HAMDEN, Conn. -- The rise up the national rankings for Quinnipiac continued Monday as the Bobcats earned the No. 5 ranking from USCHO.com's weekly poll. The achievement for the program marks the first time the Bobcats have been ranked in the top five.
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Quinnipiac's record stands at 10-1-3 (3-1-2 ECAC Hockey) after a weekend sweep of a pair of perennial Hockey East powers at home, defeating then-No. 5 Boston College 3-2, as well as New Hampshire 2-1.
Top-ranked Minnesota fell on Sunday to No. 4 North Dakota 3-2 to end its NCAA-record 62-game winning streak and it also lost a first-place vote to No. 3 Cornell but the Golden Gophers remain atop the USCHO.com ranking. Second-ranked Wisconsin and No. 6 Harvard hold serve with their rankings while No. 7 Boston College drops two spots after a winless (0-1-1) weekend at Quinnipiac and Princeton. Eighth-ranked Clarkson, No. 9 Boston University and No. 10 Mercyhurst complete the top 10 list.
Junior Shiann Darkangelo deflected in the game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining on Friday as Quinnipiac skated away with a 3-2 victory. The win was the Bobcats' third in program history against a team ranked in the top five in the nation and just the fourth in 22 chances against the Eagles (4-15-3). Darkangelo added another goal to give her two on the evening while senior Kelly Babstock and freshman Meghan Turner dished out two assists each on Friday night. For the Bobcats it marks their third consecutive season having defeated a top-five team after not having done so for their first 10 years of existence.
The following afternoon, junior Morgan Fritz-Ward had a flair for the dramatic as she knocked home the game-winning tally for the Bobcats against New Hampshire with 2:17 remaining in the third period. After allowing a first-period goal, the Bobcats once again rallied with goals from Darkangelo and Fritz-Ward to defeat the Wildcats for the first time in program history. Much credit belongs to the Quinnipiac defense as it blocked more shots (nine) than New Hampshire totaled on goal (eight) for the game. The victory pushed the Bobcats' unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) and kept them undefeated at home (5-0-1) this season.