January 29, 2013, Ottawa (CIS) – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds are back atop the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the first time in three months (Oct. 23 poll).
The V-Reds (20-5-0), who were ranked second last Tuesday, received half of the 16 first-place votes and 151 points this week to edge the Alberta Golden Bears (19-4-1), who earned six first-place nods and 147 points and fall to No. 2 after leading each of the last seven national media polls.
Rounding out the new Top 10 are the Western Mustangs (20-4-0), who merited the other two first-place votes and remain at No. 3; the No. 4 UQTR Patriotes (18-5-1), up three positions this week; No. 5 Saint Mary’s Huskies (16-7-2), down one spot; No. 6 Acadia Axemen (16-7-2), who stay put; No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies (16-7-1), down two; No. 8 Manitoba Bisons (15-5-4), up one; No. 9 Carleton Ravens (17-6-2), down one; and No. 10 Calgary Dinos (15-9-0), also staying put this week.
Top-ranked UNB clinched first place in the AUS standings for the sixth consecutive season this past weekend thanks to home wins over Saint Mary’s, 4-2, and StFX, 2-1. The V-Reds, who have won five straight contests and eight of their last nine, face St. Thomas (3-21-2) and UPEI (14-9-2) this weekend before closing out the 28-game AUS schedule against Moncton on Feb. 8.
In other races around the country, No. 2 Alberta is comfortably in the lead in Canada West, No. 3 Western has all but clinched first position in the OUA West division, while No. 4 UQTR is in a dog fight with No. 9 Carleton for the OUA East crown.
The Bears split a home-and-away series with Calgary last weekend, winning the opener 2-1 in Calgary before dropping the rematch in Edmonton, 3-2 in a shootout. With four league games remaining, Alberta holds a five-point advantage over Manitoba and has a six-point cushion over Saskatchewan in the Canada West standings.
The Mustangs beat UOIT 5-3 last Friday and doubled York 4-2 on Saturday to build a seven-point lead over Windsor in the OUA West race, with four games left in regular season play.
The Patriotes find themselves atop the OUA East standings after racking up three wins in five days, including a 3-2 shootout victory over reigning University Cup champion McGill, a 5-1 domination of No. 9 Carleton and a 4-2 defeat of Ottawa. UQTR has 37 points with four games to play, while the Ravens have 36 with three games left.
Highlighting the CIS schedule this week are a trio of Top-10 battles, including a Friday-Saturday doubleheader between Calgary and Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, as well as Saint Mary’s at Acadia on Saturday.
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#13)
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. UNB (20-5-0) / 151 points (8) / (2)
2. Alberta (19-4-1) / 147 (6) / (1)
3. Western (20-4-0) / 131 (2) / (3)
4. UQTR (18-5-1) / 93 / (7)
5. Saint Mary’s (16-7-2) / 81 / (4)
6. Acadia (16-7-2) / 72 / (6)
7. Saskatchewan (16-7-1) / 69 / (5)
8. Manitoba (15-5-4) / 57 / (9)
9. Carleton (17-6-2) / 30 / (8)
10. Calgary (15-9-0) / 26 / (10)
Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (12), Guelph (8), Windsor (3).
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