Men's Ice Hockey Jumps Five Spots To No. 4 In INCH Power Rankings
HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey team jumped five spots to No. 4 in the latest addition of the INCH Power Rankings, released Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. Quinnipiac entered the polls for the first time on Nov. 8 at No. 19 and have since moved up 15 spots, more than any other team in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. Quinnipiac currently holds the nation's longest win streak at eight games and also carry the country's top winning percentage at 12-1-0 (.923).
After a thrilling 5-4 overtime win against No. 10 UMass on Saturday, Quinnipiac reached the No. 1 spot in USCHO.com's PairWise Rankings, a subjective ranking system used by the NCAA to determine the field for the NCAA Tournament. The top spot is a first for the Bobcats, who also sit in first place in ECAC Hockey at 7-0-0, their best start to their conference schedule since joining the league for the 2005-06 season.
On the ice, Quinnipiac totes the nation's top offense with 56 goals, while its 4.31 goals per game, through 13 games, is second in the country. The Bobcats have not been held to fewer than three goals in any of their first 13 games, and have scored five goals in seven of their 13 games. 15 different players have scored a goal for Quinnipiac this year, while Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.), Eric Lampe (Madison, Wisc.) and Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) all have eight or more. Six different Bobcats have reached double digits in points, while nine have nine points or more. In addition, 20 of the 22 different skaters to take the ice this season for Quinnipiac have tallied a point.
Wong leads all Bobcats with 19 points on a team-high 11 assists to go along with eight goals. Two of those goals came on Saturday. With Quinnipiac trailing by a goal with just over a minute to play in regulation, Wong one-timed a pass from Zach Hansen (White Bear Lake, Minn.) past UMass' goalie to send the game to overtime. He then scored the game-winner to give Quinnipiac its eighth straight win.
Lampe leads Quinnipiac leads Quinnipiac with nine goals while also assisting on nine more for 18 points, while Zurevinski checks in with eight goals and six assists for 14 points. Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St. Paul, Alb.) has totaled four goals and seven assists for 11 points, while Mike Atkinson's (Sparta, N.J.) career-best six goals go along with his four assists for 10 points. Atkinson is one of six players in Division I hockey with two short-handed goals. Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) has totaled five goals and five assists for 10 points, the most among Quinnipiac's 13 freshmen.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Dec. 4 when they travel to Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn. to take on No. 11 Yale University in an ECAC Hockey match-up set for a 7 p.m. start. The Bobcats then head to Providence, R.I. on Saturday, Dec. 5 to take on Brown University at Meehan Auditorium at 7 p.m.