Six League Teams Ranked in National Polls
ALBANY, N.Y. -- For the first time this season the national Division I men’s ice hockey polls feature six ECAC Hockey men’s teams. The national polls released Monday, Nov. 26 showcase No. 8/7 Union, No. 11/11 Dartmouth, No. 12/12 Cornell, No. 15/13 Yale, No. 18 Quinnipiac and No. 19 Harvard ranked among the elite teams in men’s college hockey.
Union (8-2-1, 3-1-0) is holding steady in the top ten in both national polls sits in the No. 8 spot in both national polls. The Dutchmen remain in the No. 8 spot in the USCHO.com poll earning 687 points and moved up one position to No. 7 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey poll (314 points). After a two-game series sweep of Penn State, Union turns its attention back to league play this weekend, as the Dutchmen will take on red-hot Quinnipiac and Princeton at Messa Rink.
Ranked for the last three weeks Dartmouth (5-2-2, 4-1-1) finds itself just out of the top ten again this week. The Big Green held onto the No. 11 slot in both national polls, earning 448 points in the USCHO.com poll and 157 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey poll. For the third consecutive weekend the Big Green squared off with a team ranked nationally in the top-10, falling to No. 1/1 Boston College, 6-3. Dartmouth next play Saturday, Dec. 1 when the Bentley Falcons come to Thompson Arena for a 7 p.m. start.
Cornell (4-3-2, 1-3-2) ended a four-game winless streak in the first edition of The Frozen Apple recording its highest scoring effort of the season and got its first victory at Madison Square Garden since 1976 with a 5-1 win against Michigan Saturday night. As a result the Big Red jumped one position in each of the polls to No. 12 earning 371 points in the USCHO.com poll and 115 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey poll (97 points). The Big Red returns to Lynah Rink next weekend, taking on ECAC Hockey foes Clarkson and St. Lawrence. The Golden Knights are first, dropping the puck at 7 p.m. Friday. Cornell then takes on the Saints at 7 p.m. Saturday.
After two big overtime wins on a western road trip last weekend Yale (5-2-1, 2-2-0) makes its debut in the national polls this week claiming the No. 13 position in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey poll (87 points) and the No. 14 spot in the USCHO.com poll (291 points). The Bulldogs upended then-ranked No. 2/2 Denver Friday in overtime by a count of 2-1 and outlasted then-ranked No. 14 Colorado College, 6-5 in overtime Saturday evening. Yale is now 4-0 against nationally ranked teams this year and will begin a five-game homestand against visiting Brown this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Currently on a six-game unbeaten streak, 5-0-1, Quinnipiac (8-3-2, 4-0-0) jumped two spots to No. 16 in the USCHO.com Division I Coaches Poll accumulating 226 points. The Bobcats defeated Providence last Tuesday, 2-0, before tying Massachusetts, 2-2, over the weekend. Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it faces No. 7/8 Union Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y. before taking on Rensselaer Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Houston Field House in Troy, N.Y.
Idle Harvard (4-3-0, 3-3-0) fell two positions to No. 19 in the USCHO.com with 193 points from the voters. Freshman forward Jimmy Vesey leads Harvard in scoring with eight points on five goals and three assists in seven games. The Crimson gets a bit of a break after its first road trip of the season, as its next game comes Dec. 7 on the road against Merrimack. That contest will be broadcast on WBIN TV and is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
St. Lawrence (6-4-2, 0-2-2) also earned votes in both national polls this week.
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About the Polls:
The USCHO.com Poll consists of 50
voters, including 28 coaches from the Division I conferences and 22
beat writers and sports professionals from across the country. The
poll, published weekly by the Associated Press, is a production of
USCHO.com, which provides in-depth coverage of college hockey.
The 18th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the five NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.