UNION LAKE, MI –
Arizona State University is the top ranked team in the 2013-2014 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #18. The Sun Devils improved to 29-2-0, but their 37-game winning streak over arch-rival Arizona ended on Saturday with the Wildcats 2-1 road victory. #2 Robert Morris Illinois had a chance to win the Central States Collegiate Hockey League, but Ohio dealt the Eagles its first home-losses of the season, 5-4 on Friday and 3-2 in an overtime shootout on Saturday. Robert Morris will get another crack at winning the CSCHL this weekend at home against #13 Lindenwood, but if they falter, then Ohio will win the autobid. Oklahoma moved up a spot to #3 after blowing out Weber State twice, while #4 Liberty split a pair of games on the road at Delaware. Rounding out the top 5, Ohio University bumped up 3 spots after its impressive road-sweep over #2 Robert Morris Illinois.
Big winners in the computer ranking this week were: #5 Ohio (up 3 spots), #12 Arizona (up 2 spots), #13 Lindenwood (up 3 spots), #15 Oakland (up 2 spots), and #24 Niagara (up 2 spots).
Two teams clinched a berth to the 2014 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships this past weekend, Adrian and Navy. Adrian clinched the autobid from the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League, while Navy clinched the autobid from the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association.
Here is how the ranking is going to work using the computers: The ACHA will use the 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 A until the Top 25 teams are listed.
The computer ranking will for the first time determine the 20 teams that qualify for the 2014 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships, which will include the following seven autobids:
- (CSCHL) Central States Collegiate Hockey League
- (CHMA) College Hockey Mid-America
- (ECHA) Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association - NAVY
- (ESCHL) Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League
- (GLCHL) Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League - ADRIAN
- (NECHL) Northeast Collegiate Hockey League
- (HOST) DELAWARE
Over the past eleven seasons, 9 different schools have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship: Lindenwood (2), Illinois (2), Davenport, Delaware, Minot State, Oakland, Ohio, Penn State, and Rhode Island.
Beginning its 23rd season of action, there have been a total of 11 schools that have won the ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championship:
- Penn State (5 times)
- Ohio (4 times)
- Illinois (2 times)
- Lindenwood (2 times)
- North Dakota State (2 times)
- Iowa State
- Minot State
- Rhode Island
57 teams will compete for this year's title, including four new teams. The University of Colorado and Colorado State University have moved up from Men’s Division 2, while Wayne State University moves up from Men’s Division 3. Also joining the fray is Rochester College, a new team located in Rochester, MI. Youngstown State University and the University of Rochester have dropped out of Men’s Division 1.
The nineteenth ranking of the regular season will be released on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
The 2014 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted March 6-11 by the University of Delaware at the Fred Rust Ice Arena in Newark, DE. This will be the third year of the 20-team format.
|2013-2014 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #18
||Robert Morris (IL)