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The 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began on November 14, 2020 and is intended to conclude with the Frozen Four on April 10th 2021. Due to the cancellation of the previous year's tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic, this will be the 73rd season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held, and will be US college hockey's 126th year overall.

Due to ongoing concerns related to the pandemic, the start of the season was delayed until what would have normally been the 8th week of play.

Polls[]

Regular season[]

Due to difficulties in scheduling, Arizona State entered into a scheduling alliance with the Big Ten while LIU did the same with Atlantic Hockey. Both teams remained independent programs and will not be considered for conference championships.[1]

Standings[]

2020–21 Atlantic Hockey Standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T OW OL SW PTS PT% GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#15 American International †* 12 11 1 0 1 0 0 32 .889 47 18 19 15 4 0 67 40
Army 15 10 4 1 3 1 1 30 .667 42 33 22 15 6 1 71 48
Robert Morris 15 10 5 0 2 1 0 29 .644 58 48 24 15 9 0 85 69
Canisius 13 8 5 0 1 1 0 24 .615 42 34 17 11 6 0 59 46
RIT 13 7 5 1 0 0 1 23 .590 43 40 20 9 9 2 68 70
Sacred Heart 13 6 6 1 1 2 0 20 .513 35 38 18 6 10 2 43 59
Mercyhurst 16 7 8 1 1 1 1 23 .479 54 50 21 8 12 1 64 67
Bentley 15 4 11 0 1 5 0 16 .356 35 48 16 5 11 0 42 51
Niagara 15 3 9 3 0 2 1 15 .333 39 53 22 7 12 3 57 70
Air Force 13 3 9 1 2 1 0 9 .231 32 49 14 3 10 1 35 56
Holy Cross 12 3 9 0 2 0 0 7 .194 22 38 16 4 12 0 30 52
Championship: March 20, 2021
† indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion (Riley Trophy)
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll
2020–21 Big Ten ice hockey Standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T 3/SW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#5 Wisconsin 24 17 6 1 0 52 92 52 28 19 8 1 107 65
#4 Minnesota* 22 16 6 0 0 48 69 44 27 21 6 0 101 52
#20 Notre Dame 24 12 10 2 1 41 65 53 29 14 13 2 84 78
#7 Michigan 20 11 9 0 1 32 69 45 25 15 9 1 89 48
Penn State 18 7 11 0 2 20 48 68 21 10 11 0 62 77
Ohio State 22 6 16 0 0 20 39 82 27 7 19 1 53 101
Michigan State 22 5 16 1 2 15 32 70 27 7 18 2 40 77
Championship: March 16, 2021
† indicates conference regular season champion * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated March 14, 2021
Overall record
GP W L T GF GA
Arizona State 26 7 16 3 68 106
Long Island 13 3 10 0 23 55
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll
2020–21 ECAC Hockey Standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T OTW OTL 3/SW PTS PT% GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#11 Quinnipiacdagger 17 10 3 4 1 1 3 37 .725 51 30 26 17 5 4 92 48
#14 Clarkson 14 6 4 4 1 2 2 25 .595 29 25 22 11 7 4 62 52
St. Lawrence* 14 4 8 2 1 1 1 15 .357 30 37 15 4 8 3 32 39
Colgate 17 4 9 4 1 0 1 16 .314 30 48 20 5 10 5 40 58
Brown 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Cornell 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Dartmouth 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Harvard 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Princeton 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Rensselaer 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Union 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Yale 0 - - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Championship: March 20, 2021
dagger indicates conference regular season champion (Cleary Cup)
* indicates conference tournament champion (Whitelaw Cup)
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; Updated March 5, 2021
2020–21 Hockey East Standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T OTW OTL SOW HEPI GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#2 Boston College 21 16 4 1 3 2 0 58.61 82 46 24 17 6 1 91 58
#10 Boston University 14 10 3 1 3 1 1 56.36 49 37 16 10 5 1 52 45
#6 Massachusetts * 22 13 5 4 1 1 1 55.44 76 42 29 20 5 4 103 48
Connecticut 22 10 10 2 1 4 2 52.01 69 63 23 10 11 2 70 69
#16 Providence 23 10 8 5 0 0 2 50.80 63 61 25 11 9 5 71 67
Northeastern 20 9 8 3 1 0 3 49.94 68 60 21 9 9 3 69 64
#19 UMass Lowell 16 7 8 1 1 1 0 48.00 46 53 20 10 9 1 59 63
Maine 15 3 10 2 0 1 2 46.66 41 61 16 3 11 2 43 68
Merrimack 18 5 11 2 0 1 0 45.38 47 66 18 5 11 2 47 66
New Hampshire 21 5 13 3 3 2 2 43.66 51 83 23 6 14 3 60 88
Vermont 12 1 9 2 0 0 0 38.02 17 37 13 1 10 2 20 42
Championship: March 20, 2021[2]
No Regular Season Champion Awarded[3]
* indicates conference tournament champion (Lamoriello Trophy)
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; Updated April 10, 2021
2020–21 National Collegiate Hockey Conference Standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T 3/SW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#2 North Dakota dagger* 23 16 4 1 2 53 92 44 23 18 4 1 92 44
#6 St. Cloud State 23 12 6 0 2 43 74 61 23 14 9 0 74 61
#10 Minnesota–Duluth 23 12 7 2 2 42 69 50 23 13 8 2 69 50
#11 Omaha 23 10 8 1 4 38 76 67 23 13 9 1 76 67
Denver 22 9 10 1 1 31 61 60 22 9 12 1 61 60
Western Michigan 23 9 11 3 2 30 69 82 23 9 11 3 69 82
Colorado College 22 4 14 2 2 18 35 77 22 4 16 2 35 77
Miami 23 5 15 2 0 18 44 79 23 5 16 2 44 79
Championship: March 16, 2021
dagger indicates conference regular season champion (Penrose Cup); * indicates conference tournament champion (Frozen Faceoff Championship Trophy)
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated February 21, 2021
2020–21 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Standings
Conference record Overall record
GP W L T OTW OTL 3/SW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#3 Minnesota State 14 13 1 0 1 1 0 39 56 15 23 19 3 1 84 32
#18 Lake Superior State* 14 9 5 0 2 2 0 27 39 34 24 15 6 3 69 52
#13 Bowling Green 14 8 5 1 0 2 0 27 46 34 28 18 9 1 97 62
#15 Bemidji State 14 8 5 1 3 2 0 24 42 34 25 14 8 3 71 58
Michigan Tech 14 7 7 0 1 0 0 20 38 35 29 17 11 1 77 59
Northern Michigan 14 6 7 1 2 2 1 20 40 47 25 9 15 1 66 90
Alabama–Huntsville 14 3 11 0 1 0 0 8 18 49 21 3 17 1 30 76
Ferris State 14 0 13 1 0 1 1 3 28 59 24 1 22 1 54 100
Alaska 0 - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Alaska Anchorage 0 - - - - - - - - - 0 - - - - -
Championship: March 20, 2021
† indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll; updated March 13, 2020

