The ASN Eight: One-loss Quinnipiac ascends to No. 1

Ice hockey under the lights

For the first time this season Quinnipiac is atop all of the men’s college hockey polls, and that big No. 1 target will be in the spotlight Tuesday night when the Bobcats travel to Maine (5-13-5) for a non-conference matchup.

The Bobcats have been beaten only once this season, and goalie Michael Garteig anchors one of the stingiest defenses in the country. He ranks second in goals-against average at 1.4 per game and fifth in save percentage (.940). He leads the country in shutouts (seven), winning percentage (.891) and wins (19).

Gotta love conference play. The way it iss spurring so much poll movement makes our heads spin, too.

In other words, welcome Notre Dame and UMass Lowell to the ASN Elite Eight.

The ASN Eight

ecac-quinnipiac1. QUINNIPIAC

Conference: ECAC | Record: 19-1-3 | Last week: 2

It’s all about the balance: no players in top 10 in scoring, only two in top 20.


nchc-stcloudstate2. ST. CLOUD STATE

Conference: NCHC | Record: 18-5-1 | Last week: 3

Welcome to the century club, Joey Benik. Senior’s goal in 1-1 shootout victory over Minnesota Duluth gives him 49 goals, 51 assist and 100 points for his career.


nchc-northdakota3.  NORTH DAKOTA

Conference: NCHC | Record: 19-3-2 | Last week: 1

Keep an eye on status of injured highlight-reel and Hobey Baker candidate Drake Caggiula’s status.


Providence College4. PROVIDENCE

Conference: Hockey East | Record: 15-3-4 | Last week: 4

Offense returns in sweep; big weekend series looms against UMass Lowell.



hockeyeast-bostoncollege5. BOSTON COLLEGE

Conference: Hockey East | Record: 15-4-3 | Last week: 5

Next win is coach Jerry York’s 1,000th — 76 more than any other coach in college hockey history.


nchc-nebraskaomaha6. OMAHA

Conference: NCHC | Record: 15-6-1 | Last week: 8

Is anyone surprised they split with UND … again?


hockeyeast-notredame7. NOTRE DAME

Conference: Hockey East | Record: 12-4-7 | Last week: NR

Nation’s longest unbeaten streak is at 10 (7-0-3). Fighting Irish have scored first in 19 games.



hockeyeast-uml8. UMASS LOWELL

Conference: Hockey East | Record: 14-4-4 | Last week: NR

Sweep over Providence would vault the River Hawks into contender conversations.


DROPPING OUT: Michigan (lost shootout to Ohio State, rebounded for 8-6 win Sunday against Buckeyes); Cornell (shut out by Rensselaer, tied by Union)

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu