CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#3): Alberta remains No. 1, three new teams join rankings

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Oct 14, 2014

OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the third time in as many national polls this season.

For a second straight week, the Golden Bears (5-1) received 14 of 16 first-place votes and 157 points from the media panel. The other No. 1 nods went to the UNB Varsity Reds and UQTR Patriotes, with one apiece.

Rounding out the second rankings of the fall behind Alberta are No. 2 UNB (1-0 / no change), No. 3 Acadia (1-0 / up one position), No. 4 UQTR (3-0 / up two), No. 5 Mount Royal (5-1 / no change), No. 6 Calgary (4-2 / up one) and No. 7 Saskatchewan (4-2 / down four), as well as a trio of teams that were unranked last Tuesday, including No. 8 Manitoba (4-2), No. 9 Windsor (3-0) and No. 10 Western (2-0).

After opening league play with a two-game split against UBC in late September, the top-ranked Bears have now racked up four wins in a row, the latest two coming in Regina on Friday and Saturday, by 2-1 and 5-2 scores.

The past weekend also marked the start of conference play in the AUS, with UNB and Acadia both winning their lone duel. While the Axemen easily defeated Dalhousie 4-0, the V-Reds had to come back in the third period to edge UPEI 3-2 in overtime, in Charlottetown.

In OUA action, UQTR exploded for 12 goals in two contests to take care of RMC, 6-1, and Carleton, 6-4, in Trois-Rivières.

This week’s schedule features a pair of Top-10 doubleheaders in Canada West, on Friday and Saturday. Mount Royal visits Manitoba for two games in Winnipeg, while Alberta hosts Saskatchewan for a pair in Edmonton.

Manitoba is coming off an impressive two-game sweep against Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, 4-1 and 5-2.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#3)

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 ranking)

1. Alberta (5-1-0) / 157 points (14) / (1)
2. UNB (1-0-0) / 138 (1) / (2)
3. Acadia (1-0-0) / 122 / (4)
4. UQTR (3-0-0) / 105 (1) / (6)
5. Mount Royal (5-1-0) / 84 / (5)
6. Calgary (4-2-0) / 73 / (7)
7. Saskatchewan (4-2-0) / 44 / (3)
8. Manitoba (4-2-0) / 35 / (NR)
9. Windsor (3-0-0) / 29 / (NR)
10. Western (2-0-0) / 23 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (22), Saint Mary’s (16), McGill (14), Moncton (11), StFX (6), Concordia (1).

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