Women's Ice Hockey Enters 12th Straight Week as a Ranked Team, Earning the No. 10 Ranking in USCHO.com Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Jan. 13, 2014)

HAMDEN, Conn. – On the backs of their 2-1 week in conference play, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team held serve in the No. 10 spot of the USCHO.com weekly Division I women's poll, as announced on Jan. 13, 2014. This marks the 12th consecutive week the Bobcats have been ranked in the USCHO poll and second consecutive week in which they earned the No. 10 ranking. Quinnipiac currently stands 16-3-5 (7-3-4 ECAC Hockey) on the season and tied for first place in the conference with Cornell (18 points each).

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Jan. 13, 2014)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
1 Minnesota (15) 20-1-1 150 1
2 Wisconsin   17-3-2 132 2
3 Cornell   13-1-3 118 3
4 North Dakota   13-5-2 104 4
5 Clarkson   16-4-2 86 6
6 Harvard   12-2-2 75 5
7 Boston College   14-4-3 60 7
8 Robert Morris   18-3-1 43 9
9 Boston Univ.   16-4-1 39 8
10 Quinnipiac   16-3-5 14 10

Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 4.

After falling to Rensselaer on Friday, the Bobcats dipped in the number of votes received from 23 to 14 this week but remain in the No. 10 spot. The top four ranked teams in the USCHO poll did not change even though all four teams didn't have perfect weeks as Minnesota tied Ohio State, Wisconsin and North Dakota split a weekend series and Cornell tied Mercyhurst. Clarkson jumped Harvard in the rankings after the Crimson's 2-0 loss at home to Yale this past weekend. No. 7 Boston College held steady while No. 8 Robert Morris passed No. 9 Boston Univ. after the Terriers fell to the Eagles last Wednesday.

Quinnipiac's week started with a 3-1 victory over Princeton at home on Tuesday as senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) netted all three Bobcat goals to finish with her seventh career hat trick. She pumped in two tallies in the opening period and then added another late on an empty netter to secure the two-goal victory.

The weekend conference series against Rensselaer and Union was troublesome for the Bobcats as the Engineers snapped Quinnipiac's five-game winning streak on Friday with a 3-2 win. Both teams played a scoreless first period but three goals from Rensselaer in a span of just over five minutes was too much to overcome. Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) did her best to get her team back in it with two goals in the third but it proved not enough as Quinnipiac ultimately fell by the one-goal deficit.

Needing to salvage a split for the weekend, Quinnipaic dominated play throughout Saturday's tilt with Union but had trouble putting one past the Dutchwomen goalie Shanae Lundberg. The Bobcats outshot Union at a rate of more than two-to-one throughout the 60 minutes and finally broke through with a game-winner off the stick of senior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.). Quinnipiac's defense led by junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.), who posted 11 saves, held Union to zero shots-on-goal in the third period on the way to the team's seventh shutout of the season, tied for second-most in the country.

Quinnipiac will put their No. 10 ranking to the test against the No. 8 Colonials in a highly-anticipated weekend matchup from the High Point Solutions Arena. The Bobcats welcome Robert Morris on Friday (4 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.) in a pair of games between teams with just six combined losses in 46 games.

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