October 21, 2013

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ranked 9th In The National Polls

The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey moved to 9th in the USCHO.com Divison I Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Polls as announced on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. 

The Bobcats are coming off a weekend sweep of then-No. 9 UMass Lowell, tipping the River Hawks at Tsongas Arena before defeating UMass Lowell in the Bobcats' home opener at the High Point Solutions Arena, 3-1, on Saturday, Oct. 19. 

Michael Garteig improved to 3-1-0 on the season with the sweep of UMass Lowell. On Friday, Oct. 18, Garteig stopped 21 of UMass Lowell's 22 shots on goal in a 3-1 win at Tsongas Arena. On Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Bobcats' home opener, Garteig stopped 23 of the River Hawks' 24 shots on goal in another 3-1 win. He improves to 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage. Nationally, Garteig was one of five goals in NCAA Division I hockey to pick up two wins this past weekend, and the only one to beat a ranked team twice.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas was the only player in the Bobcats' line-up to score a goal in both games, while assisting on two more goals, for a team-high four points in the series sweep of the River Hawks. In addition, Samuels-Thomas assisted on goals by Derek Smith and Connor Clifton on Friday night for a career-best three point night. Both goals came with a man-advantage, making Samuels-Thomas the only player in NCAA Division I hockey to score two power play goals this weekend.

A week after scoring his first career goal on his first career shot in the Bobcats' win against Alaska-Fairbanks, Derek Smith found the back of the net for his second career goal on his second career shot in a 3-1 win at No. 9 UMass Lowell. Despite missing on his third career shot in the Bobcats' home-opener on Saturday, Oct. 19 - also a 3-1 win against UMass Lowell - Smith assisted on two Bobcat goals as he led all first year Bobcats with three points for the weekend. Smith was one of two ECAC Hockey freshman to total three points for the weekend, and also blocked five shots on the weekend
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Quinnipiac will face Bentley on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Arena before also facing Holy Cross this weekend. The Bobcats will travel to Worcester, Mass. on Friday, Oct. 25 before hosting the Crusaders on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.

 

USCHO.com  Division I Poll         
  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota -31 4- 0-0 972 3
2 Notre Dame -11 4- 0-0 928 4
3 Miami -5 3-1-0 874 1
4 Michigan   3- 0-1 844 5
5 Boston College   2-1-2 769 7
6 North Dakota   2-1-1 720 6
7 Yale -3 0- 0-0 676 7
8 Providence   3- 0-0 668 10
9 Quinnipiac   3-1-0 536 14
10 St. Cloud State   1- 0-1 516 11
11 Wisconsin   2-2-0 509 2
12 Rensselaer   3-1-0 412 17
13 Boston University   3-1-0 346 15
14 New Hampshire   1-2-1 338 13
15 Lake Superior   4- 0-0 237 NR
16 Minnesota State   2-2-0 212 18
17 Denver   2-2-0 187 12
18 Massachusetts-Lowell   1-3-0 186 9
19 Cornell   0- 0-0 113 19
20 Northeastern   4- 0-0 99 NR

Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 79, St. Lawrence 61, Alaska-Anchorage 50, Clarkson 50, Union 27, Colorado College 16, Ferris State 16, Harvard 11, Air Force 10, Alaska 10, Bowling Green 10, Western Michigan 8, Ohio State 5, Niagara 3, Canisius 1, Dartmouth 1.

 


USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine Poll        
  Team Points (First Place Votes) Last Poll Record
1 Minnesota 495 -25 3 4-0-0
2 Notre Dame 439 -5 4 4-0-0
3 Miami 421 -1 1 3-1-0
4 Michigan 402   5 3-0-1
5 Boston College 370   6 2-1-0
6 Yale 311 -3 6 0-0-0
7 North Dakota 302   8 2-1-1
8 Providence 280   10 3-0-0
9 Quinnipiac 231   14 3-1-0
10 St. Cloud State 171   11 1-0-1
11 Wisconsin 166   2 2-2-0
12 Rensselaer 128   RV 3-1-0
13 New Hampshire 99   13 1-2-0
14 Boston University 85   RV 3-1-0
15 Lake Superio State 65   NR 4-0-0
Others receiving votes: University of Denver 27, University of Massachusetts-Lowell 26, Minnesota State University 15, Northeastern University 14, Cornell University 10, University of Minnesota Duluth 6, Brown University 4, Colorado College 4, Air Force Academy 3, Clarkson University 3, University of Alaska 2, Ferris State University 1