Tuesday, October 15, 2013

CIS Top Ten (#2): UNB Stays In 2nd

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey national rankings for the second time in as many polls this season.   

For the second straight week, Alberta and reigning University Cup champion UNB split first-place votes from the 17-member media panel but this time the Bears held a convincing 13-4 advantage, compared to a 9-8 edge last Tuesday. The defending Canada West champs received 166 total points, while the Varsity Reds earned 157 to remain comfortably in second position.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 3 Western Mustangs (116 points / no change), No. 4 Calgary Dinos (112 / no change), No. 5 Waterloo Warriors (83 / no change), No. 6 UPEI Panthers (66 / up one position), No. 7 Saskatchewan Huskies (51 / down one), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (35 / up one), No. 9 York Lions (33 / previously unranked) and No. 10 Saint Mary’s Huskies (33 / down two).

In Canada West action this past weekend, Alberta and Calgary both improved to 4-0 on the season, while Saskatchewan shows a 2-2 mark after splitting its second straight two-game series.

The Bears swept Mount Royal 6-2 and 6-1 and have outscored their opponents 21-3 in four league outings. The Dinos beat UBC 3-1 and 9-5, while the Huskies lost 4-1 to Manitoba before winning the rematch 5-0.

Alberta and Saskatchewan are now getting ready for a doubleheader in Saskatoon this Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile in the OUA, third-ranked Western and No. 5 Waterloo both got off to a 2-0 start in league play, No. 8 Carleton opened with a two-game split, and No. 9 York improved to a perfect 3-0.

The Mustangs edged Concordia 3-2 in overtime and outscored UQTR 5-3. The Warriors came out on top of a pair of 3-2 decisions, in regulation against UOIT and in extra time versus Queen’s. The Ravens crushed Windsor 8-1 in their opener but dropped the rematch 5-2. The Lions dominated newcomer Laurentian 6-1 and doubled Nipissing 4-2.

In the AUS, conference play finally starts this weekend, including UNB opening the defence of its fourth University Cup title in seven years on home ice against StFX (Friday) and No. 10 Saint Mary’s (Saturday).

NOTE: The last time York was ranked in the Top 10 was during the 2005-06 season. That year, the Lions (then Yeomen) were ranked 10th on November 1 (poll #3) and November 8 (poll #4).

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#2)

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)

1. Alberta (4-0-0) / 166 points (13) / (1)
2. UNB (0-0-0) / 157 (4) / (2)
3. Western (2-0-0) / 116 / (3)
4. Calgary (4-0-0) / 112 / (4)
5. Waterloo (2-0-0) / 83 / (5)
6. UPEI (0-0-0) / 66 / (7)
7. Saskatchewan (2-2-0) / 51 / (6)
8. Carleton (1-1-0) / 35 / (9)
9. York (3-0-0) / 33 / (NR) *
10. Saint Mary’s (0-0-0) / 33 / (8)

* York (over Saint Mary’s) was awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: StFX (24), Lakehead (12), McGill (10), Guelph (10), Acadia (9), Concordia (7), Moncton (5), Dalhousie (2), Windsor (2), UQTR (2).