Cornell men’s ice hockey has a national-best unbeaten streak, ten games long, after a pair of important wins on the road this weekend clinched the team an Ivy League title and left it in striking distance of a #1 ranking.
Saturday’s 3-1 win at Dartmouth College placed the team briefly at the very top of the pairwise ranking, a mathematical table that shows how NCAA hockey teams match up against one another, but only until Notre Dame came back to win their Saturday game.
Notre Dame’s loss on Friday night, combined with Cornell’s win at Harvard, left their #1 ranking in the weekly polls precarious, as well. Cornell climbed to #2 in the weekly USCHO poll last Monday, the highest spot it’s hit in about 15 years. The Big Red’s 2003 campaign took it all the way to the Frozen Four.
Friday night’s win against the Harvard Crimson, on a hat trick from Anthony Angello, marked the third shutout in a row for freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda.
On Saturday, the Big Green’s lone goal by Tim Shoup ended Galajda’s shutout streak at 227 minutes and 11 seconds, the second longest in Cornell history and 13th longest in NCAA Division I history.
It’s the first outright Ivy League title for Cornell since 2014, and their 22nd Ancient Eight title in program history. Cornell is back in action at Lynah Rink this coming weekend against Union College and RPI, both 7pm games.