(WTNH)–The No. 1 college hockey team in the nation resides in Hamden, Connecticut. At least, that’s how voters in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll see it.
Quinnipiac (17-1-3) has taken over the nation’s top spot, after garnering 17 of the possible 34 first-place votes in the rankings this week. The Bobcats currently sit at 8-0-2 in the ECAC, which has produced two of the last three national champions. They’re also No. 1 in the Pairwise Rankings, which are eventually used to determine which teams make the NCAA Tournament.
The Bobcats are one of two teams in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey, along with Harvard, with one loss for the year, while its .881 winning percentage leads all 60 programs in the country. Quinnipiac also boasts a national-best 1.48 goals-against average as its 31 goals allowed are the fewest among any team in the country to play 18 games to date. The Bobcats also rank sixth on the power play (25.8%) and the penalty kill (.882).
Quinnipiac will take on Harvard at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday. The puck is set to drop at 7:30 p.m.
Check out the Top 15 below:
2. North Dakota
5. St. Cloud State
7. Boston College
11. Boston University
13. St. Lawrence
14. Notre Dame
15. Penn State