PairWise Rankings[]

The PairWise Rankings (PWR) are a statistical tool designed to approximate the process by which the NCAA selection committee decides which teams get at-large bids to the 16-team NCAA tournament. Although the NCAA selection committee does not use the PWR as presented by USCHO, the PWR has been accurate in predicting which teams will make the tournament field.

For Division I men, all teams are included in comparisons starting in the 2013–14 season (formerly, only teams with a Ratings Percentage Index of .500 or above, or teams under consideration, were included). The PWR method compares each team with every other such team, with the winner of each “comparison” earning one PWR point. After all comparisons are made, the points are totaled up and rankings listed accordingly.

With 61 Division I men's teams, the greatest number of PWR points any team could earn is 60, winning the comparison with every other team. Meanwhile, a team that lost all of its comparisons would have no PWR points.

Teams are then ranked by PWR point total, with ties broken by the teams’ RPI ratings, which starting in 2013-14 is weighted for home and road games and includes a quality wins bonus (QWB) for beating teams in the top 20 of the RPI (it also is weighted for home and road).

When it comes to comparing teams, the PWR uses three criteria which are combined to make a comparison: RPI, record against common opponents and head-to-head competition. Starting in 2013–14, the comparison of record against teams under consideration was dropped because all teams are now under comparison.[4]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most teams played a very small selection of intraconference games, if any at all. As a result, the PairWise rankings would not be used as the primary measuring tool for determining which teams would receive at-large bids for the NCAA tournament. The ranking would only be used to differentiate between teams within their own conferences.[5] The PWR will likely be used as the primary ranking system once a full NCAA season is played.

NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Final PairWise Rankings[6]
Rank Team PWR RPI Conference
1 Minnesota State 60 .6037* WCHA
2 North Dakota 59 .5769 NCHC
3 American International 57 .5765* Atlantic Hockey
3 Minnesota 57 .5751 Big Ten
5 Boston College 56 .5672 Hockey East
6 Massachusetts 55 .5613* Hockey East
7 Lake Superior State 54 .5593 WCHA
8 Wisconsin 53 .5510 Big Ten
9 Bowling Green 52 .5476 WCHA
10 Bemidji State 51 .5463 WCHA
11 Canisius 50 .5430 Atlantic Hockey
12 Army 49 .5426 Atlantic Hockey
12 Quinnipiac 49 .5413 ECAC Hockey
14 Boston University 47 .5391 Hockey East
15 St. Cloud State 46 .5375 NCHC
16 Clarkson 45 .5364 ECAC Hockey
17 Michigan 44 .5311 Big Ten
18 Michigan Tech 43 .5303 WCHA
19 Minnesota–Duluth 42 .5233 NCHC
20 Robert Morris 41 .5137 Atlantic Hockey
21 Connecticut 40 .5136 Hockey East
22 Providence 39 .5123 Hockey East
23 Omaha 38 .5100 NCHC
24 Massachusetts–Lowell 37 .5096 Hockey East
25 Notre Dame 36 .5092 Big Ten
26 Denver 35 .5086 NCHC
27 RIT 34 .5026 Atlantic Hockey
28 St. Lawrence 33 .4976 ECAC Hockey
29 Northeastern 32 .4934 Hockey East
30 Arizona State 30 .4920 Independent
30 Northern Michigan 30 .4914 WCHA
32 Western Michigan 29 .4825 NCHC
33 Sacred Heart 28 .4814 Atlantic Hockey
34 Mercyhurst 27 .4784 Atlantic Hockey
35 Niagara 26 .4782 Atlantic Hockey
35 Penn State 26 .4725 Big Ten
37 Colgate 24 .4701 ECAC Hockey
38 Merrimack 22 .4669 Hockey East
38 Bentley 22 .4669 Atlantic Hockey
40 New Hampshire 21 .4513 Hockey East
41 Maine 20 .4559 Hockey East
42 Ohio State 19 .4495 Big Ten
43 Colorado College 18 .4435 NCHC
44 Michigan State 17 .4396 Big Ten
45 Miami 16 .4375 NCHC
46 Long Island 15 .4331 Independent
47 Air Force 14 .4260 Atlantic Hockey
48 Holy Cross 13 .4198 Atlantic Hockey
49 Alabama–Huntsville 12 .4139 WCHA
50 Vermont 11 .4014 Hockey East
51 Ferris State 10 .4007 WCHA
52 Alaska 0 .0000 WCHA
52 Alaska Anchorage 0 .0000 WCHA
52 Brown 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
52 Cornell 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
52 Dartmouth 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
52 Harvard 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
52 Princeton 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
52 Rensselaer 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
52 Union 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
52 Yale 0 .0000 ECAC Hockey
*A team's RPI has been adjusted to remove negative effect from defeating a weak opponent
Note: A team's record is based only on games against other Division I hockey schools which are eligible for the NCAA Tournament
Final PairWise Rankings

Player stats[]

Scoring leaders[]

Updated as of games played on March 27, 2021.[7]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Caufield, ColeCole Caufield Sophomore Wisconsin 31 30 22 52 4
Tufto, OdeenOdeen Tufto Senior Quinnipiac 29 8 39 47 22
Weissbach, LinusLinus Weissbach Senior Wisconsin 31 12 29 41 2
Kawaguchi, JordanJordan Kawaguchi Senior North Dakota 28 10 26 36 24
Holloway, DylanDylan Holloway Sophomore Wisconsin 23 11 24 35 19
Adams, CollinCollin Adams Senior North Dakota 29 14 20 34 10
Kruse, BrandonBrandon Kruse Senior Bowling Green 31 11 23 34 26
Nardi, JosephJoseph Nardi Senior Northern Michigan 29 12 21 33 0
Pinto, ShaneShane Pinto Sophomore North Dakota 28 15 17 32 4
Steeves, AlexAlex Steeves Junior Notre Dame 29 15 17 32 8

Leading goaltenders[]

The following goaltenders lead the NCAA in goals against average, minimum 1/3 of team's minutes played.[7]
GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Lindberg, FilipFilip Lindberg Junior Massachusetts 14 858:43 9 1 4 19 4 .946 1.33
McKay, DrydenDryden McKay Junior Minnesota State 24 1402:33 20 3 0 34 9 .928 1.45
Scheel, AdamAdam Scheel Junior North Dakota 26 1590:38 20 4 1 46 4 .931 1.74
LaFontaine, JackJack LaFontaine Senior Minnesota 28 1648:38 22 6 0 48 5 .935 1.75
Pietila, BlakeBlake Pietila Sophomore Michigan Tech 24 1393:58 14 9 0 42 3 .934 1.81
Mann, StraussStrauss Mann Junior Michigan 21 1205:00 11 9 1 38 5 .930 1.89
Petruzzelli, KeithKeith Petruzzelli Senior Quinnipiac 29 1715:45 17 8 4 54 5 .926 1.89
Kozlowski, TrevinTrevin Kozlowski Senior Army 20 1253:29 14 4 1 40 2 .922 1.91
Mitens, MareksMareks Mitens Senior Lake Superior State 25 1380:55 14 6 3 45 2 .930 1.96
Haider, EthanEthan Haider Freshman Clarkson 16 959:52 7 5 4 32 0 .921 2.00


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