Juggernaut: Cornell Hockey hits #1 in USCHO poll

Cornell Big Red Men’s Ice Hockey’s ten-game unbeaten streak earned them 32 first-place votes in this week’s USCHO poll, beating out Notre Dame for the top spot. It’s Cornell’s first time atop the poll in nearly 15 years.

Alec McCrea, center, and teammates celebrate the last-minute goal that lifted Cornell above the Harvard Crimson last fall. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

Notre Dame’s loss on Friday night, combined with Cornell’s win at Harvard, left their #1 ranking in the weekly polls precarious. Cornell climbed to #2 in the weekly USCHO poll last Monday, the highest spot it’s hit in over a decade. The Big Red’s 2003 campaign took it all the way to the Frozen Four.

Saturday’s 3-1 win at Dartmouth College placed Cornell 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 won their Saturday game.

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, and his sixth of the season, an all-time best for a Big Red freshman.

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.

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