CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#5): Reigning champ Alberta opens at No. 1 in men’s hockey

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OTTAWA (CIS) – A few months after they captured a record 14th University Cup title, the Alberta Golden Bears top the first men’s hockey national rankings of the 2014-15 season.

The Bears open at No. 1 for the second straight year despite receiving only five of 16 first-place votes (good for 132 points) from the national media panel, one less than the second-ranked Calgary Dinos (125 points). Third-seeded UNB, with three votes, No. 4 Saskatchewan, with one, and unranked Mount Royal, with one, also received first-place nods.

The CIS men’s hockey regular schedule got underway last weekend in the Canada West conference, with Alberta splitting its two-game series against UBC in Vancouver (3-2, 2-5), while Calgary and Saskatchewan were sweeping doubleheaders against Manitoba and Regina, respectively.

In other CIS sports, Guelph (women’s & men’s cross country), UBC (men’s soccer) and Alberta (women’s rugby) hold on to their No. 1 status this week.

In women’s soccer, there is a fifth change at the top in as many coaches’ polls this season as the reigning two-time Trinity Western Spartans move up two positions to take the lead.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous ranking)

1. Guelph 99 points / (1)
2. Western 79 / (2)
3. Toronto 74 / (3)
4. Trinity Western 73 / (4)
5. Victoria 52 / (7)
6. McMaster 50 / (5)
7. Queen’s 34 / (6)
8. Laval 23 / (9)
9. McGill 15 / (8)
10. Dalhousie 12 / (10)

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous ranking)

1. Guelph 100 points / (1)
2. Laval 84 / (2)
3. McMaster 80 / (3)
4. Windsor 60 / (4)
5. Lakehead 55 / (5)
6. Victoria 46 / (6)
7. Queen’s 32 / (7)
8. Trinity Western 26 / (8)
9. Regina 25 / (NR)
10. StFX 13 / (T9)

MEN’S HOCKEY

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

1. Alberta (1-1) / 132 points (5) / (-)
2. Calgary (2-0) / 125 (6) / (-)
3. UNB (0-0) / 114 (3) / (-)
4. Saskatchewan (2-0) / 86 (1) / (-) *
5. Acadia (0-0) / 86 / (-)
6. UQTR (0-0) / 66 / (-)
7. Carleton (0-0) / 57 / (-)
8. McGill (0-0) / 44 / (-)
9. Saint Mary’s (0-0) / 35 / (-)
10. Western (0-0) / 28 / (-)

* Saskatchewan (over Acadia) was awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher place votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Windsor (27), UBC (21), StFX (20), Mount Royal (14 / 1 first-place vote), Brock (6), Moncton (6), Concordia (4), York (3), Lakehead (2), Queen’s (2), Guelph (1), Manitoba (1).

WOMEN’S SOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previous ranking)

1. Trinity Western (5-0-1) / 44 points / (3) *
2. Ottawa (9-1-0) / 44 / (4)
3. Laval (7-1-0) / 32 / (10)
4. York (9-1-1) / 31 / (2)
5. Montreal (5-1-2) / 25 / (1)
6. Victoria (5-0-1) / 23 / (9)
7. Western (9-1-0) / 22 / (6)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (8-1-1) / 21 / (7)
9. UOIT (7-0-2) / 20 / (5)
10. UNB (5-0-2) / 7 / (NR)

* Trinity Western (over Ottawa) was awarded the higher ranking based on its higher ranking a week ago.

Other teams receiving votes: Fraser Valley (4), Calgary (2).

MEN’S SOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previous ranking)

1. UBC (6-0-0) / 59 points / (1)
2. York (10-0-1) / 53 / (2)
3. UNB (6-0-1) / 43 / (4)
T4. Ryerson (8-1-0) / 48 / (3)
T4. Saskatchewan (5-0-1) / 37 / (5)
6. Victoria (5-1-0) / 22 / (NR)
7. Guelph (6-1-3) / 8 / (10)
8. Laval (3-0-4) / 26 / (6)
9. Montreal (3-1-3) / 13 / (7)
10. UQAM (4-1-2) / 15 / (NR)

WOMEN’S RUGBY

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

1. Alberta (3-0) / 184 points (16) / (1)
2. StFX (4-0) / 136 (1) / (2)
3. McMaster (3-0-1) / 131 / (4)
4. Queen’s (3-1) / 126 / (3)
5. Guelph (2-0-2) / 101 / (5)
6. Ottawa (5-0) / 85 / (7)
7. Concordia (4-1) / 44 / (6)
8. Acadia (3-1) / 43 / (8)
9. Calgary (1-1) / 31 / (9)
10. Laval (4-1) / 26 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: UBC (20), Waterloo (15), Western (7), York (3).

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