Yale No. 1 For 7th Straight Week
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A weekend split with a strong conference rival did not drop the Yale men's hockey team from its perch above Division I. The Bulldogs (15-2, 9-1 ECAC Hockey), for the seventh straight week, are ranked No. 1 in both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and the USCHO.com polls.
The Elis, who extended their win streak to10 games with a 5-2 win over Brown on Saturday before falling to the Bears on Sunday, 3-2, received 26 of the 34 first-place votes in the USA Today Poll. North Dakota, which split a weekend series to stay at No. 2, had the other eight votes for the top spot.
Yale grabbed 38 of the 50 USCHO.com first-place votes. The Fighting Sioux (9), Boston College (1), Denver (1) and Michigan (1) had the others.
Five ECAC teams (Union, RPI, Dartmouth, Princeton) are among the top 20 in the USCHO.com poll. Three (Union, RPI) made USA Today's top 15.
The Bulldogs, also atop the ECAC Hockey standings with 18 points, host Clarkson and St. Lawrence this Friday and Saturday nights at 7 in important conference games.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
image from Saturday's game by Don Clark