November 16, 2009

Men's Ice Hockey Ranked 13th In USCHO.com/CBS College Sports And USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Polls

HAMDEN, Conn. -The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team was ranked 13th in the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports Division I Men's Ice Hockey Poll, and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey poll, both released on Monday, Nov. 16. Quinnipiac broke into the USCHO.com/CBS Sports poll last week at No. 20 and leaped seven spots after sweeping Harvard (5-1) and Dartmouth (4-2) this weekend. This is the first appearance by the Bobcats in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this season.

In addition to the USCHO.com/CBS College Sports poll, Quinnipiac was also ranked 12th in the INCH Power Rankings, a weekly poll hosted by InsideCollegeHockey.com. Quinnipiac was also third in the latest PairWise Rankings, which are updated following each contest and is used to select the field for the NCAA Tournament. They are also ranked sixth by the KRACH ratings, another tool used to measure a team's success nationally. Quinnipiac's Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), another tool used by the NCAA Selection committee, is fourth at .6072.­­

Quinnipiac has won its last four games, all ECAC Hockey contests, to remain perfect in ECAC Hockey play and secure first place in the league standings after two weeks of play. At 8-1-0 overall, the Bobcats have the best winning percentage, .889, of any team in the nation. In addition, Quinnipiac ranks second in NCAA Division I hockey in scoring offense at 4.22 goals per game. Quinnipiac has totaled 38 goals in nine games, while holding its opponents to 20 goals, for a 2.22 per game average. The Bobcats' goal differential, +2.00, ranks third in the country while their combined special teams, 56.1% (60-107) rank seventh in the country.

Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend when it travels to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate University on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats then head to Ithaca, N.Y. on Saturday, Nov. 21 to face No. 5 Cornell University, also at 7 p.m.