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All three ranked NESCAC teams took a bit of a hit in the latest polls, with formerly no. 1 Trinity slipping to no. 3 (USCHO) and no. 4 (D3hockey) following its 6-4 loss to Salve Regina on Sunday and a 7-1 win over Stonehill on Saturday. We expected Trinity to struggle a bit in the early going as it rebuilds much of last year’s stellar defense. And early season losses stand out for NESCAC teams due to their late start and the resulting tiny sample of games played (just four games in the books in the case of the three ranked NESCAC teams).

Amherst also slid a bit, slipping from 6 (USCHO)/7 (D3Hockey) to 8 (USCHO)/10 (D3Hockey) after struggling to beat lowly St. Mikes’s (4-3) last Tuesday, losing to Elmira on Saturday by a score of 6-3, and tying Nazareth 1-1 on Sunday. Similarly, Williams slipped from 14 (USCHO)/12 (D3Hockey) to no. 15 (USCHO)/14 (D3Hockey) after it fell to Geneseo by a score of 3-0 on Saturday and defeated Johnson & Wales on Sunday by 5-1.

In an interesting side note, undefeated Plattsburgh (8-0-0) is now ranked no. 1 although it had to really battle to get by Middlebury (1-2-1) in the first round of the Primelink Tournament on Friday, finally vanquishing the Panthers with a late goal by a score of 5-4:

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