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

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Feb. 17, 2014)

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team moved up one spot to No. 9 in the USCHO.com Division I poll released on Monday, February 17. The Bobcats spent last week at No. 10 but now earn the No. 9 ranking after earning three points over their home weekend series against Yale and Brown. Quinnipiac is now entering their 17th straight week ranked in the USCHO Top 10 as they currently sit 18-5-9 (9-4-7 ECAC Hockey).

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Feb. 17, 2014)

Rank

Team

First Place Votes

Record

Points

Previous Week

1

Minnesota

(15)

30-1-1

150

1

2

Wisconsin

 

23-5-2

132

2

3

Cornell

 

20-3-4

116

3

4

Clarkson

 

23-4-5

109

5

5

Boston College

 

23-5-3

77

7

5

Harvard

 

20-4-3

77

6

7

North Dakota

 

17-9-4

62

4

8

Mercyhurst

 

21-7-3

47

8

9

Quinnipiac

 

18-5-9

19

10

9

Robert Morris

 

22-7-3

19

9

Others receiving votes: Boston University 13, Syracuse 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1, Northeastern 1.

Quinnipiac picked up three big points in the ECAC Hockey standings with their 3-3 tie against Yale on Friday and a 5-0 victory over Brown on Saturday. It was very nearly only a two-point weekend if not for the dramatic gamey-tying goal for senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) with 1:05 remaining against Yale. After the Bobcats picked up an early 2-0 lead, the Bulldogs stormed back with three unanswered tallies including one with less than four minutes remaining to take a 3-2 lead. Babstock then took matters into her own hands as she was on the receiving end of two nice passes from Kristen Tamberg (North Toronto, Ontario) to Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and back down to Babstock at the opposite post.

Senior Day couldn't have been scripted any better for the six members of the Bobcats' senior class on Saturday against Brown. Four of the five Bobcat skaters registered at least one point and goalie Ashley Winslow (Portland, Maine) played her first career minutes as a member of the Quinnipiac squad, making one save in her 3:28 of action. Babstock (one goal, one assist), captain Amanda Colin (two assists), Shelby Wignall (one assist), Olivia Brackett (one assist) and Elena Orlando (one blocked shot) all contributed to the Bobcats' shutout victory over Brown in front of a season-high crowd of 977 at the High Point Solutions Arena.

This week featured a ton of movement with the USCHO Top 10 as North Dakota fell all the way from No. 4 to No. 7 after they were swept at home by Minnesota State. Clarkson replaced them at No. 4 while Boston College and Harvard all entered the Top 5 as they each accumulated 77 points to split the No. 5 ranking. No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Cornell, No. 8 Mercyhurst and No. 9 Robert Morris all held serve to complete this week's rankings.

The No. 9 Bobcats will close out their 2013-14 regular season at No. 3 Cornell and Colgate next weekend in a crucial series that will help determine who has home ice in Quinnipiac's ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series against St. Lawrence or Princeton.

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