CIS men’s hockey Top 10 (#5)

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November 5, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey national rankings for the fifth time in as many polls this season following an impressive non-conference weekend in Thunder Bay.

For the fifth consecutive week, Alberta and reigning University Cup champion UNB were the only teams to receive first-place consideration from the media panel, with 16 number one nods going to the Bears (169 total points) and the remaining one to the Varsity Reds (154 points).

Alberta (8-0), UNB (6-0) and the Calgary Dinos (8-0), ranked third for the third week in a row, are the three remaining undefeated squads in the country heading into the second weekend of November.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 4 UPEI Panthers (4-1 / no change), No. 5 McGill Redmen (5-1-1 / up one position), No. 6 Acadia Axemen (5-1 / up three), No. 7 Western Mustangs (5-1 / no change), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (5-2 / down three), as well as the No. 9 Windsor Lancers (6-1) and No. 10 Saskatchewan Huskies (4-4), both unranked in the last poll.

The Bears took advantage of a break in their Canada West schedule this past weekend to travel to Thunder Bay for a two-game exhibition set against the Lakehead Thunderwolves (5-1) and returned to Edmonton with 7-5 and 7-2 victories. Alberta resumes league play with a Saturday-Friday doubleheader versus Lethbridge (1-7).

UNB posted its fifth and six wins of the young AUS season, defeating crosstown rival St. Thomas 3-2 and Moncton 4-1. The University Cup champs face their neighbours from St. Thomas (2-4) again on Wednesday night.

Following a week off, Calgary hosts Top-10 rival Saskatchewan for a pair, Friday and Saturday.

In the only other Top-10 battle of the coming weekend, Western visits McGill on Saturday.

NOTE: The AUS schedule breaks this weekend for the selection of the Atlantic conference all-star team that will represent Canada at the upcoming Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy (Dec. 10-21). A fundraising game featuring players hoping to crack the roster is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Atlantic Time at the Grant-Harvey Centre in Fredericton.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#5)

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)

  • 1. Alberta (8-0-0) / 169 points (16) / (1)
  • 2. UNB (6-0-0) / 154 (1) / (2)
  • 3. Calgary (8-0-0) / 135 / (3)
  • 4. UPEI (4-1-0) / 101 / (4)
  • 5. McGill (5-1-1) / 85 / (6)
  • 6. Acadia (5-1-0) / 79 / (8)
  • 7. Western (5-1-0) / 64 / (7)
  • 8. Carleton (5-2-0) / 53 / (5)
  • 9. Windsor (6-1-0) / 48 / (NR)
  • 10. Saskatchewan (4-4-0) / 16 / (NR) *

* Saskatchewan is ranked higher than Lakehead based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Lakehead (16), Waterloo (4), York (4), StFX (3), Moncton (1), Queen’s (1), Ryerson (1), UQTR (1).

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