Tuesday, February 17, 2009

V-Reds move up to No. 1 in final CIS poll

V-Reds move up to No. 1 in final poll

OTTAWA (CIS) - The UNB Varsity Reds took advantage of a late-season mini-slump by reigning University Cup champion Alberta to steal the No. 1 position from the Golden Bears in the final CIS men's hockey media poll of the 2008-09 campaign.

UNB (21-4-3), which had spent the last three polls at No. 2, received six of eight first-place votes for 78 points from the media panel this week to move ahead of Alberta (20-4-2) - 2 first-place votes, 73 points -, which had topped the first 13 national rankings of the season.

The V-Reds, who had led all 15 national polls a year ago before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Bears in the 2008 University Cup final, ended the 2008-09 regular season winning nine of their last 11 duels, including a 5-2 victory over UPEI and a 6-2 defeat of No. 7 Moncton this past week, to finish atop the Atlantic conference standings for the second straight year, four points ahead of the No. 4 Saint Mary's Huskies (20-7-1).

UNB and Saint Mary's will both enjoy a bye in the opening round of the AUS playoffs that get under way on Wednesday.

You can read the rest of the CIS release here: http://www.universitysport.ca/e/m_icehockey/story_detail.cfm?id=13765

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, this comes as a bit of surprise, maybe the voters are giving UNB some credit for the strength of conference opponents? Either way, let's hope they end the post-season still at #1.

Anonymous said...

No doubt in my mind that either of these teams could be ranked #1 - I think it's more of a little spanking for Alberta for not finishing strong while the VReds did. Can't wait for this match-up.

Eric said...

I'm suprised since Alberta is missing players and a coach, but have still managed to split their games. I don't see UNB winning down 7 players. The players and coach are with the CIS-West All-star team playing for Canada at the Winter University Games in China.

Ken C said...

Eric, not to take anything away from Manitoba, but Alberta did have those 7 players and coach in that loss to Manitoba, and actually won the only 2 games in which the Team Canada reps were missing...Outshot Manitoba 36-19 and just lost anyway...happens to everyone. Happened to UNB 4 or 5 times this year too.

I think the rankings also reflect how the voters perceive the competition in each conference. Though I wonder how much the CIS Blog RPI rankings influence some of them.