Feb 17, 2015

OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the 17th time in as many national polls this season.

The Bears (24-3-1), who enjoy a bye this week as the Canada West playoffs get underway, swept the first-place votes from the media panel for the seventh straight week.

The only changes in the new media poll see the UQTR Patriotes (19-4-3 regular season / 2-0 playoffs) move ahead of the Windsor Lancers (22-4-1 / 2-1) in seventh place, while the St. Francis Xavier X-Men (17-9-2 / 2-0) replace Mount Royal at No. 10.

The rest of the Top 10 remains unchanged, including 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 / 2-1), No. 6 McGill Redmen (21-5 / 2-1) and No. 9 Carleton Ravens (20-5-1 / 2-0).

The AUS and OUA conference playoffs kicked off this past week with UNB and Acadia enjoying a bye, Saint Mary’s, McGill and Windsor all surviving a scare, and UQTR and Carleton breezing through the opening round.

The Redmen (vs. Concordia) and Lancers (vs. Brock) both dropped Game 1 of their best-of-three OUA series before rebounding with back-to-back wins. Windsor needed overtime in Game 3 to eliminate a resilient Brock team and goaltender Adrian Volpe, who made 125 saves in the series.

In the Atlantic, the Huskies also found themselves in trouble against Moncton. After being dominated 5-1 in Game 2, they had to come from behind in the third period of their decisive contest to prevail 3-2.

Meanwhile, the Patriotes were impressive in a 6-3, 10-3 sweep of Nipissing, while the Ravens dominated UOIT 5-2 and 6-1.

The matchups for the next round include:

Best-of-5 AUS semifinals:
No. 10 StFX vs. No. 2 UNB (Game 1: Thursday at UNB)
No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 3 Acadia (Game 1: Wednesday at Acadia)

Best-of-3 OUA East semifinals:
Queen’s vs. No. 6 McGill (Game 1: Wednesday at McGill)
No. 9 Carleton vs. No. 7 UQTR (Game 1: Thursday at Carleton)

Best-of-3 OUA West semifinals:
Lakehead vs. No. 8 Windsor (Game 1: Wednesday at Lakehead)
Guelph vs. Toronto (Game 1: Wednesday at Toronto)

Best-of-3 Canada West quarter-finals (Bye: No. 1 Alberta, No. 4 Calgary):
Saskatchewan vs. Mount Royal (Game 1: Friday at Mount Royal)
Manitoba vs. UBC (Game 1: Thursday at UBC)

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#17)

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) / 150 points (15) / (1)
2. UNB (22-4-2) / 134 / (2)
3. Acadia (20-5-3) / 112 / (3)
4. Calgary (20-8-0) / 103 / (4)
5. Saint Mary’s (20-7-1 / 2-1) / 87 / (5)
6. McGill (21-5-0 / 2-1) / 68 / (6)
7. UQTR (19-4-3 / 2-0) / 54 / (8)
8. Windsor (22-4-1 / 2-1) / 48 / (7)
9. Carleton (20-5-1 / 2-0) / 37 / (9)
10. StFX (17-9-2 / 2-0) / 16 / (NR) *

* StFX is ranked higher than Mount Royal based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Mount Royal (16).

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