HAMDEN, Conn. –
After recording its first weekend sweep in ECAC Hockey play this past weekend, the Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team broke into the top 10 in both national polls, as announced the respective organizations on Monday afternoon.
The Bobcats are ranked No. 10 in both the USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll. It's the first time since Dec. 5, 2016 that the Bobcats were ranked in the Top 10 of both national polls.
Quinnipiac received 486 points in this week's USCHO Poll, up nearly 150 points from the previous week, while jumping up 114 points in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll to 193 this week.
The Bobcats traveled to Central New York this weekend and swept the road trip for first time in two seasons, and third time in the past four seasons.
On Friday night, Quinnipiac beat then-No. 17 Cornell, 4-2, behind three third period goals. Following the win at Cornell, the Bobcats went into Hamilton and dominated the Colgate Raiders, 5-0, thanks to three power-play goals.
(Birmingham, Michigan) was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week after scoring two power-play goals and totaling a career-high three points in the 5-0 win at Colgate.
(Pembroke Pines, Florida) also tallied three points on the weekend as he recorded a goal and two assists. He now has 30 career goals, tied for the second most in program history, and became just the second Bobcat defenseman to ever record 30 goals and 60 assists.
William Fallstrom (Stockholm, Sweden) had a career-high three assists at Cornell to lead the Bobcats in points on Friday night while Karlis Cukste
(Riga, Latvia) had assists each night.
Both goaltenders to play this weekend were spectacular en route to the weekend sweep. Andrew Shortridge
(Anchorage, Alaska) made 21 saves at Cornell to pick up his third straight win while Keith Petruzzelli
stopped all 21 saves he faced at Colgate for his second career shutout.
The No. 10/10 Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team return to the ice this weekend in non-conference play with a trip to Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine to face the Maine Black Bears Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's game will be aired locally on television in Maine as well as on Fox College Sports and TSN/TSNGO in Canada.