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December 12, 2013

Cornell, Yale Mainstays in National Men's Ice Hockey Rankings

With the holiday break of the 2013-14 men's hockey approaching, several Ivies have posted significant victories, with Yale and Cornell mainstays in the current national rankings.

The Bulldogs currently sit at No. 11 in the latest USCHO.com poll while Cornell rank No. 14 with a 7-4-2 overall record. Cornell defeated Yale 2-1 on Nov. 23 and the two squads will battle again on Jan. 31, this time in New Haven, CT.

BROWN
Brown stands at 5-6-1 and will return to action Jan. 3 following a pair of wins over Harvard (2-1) and Dartmouth (3-2) this past weekend.

Matt Lorito paces the Bear scoring with six goals and eight assists in his first 12 games. Mark Nacierio also boasts 14 points on the year, tallying five goals and nine assists. Marco Del Fillippo and freshman Tyler Steel have led the Bears between the pipes, totaling 196 and 145 saves respectively.

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 3 at at Denver, 7:37 p.m., Jan. 4 at Colorado College, 7:07 p.m., Jan. 11 Boston College, 7 p.m. [IVY], Jan. 17 at St. Lawrence, 7 p.m., Jan. 18 at Clarkson, 7 p.m.

CORNELL
Cornell's 7-4-2 record is in large part thanks to its 3.0 goals per game, 16 of which have come on the power play. The Big Red are outscoring teams 12-5 in the first period.

Offensively, Cornell is paced by Brian Ferlin and his 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists). Joel Lowry and Joakim Ryan boast the highest plus/minus through the first 12 games, both sitting at +4 on the year.

Upcoming Schedule: Dec. 28 vs. New Hampshire, 7:35 p.m., Dec. 29 vs. Maine or Princeton, 4:05 or 7:35 p.m., Jan. 10 vs. UMass, 7 p.m., Jan. 17 at Harvard, 7 p.m., Jan. 18 at Dartmouth (7 p.m.)

DARTMOUTH
Dartmouth is coming off a tough 3-2 defeat at the hands of No. 10 Union last night. The Big Green are 2-10 overall and 2-8 in ECAC play.

Offensively they are paced by Eric Neiley's seven goals and three assists. Charles Grant has tallied 193 saves in seven games played for the Big Green.
 
Upcoming Schedule: Dec. 29 vs. Providence, 7 p.m. [IVY], Dec. 30 vs. Northeastern or Air Force, 4 or 7 p.m., Jan. 3 at Vermont, 7 p.m., Jan. 8 at Boston U., 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at New Hampshire, 5 p.m., Jan. 17 vs. Colgate, 7 p.m., Jan. 18 vs. Cornell, 7 p.m.

HARVARD

Harvard halted a brief two-game losing streak with a tie against archrival Yale on Dec. 7 and currently stand at 4-7-2 overall.

Individually, the Crimson are led by Jimmy Vesey's 11 points on eight goals, including three tallies on the power play, and three assists. Starting goalkeeper Raphael Girad has been outstanding in net, racking up a 1.88 goals against average and 276 saves in eight appearances.

Upcoming Schedule: Jan. 4 vs. Quinnipiac, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 vs. Yale at Madison Square Garden, 7 p.m. [NBCSN], Jan. 17 vs. Cornell, 7 p.m., Jan. 18 vs. Colgate, 7 p.m.
 

PRINCETON
Princeton stands at 3-11 overall following a 5-2 loss to RPI on Saturday. The Tigers will look to regroup over a three-week span that does not see them back in action until Dec. 28 in the Florida Hockey Classic against Maine.

Tucker Brockett leads the Tigers with 11 points while Sean Bonar has seen the majority of time between the pipes for Princeton, totaling 249 saves in 11 games.

Upcoming Schedule: Dec. 28 vs. Maine, 4:05 p.m., Dec. 29 vs. New Hampshire or Cornell, Jan. 10 vs. RPI, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 vs. Union, 4 p.m.

YALE
Yale ranks at No. 11 nationally and boasts a 6-3-3 overall record, 3-2-3 in ECAC play. The Bulldogs tied Harvard on Saturday and won't return to game action until a Dec. 29 home date with Holy Cross.

Yale's balanced scoring is led by Kenny Agostino's 10 points in 12 games, giving him 110 career points. In goal, Alex Lyon has seen the bulk of the time, showing off a .912 save percentage and 2.44 goals against average.

Upcoming Schedule: Dec. 29 vs. Holy Cross, 4 p.m., Jan. 4 at Vermont, 7 p.m., Jan. 11 vs. Harvard at Madison Square Garden, 8 p.m. [NBCSN], Jan. 17 at Clarkson (7 p.m.), Jan. 18 at St. Lawrence, 7 p.m.