February 3, 2014

Women's Ice Hockey Climbs Into No. 8 Ranking in USCHO.com Weekly Division I Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Feb. 3, 2014) 

HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second time in three weeks, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team moved up a spot in the USCHO.com Division I poll as the Bobcats vaulted into the No. 8 ranking in the weekly poll released on Monday, Feb. 3. The Bobcats are now entering their 15th straight week ranked in the USCHO Top 10 but just their sixth week where they are within the Top 8 teams in the country. Quinnipiac currently stands 17-4-7 on the season with an 8-3-5 mark in ECAC Hockey play.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Feb. 3, 2014)

Rank

Team

First Place Votes

Record

Points

Previous Week

1

Minnesota

(15)

26-1-1

150

1

2

Wisconsin

 

21-3-2

135

2

3

Clarkson

 

21-4-3

108

4

4

North Dakota

 

16-7-3

99

3

5

Cornell

 

16-3-4

84

6

5

Harvard

 

17-2-3

84

5

7

Boston College

 

19-4-3

71

7

8

Quinnipiac

 

17-4-7

39

9

9

Robert Morris

 

21-5-2

35

8

10

Mercyhurst

 

17-7-2

17

10

Others receiving votes: Boston University 1, Minnesota-Duluth 1, Northeastern 1. 

The Bobcats move up in the rankings following their impressive three point home weekend series against Dartmouth and then-No. 3/5 Harvard. Quinnipiac started the weekend with a 3-1 win over the Big Green to sweep the season series against Dartmouth for just the second time ever and first since the 2009-10 season. The victory was the 100th in the five-plus seasons for head coach Rick Seeley at Quinnipiac and it came in come-from-behind fashion as Dartmouth put one on the board first in the second period before three unanswered goals from the Bobcats helped give them the milestone victory. Freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario), junior Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa) and sophomore Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) each broke streaks of at least five games without a goal in the victory while junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) made 15 saves in net to earn her 15th win of the season.

Saturday's matchup pitted the Bobcats against then-No. 3/5 ranked and ECAC Hockey's first place Harvard for a Top 10 matchup. Quinnipiac was able to poke two goals past the nation's second-best scoring defense at 1.10 goals allowed per game coming into play on Saturday and benefitted from some timely play by Laden (24 saves) to preserve a 2-2 tie from home ice. The decision broke up Harvard's five-game winning streak and also gave the Bobcats a crucial point in the conference standings as they remain in fourth place, two points ahead of St. Lawrence.

The remainder of the Top 10 featured a few shakeups as Clarkson vaulted over North Dakota for the No. 3 spot in the rankings after sweeping Union and Rensselaer. Cornell also moved up a spot to the No. 5 ranking after defeating both Brown and Yale this past weekend. Robert Morris fell the most in the poll after suffering a 4-2 loss to Lindenwood on Saturday as they fell one spot to No. 9 and 17 points from last week's vote. No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 5 Harvard, No. 7 Boston College and No. 10 Mercyhurst all held serve from last week's rankings.

The No. 8 Bobcats will face their toughest road test of the season upcoming as they travel to take on a red hot No. 3 Clarkson team from Cheel Arena followed by a matchup against St. Lawrence that could go a long ways in determining who has home ice advantage in the First Round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament.

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