Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CIS Men's Hockey Top Ten (#5): UNB Continues Fall

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies top the CIS men’s hockey national rankings for the second straight week.

The Huskies (7-1-0) once again received 15 first-place votes from the 17-member media panel to remain ahead of their Canada West archrivals, the Alberta Golden Bears (7-3-0), who finished second in the voting for the second week in a row. Alberta and the UQTR Patriotes (6-2-1) both earned a first-place nod in the fifth poll of the campaign.

There is a lot of movement behind the two leaders in the new Top 10.

The Acadia Axemen (6-2-0) move up three spots to No. 3; UQTR is up one to No. 4; Moncton (5-2-1) is down a pair to No. 5; UNB (5-3-0) is also down two positions to a season-low No. 6; Lakehead (6-3-1) is up one to No. 7; Saint Mary’s (5-3-0) is ranked nationally for the first time this season, at No. 8; Calgary (5-3-0) is up one spot to No. 9; and Windsor (6-2-0) makes its way to the Top 10 for the first time in 13 years, at No. 10.

The Lancers swept a two-game series against Toronto – ranked ninth last week – over the weekend, 5-3 and 3-1, to earn their first CIS ranking since the March 15, 1999 poll (No. 6).

No. 1 Saskatchewan enjoyed a break in its Canada West schedule last week and gets back on the ice this weekend for a home-and-away doubleheader against provincial rival Regina (5-3-0).

No. 2 Alberta showed no mercy for CIS newcomer Mount Royal last weekend, sweeping the Cougars 6-2 and 7-1. The Bears are now gearing up for a home-and-away showdown with ninth-ranked

Calgary with the series opener set for Friday night in Edmonton.

No. 3 Acadia edged St. Thomas 3-2 last Friday before dominating a Top-10 battle against Moncton on Saturday by a 4-0 score. The Axemen face another stiff test Friday night when they visit No. 8 Saint Mary’s in Halifax.

Other games to keep an eye on this weekend include a two-match set between OUA East-leading UQTR and OUA West-leading Lakehead in Thunder Bay, Ont.


CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#5)

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 rankings)
1. Saskatchewan (7-1-0) / 164 points (15) / (1)
2. Alberta (7-3-0) / 144 (1) / (2)
3. Acadia (6-2-0) / 129 / (6)
4. UQTR (6-2-1) / 110 (1) / (5)
5. Moncton (5-2-1) / 100 / (3)
6. UNB (5-3-0) / 82 / (4)
7. Lakehead (6-3-1) / 48 / (8)
8. Saint Mary’s (5-3-0) / 40 / (NR)
9. Calgary (5-3-0) / 35 / (10)
10. Windsor (6-2-0) / 29 / (NR)

Also receiving votes: StFX (17), Toronto (16), McGill (6), Ottawa (5), Western (4), Carleton (3), Manitoba (2), UPEI (1).

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