HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team held onto its Top Ten ranking for the fourth consecutive week, landing in the No. 8 spot in the USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll. The Bobcats were also ranked 10th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll, while also taking the ninth spot in the INCH Power Rankings and tied for eighth in the PairWise Rankings. To date, Quinnipiac is 13-3-1 overall and 7-2-0 in ECAC Hockey play, good for first place in the league standings.
Quinnipiac reached its highest ranking all-time two weeks ago when they were ranked 4th in the USCHO.com poll. Following the release of that week's polls, Quinnipiac posted losses to Yale and Brown that week, dropping them to 7th in the national poll. After a 1-1 tie at Holy Cross on Thursday, Dec. 10 and a 5-2 win against American International College on Saturday, Dec. 12, the Bobcats dropped one spot in the USCHO.com poll.
Against Holy Cross, Greg Holt (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) scored the Bobcats' only goal in the tie on a breakaway in the first period. Holt followed that game with a goal and an assist against American International on Saturday at the TD Bank Sports Center. The senior forward's three-point week gives him five goals and eight assists for 13 points for the season.
Against AIC, five different Bobcats scored, while 11 different players tallied a point - marking the fourth time this season that Quinnipiac has had 10 or more players register a point in a game. Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) continues to put up career numbers. His goal against AIC was his seventh of the year. Atkinson has added four assists for 11 points. Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) scored his fifth goal of the year, while Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season.
Freshman D'Arcy Oakes (Shanty Bay, Ont.) scored his first career goal in the Bobcats win against AIC. Through his first 13 collegiate games, Oakes has one goal and two assist for three points. Classmate Zach Davies (Smithers, B.C.) had two assists against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday afternoon and currently leads all Quinnipiac freshmen with two goals and six assists for eight points.
Quinnipiac does not play against until Dec. 29 when it travels to Cambridge, Mass. to take on Harvard University in an ECAC Hockey match-up set for 7 p.m.