Women's Ice Hockey Enters Fifth Straight Week Ranked in USCHO.com (7th) and USA Today/USA Hockey (9th) Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Nov. 11, 2013)
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's Weekly Poll (Nov. 12, 2013)

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team continues their best start to a season in program history as they earned a Top 10 ranking for the fifth consecutive week in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll. The Bobcats (8-1-3, 3-1-2 ECAC Hockey) enter their second straight week with the No. 7 national ranking in the USCHO poll while they fell to No. 9 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine voting. For the third time this season, the Bobcats enter a weekend in which they will play another ranked foe as No. 5 Boston College steps into High Point Solutions Arena on Friday followed by New Hampshire on Saturday.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Nov. 11, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
Minnesota (15) 12-0-0 150 1
2 Wisconsin   8-2-0 133 2
3 Cornell   7-0-1 120 3
4 North Dakota   8-1-1 104 4
5 Boston College   9-2-0 91 5
6 Harvard   5-1-0 67 8
7 Quinnipiac   8-1-3 46 7
8 Boston Univ.   9-1-1 44 10
9 Clarkson   8-3-2 41 6
10 Mercyhurst   6-4-1 17 9

Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 10, Syracuse 2.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll (Nov. 12, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Points Last Poll
Minnesota (19) 190 1
2 Wisconsin   167 2
3 Cornell   152 3
4 North Dakota   127 4
5 Boston College   116 5
6 Harvard   83 8
7 Clarkson   58 6
8 Boston Univ.   56 10
9 Quinnipiac   55 7
10 Mercyhurst   20 9

Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 16, St. Lawrence 3, Ohio State 2, Syracuse 1.

The Bobcats held steady in the USCHO.com poll and even though they fell back in the USA Hockey poll, they are behind No. 7 Clarkson by only three points. Minnesota was tested over the weekend against St. Cloud State but finished off the sweep and maintained their No. 1 ranking. Wisconsin, Cornell, North Dakota, Boston College and Harvard all followed in the No. 2 through No. 6 rankings in each poll. Quinnipiac and Clarkson flip-flopped No. 7 and No. 9 rankings in the USA Hockey poll while No. 8 Boston University and No. 10 Mercyhurst rounded out the field.

Last weekend's series featured another undefeated stretch for the Bobcats as they are now unbeaten in their past five games (3-0-2). Quinnipiac's offense manhandled their opposition in possession as the Bobcats outshot Brown and Yale by a combined tally of 89-36 but could only muster a 3-1 victory over the Bears and 0-0 tie against the Bulldogs.

Three different goal scorers factored in the victory over Brown as senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) and freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) all lit the lamp on Friday. Sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) added two assists in the victory to move their unbeaten streak against the Bears to nine games (7-0-2).

Crosstown rivals met on Saturday as Quinnipiac played Yale to a 0-0 tie from Ingalls Rink. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) pitched her nation-leading fifth shutout of the season with 27 saves against the Bulldogs. Her and Yale goalie Jamie Leonoff (44 saves) went back-and-forth in a showdown between two of the better goalies in the conference.

The No. 7/9 Bobcats will take the ice against a pair of premier opponents in No. 5 Boston College and New Hampshire this weekend from High Point Solutions Arena.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu