The more things change, the more we flip flop on our Elite Eight. A least, the bottom five.
While Providence, Boston College and Qunnipiac remain 1-2-3, the next five rankings aren’t so easy.
UMass Lowell dropped from fourth to sixth despite earning a shootout overtime victory over Brown at the first Friendship Four tournament in Ireland, but that’s only because NCHC leaders St. Cloud State and North Dakota each swept — and red-hot Harvard moves back into eighth. Omaha now has five sweeps on the season and looks unbeatable at its new home.
The NCAA considers UMass Lowell’s overtime shootout win a tie.
Hockey East | 9-0-3 | Last week: 1
Third-period rally against stingy Yale extends unbeaten streak to 16 games.
Hockey East | 12-1-0 | Last week: 2
Eleven straight wins, longest streak since 2013-2014 season.
ECAC | 13-0-2 | Last week: 3
Goalie Michael Garteig can notch school-record 60th win Friday against Yale.
NCHC | 11-3-0 | Last week: 5
Made school history with first-ever sweep at Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena.
NCHC | 12-2-2 | Last week: 6
Four series sweeps; Cam Johnson back in the nets after injury.
Hockey East | 10-1-4 | Last week: 4
The Beasts of Belfast, or Cardiac Kids, take your pick.
NCHC | 11-2-1 | Last week: 7
Best start in school history; unbeaten in new Baxter Arena.
ECAC | | Last week: NR
Three straight wins by combined 11-1 margin since 4-0 loss to Quinnipiac.
Dropping out: Denver (8)