HAMDEN, Conn. -- For the first time in program history, Quinnipiac has been ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll, released on Monday. Not only is the Bobcats' No. 1 ranking a first in program history, but it is also the first time a Quinnipiac athletic program has been nationally top-ranked.

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"I think, looking back, to me it's more than impressive that in only our 15th year as a Division I program, that we're the No. 1 team in the country," head coach Rand Pecknold said. "I think it's something our fans, alumni and our administration can enjoy. For us, as players and coaches, we'll enjoy it for about 15 minutes and get ready to play St. Lawrence."

Quinnipiac is currently 21-3-4 overall and 14-0-2 in the ECAC Hockey standings. With a pair of wins at Cornell (4-1) and Colgate (3-2) this past weekend, the Bobcats extended their NCAA-leading unbeaten streak to 21 games, posting an 18-0-3 record, with their last loss coming on Nov. 6. In addition, Quinnipiac also clinched a bye in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament and can finish no lower than second place in the league standings. 

Quinnipiac received 983 points and 41 of the 50 first-place votes in the USCHO.com poll. Quinnipiac cracked the top five in both polls on Dec. 31 and have been receiving first-place votes in both polls during the past five weeks.