Cornell men's ice hockey earns No. 1 ranking in latest national polls

The Cornell men's ice hockey team practiced Tuesday evening after being named the new No. 1 team in America this week.

The Cornell University men's ice hockey team has been one of the better programs throughout the country over its existence.

This week, the Big Red once again earned the top spot in America.

Cornell ranked No. 1 in the latest USCHO Division I Men's Hockey Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.

The Big Red feature an 18-2-1 overall record, to go with 12-1-1 ECAC league mark.

It's the first time in 15 years that Cornell has been No. 1 in America.

"Obviously, it feels good," Cornell junior forward and Fayetteville-Manlius graduate, Anthony Angello said Tuesday evening. "It felt really good to clinch an Ivy League Title, but, obviously, we have more to accomplish this year. That was just another step in the journey for the season. I'm sure the coaches said it, nothing really changes. Our grind still continues. We still trust the process and follow it, and come to work and ready to get better each day."

"Honestly, it doesn't -- what's the difference between being ranked No. 2 or No. 1?" Cornell head coach Mike Schafer said during media availability Tuesday night. "I mean, it's a great honor for our program to be there, but we just said to our assistant coaches before I came in here -- I'm more focused on these guys and watching them respond to it. Their attitude has been one of wanting to continue to work hard."

The Big Red return to action Friday night when Union pays a visit to Lynah Rink for a 7 p.m. start.

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