by Michel Bélanger
January 28, 2014, OTTAWA (ISN) – The Calgary Dinos and Alberta Golden Bears both suffered a rare loss over the past weekend but are still comfortably sitting in the top two positions in the new CIS men’s hockey Top 10.
The Dinos (20-0-2) received 14 of 15 first-place votes and 149 points from the national media panel to remain at No. 1 for the fifth consecutive ranking period, dating back to early December. The Bears (19-2-1) tallied 134 points to keep their lead over the reigning University Cup champion UNB Varsity Reds (18-3-1), who earned the remaining first-place nod and 120 points.
The only changes in the 13th poll of the season see two previously unranked teams make their way among the nation’s elite, the Western Mustangs (16-6) at No. 8 and the Moncton Aigles Bleus (13-8) at No. 10.
The No. 4 Acadia Axemen (17-2-3), No. 5 McGill Redmen (18-5-1), No. 6 UQTR Patriotes (18-4), No. 7 Carleton Ravens (16-5-1) and No. 9 Lakehead Thunderwolves (15-6-1) all stay put this week.
Top-ranked Calgary collected three out of a possible four points during a two-game road trip in Vancouver and is still the only team in the country without a loss in regulation with six contests remaining on their Canada West schedule. The Dinos dropped Friday’s opener against UBC 3-2 in double overtime but rebounded on Saturday with a 3-1 win.
Alberta obtained similar results against Mount Royal to keep within striking distance of provincial rival Calgary in the Canada West race. The Golden Bears lost 4-3 in second OT on Friday and bounced back the following night with a convincing 6-1 decision.
All other Top-10 teams went 2-0 last weekend with the exception of Lakehead and Moncton, which both kept 1-1 records.
With three weeks to go in conference play, the race for first place is tight in all four CIS divisions.
Calgary leads Alberta by three points in Canada West. UNB and Acadia are tied atop the AUS standings. McGill has a one-point edge over UQTR in the OUA East and Western holds the same slim advantage over Lakehead in the OUA West.
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)
- 1. Calgary (20-0-2) / 149 points (14) / (1)
- 2. Alberta (19-2-1) / 134 / (2)
- 3. UNB (18-3-1) / 120 (1) / (3)
- 4. Acadia (17-2-3) / 101 / (4)
- 5. McGill (18-5-1) / 85 / (5) *
- 6. UQTR (18-4-0) / 85 / (6)
- 7. Carleton (16-5-1) / 47 / (7)
- 8. Western (16-6-0) / 41 / (NR)
- 9. Lakehead (15-6-1) / 20 / (9)
- 10. Moncton (13-8-0) / 16 / (NR)
* McGill is ranked higher than UQTR based on number of higher-placed votes.
Other teams receiving votes: Ryerson (13), Queen’s (5), Saskatchewan (5), UPEI (2).