Bobcats Back On Top In National Polls After Receiving No. 1 Seed For NCAA Tournament

The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team retained its top rank in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and also returned to the top spot in the USCHO.com Poll a day after the Bobcats were announced as the top seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

Quinnipiac was voted out of the top spot in the USCHO.com poll on Mar. 18, but returned to the No. 1 ranking after receiving 26 of the 50 first-place votes. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, Quinnipiac sits in the No. 1 spot for the seventh straight week, tied with Minnesota, as both teams received 473 votes, with Quinnipiac grabbing 16 of the 34f first-place votes. 

Quinnipiac will head into the East Regional in Providence, R.I., where they'll face regional fourth-seed Canisius, with a record of 27-7-5. The Bobcats also feature the nation's top defensive unit, allowing just 1.52 goals per game, and the top penalty kill at 91.0%. Last week, head coach Rand Pecknold was named the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year while senior goalie Eric Hartzell was named ECAC Hockey's Player and Goaltender of the Year, while also receiving First Team honors. Hartzell was also announced as a Top-10 Finalist for the presitigous Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Zach Davies and Jeremy Langlois were both named to the Third Team, with Davies winning the Best Defensive Defenseman Honor. 

USCHO.com Division I Poll - Mar. 25, 2013      
  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 QUINNIPIAC
-26 27- 7-5 948 2
2 Minnesota -10 26- 8-5 943 1
3 Massachusetts-Lowell -14 26-10-2 930 5
4 Notre Dame   25-12-3 818 9
5 Miami   24-11-5 811 3
6 Boston College   22-11-4 754 4
7 North Dakota   21-12-7 685 6
8 Wisconsin   22-12-7 549 14
9 St. Cloud State   23-15-1 546 7
10 New Hampshire   19-11-7 543 10
11 Minnesota State   24-13-3 532 8
12 Denver   20-13-5 457 13
13 Union   21-12-5 412 18
14 Niagara   23- 9-5 328 15
15 Yale   18-12-3 317 11
16 Western Michigan   19-11-8 257 12
17 Boston University   21-16-2 221 17
18 Providence   17-14-7 144 16
19 Michigan   18-19-3 98 20
20 Canisius   19-18-5 53 NR
Others receiving votes: Rensselaer 52, Colorado College 45, Brown 27, Robert Morris 23, Dartmouth 3, Nebraska-Omaha 3, Alaska 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Poll - Mar. 25, 2013
   
  Team Points (First Place Votes) Last Poll Record
T1 QUINNIPIAC 473 16 1 27-7-5
  Minnesota 473 9 2 27-7-5
3 UMass-Lowell 463 -9 5 26-10-2
4 Notre Dame 399   9 25-12-3
5 Miami 376   3 24-11-5
6 Boston College 354   4 22-11-4
7 North Dakota 286   6 21-12-7
T8 Minnesota State 202   8 24-13-3
  Wisconsin 202   15 22-12-7
10 New Hampshire 201   11 19-11-7
11 St. Cloud State  196   7 23-15-1
12 Denver 158   12 20-13-5
13 Union  135   NR 21-12-5
14 Niagara  71   14 23- 9-5
15 Yale  57   10 18-12-3
Others receiving votes: Boston University 20, Western Michigan University 12, University of Michigan 1, Providence College 1.