After an ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series sweep of local rival Yale, the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team vaulted up to the No. 5 ranking in the USCHO.com Division I poll, as announced on Monday, March 17, 2014. Quinnipiac moves back into the USCHO Top 5 for the first time since Feb. 17th as the Bobcats (24-8-6) now move on to take on the No. 2-seeded Colgate Raiders (19-12-5) in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals at the 1980 Rink – Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The big shakeup in the USCHO poll came at the top as Union moved past Boston College for the No. 2 ranking after the Eagles were taken down at home by Notre Dame in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. No. 4 Ferris State also entered the USCHO Top 5 after sweeping Bemidji State to advance to the WCHA Semifinals. No. 10 Notre Dame moved into the Top 10 while Maine and Minnesota-Duluth fell out of the USCHO Top 20. The biggest mover of the week was No. 14 Colgate and No. 15 Minnesota State as each team vaulted up three spots from the previous week's rankings while No. 8 St. Cloud State and No. 20 Yale each fell four spots.
|USCHO.com Division I Poll - Mar. 17, 2014|
|Team||(First Place Votes)||Record||Points||Last Poll|
|8||St. Cloud State||21-10-5||624||4|
|Others receiving votes: Denver 19, Mercyhurst 13, Maine 5, Minnesota-Duluth 5, Ohio State 5, Clarkson 2, Miami 2, Bowling Green 1.|
Quinnipiac moved up in the rankings following a sweep in the much-anticipated rematch of the 2013 NCAA National Championship Game against Yale. The Bobcats dominated game one against the Bulldogs in a 6-2 victory and netted two goals in the third period to fight off and clinch the series with a 5-3 game two win. With the series win, the Bobcats remain the only team to win an ECAC Hockey postseason series in each season since 2005-06 when Quinnipiac first joined the league.
Freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) made some history by becoming the first Quinnipiac freshman to score twice in an ECAC Hockey tournament game since Quinnipiac first joined the ECAC Hockey ranks in 2005-06. Anas picked up two his two goals on Saturday in the game two series-clinching victory to lead the team while also becoming just the fourth Quinnipiac freshman at the Division I level to score 20 goals in his first season.
A total of eight Bobcats scored goals this weekend with sophomore Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) leading the way with three tallies in two games while senior Zach Tolkinen (Lino Lakes, Minn.) and junior Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario) each added a team-high three assists for the weekend. In all, 14 different Quinnipiac skaters registered points in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series against Yale and the sophomore goalie Michael Garteig (Prince George, British Columbia) posted 40 saves on 45 shots throughout the weekend.
The Bobcats now will move on to face the ECAC Hockey's No. 2 seed and No. 14 nationally-ranked Colgate Raiders, whom Quinnipiac split during the regular season. They took down the Raiders with a 7-2 victory on Nov. 1 in what was their ECAC Hockey conference opener before dropping a 3-1 decision at home on Senior Night on Feb. 22. Quinnipiac will be looking for just their second appearance in the ECAC Hockey Championship Game and first since the 2006-07 season when they fell to Clarkson, 4-2, in the title game.