The ASN Eight: Cardiac Quinnipiac remains No. 1

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Two weeks ago Quinnipiac needed to pull its goalie twice for sixth attackers and last-second magic to eke out back-to-back ties and remain No. 1.

Last week, the Bobcats needed six — yes, six — third-period goals against Dartmouth to erase a three-goal deficit for a 7-5 win. Quinnipiac continues making a living on the edge.

Cardiac Quinnipiac remains No. 1 in our ASN Elite Eight rankings, with Cornell set to take the next shot at holding the Bobcats off.

This is the season of living dangerously for Quinnipiac, but it’s working. Also working is Boston and Boston University back in the Beanpot title game.

And from the Big Ten, far and away the most interesting team to follow is Michigan.

The Wolverines are 16-3-4 after dismantling a very disciplined Penn State team by a 6-3 score Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Big Blue is attacking in waves with the most potent offense in college hockey. Their 4.9 goals per game average is a half-goal more per game than the nation’s second-best offense in St. Cloud.


The ASN Eight

ecac-quinnipiac1. QUINNIPIAC

Record: 20-1-5 | Conference: ECAC | Last week: 1

Average roster age is 22.1, but late-game heroics have them aging quickly.


nchc-stcloudstate2. ST. CLOUD STATE

Record: 21-5-1 | Conference: NCHC | Last week: 2

Ruler of Minnesota is now looking like national title contenders with strong upperclassmen play.


nchc-northdakota3. NORTH DAKOTA

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

Idle week is perfect timing to give M*A*S*H unit time to recover for showdown at Denver.


hockeyeast-bostoncollege4. BOSTON COLLEGE

Record: 18-4-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 4

Powers past Harvard and now faces BU for its 20th Beanpot championship and seventh in 10 years.


bigten-michigan5. MICHIGAN

Record: 16-3-4 | Conference: Big Ten | Last week: 6

Clearly the class of the Big Ten and ready for national stage.


hockeyeast-uml6. UMASS LOWELL

Record: 17-5-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 8

No players in top 25 in scoring, but goalie Kevin Boyle sixth in nation with .939 save percentage, 1.67 goals-against average and six shutouts.


hockeyeast-bostonuniversity7. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Record: 15-7-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: Unranked

6-1-1 in 2016 and primed to defend its Beanpot title, which would be its 31st.


Providence College8. PROVIDENCE

Record: 17-5-4 | Conference: Hockey East | Last week: 7

Defending national champion Friars are just 5-5-1 since Dec. 2.


DROPPING OUT: Notre Dame, 14-5-7, was blanked 4-0 by BC to end a 12-game unbeaten streak.

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu