Women's Ice Hockey Surges into USCHO.com and USA Hockey Magainze Poll Top-10 as Bobcats Earn No. 10 National Ranking

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USCHO.com Weekly Poll (Oct. 14, 2013)
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HAMDEN, Conn. – After receiving votes for the first three weeks of the season, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey cracked the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's Division I Poll as the Bobcats earned the No. 10 ranking on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. This marks the first time Quinnipiac has been ranked since Oct. 3, 2011 and the latest point in the season in which they've been ranked since Jan. 29, 2011.

The No. 10 Bobcats have come storming out of the gates with a 3-0-1 record through four games highlighted by their recent home sweep of Penn State this past weekend. Quinnipiac thoroughly dominated the competition in all facets, outscoring the Nittany Lions 9-1 and outshooting the road team 112-39 for the weekend.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Oct. 7, 2013)

Rank Team                      First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
Minnesota (15) 4-0-0 150 1
2 Boston College   3-0-0 131 2
3 Clarkson   5-0-0 121 3
4 Wisconsin   0-0-0 90 4
5 Cornell   2-2-0 87 4
5 North Dakota   3-0-1 87 6
7 Boston University   1-0-1 40 7
7 Minnesota-Duluth   2-1-1 40 9
9 Harvard   0-0-0 37 8
10 Quinnipiac   3-0-1 18 NR

Others receiving votes: Ohio State 15, Northeastern 8, Mercyhurst 1.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll (Oct. 15, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Points Last Poll
Minnesota (19) 190 1
2 Boston College   166 2
3 Clarkson   155 3
4 North Dakota   116 6
5 Cornell   113 4
6 Wisconsin   105 5
7 Harvard   63 8
8 Boston University   41 7
9 Mercyhurst   15 10
10 Quinnipiac   13 NR

Others receiving votes: Ohio State 9, Minnesota-Duluth 5, Northeastern 1.

Seven different players scored this weekend for the Bobcats including three in two games for junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.). Freshman defender Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) was an effective distributor of the puck as she led her team with three assists in two games against Penn State.

The offense certainly was aided by the play of the Bobcats' junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) who lowered her nation-leading goals against average to 0.49 after allowing just one in two games this weekend. Laden has been absolutely stellar in net with a .977 save percentage and two shutouts through four starts this season.

The remainder of the USCHO.com Top 10 includes the No. 1 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. The reigning National Champs swept No. 4 Wisconsin at home this weekend to extend their NCAA-record winning streak up to 53 games. Boston College comes in at No. 2 for the fourth straight week this season followed by No. 3 Clarkson who sit at 5-0 with the most wins of anyone in Division I at this point in the season. Wisconsin is followed by Cornell and North Dakota, who both sit tied at No. 5, and then Boston University and Minnesota-Duluth (also tied at No. 7). Harvard and Quinnipiac round out the Top 10 for this week's USCHO.com poll.

The Bobcats will ride their No. 10 ranking into a weekend road series at Maine from Alfond Arena. Games are slated to begin on Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 2:00 pm.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu