December 7, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Ranked Nationally In Top 10 For Third Straight Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team is ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the third consecutive week, as announced Dec. 7, 2009. Quinnipiac ranked 7th in the USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll, and 8th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and INCH Power Rankings. Quinnipiac is currently 12-3-0 overall and 7-2-0 in league play for first place in the ECAC Hockey standings. The Bobcats were also fifth in the PairWise Rankings.

Quinnipiac lost back-to-back games this past weekend for the first time this season, falling to Yale University, 7-4, on Friday, Dec. 4 before being dealt a 2-1 loss to Brown on Saturday, Dec. 5 as the Bears won their fourth straight game. Yale ranked 8th in the USCHO.com poll and 7th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

Saturday's loss to Brown marked the first time this season that Quinnipiac was held to fewer than three goals in a game. Nationally, Quinnipiac ranks third in scoring offense at 4.07 goals per game. They are one of four teams in Division I hockey, along with Yale, Wisconsin and Bemidji State, to average four or more goals a game. The Bobcats have also outscored the opposition, 61-39 through 15 games, for a +1.47 scoring marging, good for fifth nationally. The Bobcats are also one of six teams to convert on 25% or better of their power-play opportunities. Quinnipiac ranks fourth among all Division I schools with a man-advantage with 22 goals in 81 chances for 27.2%. They also rank eighth on the penalty kill at 87.8% and third in combined special teams at 57.7%.

Individually, Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) ranks eighth in the nation in points per game with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points at a 1.47 per game clip. His 0.73 goals per game rank 11th nationally. Against Brown, Wong became the 11th Quinnipiac player all-time and 6thth nationally in points per game with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points at a 1.40 per game clip.at the Division I level to score 60 goals in his career. He has scored a goal in each of his last four games. Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) ranks 12

Quinnipiac hits the ice on Thursday, Dec. 10 when it travels to Worcester, Mass. to take the College of Holy Cross in a non-conference match-up set for 7 p.m. Quinnipiac will host American International College on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn.Following the game, Quinnipiac will host a "Skate With The Bobcats" event.