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Statesmen ranked No. 1 in poll

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  • Kyle Evans 

For the first time in program history, the Hobart College hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Poll, receiving 17 first-place votes.
The previous high-water mark for the Hobart was No. 2. The Statesmen were second last week with one first-place vote and in 2019 and were No. 2 in the poll back in 2013.
The Statesmen are 6-0-0 and off to their best start since the 2007-08 season. Hobart started that year with eight straight victories. Of teams that have played games, the Statesmen are the only team in the country to make it through the first three weeks of the season without a blemish on their record. NESCAC schools start play this weekend.
Statistically, the Statesmen are first in the nation in winning percentage (1.000), second in scoring margin (+3.00gpg) and scoring defense (1.50), third in power play percentage (.409), fourth in team assists (45), fifth in scoring offense (4.50) and total points (72) and 20th in penalty killing percentage (.895).
Individually, Luke Aquaro leads the team with four power-play goals and four game-winning goals. He is fifth in the nation in goals per game (1.00). Shane Shell is first in the nation in assists per game (1.20) and Jonah Alexander is eighth (1.00). Alexander and Aquaro are tied for ninth in the nation in points per game (1.50). First-year Goalie Damon Beaver is fourth in the nation in save percentage (.962) and goals against average (1.00).
The Statesmen will be back in action this weekend, Nov. 18-19, when they head East to take on Johnson and Wales and UMass Boston. Hobart plays the Wildcats Friday at 7 p.m. and the Beacons Saturday at 4 p.m.