January 19, 2013

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ranked 1st In PairWise Rankings

The nationally-ranked Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team, currently on a NCAA-leading 16 game unbeaten streak (14-0-2), jumped to first in the PairWise Rankings. Quinnipiac is currently a NCAA Division I-best 10-2-2 against teams under consideration.  It is the second time in program history that the Bobcats have held down the top spot in the PWR's. In 2009, Quinnipiac moved into the top spot after opening the season at 12-1-0. 

Quinnipiac is idle this weekend, and will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 22 when it hosts UConn at the High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on WCCT-TV, where available. Quinnipiac is currently 17-3-3 overall for the nation's best winning percentage (.804) and is in first place in ECAC Hockey at 11-0-1. Earlier this week, the Bobcats ascended to the No. 4 spot, with two first place votes, in the USCHO.com Division I poll while remaining, for the second straight week, in the No. 5 spot, with three first place votes, in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. 

PairWise Rankings - Jan. 19, 2013                
Rank Team PWR W-L-T Win % Win % Rank RPI RPI Rank vs. TUC TUC %
1 Quinnipiac 29 17-3-3 0.8043 1t 0.5872 2 10-2-2 0.7857
2 New Hampshire 28 14-4-2 0.75 3 .5916* 1 9-4-2 0.6923
3 Minnesota 27 17-3-3 0.8043 1t 0.5854 3 6-2-1 0.7222
4 Boston College 26 13-5-2 0.7 5 .5769* 4 9-4-2 0.6667
5 Yale 25 10-4-3 0.6765 6 0.5573 5 2-2-3 0.5
6t Dartmouth 22 10-5-2 0.6471 9 0.5552 6 3-4-2 0.4444
6t Boston University 22 12-8-2 0.6 16t 0.5532 7 6-6-2 0.5
6t North Dakota 22 13-7-3 0.6304 10t 0.5526 8 7-5-2 0.5714
9 Notre Dame 21 15-8-0 0.6522 7t 0.5506 9 6-6-2 0.5
10 Denver 20 13-7-4 0.625 12t 0.5491 10 8-6-3 0.5588
11t Massachusetts-Lowell 19 12-7-1 0.625 12t 0.5466 11 2-6-0 0.25
11t Miami 19 12-6-5 0.6304 10t 0.5411 12 9-4-4 0.6471
13 Western Michigan 17 13-6-4 0.6522 7t 0.5351 13 6-2-2 0.75
14 St. Cloud State 15 13-10-0 0.5652 20 .5338* 14 7-8-2 0.4667
15t Minnesota State 13 14-8-3 0.62 14 .5308* 15 6-8-2 0.4286
15t Cornell 13 8-6-2 0.5625 21 0.5282 17 3-3-2 0.5
15t Colgate 13 11-8-2 0.5714 19 .5184* 20 5-4-1 0.55
18 Nebraska-Omaha 12 13-9-2 0.5833 18 0.5293 16 6-8-1 0.4333
19t Niagara 11 13-4-4 0.7143 4 .5274* 18 1-2-2 0.3333
19t Wisconsin 11 9-7-5 0.5476 22 0.5186 19 5-5-2 0.5
19t Northern Michigan 11 10-10-4 0.5 27t 0.5141 21 8-8-3 0.5
22 Robert Morris 8 11-7-2 0.6 16t 0.5124 22 4-2-2 0.625
23t Ferris State 7 11-9-3 0.5435 24 0.5124 23 4-6-2 0.4
23t Alaska 7 9-8-4 0.5238 26 0.5113 25 5-52 0.5
25 Union 6 10-8-4 0.5455 23 0.5115 24 0-4-1 0.1
26 Holy Cross 4 12-7-2 0.619 15 .5066* 26 2-3-1 0.4167
27 Ohio State 3 8-10-5 0.4565 35t 0.5026 28 4-8-4 0.375
28 Minnesota-Duluth 2 10-10-3 0.5 27t 0.506 27 3-8-2 0.3077
29t Massachusetts 1 8-11-2 0.4286 41t 0.5022 29 4-10-1 0.3
29t Providence 1 9-9-3 0.5 27t 0.5013 30 2-7-2 0.2727

The PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament. The PWR compares Teams Under Consideration (TUC), those with a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of .500 or more, judging them by four criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, record against other TUC if a team has played 10 or more games against TUC, and the RPI.

For each comparison won, a team receives one point. The final PWR ranking is based on the number of points (comparisons) won against teams with an RPI at or above .500. Ties are settled by the RPI.