January 5, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Receives Votes In Two National Polls

HAMDEN, Conn.- Following a week that saw the Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team win four games in a span of six days, the Bobcats received votes in two nationally polls, the USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. In both polls, Quinnipiac led the group of other teams receiving votes.

The Bobcats, winners of nine of their last 11 games including five straight, knocked off two nationally ranked teams in No. 11 Air Force, in the Toyota UConn Hockey Classic Tournament Game, and No. 20 Dartmouth on Saturday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Quinnipiac is currently 11-6-1 overall.

The Bobcats received 111 votes in the USCHO.com/CBS Sports Division I Poll, trailing the University of Minnesota-Duluth who received 118 votes. Quinnipiac received the fourth most votes by an ECAC Hockey school trailing Princeton, 690 votes for seventh place, Cornell, 673 votes including one first place vote for eighth place and Dartmouth, 198 votes for 15th place. Yale also received 33 votes in the poll.

In the USA Today/USA Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll, Quinnipiac received 18 votes, 20 fewer than Ohio State's 38 votes for the 15th and final spot. Additionally, Quinnipiac was behind Princeton, who received 332 votes for fifth place, and Cornell, who received 316 votes including a first place vote, for sixth place. Dartmouth with 14 votes and Yale with six closed out the ECAC Hockey field.

The Bobcats was one of two teams not previously ranked to land in the top 20 in Insidecollegehockey.com's Power Rankings for Jan. 5. The Bobcats landed in the No. 17 slot. Quinnipiac also improved to No. 16 in the PairWise Comparison Rankings, which are used to choose the NCAA Division I Tournament field.

Quinnipiac entered this past weekend with nine points in ECAC Hockey play and sat in fifth place behind Harvard and Dartmouth. Following a 5-2 win over Harvard on Friday and a 6-0 win over Dartmouth on Saturday, Quinnipiac earned four points and jumped up two spots into third place in the league standings.

Individually, Bryan Leitch (Coquitlam, B.C.) and David Marshall (Buffalo, Minn.) became the first Quinnipiac teammates in the Bobcats' Division I history to record a goal or an assist in 11 consecutive games. Leitch currently leads NCAA Division I men's ice hockey in assists (23), assists per game (1.28), points (31) and points per game (1.72).

Against #11 Air Force, Marshall scored his 100th career point with his 60th career goal. Marshall became just the fourth player in Quin­nipiac's Division I history to reach the 60-goal mark and the 10th player all-time at QU. In addition, he is the 28th player all-time at Quinnipiac to score 100 points and the 15th player at the DI level. With 10 goals and 12 assists through 18 games, Marshall is the first ECAC Hockey player this season to reach double figures in both scoring categories. He is also one of just 10 players in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey with double figures in both stat categories and the only player to do so in fewer than 19 games.

This season, Quinnipiac is 10-0-0 in games in which it is leading after the second period. In their last 31 games, dating back to last season, Quinnipiac is undefeated at 28-0-3 when playing with a lead heading into the final frame.