Nov 25, 2014
OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the ninth time in as many national polls this season despite a tough two-game series against provincial rivals Calgary, last Thursday and Friday.
Despite being swept 5-3 and 2-1 by the Dinos, the Bears (13-3) received nine first-place votes and 145 points from the 16-member media panel. The other votes for No. 1 were split between the Saint Mary’s Huskies (11-2-1) and the Dinos (12-4), who merited three apiece, as well as the Windsor Lancers (13-1), who earned one nod.
Rounding out the new rankings behind Alberta are No. 2 Saint Mary’s (no change), the No. 3 UNB Varsity Reds (10-2-2 / no change), No. 4 Calgary (up three positions), No. 5 Acadia Axemen (11-3 / down one), No. 6 Windsor (13-1 / down one), No. 7 UQTR Patriotes (11-2-1 / down one), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (11-3 / no change), No. 9 McGill Redmen (11-3 / no change), as well as the previously unranked Western Mustangs (10-3).
The losses to Calgary – the first one on the road and the rematch at home – put an end to Alberta’s 12-game winning streak. The Golden Bears will try to get back in the win column this weekend when they host Manitoba for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.
Second-ranked Saint Mary’s also suffered a setback over the weekend, a 5-2 loss to archrival UNB on Friday, but the Huskies rebounded the next night with a convincing 9-2 victory over Moncton.
Western scored the other big win of the past week, a 5-1 decision over powerhouse UQTR in Trois-Rivières that allowed the Mustangs to crack the Top 10.
Key games to keep an eye on this week include Acadia at Saint Mary’s on Friday, UQTR at Carleton, also on Friday night, as well as Carleton at McGill on Saturday.
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#9)
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 (13-3-0) / 145 points (9) / (1)
2. Saint Mary’s (11-2-1) / 133 (3) / (2)
3. UNB (10-2-2) / 122 / (3)
4. Calgary (12-4-0) / 109 (3) / (7) *
5. Acadia (11-3-0) / 109 / (4)
6. Windsor (13-1-0) / 96 (1) / (5)
7. UQTR (11-2-1) / 59 / (6)
8. Carleton (11-3-0) / 36 / (8)
9. McGill (11-3-0) / 33 / (9)
10. Western (10-3-0) / 22 / (NR)
* Calgary is ranked ahead of Acadia based on number of higher-placed votes
Other teams receiving votes: Mount Royal (10), Manitoba (6).
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