ACHA Division 1 Men's Hockey Wrap Up Fall Semester with No. 3 National Ranking

Adrian celebrates the game-winning shootout goal at Michigan-Dearborn on Dec. 8, 2018. (Action photo by UMD Wolverine Athletics)
Adrian celebrates the game-winning shootout goal at Michigan-Dearborn on Dec. 8, 2018. (Action photo by UMD Wolverine Athletics)

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UNION LAKE, Mich.--The American Collegiate Hockey Association defending Division 1 national champion Adrian College Bulldogs wrap up the fall semester ranked No. 3 in the latest Top-25 computer men's poll, released on Wednesday. Adrian, which is 17-1 overall and 7-0 in conference play, resumes its schedule after final exams and the holidays on Thursday, January 17, when the Bulldogs host Oakland University in Arrington Ice Arena at 7:15 p.m.

Lindenwood University maintains its hold on the top spot in the 2018-19 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division-I Ranking, No. 10.  The Lions have capped 2018, finishing the first semester with a perfect 16-0 record.

The 11th ranking of the regular season will be released on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (8-0-1) retained its No. 2 spot despite losing a 3-2 overtime shootout to third-ranked Adrian College at home in Dearborn, Mich. Adrian's Cooper McLean had a goal and an assist, as both goalies were equally impressive in net. The Wolverines' Thomas Proudlock had 37 saves while Adrian's Michael Barrett turned aside 39 shots to help the Bulldogs avenge their lone loss to Michigan-Dearborn on November 20. Dominic Moore netted the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout.

Junior Joe Costello leads the Bulldogs in goals (16), assists (22), total points (38), power-play goals (5) and game-winning goals (3) in 18 games played. Four teammates also have recorded at least 20 points: freshman Brenden Stanko (11+17=28), junior Domenic Moore (8+20=28), classmate Rainer Glimpel (11+15=26) and freshman Manny Silverio (8+12=20). Barrett has compiled a 13-1 won-lost record, 1.85 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and 350 saves in over 800 minutes between the pipes.

The Bulldogs have put together an 11-1 record against nationally-ranked teams among their ACHA-leading 17 victories.

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 eight) of its member teams ranked, the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League has four (of six) of its member teams ranked, and the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League has three (of eight) 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 Division 1 men's 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 Division 1 men's national championship: Penn State (5 times), Ohio (4), Lindenwood (3), Central Oklahoma (2), Illinois (2), North Dakota State (2), Adrian (2018), Arizona State, Davenport, Delaware, Iowa State, Minot State, Oakland and Rhode Island.

A total of 60 men's teams are competing in Division 1 this season, including two new schools: the University of Toledo and William Paterson University. The two teams that have departed Division 1 include 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 1 National Championship, 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 2019 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship will be hosted March 21-26 for the first time by the Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas Stars, and StarCenters at the Dr. Pepper Arena, in Frisco, Texas. This will be the eighth year of the 20-team format.

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2018-2019 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #10

Rank

School Name

M1 Record

Previous

1

Lindenwood

16-0-0

1

2

Michigan-Dearborn

8-0-1

2

3

Adrian

17-1-0

3

4

Ohio

12-3-3

4

5

Liberty

16-3-1

7

6

Iowa State

10-4-0

5

7

Arizona

13-3-0

8

8

Central Oklahoma

12-6-4

9

9

Davenport

17-3-1

6

10

Illinois

9-6-4

12

11

Minot State

11-4-2

13

12

Missouri State

18-4-3

10

13

Nevada-Las Vegas

9-4-0

11

14

Syracuse

10-5-1

14

15

Oklahoma

12-7-1

15

16

Stony Brook

9-6-3

17

17

Jamestown

7-8-1

16

18

Robert Morris Illinois

8-12-1

18

19

Colorado

7-10-2

19

20

Colorado State

5-8-3

20

21

Rhode Island

11-9-0

23

22

Illinois State

5-10-2

21

23

Alabama

7-11-0

22

24

Kent State

15-5-0

24

25

Utah

3-7-0

NR

 (Editor's note: The ACHA national office contributed to this story.)