Jan 06, 2015
Photo credit David Moll
OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the 11th time in as many national polls this season.
The Bears (17-3) received all 16 first-place votes from the media panel this week after they resumed conference play with an impressive two-game sweep against archrival Calgary, including a 6-1 win on home ice on Saturday and a 5-3 road victory on Sunday.
Rounding out the first Top 10 of the winter semester are the second-ranked UNB Varsity Reds (12-2-2 / no change), No. 3 Acadia Axemen (13-3-1 / up two positions), No. 4 Saint Mary’s Huskies (12-4-1 / down one), No. 5 Calgary Dinos (13-7 / down one), No. 6 UQTR Patriotes (12-2-2 / up two), No. 7 Windsor Lancers (14-2-1 / down one), No. 8 McGill Redmen (13-4 / down one), and No. 9 Mount Royal Cougars (14-6 / up one), as well as the previously unranked Western Mustangs (13-3-1).
In addition to the Alberta-Calgary doubleheader, three Top-10 matchups were on the schedule of the first weekend of 2015, including a pair of non-conference games between Windsor and UNB in Fredericton, as well as a league contest between UQTR and McGill in Montreal.
The V-Reds came out on top of both battles against the visiting Lancers, scoring two goals in the final three minutes to win the first duel 6-5 on Saturday, before dominating Sunday’s rematch 7-1.
Also on Sunday, the Patriotes skated to a 3-1 road win over the Redmen, thanks in large part to two goals and an assist by forward Tommy Giroux.
The lone Top-10 contest of the coming weekend takes place Friday night in Wolfville, N.S., where Acadia hosts Saint Mary’s at 7 p.m. AST, live on AUStv.ca.
Meanwhile, top-ranked Alberta hosts Regina (6-13) with a chance to add to its eight-point cushion atop the Canada West standings.
NOTES: In other CIS men’s hockey news, University of Saskatchewan head coach Dave Adolph entered the CIS record book on Saturday. Thanks to a 5-3 win by the Huskies over visiting Lethbridge, Adolph tied legendary Alberta bench boss Clare Drake for most conference wins as a head coach, with 377. Adolph will get a chance to set a new CIS standard this weekend when the Huskies host Calgary for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader.
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#11)
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 (17-3-0) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (12-2-2) / 140 / (2)
3. Acadia (13-3-1) / 123 / (5)
4. Saint Mary’s (12-4-1) / 100 / (3)
5. Calgary (13-7-0) / 83 / (4)
6. UQTR (12-2-2) / 79 / (8)
7. Windsor (14-2-1) / 66 / (6)
8. McGill (13-4-0) / 50 / (7)
9. Mount Royal (14-6-0) / 32 / (10)
10. Western (13-3-1) / 21 / (NR)
Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (16), StFX (6), Waterloo (4).
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