HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team earned the No. 8 national ranking in the USCHO.com weekly poll announced on Monday, November 25. This marks the first time this season the Bobcats have dropped in the poll as they fell from the No. 5 spot in last week's women's poll. Quinnipiac earned 57 points and will take their No. 8 ranking into a Tuesday night conference matchup against the Princeton Tigers.
USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Nov. 25, 2013)
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Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 2, Minnesota-Duluth 2.
After vaulting into the Top 5 last week for the first time ever as a program the Bobcats ran into a couple hot goaltenders this past weekend in which they walked away with a 1-1 tie against St. Lawrence and 3-0 loss to then-No. 8 Clarkson. Quinnipiac generated 47 saves-on-goal in their Friday game against the Saints but St. Lawrence goalie Carmen MacDonald (46 saves) was up to the task in earning the decision. Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) matched MacDonald on the other end with 24 saves of her own as these two would end their 65 minute battle in a 1-1 draw.
In the home weekend finale, the ECAC Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll favorite Clarkson played one of the best games of their season with a 3-0 shutout of Quinnipiac. Goalie Erica Howe (23 saves) was dominate in net while Jamie Lee Rattray lifted the Golden Knights with two goals in their victory. The Bobcats weren't without chances as they had a couple odd-man breaks and threw in some well-placed shots but were answered every time by the two-time reigning ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year in Howe.
The Bobcats (57 points), however, remain in the USCHO.com Top 10 for the seventh straight week and finished just one point behind No. 7 Boston College's total of 58 points. No. 1 Minnesota reclaims the top spot and all 15 first place votes after sweeping Yale this past weekend. The remainder of the Top 4 stays the same as Wisconsin, Cornell and North Dakota all slot in behind the Golden Gophers. No. 5 Harvard and No. 6 Clarkson both jumped up while the No. 7 Eagles and No. 9 Boston Univ. held serve. Leaping into the Top 10 for the first time in program history is the Robert Morris Colonials (12-3-1) at the No. 10 spot.
No. 8 Quinnipiac will look to get back on the winning side when they take on the Tigers on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. from the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink in Princeton, N.J.
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