Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey Ranked 8th in USCHO.com Division I Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Dec. 2, 2013)

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team maintained their No. 8 ranking in the USCHO.com weekly poll as announced on Monday, Dec. 2. The Bobcats enter their eighth straight week ranked in the poll as they continue their most successful season in program history with a record of 12-2-5 (3-2-4 ECAC Hockey) through 19 games.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Dec. 2, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
Minnesota (15) 17-1-0 150 1
2 Wisconsin   12-2-2 132 2
3 Cornell   9-1-2 115 3
4 North Dakota   9-3-2 106 4
5 Harvard   8-1-1 90 5
6 Boston College   12-4-1 67 7
6 Clarkson   12-3-2 67 6
8 Quinnipiac   12-2-5 35 8
9 Boston Univ.   11-3-1 32 9
10 Robert Morris   14-3-1 24 10

Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 6, Mercyhurst 1.

The Bobcats got back on the winning track this weekend as they wiped away their longest winless draught (0-1-2) of the season with a pair of victories to win their fourth Nutmeg Classic. Quinnipiac tied Princeton on Tuesday, 1-1, before dismantling RIT in the First Round of the Nutmeg Classic, 8-0, and came from two goals down in the first period to defeat Yale in the Championship Game, 3-2.

Quinnipiac started the week with a 1-1 draw against the Princeton Tigers in a road conference showdown. Junior Shiann Darkangelo's (Brighton, Mich.) goal in the first period combined with 26 saves from junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was just enough for the Bobcats to earn a crucial point in the conference standings as they hold steady at the No. 5 seed.

After scoring 11 goals in their previous eight games, the Bobcat offense was overdue for an explosion and they certainly had one on Friday with an 8-0 shutout victory over RIT in the First Round of the Nutmeg Classic from High Point Solutions Arena. Darkangelo tallied her second career hat trick to go along with two assists to give her five points for the evening. Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) added five points (one goal, four assists) of her own to give the Bobcats two five point scorers in the same game for the first time in program history. In addition, Quinnipiac's six-goal second period matches the program record for most goals in a period set against Union on Jan. 16, 2005. Freshman goalie Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.) earned the shutout in her second career start, stopping all 25 of RIT's shots on goal.

Advancing to their fifth Nutmeg Classic Championship, the Bobcats had to overcome an early 2-0 deficit but some timely strikes and key saves helped spark a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Yale to capture their fourth Nutmeg title. Babstock won MVP honors after finishing with two assists on Saturday to give her seven points (one goal, six assists) for the tournament, the most ever by any player in the Nutmeg Classic's 10 year history. Rossman was honored as the Top Goaltender as she stopped 24 of the 26 Bulldog shots including one that came on a penalty shot from Phoebe Staenz in the second period that kept the score tied. Her numbers for the tournament included a 1.00 GAA, .961 save percentage and both victories for her team in net. Not to be remised was the first career goal from senior Olivia Brackett (Coopersville, Mich.) who played in 87 career games before finding the back of the net for the first time.

Much of the USCHO.com Top 10 remained the same as No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Cornell, No. 4 North Dakota, No. 5 Harvard and No. 6 Clarkson all held serve in their rankings from the week before. Boston College moved up one to tie Clarkson at No. 6 with their Saturday victory over Cornell while No. 9 Boston University and No. 10 Robert Morris remained the same as well.

The No. 8 Bobcats have one more home showdown against Union and Rensselaer this weekend before taking their annual month-long winter break.

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