Quinnipiac Dethrones Minnesota

After endless weeks of coming up short, the Quinnipiac Bobcats have dethroned Minnesota and have taken hold of the #1 spot in the USCHO Poll. This team is on top of the college hockey world.

The Bobcats saw yet another successful weekend as they swept their road trip against Cornell and Colgate. Quinnipiac downed Cornell by a score of 4-1 on Friday night, and stole one from Colgate 3-2 on Saturday. This was enough to solidify the top spot.

The dominance of this hockey team is impressive, but what makes it so special is how far Quinnipiac hockey has come in such a short amount of time.

Quinnipiac hockey began as an independent Division II program in 1975. It wasn’t until 23 years later, in 1998 did the team move to the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) where they became a Division I team.

The Bobcats spent a few seasons residing in the MAAC until they made the jump to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Joining the ECAC put Quinnipiac in a conference with 6 Ivy League schools, these schools being Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and in-state rival Yale University.

As far as the team’s success goes, Quinnipiac were conference tournament champions only once, in 2002 (and this was not with the ECAC). In the same year, they made their first and only NCAA Tournament appearance.

Over the past few years, Quinnipiac was the type of team that coasted along in the middle of the pack throughout the course of a season. To have this team make it to #1 in the nation, beating out some of the biggest powerhouses in the country, is exceeding all expectations.

Games are selling out, there’s a buzz in the air on campus, and the team is receiving national recognition. This team is putting a little school of just over eight thousand students on the map.

But most importantly, they’re making history.

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