February 24, 2014

Women's Ice Hockey's Big Weekend Moves Them Up to No. 7 in USCHO.com Weekly Division I Poll

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USCHO.com Women's Division I Weekly Poll (Feb. 24, 2014)

HAMDEN, Conn. – On the heels of their big road weekend sweep of then-No. 3 ranked Cornell and Colgate, the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team moved up two spots to the No. 7 ranking in the USCHO.com weekly poll, announced on Monday, Feb. 24. The No. 7 ranking is the highest the Bobcats have been ranked since Nov. 18 as they enter the ECAC Hockey Tournament with an overall record of 20-5-9 with a mark of 11-4-7 in ECAC Hockey competition.

USCHO.com Division I Women's Weekly Poll (Feb. 24, 2014)

Rank

Team

First Place Votes

Record

Points

Previous Week

1

Minnesota

(15)

32-1-1

150

1

2

Wisconsin

 

25-5-2

133

2

3

Clarkson

 

25-4-5

120

4

4

Boston College

 

25-5-3

100

5

5

Harvard

 

21-4-4

85

5

6

Cornell

 

20-5-4

81

3

7

Quinnipiac

 

20-5-9

52

9

8

Mercyhurst

 

22-7-4

43

8

9

North Dakota

 

17-11-4

27

7

10

Robert Morris

 

24-7-3

24

9

Others receiving votes: Boston University 6, Northeastern 4.

Quinnipiac's significant move-up in the rankings followed one of their most impressive road weekend sweeps as they took down the Big Red for the first time since Nov. 18, 2006 from Lynah Rink. In front of a packed rink of close to 1,000 spectators, the Bobcats sent the Cornell faithful home disappointed with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. Trailing 1-0 heading into the third period, senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) took the game over as she assisted on the game-tying goal from freshman Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) and then knocked in the game-winner with less than 11 minutes remaining to secure the victory. The comeback heroics would not have been possible without the play of their junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) who tied her season-high with 27 saves in the victory.

Needing another victory to secure home ice in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals, the Bobcats took care of business with a 3-0 shutout victory over Colgate on Saturday to clinch the No. 4 seed and a matchup with No. 5 St. Lawrence from the High Point Solutions Arena. History was made for the Bobcats and Babstock when she tallied an assist at the 2:33 mark of the second period, becoming the first Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player to reach 200 career points. She is just the third Quinnipiac player (male or female) to reach the milestone and did so while helping her team earn a crucial two points in the conference standings to avoid the lengthy bus ride up to Canton, N.Y.

The remainder of the USCHO Top 10 featured some movement as Clarkson's ECAC Hockey regular season championship clinching weekend vaulted them up to No. 3 while No. 4 Boston College also moved up one position. The biggest drop among the teams ranked was Cornell as their losses to Quinnipiac and Princeton this past weekend dropped them three spots to No. 6 and marked the first time the Big Red were swept at home in ECAC Hockey play since Feb. 22-23, 2008. No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 5 Harvard and No. 8 Mercyhurst all held serve while No. 9 North Dakota fell two spots after being swept by Ohio State and No. 10 Robert Morris also fell one position from last week's poll.

No. 7 Quinnipiac will take their shot at revenge against St. Lawrence this weekend as their ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal matchup is a rematch of the 2013 Quarterfinals where the Bobcats were dispatched by the Saints in three games. Game One is slated for Friday at 7:00 pm.

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