Yale Takes Top Spot in Both National Polls

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Become No. 1 For First Time

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the first time in the history of the program the Yale men's hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the nation. The two major polls were just released and the 10-1 Bulldogs (6-0 ECAC Hockey) are in the top spot of both after a pair of wins over nationally ranked teams last weekend.

Yale, No. 2 last week, is the first ECAC team to be ranked No. 1 since Cornell entered the 2003 NCAA Tournament as its top seed. The Elis have been ranked fifth or better since the start of the 2010-11 campaign and own the nation's longest active win streak at five.

The Elis received 34 of 50 first-place votes and 973 points in the uscho.com poll which put them ahead of No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth (13, 950), last week's top-ranked squad. UMD, also nicknamed the Bulldogs, split with No. 9 Denver over the weekend.

The Blue, off to its best start since the 1929-30 season (16-0 before ending 17-1-1), had 24 of 33 first-place votes in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll. UMD had nine top votes and was second on this list as well.

Yale hosts Vermont Wednesday night at 7.



filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director