2009–10 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

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The 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began on October 8, 2009 and concluded with the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on April 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Denver and Miami (OH) entered the season as the nations' two top ranked teams. This was the 63rd season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 115th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 20 from USCHO.com/CBS College Sports, October 5, 2009, and the top 15 from USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, September 29, 2009.[1]

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports
Ranking Team
1 Denver (20)
2 Boston University (17)
3 Michigan (2)
4 Miami (OH) (5)
5 Notre Dame (2)
6 North Dakota
7 Cornell
8 Yale
9 Minnesota
10 Princeton
11 Massachusetts–Lowell
12 Boston College
13 Wisconsin
14 Vermont
15 St. Cloud State
16 New Hampshire
17 Ohio State
18 Minnesota–Duluth
19 Air Force
20 Northeastern
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Ranking Team
1 Miami (OH) (4)
2 Denver (13)
3 Boston University (12)
4 Michigan
5 Notre Dame (5)
6 Minnesota
7 Cornell
8 North Dakota
9 Princeton
10 Massachusetts–Lowell
11 Yale
12 Boston College
13 St. Cloud State
14 Wisconsin
15 Vermont

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#10 RIT†* 28 22 5 1 45 109 51 41 28 12 1 145 90
Sacred Heart 28 16 9 3 35 99 86 38 21 13 4 131 123
Air Force 28 14 8 6 34 86 70 37 16 15 6 103 96
Mercyhurst 28 15 10 3 33 103 70 38 15 20 3 121 118
Canisius 28 13 11 4 30 97 89 37 17 15 5 125 122
Army 28 10 12 6 26 80 83 36 11 18 7 98 114
Holy Cross 28 10 13 5 25 70 74 37 12 19 6 87 102
Bentley 28 10 15 3 23 78 105 35 12 19 4 94 123
Connecticut 28 6 19 3 15 48 91 37 7 27 3 59 135
American International 28 5 19 4 14 59 110 33 5 24 4 69 131
Championship: RIT
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T SW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#3 Miami (OH) 28 21 2 5 2 70 100 39 44 29 8 7 147 86
Michigan State 28 14 8 6 2 50 73 64 38 19 13 6 115 97
#14 Ferris State 28 13 9 6 4 49 79 66 40 21 13 6 118 92
#13 Northern Michigan 28 13 9 6 3 48 86 72 41 20 13 8 124 104
#15 Alaska 28 11 9 8 4 45 73 70 39 18 12 9 108 93
Nebraska–Omaha 28 13 12 3 2 44 85 83 42 20 16 6 124 116
#8 Michigan* 28 14 13 1 0 43 83 69 45 26 18 1 148 102
Ohio State 28 10 12 6 4 40 81 93 39 15 18 6 110 122
Notre Dame 28 9 12 7 2 36 65 76 38 13 17 8 90 102
Lake Superior State 28 10 15 3 2 35 66 90 38 15 18 5 93 118
Bowling Green 28 4 18 6 5 23 58 102 36 5 25 6 71 138
Western Michigan 28 4 17 7 2 21 62 87 36 8 20 8 76 104
Championship: Michigan
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#12 Bemidji State 18 14 3 1 29 71 40 37 23 10 4 128 87
Robert Morris 18 6 9 3 15 47 60 35 10 19 6 94 121
Alabama–Huntsville* 18 6 10 2 14 42 54 33 12 18 3 73 89
Niagara 18 6 10 2 14 53 59 36 12 20 4 107 118
Championship: Alabama–Huntsville
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#6 Yale 22 15 5 2 32 92 72 34 21 10 3 141 105
#9 Cornell* 22 14 5 3 31 74 43 34 21 9 4 107 67
Union 22 12 6 4 28 81 60 39 21 12 6 134 100
Colgate 22 12 8 2 26 78 70 36 15 15 6 118 119
St. Lawrence 22 9 8 5 23 62 61 42 19 16 7 118 121
Rensselaer 22 10 9 3 23 64 58 39 18 17 4 109 108
Quinnipiac 22 11 11 0 22 71 63 40 20 18 2 123 114
Princeton 22 8 12 2 18 65 76 31 12 16 3 91 103
Dartmouth 22 7 12 3 17 69 79 32 10 19 3 96 115
Harvard 22 7 12 3 17 61 70 33 9 21 3 82 113
Brown 22 6 12 4 16 64 95 37 13 20 4 103 134
Clarkson 22 4 15 3 11 50 84 37 9 24 4 92 136
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#11 New Hampshire 27 15 6 6 36 98 77 39 18 14 7 131 122
#1 Boston College* 27 16 8 3 35 99 61 42 29 10 3 171 104
Boston University 27 13 12 2 28 93 91 38 18 17 3 123 124
Maine 27 13 12 2 28 95 90 39 19 17 3 143 130
Massachusetts–Lowell 27 12 11 4 28 82 72 39 19 16 4 114 92
Massachusetts 27 13 14 0 26 72 86 36 18 18 0 105 117
Merrimack 27 12 13 2 26 82 85 37 16 19 2 109 116
Vermont 27 9 11 7 25 78 82 39 17 15 7 113 112
Northeastern 27 11 14 2 24 70 87 34 16 16 2 93 100
Providence 27 5 18 4 14 46 84 34 10 20 4 68 99
Championship: Boston College
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#4 Denver 28 19 5 4 42 92 65 41 27 10 4 133 99
#2 Wisconsin 28 17 8 3 37 109 76 43 28 11 4 171 111
#5 St. Cloud State 28 15 9 4 34 90 77 43 24 14 5 138 122
Minnesota–Duluth 28 16 11 1 33 90 77 40 22 17 1 126 109
#7 North Dakota* 28 15 10 3 33 89 61 43 25 13 5 140 91
Colorado College 28 12 13 3 27 88 85 39 19 17 3 123 113
Minnesota 28 12 14 2 26 80 76 39 18 19 2 106 110
Alaska–Anchorage 28 9 17 2 20 66 106 36 11 23 2 87 141
Minnesota State 28 9 17 2 20 75 92 39 16 20 3 110 112
Michigan Tech 28 4 24 0 8 59 118 36 5 30 1 74 148
Championship: North Dakota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top 15 Poll

