Fantastic Five: Top Five NCAA Hockey Programs Nov. 3

John Hartzmark November 4, 2014 Comments Off on Fantastic Five: Top Five NCAA Hockey Programs Nov. 3

The NCAA Season is well in hand, and there are a couple of surprises: Michigan Tech, Colgate, Vermont, and Robert Morris for winning, and some other surprises: Michigan, Wisconsin, Lake Superior State, and Maine, for losing.  There are definitely some teams pulling out some great starts, and here are my top five for this week.

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#1) Michigan Tech (5-0-0):

They swept Michigan, and they dominated every phase of the game.  Mel Pearson, Red’s longtime assistant, may be trying to show Michigan what it could be like, Berenson retires after this season.  And they even swept Ferris State, another ranked opponent, and that was on the road.  They have not allowed more than two goals since their first game of the year, and that was three.   Tech is fourth in goals per game, and fourth in goals against.  They have a balanced attack.

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#2) Minnesota (5-1-0):

They escaped Minnesota-Duluth, and then got through Bemidji State, and then split with St. Cloud St. They have the most talent returning, and the seem to not have a lack of offense.  Mike Reilly leads the nation in assists, and Adam Wilcox has five wins, building off of last season.  They are attacking on all cylinders and they are entering a tough schedule: Notre Dame, Duluth, and Boston College.  If they can get through this part, they will be number one for sure.

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#3) North Dakota (5-1-1):

Another team that is scoring at will, despite a weird 5-1 loss to Bemidji State in their first game and on their home ice.  They then swept Colorado College, Providence, and Air Force.  They are looking next to take two from reeling Wisconsin, then on to Miami, St. Cloud St., and UNO.  Mario Lucia is second in goals with eight and fifth in points, and Mark MacMillan is first in shorthanded goals.

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#4) Boston University (4-1-1)

Freshman stud Jake Eichel, who might be the second overall pick in this years draft, is third in plus minus.  Their best win is taking one from the Wolverines on their home ice.  Friday is their biggest test, against the Boston College Eagles.  They need that win to keep this spot next week.  But they are a team that is using defense, and solid goalie play in order to get wins.  They are turing it around quickly.

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#5) Denver (4-2-0)

They swept RPI, and then split with great programs Minnesota-Duluth and Boston College.  They don’t have anyone in the top five in any category, and the same goes for the team categories, but they are grinding games out and making an early push.

JUST MISSED: Merrimack, Robert Morris, Northern Michigan, Colgate, Nebraska-Omaha, Boston College, Vermont, Bowling Green, Notre Dame, UMass-Lowell, Penn State.

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