Men's Ice Hockey Moves Up To 9th In INCH Power Rankings
HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team jumped three spots to 9th in the latest INCH Power Rankings, posted by InsideCollegeHockey.com on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. The Bobcats' No. 9 ranking in the INCH Power Rankings is the highest Quinnipiac has ever been in the weekly poll. Their previous best was No. 10 on Jan. 21, 2008. Quinnipiac has now moved up 10 spots in the last two weeks.
This past week, the Bobcats swept their third consecutive ECAC Hockey weekend with a 5-3 win at Colgate on Friday, Nov. 20 and a 3-2 upset of No. 5 Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 21. Quinnipiac is 10-1-0 overall and a perfect 6-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play and are currently in first place in the league standings. The Bobcats also extended their streak of consecutive games without a loss when leading after the second period to 40 games (37-0-3). They are also ranked fourth in the most the most recent PairWise Rankings, an objective formula used to determine the NCAA Tournament field.
Against Colgate, Quinnipiac freshman Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) became the first of Quinnipiac's 10 freshman skaters to post a multiple-goal game this season with two against the Raiders. Senior Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) put the Bobcats on the board first with his 54th career goal, moving him into seventh place in Quinnipiac Division I history. After Colgate tied the game early in the second period, the Bobcats ripped off three unanswered to help them to the win.
Against No. 5 Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 21, Quinnipiac held off a late Big Red rally for its third win against a ranked opponent this season. Last year, Quinnipiac was 2-5-1 against ranked teams. Quinnipiac benefitted from goals by three different players, including two freshmen - Zach Davies (Smithers, B.C.) and Reese Rolheiser (Edmonton, Alb.). Senior assistant captain Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) tied his career-high with his fifth goal of the season. Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) won his fifth consecutive game with a 23-save performance. He is currently one of two players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with a 1.000 winning percentage (6-0-0).
Quinnipiac hosts Princeton University on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats close out the week on Saturday, Nov. 28 when the host nationally-ranked University of Massachusetts at 3 p.m. in a game that can be viewed live on the New England Sports Network (NESN).