Women's Ice Hockey Earns No. 9 Ranking in USCHO.com Weekly Division I Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Dec. 9, 2013)

HAMDEN, Conn. – The number nine is a running theme this week for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team as they enter their ninth straight week as a ranked team while checking in at the No. 9 spot in this week's USCHO.com weekly poll. The Bobcats had another successful weekend, extending their winning streak to four games after sweeping Union and Rensselaer in ECAC Hockey play to improve to 14-2-5 (5-2-4 ECAC Hockey).

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Dec. 9, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
Minnesota (15) 19-1-0 150 1
2 Wisconsin   14-2-2 134 2
3 Cornell   10-1-2 118 3
4 North Dakota   10-4-2 98 4
5 Harvard   9-1-2 88 5
6 Clarkson   13-4-2 73 6
7 Boston College   12-4-2 70 6
8 Boston Univ.   14-3-1 40 9
9 Quinnipiac   14-2-5 35 8
10 Robert Morris   16-3-1 19 10

Others receiving votes: None

Rounding out the remainder of the USCHO.com Top 10 are no changes within the first six teams ranked as No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Cornell, No. 4 North Dakota, No. 5 Harvard and No. 6 Clarkson all held steady after strong weekends. North Dakota split a weekend series at Clarkson while Harvard earned a tie with No. 7 Boston College, 1-1, on Saturday. No. 8 Boston University leapt Quinnipiac in the standings after sweeping Minnesota-Duluth and taking down Northeastern for a 3-0 week. No. 10 Robert Morris swept RIT at home to hold steady from last week's ranking.

This past weekend was one dominated by the offense for the Bobcats as the high-powered tandem of junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) each went for four points in two games against the Dutchwomen and Engineers. Darkangelo added three goals with one assist as she now leads the team and is tied for second in the nation with 14 tallies. Babstock, meanwhile, was the distributor with three of her four points being assists this weekend to give her 100 for her illustrious career. She joins Mercyhurst's Christine Bestland as the only two active players in the nation who make up the 100 career assist club.

Quinnipiac's 4-2 victory over Union on Friday extended the Bobcats' undefeated record against the Dutchwomen in their all-time series to 24 games (20-0-4) while also earning their first conference win in nearly a month since taking down Brown, 3-1, on Nov. 8 (four games ago). Darkangelo struck for two goals in the first period while junior Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden) added the game-winner in the second period. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) had to fend off a Union power play late while Babstock added an insurance goal with less than three minutes to play to seal the victory.

Saturday's game against the Engineers was a defensive struggle through a scoreless first before freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and sophomore Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario) struck for goals in the second. Darkangelo added a power-play goal in the third to add to the Quinnipiac lead while Laden made 18 saves in net to help the Bobcats lock up the win.

Winter break has started for the Bobcats as they enter the month-long hiatus from games with 14 victories already in-hand and 13 more regular season games remaining. They will get back into the swing of things on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home against Princeton before hitting the road to take on Rensselaer and Union on Jan. 10-11.

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