Nov 18, 2014
Photo credit David Moll
OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the eighth time in as many national polls this season.
For the third time this fall, the Bears (13-1) were a unanimous choice at No. 1 as they received all 16 first-place votes and a perfect 160 points from the media panel.
Following back-to-back road wins over Top-10 opponents, the Saint Mary’s Huskies (10-1-1) move up two spots this week to a season-high No. 2.
Rounding out the new rankings are the No. 3 UNB Varsity Reds (8-2-2 / down one position), No. 4 Acadia Axemen (9-3 / up three), No. 5 Windsor Lancers (11-1 / down two), No. 6 UQTR Patriotes (10-1-1 / down one), No. 7 Calgary Dinos (10-4 / down one), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (10-2 / no change), No. 9 McGill Redmen (9-3 / previously unranked) and No. 10 Mount Royal Cougars (9-5 / down one).
The Golden Bears easily extended their winning streak to 12 games over the weekend with 5-1 and 5-0 home wins over UBC.
The Huskies, meanwhile, climbed to the top of the AUS standings thanks to a 4-3 victory at UNB and a 4-3 overtime win at Moncton. Against the Aigles Bleus, who were ranked 10th in last week’s media poll, Saint Mary’s scored twice in the last five minutes of regulation time, including the equalizer with 34 seconds remaining.
Acadia also returned from Moncton and Fredericton with four points, thanks to a 4-2 defeat of the Aigles Bleus and a 4-3 OT decision over the V-Reds.
Meanwhile in Windsor, the Lancers, who were the last undefeated team in the country in conference play, were defeated 2-1 by McGill on Friday. With the victory, the Redmen return to the Top 10 for the first time since early October.
This weekend’s schedule is highlighted by a two-game set between the Bears and Dinos, Thursday in Calgary and Friday in Edmonton. Both contests can be seen on CanadaWest.tv starting at 7 p.m. MST.
Also on Friday, UNB visits Saint Mary’s at 7 p.m. AST, live on AUStv.ca.
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#8)
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 (13-1-0) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. Saint Mary’s (10-1-1) / 139 / (4)
3. UNB (8-2-2) / 101 / (2) *
4. Acadia (9-3-0) / 101 / (7)
5. Windsor (11-1-0) / 100 / (3)
6. UQTR (10-1-1) / 91 / (5)
7. Calgary (10-4-0) / 76 / (6)
8. Carleton (10-2-0) / 55 / (8)
9. McGill (9-3-0) / 25 / (NR)
10. Mount Royal (9-5-0) / 24 / (9)
* UNB is ranked ahead of Acadia based on number of higher-placed votes
Other teams receiving votes: Western (3), UBC (2), StFX (2), Ryerson (1).
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