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Irish Return To No. 1 In The Polls

Feb. 5, 2018

By Dan Colleran

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Following a win and tie with a shootout win at Penn State, the Fighting Irish hockey team returns to No. 1 in both the and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls on Monday afternoon (Feb. 5).

The Irish (21-5-2, 15-2-1-1 B1G) are also currently No. 1 in the Pairwise rankings.

It marks the fifth week this season Notre Dame has been ranked No. 1 in at least one of the polls. The Irish received 36 of a possible 50 first place votes in the poll and 26 of a possible 34 first place votes 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.


This weekend (Feb. 9-10), Notre Dame plays host to sixth-ranked Ohio State (18-6-4, 11-6-1-0 B1G) at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Friday’s game will be televised by the NBC Sports Network. To purchase tickets, click here.

With three points this weekend, the Fighting Irish would clinch the Big Ten regular season championship (a win is worth three points in the Big Ten standings, a tie is worth one point and the shootout victor also receives an extra point).

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Dan Colleran, Director of Athletics Communications at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).