Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ranked 7th In USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls

The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was ranked 7th in the latest USCHO.com Division I poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I poll, released on Jan. 6, 2014. The Bobcats are currently 15-3-4 overall and 6-2-2 in ECAC Hockey.

Quinnipiac sat in the No. 8 spot for the last two weeks, but jumped a spot to 7th after a 2-1 win against Maine. Against the Black Bears, Quinnipiac senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) knocked home the game-winning goal with just over a minute remaining in regulation to push the nationally-ranked No. 8 Bobcats past Maine, 2-1, in a non-conference match-up at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden, Conn. Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) set-up both goals while sophomore goalie Michael Garteig(Prince George, British Columbia) backstopped the Bobcats with 29 saves on 30 Maine shots. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) beat Maine goalie Martin Ouellette for his 11th marker of the year while Cory Hibbeler (St. Charles, Mo.) and Dan Federico (Acton, Mass.) also had assists.

The nationally-ranked No. 7 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team will travel to Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to take on Harvard at the Bright Hockey Center at 7 p.m. The Bobcats host Union and Rensselaer on Jan. 10-11 before hosting Merrimack on Friday, Jan. 17 for the first contest of a two-game set that includes a trip to the Warriors home ice on Saturday, Jan. 18.  

USCHO.com Division I Poll (Jan. 6, 2013)      
  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota -42 13- 2-3 989 1
2 St. Cloud State -8 11-2-3 922 3
3 Ferris State   15- 3-3 876 2
4 Union   12-3-3 823 5
5 Boston College   13- 4-2 804 6
6 Providence   13- 3-4 763 4
7 Quinnipiac   15- 3-4 715 8
8 Michigan   10-4-2 667 7
9 Massachusetts-Lowell   14-5-1 637 9
10 Yale   7-3-4 495 10
11 Clarkson   12-6-2 467 11
12 Cornell   8-4-3 387 15
13 Miami   9-7-2 383 12
14 Wisconsin   11-6-1 361 13
15 Notre Dame   10-8-1 300 14
16 Northeastern   11-6-3 254 17
17 Denver   10-6-4 190 16
18 Vermont   10-6-3 148 20
19 Lake Superior   11-8-1 103 18
20 New Hampshire   12-10-1 71 NR
Others receiving votes: Minnesota State 36, Maine 27, Ohio State 24, North Dakota 22, Colgate 13, Nebraska-Omaha 11, Bentley 4, Air Force 3, Rensselaer 3, Bowling Green 1, Western Michigan 1.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Poll (Jan. 6, 2014)      
  Team Points (First Place Votes) Last Poll Record Weeks in Top 10 
1 University of Minnesota 510 -34 1 13-2-3 13
2 St. Cloud State University 454   4 11-2-3 13
3 Ferris State University 418   2 15-3-3 7
4 Boston College 387   6 13-4-2 13
5 Union College 361   7 12-3-3 7
6 Providence College 349   5 13-3-4 13
7 Quinnipiac University 314   8 15-3-4 13
8 UMass Lowell 287   10 14-5-1 12
9 University of Michigan 273   3 10-4-2 13
10 Yale University 173   11 7-3-4 13
11 Clarkson University 136   9 12-6-2 8
12 Cornell University 116   13 8-4-3 7
13 Miami University 115   12 9-7-2 13
14 University of Wisconsin 94   15 11-6-1 12
15 University of Notre Dame 52   14 10-8-1 13
Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 16; Minnesota State University, 9; University of Vermont, 6; University of Denver, 5; University of New Hampshire, 3; Colgate University, 1; University of Maine, 1