October 29, 2002

Cornell Ranked No. 8

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For the fourth week in a row, the men’s hockey team remained in eighth place in the Oct. 28 USCHO.com coaches’ poll. The Red has yet to play its first regular season game. However, the success incurred from last year’s season, along with the numerous returners from that team, has kept it in the nation’s top 10 this fall.

On Sunday, the Red routed York University 9-1 in an exhibition game at Lynah Rink. Cornell opens its season on Friday at Ohio State in a game that will have immediate ramifications for Cornell’s position in the national polls.

The top five teams all remained the same, with only No. 3 Boston College and No. 4 Minnesota switching places. New Hampshire stayed in first place with 20 first place votes. Both No. 2 Denver and the undefeated Eagles had 10 first place votes. Michigan rounded out the top five after a weekend sweep of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Cornell is still the highest ranked ECAC team in the poll. Harvard is next on the list at the 15th position. Brown was the only other team from the conference to get a vote.

North Dakota, Boston University, Cornell, Colorado College, and Maine round out the rest of the top 10 in that order.

In the USA Today poll, the Red jumped two spots in the standings to seventh place, as Boston University dropped to 10th on the list. Harvard fell to 14th after reaching a high mark of No. 12.

The Buckeyes garnered 22 votes in the USCHO.com poll after sweeping ECAC rival Clarkson last weekend. They are 3-1-1 on the season.

Cornell will return home after this weekend’s game as it begins it’s conference schedule against Yale on Nov. 8.

Archived article by Sun Staff