Women's Ice Hockey Holds Steady at No. 9 in the USCHO.com Weekly Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Dec. 16, 2013)

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team earned the No. 9 ranking in the USCHO.com weekly poll for the second consecutive week, as announced on Monday, Dec. 16. The Bobcats are now entering their 10th consecutive week ranked in the USCHO Top 10 as they currently stand 14-2-5 overall and 5-2-4 in ECAC Hockey competition.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Dec. 16, 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   12-4-2 96 4
5 Harvard   9-1-2 94 5
6 Clarkson   14-4-2 72 6
7 Boston College   12-4-2 61 7
8 Boston Univ.   14-3-1 43 8
9 Quinnipiac   14-2-5 33 9
10 Robert Morris   16-3-1 23 10

Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 1.

Quinnipiac just took its first weekend off since mid-September as the Bobcats were idle this past weekend due to exams and winter break for all students. The Bobcats are off to their best start to a season in program history as they've already amassed 14 wins in just 21 games with only two losses to their name. They are one of just five teams in the country to have accumulated two of fewer losses through the halfway point of the season.

Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) has been a lethal scorer for her team as she currently leads the country in points (34) with 12 goals and 22 assists through 21 games. Shouldering the load for Quinnipiac on offense has been their junior forward Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) who has made an immediate impact as a transfer from Syracuse University with 14 goals as she currently sits in sole possession of third place among the nation's leaders in goal scorers.

Even with those explosive scorers, the Bobcats' calling card this season has been their defense as they've allowed only 25 goals in 21 games for a goals against average of 1.19, good enough for fourth-best in the country. Anchoring the strong defensive play has been their junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) who has occupied a spot among the nation's best goaltenders all season. She currently ranks third in GAA (1.11) and save percentage (.945) while she sits tied for second with five shutouts.

A lengthy break remains for the Bobcats as they will not play again until Tuesday, Jan. 7 when they welcome Princeton to High Point Solutions Arena at 7:00 pm.

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