For the first time this season, six ECAC Hockey Conference schools including Clarkson and St. Lawrence made the USCHO.Com top-20 division I men’s ice hockey poll.
Clarkson (9-2-1, 3-1-0) gained the most ground from last week to this week. The Golden Knights jumped five spots from last week’s poll, where they were 16th, following weekend road wins over Dartmouth and Harvard.
Clarkson posted a 3-2 victory over the Big Green Friday, before doubling up the Crimson 2-1 the following night. Picked last in the ECAC Hockey conference’s pre-season poll, Clarkson finds itself just one point behind league-leading Quinnipiac in the conference standings, according to USCHO.com.
St. Lawrence found its way into the nation’s top-20 for the first time this season. The Saints (6-2-2, 2-0-2) started off the weekend with a road win, 3-1 against Harvard, before edging Dartmouth 3-2.
Quinnipiac took two first place votes and moved up one place in the weekly poll, from sixth to fifth in the national standings. The Bobcats (9-1-1, 3-0-1), who are unbeaten in conference play, lead the ECAC with seven points after weekend a win over Brown, 3-0, Friday night, and a 3-3 tie with the reigning national champions Yale, Saturday night.
Both Yale and RPI remained ninth and 10th, respectively, in this week’s poll. Before falling to Quinnipiac Saturday, the Bulldogs (3-1-2, 2-0-2), toppled Princeton 5-2 Friday. The Engineers (6-2-2, 2-1-2) tied 19th ranked Cornell (3-2-1, 1-2-1) Friday night, 3-3, before rebounding and beating Colgate (4-6-1, 2-2-0), 3-1, Saturday.
The Big 10’s Minnesota (6-1-1) held onto the top spot, grabbing 38 first place votes.
In March, the ECAC’s top four teams will face off in Lake Placid when the Olympic Center plays host to the 2014 ECAC Hockey men’s championships.
Other Northeast Division I teams in the top 25 include Providence (5), Boston College (7), Yale (9), Rensselaer (10), Mass-Lowell, (16), Northeastern (18), and Cornell (19).