ASN’s Elite Eight: Quinnipiac’s loss is No. 1 St. Cloud State’s gain


It was quite a 1-2 punch St. Lawrence and Denver delivered to the top teams in last week’s ASN Elite Eight poll, and neither former No. 1 Quinnipiac nor No. 2 North Dakota withstood the shots.

The Bobcats dropped to No. 3 in the rankings after St. Lawrence handed Quinnipiac its first ECAC loss on Friday, 4-3 in overtime. On Saturday, the Bobcats did what they do best, rallying for a wild, 3-2 overtime victory against Clarkson on Devon Toews’ game-winner with just 21 ticks of the clock remaining in overtime.

North Dakota wasn’t as fortunate. UND was swept on the road for the first time since November 2011 and dropped to fourth in the ASN Elite Eight. The Pioneers (15-8-5) are 8-1-3 since Jan. 1.

To decide this week’s No. 1 we searched the power rankings, scoured the box scores and researched the standings.

Then we flipped a coin.

Our scientific finding gave the nod to St. Cloud State over Boston College.

Seriously, the Huskies are No. 2 in PairWise and have a key NCHC series this weekend at surging Omaha.

BC is riding a 12-game unbeaten streak (8-0-4) to start 2016 and was just 55 seconds away from a weekend sweep when Merrimack’s Jonathan Lashyn tied the game at 5 after the team  pulled its goalie for a sixth attacker.

It was an interesting weekend of games, and it’s just getting better.

Keep an eye on Yale-St. Lawrence, Denver-Colorado College Thursday on ASN and Notre Dame-Providence this weekend, and that’s just for starters.

If the Fighting Irish can hold off Providence, just three points behind in Hockey East, we will become true believers.

ASN’s Elite Eight

nchc-stcloudstate1. ST. CLOUD STATE

Record: 23-6-1 | Conference: NCHC | Last week: 4

Four Finns on the roster have the team flying high heading into Omaha.


hockeyeast-bostoncollege2. BOSTON COLLEGE

Record: 21-4-5 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 3

The five goals given up to Merrimack were the most since BC’s first-round loss in last year’s NCAA Tournament.


ecac-quinnipiac3. QUINNIPIAC

Record: 22-2-6 | Conference: ECAC | Last week: 1

Still No. 1 in PairWise with big road tests at RPI and Union this weekend.


nchc-northdakota4. NORTH DAKOTA

Record: 22-5-3 | Conference: NCHC | Last week: 2

Can lock up home-ice for first round of the NCHC tournament with home win against Minnesota Duluth this weekend.


Providence College5. PROVIDENCE

Record: 21-5-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 5

Control is in the Friars’ hands as Hockey East leader Notre Dame comes to town.


hockeyeast-notredame6. NOTRE DAME

Record: 18-5-7 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 7

13-1-3 since Nov. 28 and leading Hockey East in points. Underrated at No. 6? We’ll find out this weekend.


bigten-michigan7. MICHIGAN

Record: 18-4-5 | Conference: Big Ten | Last week: 6

Blows four leads against Wisconsin in shootout win, falls one point behind Minnesota in Big Ten race.


ecac-yale8. YALE

Record: 16-5-4 | Conference: ECAC | Last week: Not ranked

Five consecutive wins, now faces red-hot St. Lawrence. Something’s gotta give.


Dropped out: Boston University (17-9-4) split with UMass Lowell.

Above: Patrick Newell celebrates a goal against Miami (Ohio) on Feb. 6 with St. Cloud State teammates. (Courtesy


Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu