Top Dogs For 2nd Straight Week
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the second straight week Yale (11-1 overall, 6-0 ECAC) is the No. 1 ranked team in the two Division I college hockey polls. The Bulldogs, who had never owned the top spot in the polls before last week, are tied for first place in ECAC Hockey and do not play until a Dec. 29 exhibition against a Russian touring team.
The Elis, who own the best record in the country and own the nation's longest (6) active win streak, got all 34 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll and 45 out of 49 in theuscho.com poll. The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-0 win over Vermont on Dec. 8 at Ingalls Rink.
Yale, off for exams and the holidays, has been ranked among the top in both polls all 11 weeks this season. This is the best start for a Bulldog hockey team since the 1929-30 squad won its first 16 on the way to a 17-1-1 campaign.
The Blue will be without Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, against the Russians. He is serving as head coach of the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2010 World Championships in Buffalo later this month. Associate head coach Kyle Wallack will serve as head coach while Allain is away.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director