@AdrianMD1Hockey Top ACHA Men's Hockey National Rankings in Latest Poll

@AdrianMD1Hockey Top ACHA Men's Hockey National Rankings in Latest Poll

UNION LAKE, Mich. – On the strength of a season-opening 14-game win streak, Adrian College's American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I men's program is ranked No. 1 in the latest ACHA national rankings, the ninth release of the 2017-18 campaign.

The Bulldogs (15-1 overall), who were the final ACHA D1 men's team to go unbeaten this season, moved into the top spot for the first time since 2012-13 (Ranking #17) when they entered the 2013 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships as the top seed.

"Our staff is very happy with how our group has competed to this point," second-year Bulldogs coach Gary Astalos said. "I feel a lot of our success can be contributed to having a deep line up where all of the players on the roster have a role and help contribute to the success of our program. While it is nice being high in the rankings in November, our team knows we have a ton of more work and preparation to do in order to be ready to compete against the other top teams in the country in March."

Adrian has been strong on both ends of the ice so far. Sophomore transfer Joe Costello leads a balanced offense--averaging a whopping 6.75 goals per game--with 30 points on 12 goals and 18 assists. Two-time ACHA National Player of the Year senior Brad Kobryn leads the 'Dogs with 19 goals to go along with 10 assists. Equally impressive has been the defense as senior Austyn Roudebush and sophomore Michael Barrett have platooned in goal. The former leads the nation with a sparkling 0.44 goals-against average with five shutouts, while posting a 9-0 record and .981 save percentage. Barrett is ninth with a 1.95 GAA while compiling marks of .934 save percentage and 6-1 record. Adrian's goal differential is a plus-91.

The Bulldogs hit the ice again on Thursday, Nov. 30, against conference foe Oakland University for Military Appreciation Night, beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Minot State (13-1-1) fell to No. 2 after receiving its first regulation loss of the season against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  The Beavers started off its trip with an 8-1 pasting of Arizona State University.  Minot State then headed to Nevada where the Rebels got the upset win on Friday (2-1) before the Beavers responded with a 5-4 win on Saturday to escape Las Vegas with a split.

Lindenwood University (13-1-3) jumped up to No. 3 after sweeping Missouri State University at home.  The Lions defeated the Bears 6-3 on Friday before handing an 8-0 whitewashing on Saturday. 

The University of Colorado (15-2-1) dropped a spot to No. 4 after losing to arch-rival Colorado State University in an overtime-shootout on Friday night in Boulder, Colo.  The Rams scored twice in the last minute to send the game into overtime, before eventually winning the shootout 1-0.  The Buffaloes got revenge on Sunday afternoon at the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver, home of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, with a 3-0 victory. 

Rounding out the Top 5 is Robert Morris University Illinois (11-4-0) which jumped up three spots after winning all three of its games as it hosted the Robert Morris University Illinois Showcase.  The Eagles defeated Western Michigan University (5-2) on Friday, Robert Morris University Pennsylvania (6-1) on Saturday, and Illinois State University (3-0) on Sunday. 

Moving into the polls this week are No. 24 University of Rhode Island and No. 25 Arizona State University. 

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 Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has five (of 9) of its member teams ranked, and the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four (of 8) of its member teams ranked.

The computer ranking will for the fifth time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following six autobids:

  • (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
  • (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association
  • (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
  • (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League
  • (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
  • (WCHL) Western Collegiate Hockey League

A total of 60 teams are competing in Men's Division 1 this season, including three new teams: Calvin College, New York University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The two teams that have departed Men's Division 1 include Binghamton University and Indiana Tech.

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.  Games that go to a shootout will be scored as ties.

In its 27th season of action, there have been a total of 13 schools that have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship:

  • Penn State (5 times)
  • Ohio (4)
  • Lindenwood (3)
  • Central Oklahoma (2)
  • Illinois (2)
  • North Dakota State (2)
  • Arizona State
  • Davenport
  • Delaware
  • Iowa State
  • Minot State
  • Oakland
  • Rhode Island

The 2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 8-13 for the second consecutive season by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Columbus Blue Jackets, and OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, in Columbus, OH. This will be the seventh year of the 20-team format.

The tenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

2017-2018 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #9

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Adrian

14-0-0

2

2

Minot State

13-1-1

1

3

Lindenwood

13-1-3

5

4

Colorado

15-2-1

3

5

Robert Morris Illinois

11-4-0

7

6

Central Oklahoma

11-3-1

8

7

Michigan-Dearborn

7-3-2

4

8

Ohio

12-3-1

6

9

Illinois

4-3-1

11

10

Iowa State

10-3-1

10

11

Stony Brook

11-2-1

9

12

Liberty

11-5-0

12

13

Nevada-Las Vegas

8-5-0

15

14

Arizona

11-5-0

14

15

Kent State

8-5-1

17

16

Midland

3-7-0

16

17

Davenport

6-7-0

19

18

Jamestown

7-8-1

13

19

Syracuse

10-4-1

21

20

Missouri State

8-9-2

20

21

Oklahoma

5-11-1

22

22

Alabama

7-3-0

18

23

Calvin

5-5-1

24

24

Rhode Island

9-6-1

NR

25

Arizona State

5-14-0

NR

About American Collegiate Hockey Association

The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is a recognized 501(c)3 organization of nearly 500 college and university-affiliated programs which provides structure, regulates operations, and promotes the quality of collegiate ice hockey throughout the United States.  Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, the ACHA's primary mission is to support the growth and development of college hockey programs nationwide.  The ACHA identifies standards which serve to unite and regulate teams at the collegiate level and entered its 27th season in September 2017. For more information, visit www.achahockey.org.