Tuesday, October 27, 2009

CIS Top 10 Rankings: UNB holds at #1

The second installment of the Men's Hockey Top 10 Rankings was released today.  UNB (4-0) remains on top, followed by Alberta at 5-0-1.  It should be an interesting matchup in the CW this week when # 6 Manitoba takes on Alberta n Edmonton.  A win for the Bisons will make a statement that their good start is no fluke.

Also, only one other team made the Top 10 from the AUS, the SMU Huskies, unchanged at #5.  The CW was represented by two teams and the OUA conference by the remaining six teams.   

The innaugural team from Nippissing makes their first ever appearance in the top 10 at #9.

Rank / Team / Previous
1. UNB (1)
2. Alberta (2)
3. UQTR (4)
4. Lakehead (7)
5. Saint Mary’s (5)
6. Manitoba (3)
7. McGill (8)
8. Wilfrid Laurier (NR)
9. Nipissing (NR)
10. Waterloo (10)

For a complete breakdown of the rankings, including votes, view the CIS press release.


Eric said...

UNB also received 18 of 18 first-place votes and where is Brock this week (I wonder).

Anonymous said...

Nipissing... c'mon. The AUS should have been represented by Acadia as well.

Squirrel Forever said...

Some interesting commments going on over at the CIS blog over the Hockey rankings.


David Kilfoil said...

There is no need to get too worked up about early CIS hockey polls. Every year, because of the staggered start of the conferences, there are teams who have more points and thus get more votes, because they've played more games.

If you're a team like Nipissing who get hammered your first game by UQTR, and then win four or five games against soft opponents, then your record might look deceptively better than say Acadia, who are 2-2, and both losses were against two of the best teams in the country.

This stuff tends to sort itself out over the year, but unfortunately doesn't correct for teams like UQTR who play most of their games against over-matched opponents. UQTR probably has the softest schedule of anyone in the top 10, which makes it hard to judge how good UQTR really is.