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Penn State Yard Saled in ACHA Ranking 1, Now Sits in 15th Place




It certainly wasn't unexpected given Penn State's 0-4-1 start to 2015-16, but the Lady Ice Lions have officially tumbled in the ACHA Division 1 rankings, from 7th in the preseason poll to 15th in Ranking 1.

The good news? It's early. For proof, look no further than last weekend's opponent, Adrian. The Bulldogs were 14th in last year's first in-season ranking before closing things out in the ACHA semifinals. And with 14 games remaining against now-higher-ranked squads (plus any that might come up during the ECWHL playoffs in February), PSU will certainly have plenty of opportunity to move back up.

Elsewhere, defending national champion Liberty - which represents three of those 14 games - catapulted Miami to take over the top spot. Adrian held in 3rd following their weekend wins and ahead of their visit to Pegula Ice Arena in December. Davenport (12th) and Colorado (14th) round out the non-conference opposition in the rankings.

The ECWHL, thanks mostly to the Lady Ice Lions' drop, took a bit of a hit, as Vermont also fell from 15th to the "others receiving votes" category, joining Northeastern there. On the other end of things, Rhode Island stuck at 5th, while Massachusetts hopped the Rams from 6th to 4th.

These rankings were developed through the votes of every Division 1 coach (50 percent) as well as a separate list released with the collective opinion of the D1 competition committee (50 percent). Future rankings will reduce the weight of those elements to one-third each while introducing a computer ranking (omitted this time due to lack of data) to fill the remaining third. The eight-member competition committee includes Penn State head coach Patrick Fung.

The cutoff date for the next poll is November 22nd, January 17th and February 21st. The top eight teams - minus the automatic bids awarded to the playoff champions of the CCWHA and WWCHL, should those teams come from outside of the top eight - in that final ranking will qualify for the ACHA National Tournament, held March 9th through 13th in Kalamazoo, MI.

Penn State is off this weekend, but returns to action with its Pegula Ice Arena-opening series against Northeastern on November 7th and 8th. Game times are set for 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively.

Here is the complete ranking:

..
1
Liberty
9
Michigan State
2
Miami
10
Minnesota
3
Adrian
11
Colorado State
4
Massachusetts
12
Davenport
5
Rhode Island
13
Robert Morris
6
Grand Valley State
14
Colorado
7
Michigan
15
Penn State
8
LU-Belleville
Others receiving votes: Vermont, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Northeastern

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