Rounding out the top five was Liberty University which improved to 7-0-0 on the season and received 2 first-place votes.  The Flames went on the road and swept University of Rhode Island (7-1, 5-1) in Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League action.  The Flames have scored 53 goals on the season (7.57/game) while allowing only 8 goals against (1.14/game).

 

The Central States Collegiate Hockey League (5) leads the way with all of its member teams ranked, while the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has fix (of 6) of its member teams ranked, the Western Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 7) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of 7) of its member teams ranked.

 

Over the past 17 seasons, 12 different schools have won the ACHA Men’s Division I National Championship: Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), Minot State (2), Adrian, Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.

 

Now in its 29th 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)
  • Minot State (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Adrian
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

 

A total of 70 teams will compete in Men’s Division I this season, including eleven new teams: Aquinas College, Cleary University, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Grand Canyon University, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Maryville University, McKendree University, Midland University, Northern Illinois University, and Waldorf University. The sole team departing Men’s Division I is the University of Arkansas.

 

The computer ranking, which will not commence until after November 1, will for the seventh time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2020 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 fourth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

 

The 2020 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships will be hosted March 19-24 for the second time by the Dallas Stars, Visit Frisco, and Children’s Health StarCenters at the Comerica Center, in Frisco, TX. This will be the ninth year of the 20-team format.

 

2019-2020 ACHA Men’s Division 1 Ranking #3

Rank

School Name

1st Votes

M1 Record

Pts

Previous

1

Adrian

12

4-0-0

605

T 2

2

Minot State

11

2-0-2

596

1

3

Lindenwood

3

4-2-0

576

T 2

4

Michigan-Dearborn

1

3-0-1

547

4

5

Liberty

2

7-0-0

533

T 5

6

Ohio

6-0-0

497

7

7

Iowa State

4-4-0

473

T 5

8

Illinois

3-0-1

433

9

9

Central Oklahoma

3-5-0

428

8

10

Nevada-Las Vegas

8-1-0

378

12

11

Davenport

2-2-0

373

10

12

Arizona

4-0-1

358

11

13

Stony Brook

4-0-0

319

13

14

Oklahoma

4-1-0

297

14

15

Jamestown

2-0-0

287

15

16

Missouri State

3-3-0

239

16

17

Robert Morris Illinois

2-3-1

206

17

18

Indiana Tech

4-1-0

166

22

19

Drexel
 

 

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