The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team received votes in the first USCHO.com Division I poll of the 2011-12 season, released by the popular college ice hockey website on Monday, Sept. 26.
The Bobcats received four votes in USCHO.com's first poll of the season and were among six ECAC Hockey schools in the first nationally rankings of the new year. Quinnipiac finished last season at 16-15-8 overall, advancing to the ECAC Hockey Tournament semifinals for the sixth time in as many years. Since joining ECAC Hockey for the 2005-06 season, Quinnipiac is the only team to win a tournament series in each of the last six seasons.
Head coach Rand Pecknold will be behind the Bobcats' bench for his 18th season, and his seventh in ECAC Hockey. Pecknold is the all-time winningest coach in program history is one of four coaches in Quinnipiac history to win 300 games. With a career record of 317-216-56, Pecknold ranks among the active leaders in coaching victories in NCAA Division I hockey. Pecknold returns 23 letter-winners from last season, including nine of the Bobcats' top 10 scorers from a year ago.
Quinnipiac has become a mainstay in the national rankings since joining the Division I ranks. In 2009-10, the Bobcats reached the No. 4 ranking - its highest ever - after winning 12 of its first 13 games.
The Bobcats are in action this weekend when they host Acadia University for an exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac will open the regular season on the road when they head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State in a two-game series on Oct. 7-9. Quinnipiac is 3-1 against the Buckeyes on their last four meetings over the previous two seasons, including a weekend sweep of Ohio State in 2009-10.
Contact: Ken Sweeten, email@example.com