Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Featured In Top 25 In Final USCHO.com Division I Poll

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Final USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll - April 9, 2012

The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team was featured among the Top 25 team's in the final USCHO.com Division I poll of the 2011-12 season.

The Bobcats finished the 2011-12 season with an overall record of 20-14-6, including a 9-8-5 record in ECAC Hockey, for its 11th 20-win season in the programs 14 year history at the Division I level. The Bobcats defeated Dartmouth in the ECAC Hockey Tournament First Round, extending their run as the only team to win a league playoff round in each year since Quinnipiac joined ECAC Hockey. They would advance to the ECAC Hockey Championship Quarterfinals where they forced a deciding third game at Colgate, before their season ultimately came to an end.

Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) became the program's fourth All-ECAC Hockey selection since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06, while freshman phenom Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) was selected to the All-Rookie team, becoming just the third Bobcat to earn first-year honors. Jones led the team with 41 points, with 13 goals and 28 assists, while Peca was second with 39 points, on eight goals and a team-leading 31 assists.

In addition, Quinnipiac saw two more players join the professional ranks as Scott Zurevinski signed with the American Hockey League's (AHL) St. John's IceCaps, the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Winnipeg Jets. Dan Clarke also signed with the Bridgeport Soundtigers, the top affiliate of the New York Islanders.

The Bobcats are set to open the 2012-13 season with a combined 14 junior and seniors. Seven of Quinnipiac's top 10 scorers will return for next season, including 2012-13 captain-elect Zack Currie. Currie posted a career-year in which he set career highs in goals (9) and points (18). He tripled his career goal total of three goals as he found the back of the net nine times as a junior. He also matched his single-season high of nine assists on his way to 18 points in 2011-12. Currie's nine goals are the fourth most in Quinnipiac history for a defenseman.

In addition, Kellen Jones returns to partner with twin Connor after a brilliant sophomore campaign that saw the duo as the only two in the Bobcats' line-up to reach double digits in goals and assists. Kellen tallied 14 goals and 22 assist for 36 points. The Bobcats will also look to returning goal-leader Jeremy Langlois to continue in his already spectacular career.