HAMDEN, Conn. –The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team enters their 13th straight week as a ranked squad after vaulting up one spot to the No. 9 ranking in the USCHO.com weekly Division I poll. On the heels of a tie and loss to the No. 8 ranked Robert Morris Colonials, the Bobcats moved up in the rankings for the first time since Nov. 18, 2013 (seven polls ago). Quinnipiac is 16-4-6 on the season and 7-3-4 in ECAC Hockey play.
USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Jan. 20, 2014)
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Others receiving votes: Mercyhurst 10.
This week's poll featured plenty of movement within the Top 10 as only four of the 10 teams held steady in their ranked position from a week ago. No. 1 Minnesota and No. 2 Wisconsin both held serve after sweeping their respective weekend series. The first movement was seen at No. 3 as North Dakota swapped spots with Cornell from the No. 4 position after the Big Red fell to No. 5 Harvard on Saturday. The Crimson's big win vaulted them over No. 6 Clarkson who dropped a spot after tying Yale on Friday night. No. 7 Boston College and No. 8 Robert Morris kept their spots while Quinnipiac jumped over No. 10 Boston Univ. after they were swept last weekend against unranked Northeastern.
Quinnipiac earns the move up in the rankings after earning a 1-1 tie on Friday against a 19-3-2 Robert Morris squad that currently has the longest unbeaten streak in the nation at 13 games (11-0-2). Junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) was solid in net, making 21 saves on 22 shots as her and the Bobcat defense limited a high-scoring Colonials attack to just one goal on Friday night. Sophomore Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) found the back of the net in the second period to account for the Quinnipiac scoring.
Saturday played out much differently than Friday as the Bobcats suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Colonials who scored four second period goals to push them past Quinnipiac for the first time in their 10-game series history. Senior Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) scored the lone goal on the afternoon for the Bobcats.
The No. 9 Bobcats will be idle this weekend as they prepare for an eight game stretch run that will decide the playoff seeding within the ECAC Hockey standings. Among the opponents Quinnipiac will be taking on in the final regular season stretch include No. 4 Cornell and No. 6 Clarkson on the road as well as No. 5 Harvard at home.
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