Women's Ice Hockey Maintains No. 7 Ranking in USCHO.com Weekly Division I Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (March 3, 2014)

HAMDEN, Conn. – After sweeping St. Lawrence at home in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team managed to hold steady at No. 7 in the USCHO.com weekly poll, as announced on Monday, March 3. The Bobcats (22-5-9, 11-4-7 ECAC Hockey) are now entering their 19th straight week ranked in the Top 10 and will vie for their first ever trip to the ECAC Hockey Championships with a Semifinal matchup against No. 3 Clarkson on Saturday at 1:00 pm from Cheel Arena.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (March 3, 2014)

Rank

Team

First Place Votes

Record

Points

Previous Week

1

Minnesota

(15)

34-1-1

150

1

2

Wisconsin

 

27-6-2

126

2

3

Clarkson

 

27-4-5

125

3

4

Boston College

 

26-5-3

104

4

5

Cornell

 

22-5-4

87

6

6

Harvard

 

23-5-4

76

5

7

Quinnipiac

 

22-5-9

50

7

8

Mercyhurst

 

22-7-4

45

8

9

North Dakota

 

19-11-4

33

9

10

Robert Morris

 

24-7-3

23

10

Others receiving votes: Boston University 3, Northeastern 2, Minnesota-Duluth 1.

The Bobcats' No. 7 ranking comes in lieu of them sweeping the No. 5 seed St. Lawrence Saints from the High Point Solutions Arena in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals. Quinnipiac defeated St. Lawrence by a score of 5-0 in game one and 2-1 in game two. In doing so, the Bobcats tied a single-season program record for victories (22) and also improved their home record in a single-season in program history to 14-2-5 (.786 win %).

Coming up with a clutch performance, in her first career postseason appearance as a member of the Bobcats, was junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.). The junior transfer from Syracuse picked up five points (three goals, two assists) including both game-winners this past weekend for the Bobcats. She had a hand in five of the team's seven goals for the weekend and also notched her team-leading sixth multi-goal game of the season.

On the defensive side it was junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) who shined with two of the best games of her career. Starting in her first postseason game, Laden tallied a 27-save shutout, her eighth of the season, to become just the second goalie in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history to record a shutout in the postseason (joining Victoria Vigilanti). Laden followed up her impressive outing in game one with a season-high 28 saves on 29 shots in game two to earn a hard fought 2-1 victory. She had her shutout streak of 227:12 snapped late in the third period but she managed to pull through and pick up the series-clinching victory.

The remainder of the USCHO Top 10 featured little movement as the top four teams remained the same. The only movement was at No. 5 and No. 6 as Cornell jumped up a spot while Harvard moved back after their postseason series with Yale was forced to go three games whereas the Big Red swept Princeton. Teams ranked No. 7 through No. 10 all remained the same as the entire group of USCHO Top 10 squads will be in action in their respective conference Semifinals and possible Championships this weekend.

Quinnipiac will look to reach new heights for the program as they look to take down the No. 3 ranked and No. 1 seed Clarkson Golden Knights in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals on Saturday at 1:00 pm from Cheel Arena. Clarkson won the 2013-14 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship for the first time in program history and are hosting the conference tournament this weekend.

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