February 14th, 2011 | Sports

M. HOCKEY | Elis down to No. 3

The slide continues for the men’s hockey team.

Voters penalized the Bulldogs for being upset at the hands of St. Lawrence Friday night and dropped Yale to No. 3 in both national polls. It is the third consecutive week the Elis have fallen in the rankings.

After holding onto the No. 1 spot in the nation for more than two months, Yale fell as far as No. 3 in the last USCHO poll of January before climbing back to No. 2 for the past two weeks. The team had never been higher than No. 5 before this season.

As the Bulldogs slipped, ECAC rival Union continued its ascent. The Dutchmen have won seven straight and leapfrogged Yale over the weekend to take sole possession of first place in the conference. Union has not yet passed Yale in the polls, but did climb two spots to No. 7.

The school that did pass the Bulldogs was North Dakota, which turned a pair of emphatic wins over Alaska-Anchorage into the No. 2 ranking.

Boston College tightened its grip on the top spot with two wins, and earned every one of the combined 84 first-place votes across the two national polls.

The full rankings can be found at the USA Today and USCHO websites, respectively.