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Week 5 hockey power rankings

With all the shuffling that took place in this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, we can tell you this with certainty: We still rated 20 teams, and the top 2 are still Miami and North Dakota. They're joined on the upper rungs of our weekly list by Cornell.

Here's how the Inside College Hockey editors and staff rank the nation's top teams:

1. MIAMI
You know you've had a rough go at a particular road venue when you get a sweep there and it nearly doubles your school's all-time win total in that arena. That's what happened to the RedHawks, who got all-time wins Nos. 4 and 5 at Michigan's Yost Ice Arena this past weekend.

2. NORTH DAKOTA
The Fighting Sioux have scored three or more goals seven times in eight games this season, the lone exception being a 2-1 loss at Alaska Anchorage on Oct. 24.

3. CORNELL
Talk about feeling shame in the penalty box: Through three games, Cornell's power play is clicking at a 44.4 percent rate, converting eight of 18 chances thus far.

4. DENVER
Saturday's 7-3 loss to Alaska Anchorage at Sullivan Arena snapped the Pioneers' 13-game unbeaten streak on the Seawolves' home ice.

5. UMASS LOWELL
Nick Schaus is Lowell's best defenseman, and right now, he's their top scorer, too. The senior's nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) are tops on the team and tied for ninth in Hockey East.

6. MICHIGAN
Miami became the first team to sweep Michigan in Ann Arbor since Oct. 26-27, 2001, when Northern Michigan did it. Those Wildcats were coached by Rick Comley, who brings his Michigan State squad to Yost on Friday.

7. NEBRASKA-OMAHA
Apropos of nothing, the Mavericks' roster boasts players from 11 different states -- California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin.

8. NOTRE DAME
The Irish have scored a total of 23 goals in their first 10 games this season. That's the same number they scored last season in five games against Northern Michigan, this weekend's opponent.

9. ALASKA
The Nanooks are off to a terrific start, but they've played all of their first eight games on Alaskan soil. That changes this weekend when Alaska shuffles off to Bowling Green for the first of three road series in four weekends.

10. BEMIDJI STATE
Matt Read has 14 points through eight games, and Bemidji State is one of two remaining teams without a loss on their ledger.

For the rest of the top 20 for this week's Inside College Hockey Power Rankings, click here.