Player stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players led the league in points at the conclusion of the season.[2]

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

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Nyquist, GustavGustav Nyquist Sophomore Maine 39 19 42 61 20
Stepan, DerekDerek Stepan Sophomore Wisconsin 41 12 42 54 8
Atkinson, CamCam Atkinson Sophomore Boston College 42 30 23 53 30
Butler, BobbyBobby Butler Senior New Hampshire 39 29 24 53 20
Conacher, CoryCory Conacher Junior Canisius 35 20 33 53 36
Johnson, NickNick Johnson Senior Sacred Heart 38 27 25 52 51
Polacek, ChaseChase Polacek Junior RPI 39 26 26 52 48
Davies, MichaelMichael Davies Senior Wisconsin 41 20 32 52 48
Smith, BrendanBrendan Smith Junior Wisconsin 42 15 37 52 76
Marcou, JamesJames Marcou Junior Massachusetts 36 11 40 51 36

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders led the league in goals against average at the end of the regular season while playing at least 33% of their team's total minutes.[2]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA
Reichard, CodyCody Reichard Sophomore Miami (OH) 27 1,570:48 19 4 3 49 5 .921 1.87
Scrivens, BenBen Scrivens Senior Cornell 34 2,018:28 21 9 4 63 7 .934 1.87
Knapp, ConnorConnor Knapp Sophomore Miami (OH) 20 1,126:44 10 4 4 37 4 .921 1.97
Hutton, CarterCarter Hutton Senior Massachusetts–Lowell 27 1,614:12 13 12 2 55 4 .928 2.04
Milan, CoreyCorey Milan Junior Union College 17 960:49 9 4 3 33 1 .917 2.06
Cheverie, MarcMarc Cheverie Junior Denver 35 2,044:27 24 6 3 71 6 .932 2.08
DeMichiel, JaredJared DeMichiel Senior RIT 38 2,270:08 27 10 1 79 6 .921 2.09
Eidsness, BradBrad Eidsness Sophomore North Dakota 41 2,387:54 24 10 4 84 3 .914 2.11
Nagle, PatPat Nagle Junior Ferris State 26 1,496:05 12 10 3 53 1 .923 2.13
Greenham, ScottScott Greenham Sophomore Alaska 39 2,295:34 18 12 9 84 4 .919 2.20

Awards[edit]

East First Team[3]   Position   West First Team[3]
Ben Scrivens, Cornell G Marc Cheverie, Denver
Colby Cohen, Boston University D Brendan Smith, Wisconsin
Brendon Nash, Cornell D Patrick Weircioch, Denver
Bobby Butler, New Hampshire F Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin
Gustav Nyquist, Maine F Mark Olver, Northern Michigan
Chase Polacek, Rensselaer F Rhett Rakhshani, Denver
East Second Team   Position   West Second Team
Brian Foster, New Hampshire G Cody Reichard, Miami (OH)
Justin Braun, Massachusetts D Erik Gustafsson, Northern Michigan
Blake Kessel, New Hampshire D Jeff Petry, Michigan State
Sean Backman, Yale F Jack Connolly, Minnesota–Duluth
Nick Johnson, Sacred Heart F Zac Dalpe, Ohio State
Broc Little, Yale F Matt Read, Bemidji State

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