Dan Colleran | January 17, 2018
For the second consecutive week, the Fighting Irish hockey team has been ranked No. 1 in both the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls.
Also on Monday (Jan. 15), the fan voting ballot for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award was released and it includes Notre Dame senior forward Jake Evans, senior defenseman Jordan Gross and sophomore goaltender Cale Morris.
IN THE POLLS
Both polls were released on Monday, Jan. 15. Notre Dame received 44 of a possible 50 first-place votes in the USCHO.com poll and 29 of a possible 34 first-place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. It also marked the third consecutive week the Irish have occupied the top spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.
This season’s number one ranking marks the seventh time in program history the Irish have been ranked No. 1 for at least one week during a season.
Notre Dame, which had a bye week last week, has won 15 consecutive games dating back to a 5-4 win over Omaha on Oct. 27.
The 15 consecutive wins is tied for the longest mark in program history, which was also done from Nov. 4, 1983 - Jan. 21, 1984 when the Irish competed as a club team. It is also tied for head coach Jeff Jackson’s longest career winning streak, as Jackson’s previous longest career winning streak came with Lake Superior State when his team won 15 consecutive games from Jan. 19 - March 9, 1991, as part of a 28-game unbeaten stretch by the Lakers.
Notre Dame is also 12-0-0-0 in Big Ten play so far this season, having swept each league team in the first rotation through the league.