And that’s the end of the regular season for most of the country. Even with the conference tournament fields set, there is plenty of intrigue left.
1. Wisconsin (27-2-4), (13) 139 — Last Week: 1
• Last Week: T 1-1 OT (SOW 2-1) @ Minnesota (2/18), @ T 0-0 OT (SOL 0-1) Minnesota (2/19)
• Coming Week: v Minnesota State (2/24-2/26)
Wisconsin ran the regular season wire-to-wire in first place and their Patty Kazmaier favorite goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens held a potent Minnesota team to only one goal. They drew the last place Mavericks for their quarterfinals matchup which they should breeze through.
2. Minnesota-Duluth (22-5-5), (1) 116— Last Week: 2
• Last Week: W 2-1 v St. Cloud State (2/17), W 4-1 v St. Cloud State (2/18)
• Coming Week: v St. Cloud State (2/23-2/25)
After sweeping the Huskies, the Bulldogs drew them right back in the quarterfinals after St. Cloud State edged Bemidji for sixth place.
T-3. Clarkson (25-4-5), 108 — Last Week: 4
• Last Week: W 5-2 @ Colgate (2/17), W 5-4 OT @ Cornell (2/18)
• Coming Week: v RPI (2/24-2/26)
The Golden Knights are the ECAC champions again and are playing host to an Engineers squad that just barely made the ECAC tournament over Harvard.
T-3. Minnesota (23-5-5), 108— Last Week: 3
• Last Week: T 1-1 OT (SOL 1-2) v Wisconsin (2/18), T 0-0 (SOW 1-0) v Wisconsin (2/19)
• Coming Week: v Bemidji State (2/24-2/26)
The Gophers did enough to hold on to second place and now play host to Bemidji State, a team that upset them earlier in the season.
5. St. Lawrence (24-4-4), 83 — Last week: 4
• Last Week: T 2-2 OT @ Cornell (2/17), W 3-0 @ Colgate (2/18)
• Coming Week: v Yale (2/24-2/26)
The Saints have been struggling as of late only winning one game in the last two weeks, getting revenge on a Colgate team that shocked them last month. They did enough to earn the two seed in the ECAC and will play a Yale team that has been streaky this season.
6. Boston College (23-5-5), 69 — Last Week: 6
• Last Week: L 1-4 v Providence (2/18), W 3-1 @ Providence (2/19)
• Coming Week: v Merrimack (2/23-2/25)
Boston College, like St. Lawrence, has been struggling dropping a game in the last two weekends and now has to get a lot of help nationally if they hope to host in the NCAAs. Up first in the Hockey East tournament is a Merrimack team that is making their postseason debut in their second season in Division I.
7. Cornell (17-7-5), 47— Last Week: 7
• Last Week: T 2-2 v St. Lawrence (2/17), L 4-5 OT v Clarkson (2/18)
• Coming Week: v Colgate (2/24-2/26)
The Ivy League champions struggled to start the season, but have come on strong and now are hosting their travel partner in their quarterfinals.
8. Quinnipiac (20-6-6), 32 — Last Week: 8
• Last Week: W 5-0 v RPI (2/17), W 1-0 v Union (2/18)
• Coming Week: @ Princeton (2/24-2/26)
Due to being swept by Princeton, the Bobcats will be traveling to New Jersey for their quarterfinal matchup.
9. Princeton (18-8-3), 29 — Last Week: ARV
• Last Week: W 4-1 v Union (2/17), W 4-2 v RPI (2/18)
• Coming Week: v Quinnipiac (2/24-2/26)
The Tigers rejoined the land of the ranked once again as a weekend sweep over the bottom of the ECAC gave them home ice in the quarterfinals and the title of Belles of the Ball for this week. They now draw a Quinnipiac team that is their travel partner, is intimately familiar with them, and ranked higher in almost all national metrics.
10. Colgate (22-9-3), — Last Week: 10
• Last Week: L 2-5 v Clarkson (2/17), L 0-3 v St. Lawrence (2/18)
• Coming Week: @ Cornell (2/24-2/26)
Colgate had a bit of a rough mid-season, which cost them a chance to host, and now has to travel to Cornell.
Also Receiving Votes: Robert Morris 11, Northeastern 7, Boston University 7, North Dakota 1