HAMDEN, Conn. – After sweeping their weekend series with Maine in their first appearance as a nationally-ranked team this season, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team vaulted up a spot in the USCHO.com weekly poll to No. 9 in the country. The Bobcats earned 31 points in the poll released on Monday, Oct. 21, represent the most points accumulated by Quinnipiac in a weekly poll in its program history. The No. 9 ranking also represents the highest the team has been ranked since Oct. 3, 2011.
USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Oct. 21, 2013)
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Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 18, Boston University 16, New Hampshire 2.
Off to their best start in program history, the Bobcats (5-0-1) head into conference play with an undefeated record through their first six games of the 2013-14 season. Just Quinnipiac and No. 1 Minnesota are the only teams to remain undefeated through this week of the season. The Bobcats' 31 points also represented the fourth straight weekly poll to start the year in which they have received points.
The Bobcats entered play this weekend with the No. 10 national-ranking and proved why they earned the selection as they swept through the Black Bears in Orono. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) had her 189:09 straight shutout streak snapped on Saturday but not before she posted a 20-save shutout effort on Friday to lead the Bobcats to a 4-0 victory. The team followed up with a dominating 5-2 win on Saturday as a late second period goal was all she surrendered in net for the weekend. Laden has been unbelievable in net to start the year as she continues to lead the nation in goals against average (0.52), save percentage (.974) and shutouts (3). With her undefeated record (5-0-1) she is off to the best six game start to a season of any Quinnipiac goalie in program history.
On the offensive side, freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) combined for nine points this weekend as the top offensive line for the Bobcats is starting to round into shape. Woods led all freshman skaters in the country this past weekend with four points (one goal, three assists) while Babstock was the leader in points for all ECAC Hockey skaters with five points (three goals, two assists) including her fifth career hat trick on Saturday.
A multitude of career firsts also came this weekend as junior Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden) and freshmen Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) and Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario) each scored their first career goal against the Black Bears.
Rounding out the rest of the USCHO.com poll for Oct. 21 was No. 1 Minnesota, who continues to extend their NCAA-record winning streak up to 55 games with a weekend sweep of Minnesota-Duluth. Wisconsin surges up two spots to No. 4 after sweeping St. Cloud State while Cornell (No. 3) also moves up two places after sweeping Northeastern at home. No. 4 Boston College, No. 5 Clarkson and No. 6 North Dakota all moved down spots in the rankings while No. 7 Harvard moved up without having played a regular season game yet this season. No. 8 Mercyhurst and No. 10 Ohio State round out the Top-10.
Quinnipiac is sure to be tested this weekend as they play their first ECAC Hockey games and first game against a ranked opponent as they travel to No. 7 Harvard on Friday and follow with Dartmouth on Saturday.
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