Jan 20, 2015
Photo credit Josh Schaefer
OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the 13th time in as many national polls this season.
The Bears (21-3) received all 16 first-place votes from the media panel for the third straight week following a two-game sweep against Lethbridge which allowed them to secure first place in the Canada West standings.
Rounding out the new Top 10 are the second-ranked UNB Varsity Reds (17-2-2 / no change), No. 3 Acadia Axemen (16-4-1 / no change), No. 4 UQTR Patriotes (16-2-2 / up one position), No. 5 Calgary Dinos (16-8 / down one), No. 6 Windsor Lancers (17-3-1 / up one), No. 7 Saint Mary’s Huskies (14-6-1 / down one), No. 8 McGill Redmen (16-5 / up one), No. 9 Carleton Ravens (16-5 / down one), as well as the previously-unranked Mount Royal Cougars at No. 10 (15-8-1).
Top-ranked Alberta made quick work of Lethbridge (4-20) over the weekend, skating to 6-1 and 7-2 victories against the Pronghorns. The Bears, who hold a 10-point lead over Calgary in the conference standings with four games remaining, should face a stiffer test this week as they are set to battle No. 10 Mount Royal on Friday (home) and Saturday (away), live on Canadawest.tv (7 p.m. MST).
UNB, Acadia and UQTR were also perfect over the past seven days. The V-Reds went 3-for-3 defeating St. Thomas 6-1, StFX 3-0 and Saint Mary’s 3-1; the Axemen beat St. Thomas 6-1 and UPEI 4-2; the Patriotes scored an impressive two-game sweep against Lakehead in Thunder Bay, 7-3 and 4-3.
The Dinos were the only top-five team to suffer a loss as they split their home-and-away series against Mount Royal. The first duel was played last Thursday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in front of a crowd of 8,882, a CIS men’s hockey regular season record.
In addition to the Alberta-MRU doubleheader, two Top-10 confrontations highlight this week’s schedule, both in the AUS. Acadia visits Saint Mary’s on Wednesday and hosts UNB on Saturday, live on AUStv.ca (7 p.m. AST).
NOTE: University of Saskatchewan head coach Dave Adolph set a new CIS men’s hockey record for most conference wins on Friday night. The Huskies’ 4-3 double overtime win at UBC was the 378th of his career, giving him one more than legendary Alberta bench boss Clare Drake.
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#13)
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 (21-3-0) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (17-2-2) / 144 / (2)
3. Acadia (16-4-1) / 122 / (3)
4. UQTR (16-2-2) / 105 / (5)
5. Calgary (16-8-0) / 95 / (4)
6. Windsor (17-3-1) / 73 / (7)
7. Saint Mary’s (14-6-1) / 71 / (6)
8. McGill (16-5-0) / 49 / (9)
9. Carleton (16-5-0) / 22 / (8)
10. Mount Royal (15-8-1) / 19 / (NR)
Other teams receiving votes: Western (16), StFX (4).
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