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Big Red Hockey Sits Atop The Nation

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Cornell, the nation's new number 1 men's hockey team hit the rink this week like it was just that...another week.

"It's great to be number one but we've just got to focus on and continue to play hockey," said Head Coach Mike Shafer.

"It's cool, but it doesn't really mean much to us, I mean our whole thing is kind of getting better each day, and I think we've kind of done a good job of that so we know that we have much bigger goals than anything we've done so far," said junior defenseman Matt Nuttle.

When it comes to how much success this group is having, look no further than the numbers. Cornell holds the nation's highest winning percentage, the nations longest unbeaten streak and the best team defense in the country. The Big Red is enjoying every moment of their success.

"It's honestly an absolute blast. Everyone loves coming to the rink, it's the highlight of our days. Sorry to any Cornell professors that are watching that," said junior forward Anthony Angello.

"After every game, when the win song is going, its a lot more fun then when it's not going so. We're just trying to stay in the moment and never get to high, never get too low," said senior forward Trevor Yates.

The last time the Big Red lost a game was nearly two months ago. They haven't found themselves on the losing side of the scoreboard since December 1st. The team said they knew they had the potential for this much success from the start of the season.

"Honest to god I did. When the freshmen came in, every single person passed their conditioning test with flying colors. It just seemed that they wanted to, and they had an impact right off the start. We're just kind of piggybacking off each other. One night, someone's hot, another night another person is hot, and it's lead us to have success," said Angello. 

With eight games remaining on the schedule, the team acknowledges their talents. They say they're not looking further than the next game ahead.

"It gives us a lot of confidence, and I think that when we're at our best, we can win and compete with anyone. But we can't really get ahead of ourselves, we don't really focus on the result, we just focus on the next day and getting better," said Angello.

 "Every team wants to be number 1 in the country, but our goal is to be number 1 at the end of the year, so that's what we're striving for," said Yates.

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