January 14, 2013

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ranked 4th In USCHO.com Poll, 5th In USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

HAMDEN, Conn. –The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team climbed to the No. 4 spot in the USCHO.com Division I poll while also receiving two first-place votes. The Bobcats remained in the No. 5 spot in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for the second straight week, with three first-place votes.  Quinnipiac is also tied with Boston College and New Hampshire for first place in the PairWise Rankings. The Bobcats were previously ranked 4th in the USCHO.com poll, its highest ranking all-time, on Nov. 30, 2009.

After extending its NCAA leading unbeaten streak to 16 games (14-0-2) with a 1-1 tie of Renssealer on Friday, Jan. 11 and a 3-2 win against No. 16 Union on Saturday, Jan. 12, Quinnipiac pushed its overall record to 17-3-3. The Bobcats' .804 winning percentage is also the best in Division I hockey. In addition, the first-place Bobcats are 11-0-1 (23 pts.) in ECAC Hockey and are 8-0-0 against ranked opponents this season.

Jeremy Langlois (Tempe, Ariz.) scored the  Bobcats' lone goal in their tie against RPI. On Saturday night, trailing 2-0 to start the third, Quinnipiac staged a late comeback, scoring three goals in the final period against No. 16 Union to shock the Dutchmen and keep the Bobcats' undefeated league record intact. Mike Dalhuisen (Nymegen, Holland) scored the Bobcats' first goal of the game before setting up Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Windsor, Conn.) with the game-tying goal. Kellen Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) put the exclamation point on the come-from-behind win with the game-winner late in the third.

Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) remained undefeated in ECAC Hockey play after the senior goalie stopped 24 of RPI's 25 shots on goal before posting a 15-save performance against Union. For the year, Hartzell is 17-2-3 with a 1.48 GAA and a .933 save percentage. In ECAC Hockey play, he is 11-0-1 with a 1.32 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Last week, he was announced as a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award. 

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Poll - Jan. 14, 2013      
  Team Points (First Place Votes) Last Poll Record
1 University of Minnesota 507 -31 1 16-3-3
2 Boston College 457   2 13-4-2
3 University of New Hampshire 430   4 14-4-2
4 University of Notre Dame 398   3 15-6-0
5 QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY 397 -3 5 17-3-3
6 University of North Dakota 310   7 13-6-3
7 University of Denver 285   9 13-6-4
8 Miami University 263   6 12-5-5
9 Boston University 258   8 12-7-2
10 Western Michigan University 225   10 13-5-4
11 Dartmouth College 148   12 9-5-2
12 Yale University 145   14 9-4-3
13 University of Nebraska-Omaha 71   13 13-9-2
14 Minnesota State University 47   11 14-8-2
15 UMass-Lowell 38   NR 11-7-1
Others receiving votes: Niagara University 32, Union College 27, Cornell University 25, Colgate University 12, St. Cloud State University 3, Ferris State University 1, Lake Superior State University 1.
USCHO.com Division I Poll - Jan. 14, 2013        
  Team Points (First Place Votes) Last Poll Record
1 University of Minnesota 992 -47 1 16- 3-3
2 Boston College 924   3 13- 4-2
3 University of New Hampshire 875 -1 4 14- 4-2
4 QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY 847 -2 5 17- 3-3
5 University of Notre Dame 829   2 15- 6-0
6 University of North Dakota 714   7 13- 6-3
7 University of Denver 667   9 13- 6-4
8 Miami University 623   6 12-5-5
9 Boston University 617   8 12-7-2
10 Western Michigan University 598   10 13- 5-4
11 Dartmouth College 477   12 9-5-2
12 Yale University 432   14 9-4-3
13 University of Nebraska-Omaha 359   13 13- 9-2
14 Minnesota State University 348   11 14- 8-2
15 Niagara University 242   17 13- 3-4
16 Cornell University 220   15 7-6-2
17 Union College 219   16 10-7-4
18 University of Massachuetts-Lowell 175   20 11-7-1
19 St. Cloud State University 135   18 12-10-0
20 Colgate University 118   19 11-7-2
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 19, Providence 15, Robert Morris 15, Ferris State 12, Lake Superior 12, Holy Cross 5, Northern Michigan 5, Princeton 4, Colorado College 1, Michigan Tech 1.