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    January 12, 1999

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Notre Dame hockey team (12-6-2)-coming off a 4-1 win at Bowling Green and a 2-0 home shutout of Miami University-remains among the top 10 of both major national polls, extending the program's streak to 15 straight weeks that the Irish have been ranked among the top 10 of each poll, with a high ranking of fourth in both polls on Nov. 16 (when the team was 8-1-2).

    The Irish moved up to eighth in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll while remaining ninth according to the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll.

    North Dakota retained the top spot in both polls, with Michigan State ranking second in USCHO and third in UT/AHM while Maine is third and second, respectively. New Hampshire, Michigan, Boston College and Colorado College occupy spots 4-7 in both polls, with Princeton ranking eighth in UTAHM and ninth in USCHO. Rensselaer is 10th in the USCHO poll while Colgate is 10th in the other poll.

    Despite a recent five-game losing streak, Notre Dame's 1998-99 season has included a 3-2-2 record vs. teams ranked in the national top 10 at the time of the game. The Irish opened with a 2-1 win at then-No. 10 Wisconsin, in front of nearly 14,000 fans at the Kohl Center dedication game, before posting a home win over then-No.9 Ohio State (3-0), a 5-5 tie at former No.1 Boston College and a 2-2 home tie with then-No. 8 Michigan. The Wolverines won the rematch a week later, 1-0 in Ann Arbor.

    Notre Dame's next plays host to Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 15-16, with the next home game slated for Jan. 30 vs. Michigan (tickets sold out for that game in late December). A limited number of tickets are left for the Feb. 5 home game vs. Michigan State. Notre Dame's other remaining home games include Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 6), Ferris State (Feb. 13) and Northern Michigan (Feb. 26-27).

    U.S. COLLEGE HOCKEY ONLINE POLL (1/11/99)

        
    Team (1st-Place)         Record   Points   Previous    
     1.  North Dakota (28)   15-2-1   298      1
     2.  Michigan State (2)  18-3-2   259      3    
     3.  Maine (2)           14-2-4   234      2    
     4.  New Hampshire       15-4-1   203      4
     5.  Michigan            15-4-2   169      7       
     6.  Boston College      12-6-2   149      6          
     7.  Colorado College    15-6-1   143      5
     8.  NOTRE DAME          12-6-2    77      9
     9.  Princeton           11-4-1    56      8
    10.  Rensselaer          12-5-1    29      -
    

    Others Receiving Votes: Colgate 10, Ohio State 10, Denver 7, Clarkson 3, Cornell 1, St. Lawrence 1, Wisconsin 1.

    USA TODAY/AMERICAN HOCKEY MAGAZINE POLL (1/11/99)
    Team (1st-Place)         Record   Points   Previous
     1.  North Dakota (9)    15-2-1   99        1
     2.  Maine               14-2-4   82        2    
     3.  Michigan State (1)  18-3-2   80        3    
     4.  New Hampshire       15-4-1   75        4
     5.  Michigan            15-4-2   51        7       
     6.  Boston College      12-5-2   51        5          
     7.  Colorado College    15-6-1   48        6
     8.  Princeton           11-3-1   21        8
     9.  NOTRE DAME          12-5-2   20        9
    10.  Colgate             11-5-0   11       10
    

    Others Receiving Votes: Rensselaer 6, Denver 5, Ohio State 1.

    NOTRE DAME WEEK-BY-WEEK IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY POLLS

           ND RECORD  USCHO    USA TODAY
    10/5    1-0-0     (17)     no poll
    10/12   3-0-0     no poll  (11)
    10/19   5-0-0      8        7   
    10/26   6-1-0      9        7
    11/2    6-1-0      8        7
    11/9    7-1-1      6        6
    11/16   8-1-2      4        4
    11/23   9-2-2      5        8
    11/30   9-3-2      6        7
    12/7    9-5-2     10       10
    12/14   9-5-2      9        9
    12/21   9-5-2     no poll  no poll
    12/28   9-5-2      9       no poll
     1/4   10-6-2      9        9
    11/11  12-6-2      9        8
    
    (   ) = received votes
    


     

     

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