Top 25 Michigan boys hockey rankings: Detroit CC and Hartland still top the list, Flint Powers, Rochester United enter rankings
With a couple of weeks gone by since our initial rankings, and one of the big showcase tournaments down, it’s time to update our top 25 hockey rankings, in view of what’s transpired recently. Here are our final hockey rankings for the 2018 calendar year:
1. Detroit Catholic Central — The Shamrocks went 5-0 since our last ranking outscoring opponents 33-6 in that span, and remain unbeaten in-state at 9-0.
2. Hartland — The defending Division 2 champ remains unbeaten in-state with a 7-0 mark, and two convincing wins in that past week over Northville and Brother Rice.
3. Saginaw Heritage — The Hawks are unbeaten at 5-0, and have outscored their opponents by a 33-5 margin playing a schedule of teams from all over the state.
4. U of D Jesuit — The Cubs are 9-1 and sitting atop, for now, what is an incredibly deep Division 3 this season.
5. Trenton — The Trojans are red hot, winning five straight by a combined score of 39-2.
6. Detroit Country Day — The defending Division 3 champions had their amazing 27-game winning streak snapped with a 1-1 tie against Alpena, but have not lost in over a calendar year, dating back to Dec. 16, 2017.
7. Livonia Stevenson — The Spartans are 7-0-1 since losing their opener against Brother Rice.
8. Houghton — The Gremlins sit at 7-1-1 and have a big test Tuesday night when they host Calumet.
9. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood — The Cranes play one of the toughest schedules in the state, and looked very impressive at the KLAA/MIHL showdown in a 5-1 win over Plymouth.
10. Birmingham Brother Rice — Speaking of tough schedules, the Warriors can certainly make a claim for the state’s toughest as well, and will be a tough out at Division 2 playoff time.
11. Calumet — The Copper Kings sit at 5-2, and can make a big statement with a win at Houghton on Tuesday night.
12. Warren De La Salle — The Pilots are one of the teams in any conversation about the best in the intriguing Division 3 ranks. Two big road games at Trenton and U of D Jesuit this week give them a chance at making a big statement.
13. Salem — A big week looming for the Rocks, as they battle Plymouth on Friday, and a vastly improved Canton squad on Saturday.
14. Plymouth — The Wildcats had a six-game win streak snapped with a loss to Cranbrook, but remain a threat to anybody at 6-2.
15. Brownstown-Woodhaven — The Warriors have won eight straight since an opening loss to Trenton, and face a big test Friday when they take on Detroit Country Day.
16. Saline — The Hornets are off to a 4-1-1 start in-state, and remain the team to beat in the improving Southeastern Conference.
17. Byron Center — The Bulldogs are sitting at 6-1, but have two big games this week against Jenison and Hartland that should really put them to the test.
18. Grand Rapids Catholic Central — The Cougars are off to a fine 7-1 start, and have two big games this weekend with Cranbrook and East Grand Rapids looming.
19. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s — The Eaglets can play with anybody, and have a chance to show it yet again as they travel to take on an incredibly talented Brother Rice squad on Saturday.
20. Brighton — Year-in and year-out, the schedule the Bulldogs play gets them ready for the Division 1 playoffs, and it’s usually a very long run for the defending Division 1 champs.
21. Rockford — The Rams have reeled off nine straight wins since dropping their opener to Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
22. Flint Powers Catholic — The Chargers make their debut in our ranking for 2018-2019, but anybody that follows the game know that Travis Perry has been doing a great job for years, and success isn’t exactly new to his program.
23. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central — The Rangers are off to a 7-1-1 start, and are being led by a fine looking junior, Cole Beaufait, who has tallied seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points through nine games.
24. Rochester United — Head coach Bryan Kowalski has his squad off to a 6-2 start, with the losses coming to Warren De La Salle and Houghton. This will be a team to keep an eye on in Division 1.
25. Alpena — The Wildcats stay in our top 25 by virtue of their 9-1-1 record, and snapping Detroit Country Day’s 27-game win streak in a 1-1 tie.