February 3, 2014

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Ranked 3rd In USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Polls On Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Nationally-ranked Quinnipiac men's ice hockey retained its No. 3 ranking for the second consecutive week, while also being ranked for the 17th consecutive week, in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Polls which were released on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. 

Quinnipiac is currently 19-4-5 overall and 9-2-3 in ECAC Hockey play, good for 21 points and second-place in the league standings. The Bobcats are also third in the PairWise Rankings, the system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament.

Quinnipiac's only contest of the past week came in Hanover, N.H. in the form of an 8-1 throttling of ECAC Hockey foe Dartmouth College. The Bobcats saw a pair of two-goal outings from Connor Jones (Montrose, British Columbia) and Travis St. Denis (Trail, British Columbia) as well as a three-point night - one goal, two assists - from Matthew Peca (Petawawa, Ontario). In addition, Jordan Samuels-Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) had a goal and an assist while passing the 100-point mark for his career. Bryce Van Brabant (Morinville, Ontario) scored his 11th goal of the season while Tommy Schutt (Chanhassan, Minn.) scored his first career goal. 

Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend when it hosts Clarkson on Friday, Feb. 7 and St. Lawrence on Saturday, Feb. 8 at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start.

USCHO.com Division I Poll - Feb. 3, 2014      
  Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota -40 19- 2-5 989 1
2 Boston College -10 19- 4-3 959 2
3 Quinnipiac   19- 4-5 897 3
4 Union   17- 6-3 798 4
5 Ferris State   18- 6-3 758 6
6 St. Cloud State   14- 6-4 745 5
7 Massachusetts-Lowell   18- 7-2 738 8
8 Providence   15- 7-5 621 7
9 Cornell   12-4-5 602 11
10 Michigan   13- 6-3 546 12
11 Northeastern   15- 8-3 528 10
12 Wisconsin   14- 8-2 460 9
13 Yale   11-6-4 342 13
14 Clarkson   16-10-2 291 15
15 Denver   13- 8-5 278 16
16 North Dakota   13- 8-3 266 17
17 Minnesota-Duluth   12-9-3 166 NR
18 Notre Dame   15-11-1 147 14
19 Vermont   13- 9-3 130 19
20 New Hampshire   16-13-1 120 NR
Others receiving votes: Maine 50, Colgate 23, Ohio State 18, Mercyhurst 11, Air Force 6, Nebraska-Omaha 4, Western Michigan 4, Minnesota State 3.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Division I Poll - Feb. 3, 2014    
Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2013-14 Record Weeks in Top 15
1 University of Minnesota, 503 (27) 1 19-2-5 17
2 Boston College, 481 (7) 2 19-4-3 17
3 Quinnipiac University, 444 3 19-4-5 17
4 Ferris State University, 360 6 18-6-3 11
5 St. Cloud State University, 349 5 14-6-4 17
6 Union College, 344 4 17-6-3 11
7 UMass Lowell, 335 8 18-7-2 16
8 Cornell University, 240 11 12/4/2005 11
9 Providence College, 239 7 15-7-5 17
10 University of Michigan, 201 12 13-6-3 17
11 Northeastern University, 188 10 15-8-3 4
12 University of Wisconsin, 151 9 14-8-2 16
13 Yale University, 72 13 11/6/2004 17
14 Clarkson University, 45 15 16-10-2 12
15 University of Denver, 44 RV 13-8-5 2
Others receiving votes: University of Minnesota Duluth, 36; University of North Dakota, 25; University of New Hampshire, 10; University of Notre Dame, 10; Mercyhurst University, 1; Minnesota State University, 1; University of Vermont, 1.