February 11, 2013

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ranked No. 1 In National Polls For First Time In Program History

HAMDEN, Conn. – For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team has been ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com Division I poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, as announced on Feb. 11, 2013. Not only is the Bobcats' No. 1 ranking a first in program history, but it is also the first time a Quinnipiac athletic program has been nationally-ranked No. 1.

"I think, looking back, to me it's more than impressive that in only our 15th year as a Division I program, that we're the No. 1 team in the country," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "I think it's something our fans, alumni and our administration can enjoy. For us, as players and coaches, we'll enjoy it for about 15 minutes and get ready to play St. Lawrence."


Quinnipiac is currently 21-3-4 overall and 14-0-2 in the ECAC Hockey standings. With a pair of wins at Cornell, 4-1, and Colgate, 3-2, this past weekend, the Bobcats extended its NCAA-leading unbeaten streak to 21 games, posting an 18-0-3 record, with their last loss coming on Nov. 6, 2012. . In addition, Quinnipiac also clinched a bye in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament, and can finish no lower than second place in the league standings.  

Quinnipiac received 983 points and 41 of the 50 first-place votes and 983 total points in the USCHO.com Top-20 poll, which consists of 28 NCAA Division I head coaches as well as 22 media members from across the country. The Bobcats also received 28 of the 34 first place votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Quinnipiac cracked the Top-5 in both polls on Dec. 31, 2012 and have been receiving first-place votes in both polls over the past five weeks. In addition to the two national polls,

Quinnipiac remains in the lead in the PairWise Rankings, a system which mimics the NCAA selection committee's criteria for the seeding of the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats have held the top spot in the PWRs since Jan. 19, 2013.

Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend with a pair of ECAC Hockey contests when it hosts St. Lawrence on Friday, Feb. 15 and Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 16, with both games set for a 7 p.m. start at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center. 

USCHO.com Division I Poll - Feb. 11, 2013      
  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 QUINNIPIAC -41 21- 3-4 983 2
2 Minnesota -9 19- 5-4 949 1
3 Miami   18- 7-5 874 3
4 Boston College   16- 7-2 819 5
5 New Hampshire   16- 7-3 779 4
6 Western Michigan   18- 7-5 748 6
7 North Dakota   16- 8-6 720 7
8 St. Cloud State   18-11-1 657 8
9 Minnesota State   18- 9-3 559 11
10 Yale   13- 6-3 557 10
11 Denver   15- 9-5 495 9
12 Notre Dame   18-11-1 478 11
13 Boston University   13-11-1 331 13
14 Massachusetts-Lowell   14- 9-2 317 16
15 Niagara   18- 5-5 299 15
16 Nebraska-Omaha   16-12-2 274 14
17 Dartmouth   11-8-4 216 17
18 Wisconsin   12-9-7 158 19
19 Merrimack   13-10-5 151 20
20 Alaska   13-11-4 57 NR

Others receiving votes: Union 40, Providence 16, Ferris State 12, Northern Michigan 5, Colgate 2, St. Lawrence 2, Holy Cross 1, Rensselaer 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll - Feb. 11, 2013  
  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 QUINNIPIAC 28 21- 3-4 983 2
2 Minnesota 6 19-5-4 470 1
3 Miami   18-7-5 424 3
4 Boston College   16-7-2 402 4
5 New Hampshire   16-7-3 377 5
6 Western Michigan   18-7-5 338 6
7 North Dakota   16-8-6 316 7
8 St. Cloud State   18-11-1 259 10
9 Yale   13-6-3 238 9
10 Minnesota State   18-9-3 185 13
11 Denver   15-9-5 164 8
12 Notre Dame   18-11-1 136 12
13 Boston University   13-11-1 78 11
14 Niagara   18-5-5 70 14
15 Mass. - Lowell   14-9-2 55 NR
Others receiving votes: Nebraska-Omaha, 29; Dartmouth, 13; Merrimack, 9; Alaska, 7; Wisconsin, 7.