Oct 21, 2014
OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the fourth time in as many national polls this season.
The Golden Bears (7-1) received 12 of 16 first-place votes from the media panel this week, two less than last Tuesday. Those two first-place nods went to the UNB Varsity Reds (3-0), who picked up three in total, while the UQTR Patriotes (4-0) merited the remaining No. 1 nod.
Rounding out the new Top 10 behind Alberta are No. 2 UNB (no change), No. 3 Acadia (3-0 / no change), No. 4 UQTR (no change), No. 5 Calgary (6-2 / up one position), No. 6 Mount Royal (6-2 / down one), No. 7 Windsor (5-0 / up two), No. 8 Moncton (3-0 / unranked last week), No. 9 Manitoba (5-3 / down one) and No. 10 Saint Mary’s (2-0-1 / unranked last week).
Alberta extended its winning streak to six contests this past weekend thanks to a two-game sweep against archrival Saskatchewan in Edmonton, 3-1 and 6-3. The Bears beat the Huskies 3-1 in last March’s CIS championship final to capture their record 14th University Cup title.
Saskatchewan (4-4) has now lost four straight and finds itself outside the Top 10 for the first time this season.
In another Canada West doubleheader between Top-10 teams last weekend, in Winnipeg, Mount Royal dominated Manitoba 4-0 in Friday’s opener but the Bisons rebounded on Saturday with a shutout win of their own, by a 1-0 score.
In AUS and OUA action, league leaders UNB, Acadia, Moncton, UQTR and Windsor all managed to keep their unblemished records.
In the Atlantic conference, the V-Reds beat Dalhousie 6-3 and StFX 5-2, the Axemen tripled UPEI 3-1 and edged St. Thomas 7-6 in overtime, while the Aigles Bleus defeated StFX 3-2 and Dalhousie 4-2.
In the OUA, the Patriotes outscored Concordia 7-4 in their only outing of the past week, while the Lancers dominated Laurier 5-2 and crushed Toronto 10-3.
Three Top-10 battles are on the CIS schedule this weekend, all in the AUS, including UNB at Acadia on Friday, as well as UNB vs. Saint Mary’s and Moncton vs. Acadia on Saturday. All three contests are set for 7 p.m. Atlantic, live on AUStv.ca.
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#4)
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 (7-1-0) / 156 points (12) / (1)
2. UNB (3-0-0) / 144 (3) / (2)
3. Acadia (3-0-0) / 120 / (3)
4. UQTR (4-0-0) / 106 (1) / (4)
5. Calgary (6-2-0) / 94 / (6)
6. Mount Royal (6-2-0) / 73 / (5)
7. Windsor (5-0-0) / 71 / (9)
8. Moncton (3-0-0) / 28 / (NR)
9. Manitoba (5-3-0) / 24 / (8)
10. Saint Mary’s (2-0-1) / 16 / (NR)
Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (15), Western (11), Waterloo (10), Carleton (8), Laurentian (4).
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