CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#4) Saskatchewan moves up to No. 1

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October 30, 2012, OTTAWA (CIS) – The game of musical chairs continues this week in CIS men’s hockey. For the fourth time in as many national polls released this season, a new team sits in the driver’s seat. The University of Saskatchewan Huskies (7-1-0) are the new team to beat according to the 17-member media panel.

The Huskies, who occupied the second spot a week ago, received 15 first-place votes and 159 points in the new poll to merit No. 1 status for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign, when they topped 10 consecutive rankings from early November to late January.

The UNB Varsity Reds, Alberta Golden Bears, and UNB again had previously been ranked No. 1 this fall.

The remaining first-place nods this week went to the surprising Toronto Varsity Blues (5-0-1), who make their first Top 10 appearance since 2003-04, in ninth place. The Blues were also ranked ninth on March 16, 2004.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 2 Alberta Golden Bears (5-3-0), up two positions; No. 3 Moncton Aigles Bleus (4-1-1), up three; No. 4 UNB Varsity Reds (4-2-0), down three; No. 5 UQTR Patriotes (5-2-0), down a pair; No. 6 Acadia Axemen (4-2-0), up one; No. 7 StFX X-Men (4-2-0), down two; No. 8 Lakehead Thunderwolves (5-2-1), the only team to stay put this week; and No. 10 Calgary Dinos (5-3-0), down one.

Saskatchewan, Alberta and Moncton all went 2-for-2 in the last seven days.

The Huskies travelled to Vancouver and swept a two-game set against UBC, 5-4 and 5-1. The Bears were also on the road this past weekend and dominated Lethbridge 7-1 and 10-3. The Aigles Bleus beat Saint Mary’s 7-2 and StFX 4-2 on home ice.

Meanwhile, UNB suffered its second loss of the young season on Friday night, dropping a 4-2 decision at Acadia. The V-Reds rebounded the next night with a 4-2 win at Dalhousie.

Top-10 battles to keep an eye on this weekend include No. 7 StFX at No. 4 UNB on Friday, and No. 3 Moncton at No. 6 Acadia on Saturday.

Top-ranked Saskatchewan enjoys a break in its Canada West schedule this week.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#4)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Saskatchewan (7-1-0) / 159 points (15) / (2)

2. Alberta (5-3-0) / 129 / (4)

3. Moncton (4-1-1) / 124 / (6)

4. UNB (4-2-0) / 121 / (1)

5. UQTR (5-2-0) / 102 / (3)

6. Acadia (4-2-0) / 90 / (7)

7. StFX (4-2-0) / 64 / (5)

8. Lakehead (5-2-1) / 50 / (8)

9. Toronto (5-0-1) / 48 (2) / (NR)

10. Calgary (5-3-0) / 30 / (9)

Also receiving votes: Ottawa (7), Manitoba (4), Windsor (4), Waterloo (2), Western (1).

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