Quinnipiac Men (7th) and Women's Ice Hockey (9th) Both Ranked in Top 10 in USCHO.com Poll

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USCHO.com Men's Division I Weekly Poll (Oct. 28, 2013)
USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Oct. 28, 2013)

HAMDEN, Conn. - For the second consecutive week, the Quinnipiac men’s and women’s ice hockey teams are ranked in the USCHO.com national poll. The Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team (6-1) jumped up two spots from No. 9 to No. 7 in the weekly poll, their highest ranking of the season, while the women’s ice hockey team (6-1-1) enters their second straight week ranked No. 9. This marks the first time in the University’s history that both schools have been nationally-ranked in consecutive weeks. They join Minnesota, North Dakota and Boston College as the only hockey programs in the nation to have both their men’s and women’s teams ranked in the Top 10.

USCHO.com Division I Men's Weekly Poll (Oct. 28, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
Minnesota (50) 5-0-1 1000 1
2 Notre Dame   5-1-0 890 2
3 Providence   4-0-1 844 8
4 Michigan   4-1-1 810 4
5 North Dakota   2-1-1 777 6
6 Miami (OH)   3-2-1 743 3
7 Quinnipiac   6-1-0 671 9
8 Boston College   2-2-1 670 5
9 St. Cloud State   3-0-1 643 10
10 Rensselaer   4-1-0 529 12
11 Yale   1-1-0 457 7
12 Lake Superior   4-0-0 383 15
13 Wisconsin   2-2-0 380 11
14 Cornell   2-0-0 285 19
15 UMass-Lowell   3-3-0 262 18
16 Minn. State   2-2-0 195 16
17 Clarkson   6-1-1 184 NR
18 Boston Univ.   3-3-0 168 13
19 Northeastern   5-1-0 154 20
20 Minn.-Duluth   3-2-1 108 NR

Others receiving votes: New Hampshire 106, Brown 56, Denver 47, Alaska-Anchorage 36, St. Lawrence 32, Air Force 16, Ferris State 15, Harvard 13, Alaska 12, Maine 4, Bowling Green 2.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Oct. 28, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
Minnesota (15) 6-0-0 150 1
2 Wisconsin   6-2-0 130 2
3 Cornell   4-0-0 125 3
4 North Dakota   6-1-1 95 6
5 Clarkson   6-2-1 83 5
6 Boston College   5-2-0 72 4
7 Harvard   2-0-0 71 7
8 Mercyhurst   5-3-1 34 8
9 Quinnipiac 6-1-1 28 9
10 Ohio State   3-1-1 21 10

Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 7, Boston University 5, New Hampshire 2, Robert Morris 1, Syracuse 1.

The men are coming off a sweep of a home-and-home series against Holy Cross with a come-from-behind 4-2 win on Friday night in Worcester, Mass. and a dominating 4-1 victory over the Crusaders on Saturday night from High Point Solutions Arena.

Coming into the weekend riding a four-game winning streak, the men’s ice hockey team kickstarted their series against Holy Cross with a thrilling comeback victory as the Bobcats scored four unanswered, including three in the third period, to erase a 2-0 deficit. The last time Quinnipiac came back and won from that big of a deficit was against Canisius in the first game of the NCAA Tournament East Regional on Mar. 30, 2013.  Freshman Sam Anas (Potomac, Md.) scored the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining while sophomore Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) scored a pair to lead the way offensively on Friday night.

After Friday’s thriller, the Bobcats and Crusaders did battle again on Saturday with Quinnipiac taking a 4-1 victory in front of a sold out crowd of 3, 525 from the High Point Solutions Arena. Anas added two more goals to give him five for the week and a pair of multi-goal games as he leads the team with six tallies this season. Quinnipiac dominated play, outshooting the Crusaders, 48-18, and increasing their nation-leading winning streak to six games.

Meanwhile, the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team continues their record-setting start to the season as the Bobcats earned the No. 9 ranking in the USCHO.com national poll for the second straight week. The pollsters gave the Bobcats 28 points in the poll after the team split a weekend road ECAC Hockey series with No. 7 Harvard (L, 4-2) and Dartmouth (W, 4-2). Their 6-1-1 record through eight games continues their best start to a season in program history while they also remained ranked No. 9 for consecutives weeks for the first time ever.

The Bobcats couldn’t overcome a four goal outburst for the Crimson in less than a 10 minute span as they ultimately fell, 4-2. Quinnipiac did outshoot Harvard, 21-18, and managed to break a 173:51 scoreless streak against one of the ECAC Hockey powers. Junior Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) was the offensive star for the Bobcats on Friday with two points (one goal, one assist) for her third career multi-point output.

Saturday’s road battle against Dartmouth was a back-and-forth affair with each side holding the lead once before the Bobcats managed the slide home the game-winner late in the second period and hold down the stretch for a 4-2 victory. The defensive unit managed to kill off a three Dartmouth power plays in the third, including one with less than three minutes remaining to secure the win. Senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) supplied three points (two goals, one assist) as she moved her team-leading total to 13 points on the season while Fritz-Ward added the game-winner at 15:58 in the second to give the Bobcats the lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Both ranked squads will face tough conference battles this weekend as the men travel up to Colgate and No. 14 Cornell at Lynah Rink while the women return home for Colgate and No. 3 Cornell from High Point Solutions Arena.

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