Panda-monium: Alberta claims top women’s hockey ranking for first time since 2007

20
The reigning U SPORTS champion UNB Varsity Reds (men) and Alberta Pandas (women) are the top hockey teams in the nation to begin the 2017-18 season.
UNB (2-0-0), which led the Top 10 rankings from Week 2 on last season, captured its second straight national banner in March with a 5-3 victory on home ice over Saskatchewan, who starts the year ranked No.3. Third-year forward Stephen Anderson led the way with five goals in the first two games, including a hat-trick last Wednesday as the Varsity Reds kicked off their title defence with a 6-2 victory over Moncton at home, before defeating UPEI 5-3 on the road Friday. They’ll play the same two teams this Wednesday and Saturday.
On the women’s side, Alberta (1-0-1) claimed its first No.1 ranking in 10 years, dating back to the first four polls of the 2007-08 season (Oct.9-30, 2007). The Pandas claimed their eighth national title last season thanks to a dramatic 2-1 double-overtime win over McGill. Alberta began its campaign splitting a home-and-home series against Mount Royal – recording a dominant 4-0 win over the Cougars Friday, followed by 2-1 shootout loss Saturday. This weekend, they’ll visit the No.8 Manitoba Bisons for a weekend series.
Other U SPORTS rankings, Laval (men’s cross country and women’s soccer), Queen’s (women’s cross country), Montreal (men’s soccer) and StFX (women’s rugby) all remain national leaders for another week.
U SPORTS TOP 10 Tuesday Rankings – Oct. 10, 2017
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Points / (Previous Ranking)
1. Laval                     98 pts / (1)
2. Guelph                   85 pts / (3)
3. Trinity Western      83 pts / (2)
4. McMaster              58 pts / (4)
5. Queen’s                 53 pts / (5)
6. Western                51 pts / (6)
7. Victoria                  35 pts / T7
T8.Windsor           28 pts / (9)
T8. Calgary           28 pts / (T7)
10. Dalhousie        15 pts (T10)
Other teams receiving votes: Toronto (7), Alberta (5), McGill (4), StFX (4), Waterloo (1), UNB (1), Regina (1)
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
Points / (Previous Ranking)
1. Queen’s          96 pts / (1)
2. Guelph            81 pts / (2)
3. Toronto           80 pts / (3)
T4. Trinity Western 63 pts / (4)
T4. Laval              63 pts / (T5)
6. Western          39 pts / (T5)
7. Calgary           34 pts / (9)
8. McGill             32 pts / (8)
9. Victoria           26 pts / (T5)
10. McMaster       13 pts / (NR)
Other teams receiving votes: Dalhousie (9), Alberta (7), Laurentian (6), StFX (3), Acadia (2), Waterloo (1), Montreal (1), Windsor (1), Saskatchewan (1)
MEN’S HOCKEY
(Regular season record) / Points / (Previous Ranking)
1. UNB                (2-0-0) / 142 pts (11) / (-)
2. Alberta            (2-0-0) / 132 pts (2) / (-)
3. Saskatchewan (2-0-0) / 110 pts (1) / (-)
4. StFX*             (2-0-0) / 98 pts (1) / (-)
5. McGill*          (2-0-0) / 98 pts / (-)
6. Acadia             (1-0-1) / 55 pts / (-)
7. Saint Mary’s* (1-1-0) / 41 pts / (-)
8. Ryerson*      (0-0-0) / 41 pts / (-)
9. Calgary           (1-0-1) / 40 pts / (-)
10. York              (0-0-0) / 22 pts / (-)
*St. Francis Xavier (over McGill) and Saint Mary’s (over Ryerson) were awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher placed votes.
Other teams receiving votes: Queen’s (20), UQTR (10), UBC (5), Laurier (3), Carleton (2), Guelph (2), Western (2), Ottawa (1), Concordia (1)
WOMEN’S HOCKEY
(Regular season record) / Points / (Previous Ranking)
1. Alberta (1-0-1) / 40 pts / (-)
2. UBC (1-1-0) / 32 pts / (-)
3. Mcgill (0-0-0) / 31 pts / (-)
4. Concordia (0-0-0) 30 pts / (-)
5. Saint-Mary’s (0-0-0) / 20 pts / (-)
6. Guelph (0-0-0) / 15pts / (-)
7. StFx (0-0-0) / 12 pts / (-)
8. Manitoba (1-1-0) /1 1 pts / (-)
9. Montreal (0-0-0) / 9 pts / (-)
10. Nipissing (0-0-0) / 6 pts / (-)
Other teams receiving votes: Moncton (3), St. Thomas (2)
WOMEN’S RUGBY
(Regular season record / Playoff Record) / Points / (Previous Ranking)
1. StFX           (5-0 / 0-0) / 122 pts / (1)
2. Guelph       (4-0 / 0-0) / 110 pts / (2)
3. Laval          (6-0 / 0-0) / 99 pts / (3)
4. Victoria       (3-0 / 0-0) / 95 pts / (4)
5. Ottawa       (5-1 / 0-0) / 87 pts / (6)
6. Calgary      (2-0 / 0-0) / 80 pts / (5)
7. McMaster   (3-1 / 0-0) / 54 pts / (7)
8. Queen’s     (2-2 / 1-0) / 31 pts / (8)
9. Acadia        (4-1 / 0-0) / 17 pts / (NR)
10. Concordia (3-3 / 0-0) / 12 pts / (9)
MEN’S SOCCER
(Regular season record) / Points / (Previous Ranking)
1. Montreal     (7-0-0) / 60 pts / (1)
2. Alberta        (7-1-2) 51 pts / (2)
3. Cape Breton (6-0-1) / 46 pts / (3)
4. Carleton     (11-1-2) / 42 pts / (4)
5. York           (10-2-1) / 33 pts / (8)
6. Guelph       (9-2-1) / 29 pts / (6)
7. UBC           (7-3-1) / 24 pts / (5)
8. StFX           (5-1-1) 20 pts / (9)
9. Toronto      (7-1-4) 15 pts / (7)
10. UQAM      (5-2-0) 7 pts / (10)
Other teams receiving votes: Dalhousie (1), Trinity Western (1), McMaster (1)
WOMEN’S SOCCER
(Regular season record) / Points / (Previous Ranking)
1. Laval                     (7-0-1) / 69 pts / (1)
2. UOIT                      (11-0-1) / 55 pts (2)
3. UBC                      (7-1-2) / 42 pts / (3)
4. Western                 (12-1-0) / 41 pts / (4)
5. Cape Breton          (7-0-0) / 30 pts / (5)
6. Victoria                   (7-1-2) / 24 pts / (6)
7. Ottawa                  (9-1-3) / 23 pts / (7)
8. Alberta                   (7-1-2) / 20 pts / (9)
9. Montreal                (5-0-3) / 18 pts / (8)
10. Trinity Western    (8-2-0) / 17 pts / (NR)
Other teams receiving votes: Queen’s (1)

Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.

Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.
Email address
First Name*
We abide by all applicable emailing laws including 100% CAN-SPAM/CASL/US CAN-SPAM Act compliance. No spam!