Women's Ice Hockey (5th) Vaults into USCHO.com Weekly Poll Top 5 for the First Time in Program History

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Nov. 18, 2013)

HAMDEN, Conn. – The cataclysmic rise up the national rankings for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team continued this Monday as the Bobcats earned the No. 5 ranking from USCHO.com's weekly women's poll. The monumental achievement for the women's ice hockey program marks the first time the Bobcats have ever been ranked in the Top 5. Quinnipiac's record stands at 10-1-3 (3-1-2 ECAC Hockey) after a weekend sweep of a pair of perennial Hockey East powers at home, defeating then-No. 5 Boston College, 3-2, as well as New Hampshire, 2-1.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Nov. 18, 2013)

Rank Team First Place Votes Record Points Previous Week
Minnesota (14) 13-1-0 149 1
2 Wisconsin   10-2-0 131 2
3 Cornell  (1) 8-0-2 117 3
4 North Dakota   9-2-1 111 4
5 Quinnipiac   10-1-3 83 7
6 Harvard   6-1-1 82 6
7 Boston College   9-3-1 47 5
8 Clarkson   10-3-2 44 9
9 Boston Univ.   10-2-1 37 8
10 Mercyhurst   7-4-2 15 10

Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 5, Minnesota-Duluth 2, Princeton 2.

No. 1 Minnesota fell on Sunday to No. 4 North Dakota, 3-2, to end their NCAA record 62-game winning streak and they also lost a first place vote to No. 3 Cornell but the Golden Gophers remain atop the USCHO.com ranking. No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 6 Harvard hold serve with their ranking while No. 7 Boston College drops two spots after a winless (0-1-1) weekend at Quinnipiac and Princeton. No. 8 Clarkson, No. 9 Boston Univ. and No. 10 Mercyhurst complete the Top 10 list announced on Monday.

Junior Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) proved the drama for the Bobcats on Friday as she deflected in the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining as Quinnipiac skated away with a 3-2 victory. The win was the Bobcats' third in program history over a team ranked Top 5 in the nation and just the fourth ever in 22 chances against the Eagles (4-15-3). Darkangelo added another goal to give her two on the evening while senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and freshman Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.) dished out two assists each on Friday night. For the Bobcats it marks their third straight season defeated a Top 5 team after not having done so for their first 10 years of existence.

The following afternoon, junior Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) had a flair for the dramatic as she knocked home the game-winning tally for the Bobcats over New Hampshire with just 2:17 remaining in the third period. After allowing a first period goal, the Bobcats' once again came-from-behind with goals from Darkangelo and Fritz-Ward to defeat the Wildcats for the first time in program history, 2-1. Much credit belongs to the Quinnipiac defense as they blocked more shots (9) than New Hampshire totaled on-goal (8) for the game. The victory pushed the Bobcats' unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) and kept them undefeated at home (5-0-1) this season.

The No. 5 Bobcats will face another difficult weekend test at home as they welcome in St. Lawrence and No. 8 Clarkson. The Saints defeated Quinnipiac in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals last season while the Bobcats haven't beaten Clarkson in their last eight games from Hamden (0-7-1).

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