HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team climbed up the standings as they received five points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll and eight points in the USCHO.com weekly poll. This is the highest number of votes the Bobcats have received in either poll through three weeks of the season voting. They currently stand less than ten points away from being nationally ranked in either poll.
Reigning Division I champion Minnesota took the top spot of both poll with Clarkson being the only other team to receive a first place vote for the week. Boston College and Clarkson enter their third straight week with the second and third ranking, respectively. Mercyhurst took the biggest drop from last week as they barely held on to the No. 10 spot in the USCHO.com poll while falling out of the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Top-10 after a 1-2 start to their season. Wisconsin and Minnesota-Duluth each jumped two spots to gain the most ground with weekend series sweeps to start their season.
The Bobcats started their 2013-14 season off with a bang as they went 1-0-1 out in the Midwest facing off against St. Cloud State. In what was the first extended road trip for the Bobcats since traveling to Wisconsin in 2008, Quinnipiac impressed with a pair of dramatic results to kick start the season.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll (Oct. 8, 2013)
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Others receiving votes: Ohio State 13, Quinnipiac 5, Northeastern 2, Dartmouth 1.
USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Oct. 7, 2013)
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Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 8, Quinnipiac 8, Northeastern 4, Dartmouth 1.
In Friday's matchup, junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) posted her second career shutout with 19 saves to secure the 0-0 tie. Laden followed it up with another primetime performance on Saturday as she totaled 27 saves in her team's come-from-behind 3-1 victory. Freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) pumped in two goals, including the game-winner, while sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) had a hand in all three Bobcat goals with one goal and two assists.
Laden and Woods took down the ECAC Hockey Goalie and Rookie of the Week, respectively. The Bobcats now carry their momentum into this weekend's home opener from High Point Solutions Arena against the Penn State Nittany Lions. This marks the first ever meeting between the two squads as the puck will drop at 7:00 pm on Friday and 4:00 pm on Saturday.
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