HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was named the College Hockey News Team of the Week. The weekly award is presented on collegehockeynews.com and is presented to the top NCAA Division I men's ice hockey program. Last week, Quinnipiac won four games over six days, including wins over No. 11 Air Force for the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic Championship and ECAC Hockey foe No. 20 Dartmouth. Quinnipiac has won nine of their last 11 games including five straight and stand at 11-6-1 overall and 6-3-1 in ECAC Hockey.
The Bobcats finished just one spot out of the rankings in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports (111 votes) and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey polls. Quinnipiac was also one of two teams previously not ranked to move into the top 20 in the Insidecollegehockey.com Power Rankings as they secured the No. 17 spot. The Bobcats also improved to No. 16 in the PairWise Comparison Rankings, which are used to choose the NCAA Division I Tournament field.
Individually, Quinnipiac boasts the NCAA Division I scoring leader in Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.). Leitch was named the Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week while also grabbing his third ECAC Hockey Player of the Week award. Leitch and linemate David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) also became the first Quinnipiac teammates in the University's Division I history to post concurrent 11-game scoring streaks, tallying a goal or an assist in the run. Marshall also recorded his 60th goal and 100th point in the Bobcats' win over Air Force.
Leitch was named the Most Valuable Player of the UConn Hockey Classic and was joined on the all-tournament team by Marshall and freshman goalie Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) who stopped 29 of 31 shots against Air Force in his first collegiate start.
Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend when they host Rensselaer on Friday, Jan. 9 and Union on Saturday, Jan. 10. Quinnipiac defeated Rensselaer earlier this season, 5-1 on Nov. 15, in Troy, N.Y. The Bobcats have split a pair of games with Union. Quinnipiac lost a non-conference game at the Mutual of Omaha Stampede tournament, 6-5 in overtime on Oct. 17, before defeating the Dutchmen, 6-3, in Schenectady, N.Y., on Nov. 14. Friday's night game against Rensselaer will also feature an appearance by NHL pioneer Willie O'Ree, who broke the National Hockey League color barrier in 1958 when he suited up for the Boston Bruins.
Both games this weekend are set for a 7 p.m. start at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.