January 6, 2014

Women's Ice Hockey Checks In at No. 10 in USCHO.com Weekly Division I Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Jan. 6, 2014)

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team earned the No. 10 ranking in the USCHO.com weekly poll, as announced on Monday, Jan. 6. This marks the 11th consecutive week the Bobcats have been ranked in the USCHO poll which far succeeds the total number of weeks the team had been ranked entering the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac enters the new year with a 14-2-5 record and 5-2-4 mark in ECAC Hockey competition.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Jan. 6, 2014)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
1 Minnesota (15) 19-1-0 150 1
2 Wisconsin   16-2-2 134 2
3 Cornell   12-1-2 117 3
4 North Dakota   12-4-2 101 4
5 Harvard   10-1-2 87 5
6 Clarkson   14-4-2 79 6
7 Boston College   12-4-2 64 7
8 Boston Univ.   15-3-1 41 8
9 Robert Morris   18-3-1 28 10
10 Quinnipiac   14-2-5 23 9

Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 1.

Despite falling from ninth to tenth in the USCHO ranking, the Bobcats remain one of only five teams in the country with two or fewer losses to their name. Quinnipiac is off to its best start in program history as they have already accumulated 14 victories through 21 games this season. The remainder of the USCHO Top 10 ranking remained the same except for Robert Morris flip-flopping with Quinnipiac after the Colonials swept St. Lawrence at home this past weekend. The Bobcats welcome Robert Morris to High Point Solutions Arena for a much-anticipated matchup next weekend on Jan. 17-18 for a two-game set.

As for this coming week, Quinnipiac will get right back into action with three games in five days as they take on Princeton on Tuesday night at home followed by a weekend road conference series at Rensselaer and Union. The Bobcats and Tigers will square off after settling for a 1-1 tie earlier this season from Hobey Baker Memorial Rink. Quinnipiac controlled the tempo of play and outshot Princeton 35-27 but gave up a crucial shorthanded equalizer with less than eight minutes remaining to lead to the result. The team will then take two days to prepare for showdowns with Rensselaer and Union. Quinnipiac's last games occurred between Dec. 6-7 against the Engineers and Dutchwomen as the Bobcats earned a home sweep of their two opponents. The results didn't come easily, however, as the Bobcats outlasted Union (W, 4-2) and Rensselaer (W, 3-1) with a pair of two-goal victories.

All Bobcat fans can see the No. 10 Bobcats back in action on Tuesday night from High Point Solutions Arena when they take on Princeton at 7:00 pm in what shapes up to be a crucial conference battle as just one point separates both sides in the ECAC Hockey standings.

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