CIS TOP TEN TUESDAY (#23): Redmen hockey and Martlet basketball remain in national rankings this week

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CIS Top 10

 
OTTAWA – As the varsity season winds down in preperartion for upcoming CIS championships, only track and field and men’s hockey have issued Top 10 polls released by the CIS this week and McGill University has just the Redmen puck squad remaining in the national rankings, dropping one spot to No.7.

The Redmen, who own a 28-10-0 record against CIS opponents, were swept by UQTR in the OUA East Final, a best-of-three series, losing 3-0 and 4-2. McGill merited a mulligan, however, as the OUA has three berths at the CIS Final Eight, so the Redmen will travel to southern Ontario this week and play Windsor — also upset in the OUA West final series —  for the league’s bronze medal on Saturday at 8 pm and the right to go to Nationals. McGill only met the Lancers once this season, a 2-1 victory in Windsor on Nov. 14. The game will be webcast on OUA-TV and live stats will also be available.

Alberta Golden Bears (men’s hockey), three national rankings.
 
In men’s hockey, the Golden Bears, who have led all 19 media polls so far this season, host the fourth-ranked Calgary Dinos in the best-of-three Canada West final, starting on Thursday. Both teams have already qualified for next week’s University Cup national championship in Halifax (March 12-15).
 
In track and field, the Toronto Varsity Blues (women’s track and field) and Windsor Lancers (men’s track and field) hold on to the top spot in the rankings. The Varsity Blues claimed their first OUA banner since 2004 this past weekend in Toronto, while the Lancers maintain their No. 1 status despite a third-place finish behind Guelph and York at the OUA meet. Windsor hosts the CIS championships from March 12 to 14.
 
NOTES: The inaugural Sportsnet U Championship Weekend is set for March 12-15, including women’s basketball in Quebec City, men’s basketball in Toronto, women’s hockey in Calgary and men’s hockey in Halifax. All eight semifinals on Saturday, March 14 and the four national finals on Sunday, March 15 will be televised live on Sportsnet 360 and/or Sportsnet ONE… The CIS indoor track and field championships are also set for that same weekend in Windsor (March 12-14) and championship season wraps up the following week with curling in Waterloo (March 18-21).
 

MEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season / playoff records) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Alberta (24-3-1 / 2-0) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (22-4-2 / 4-2) / 144 / (2)
3. Acadia (20-5-3 / 3-3) / 121 / (5)
4. Calgary (20-8-0 / 2-1) / 113 / (4)
5. UQTR (19-4-3 / 6-0) / 96 / (8)
6. Guelph (11-13-3 / 6-2) / 57 / (NR)
7. McGill (21-5-0 / 4-3) / 48 / (6)
8. StFX (17-9-2 / 4-3) / 47 / (10)
9. Saint Mary’s (20-7-1 / 4-4) / 44 / (3)
10. Windsor (22-4-1 / 4-3) / 32 / (7)
 
Other teams receiving votes: Mount Royal (16), Carleton (2).
 
NOTE: The voting took place before the opening game of the best-of-three AUS final between UNB and Acadia on Monday (8-2 UNB win).
 

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Toronto 154.5 points / (1)
2. Trinity Western 87.5 / (2)
3. York 61.5 / (5)
4. Western 60 / (3)
5. Guelph 57.5 / (4)
6. Windsor 34.5 / (7)
7. Saskatchewan 32.25 / (6)
8. Calgary 32 / (10)
9. Sherbrooke 31 / (8)
10. Alberta 26.75 / (9)
 

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Windsor 98 points / (1)
T2. Toronto 73 / (2)
T2. Guelph 73 / (3)
T2. York 73 / (4)
5. Laval 55.5 / (5)
6. Victoria 51 / (7)
7. Western 46.66 / (6)
8. Trinity Western 37.33 / (8)
9. Sherbrooke 27 / (9)
10. Lethbridge 23 / (T10)
 

 
For more information:
 
Michel Bélanger        
Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
belanger@universitysport.ca
 
 
 
 
 

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