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Dartmouth Jumps Nine Spots to No. 12 In National Poll

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By Mark Washburn

HANOVER, N.H. - The Dartmouth men's hockey team made the largest jump of any program in the nation in this week's Division I Poll, earning the No. 12 spot in the rankings.

The Big Green were the top team receiving votes a week ago, sitting just outside the top-20. Now, a nine-spot leap in the most recent poll has Dartmouth ranked for the first time since early November of last year.

The Green and White made the jump in the US College Hockey Online (USCHO) poll after continuing its unbeaten run in 2012-13 with a weekend sweep of Rensselaer and No. 8 Union. The two ECAC Hockey wins pushed the team's record to 5-0-1 overall and 4-0-0 in league play, good for first place.

The Big Green remain the lone unbeaten team in the country through the second weekend of November.

Unranked coming into the season, Dartmouth received 15 points two weeks ago and 102 just last week. In the most recent release, the Green posted 385 points and sit just ahead of Michigan.

The No. 12 position in this week's poll is the highest showing for the team since it held down the same spot for three straight weeks in October 2004 before opening up its season.

Despite losing in Hanover, 3-2, Union moved up one spot to seventh after defeating Harvard the previous night. Cornell dropped from No. 4 to No. 10 after two road losses, while St. Lawrence (16th) and Harvard (17th) round out the ECAC Hockey contingent represented in the top-20.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll also has the Big Green ranked 12th in its most recent poll, up seven spots from last week.

Also of note, the PairWise, RPI and KRACH ranking systems used to mimic the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee process all have Dartmouth in their No. 1 spots.

Dartmouth will meet up with Colgate on Friday night in its first ECAC Hockey road game of the season before taking on the 10th-ranked Big Red Saturday night at Lynah Rink in Ithaca.