Feb 10, 2015
OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the 16th time in as many national polls this season.
The Bears (24-3-1), who are currently enjoying a well-deserved break while a team of Canada West all-stars are representing Canada at the Winter Universiade in Spain, received all 16 first-place votes from the media panel for the sixth straight week.
The rest of the Top 10 also remains unchanged this week. Following Alberta in order are the No. 2 UNB Varsity Reds (22-4-2), No. 3 Acadia Axemen (20-5-3), No. 4 Calgary Dinos (20-8), No. 5 Saint Mary’s Huskies (20-7-1), No. 6 McGill Redmen (21-5), No. 7 Windsor Lancers (22-4-1), No. 8 UQTR Patriotes (19-4-3), No. 9 Carleton Ravens (20-5-1) and No. 10 Mount Royal Cougars (17-10-1).
The regular season came to an end this past weekend in the OUA and AUS conferences, a week after the end of league play in Canada West.
In the Atlantic, UNB and Acadia both went 1-1 over the past week but those losses did not impact their 1-2 finish in the standings. Saint Mary’s picked up two wins and finished in third place.
The V-Reds and Axemen have a bye in the first round of the playoffs, while the Huskies kick off their best-of-three quarter-final series against Moncton on Tuesday. The other AUS quarter-final sees StFX battle UPEI, starting on Wednesday.
In the OUA, McGill and Windsor both ended league play with a pair of victories to finish atop the East and West division standings, respectively. While the Lancers ended up with a comfortable six-point cushion over Western in the West, the Redmen needed every single one of their 42 points to edge second-place Carleton (41) and third-place UQTR (41) in the East.
The first round of the OUA playoffs gets underway on Wednesday with best-of-three series, McGill vs. Concordia, Windsor vs. Brock, UQTR vs. Nipissing and Carleton vs. UOIT.
The Canada West post-season is set to start on Feb. 20.
NOTE: Canada went 3-0 in pool play at the Winter Universiade to finish atop Pool B, including an exciting 5-3 win over Russia on Saturday. The Canada West all-stars will face either the USA or Sweden in Wednesday’s quarter-finals, live on www.fisu.tv at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. EST).
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#16)
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 (24-3-1) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (22-4-2) / 143 / (2)
3. Acadia (20-5-3) / 121 / (3)
4. Calgary (20-8-0) / 107 / (4)
5. Saint Mary’s (20-7-1) / 90 / (5)
6. McGill (21-5-0) / 87 / (6)
7. Windsor (22-4-1) / 70 / (7)
8. UQTR (19-4-3) / 41 / (8)
9. Carleton (20-5-1) / 33 / (9)
10. Mount Royal (17-10-1) / 16 / (10)
Other teams receiving votes: StFX (9), Western (3).
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