Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CIS Top Ten (#6): Top 3 Keep Rolling

OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey national rankings for the sixth time in as many polls this season but still can’t create any separation atop the Canada West conference standings.

For the sixth consecutive week, Alberta and reigning University Cup champion UNB were the only teams to receive first-place consideration from the media panel, with 16 number one nods going to the Bears (169 total points) and the remaining one to the Varsity Reds (152 points).

In addition to Alberta (10-0) and UNB (7-0), the Calgary Dinos (10-0) also show an unblemished record heading into the third weekend of November and are keeping pace with the Bears out west.

Calgary holds on to the third spot in the media poll for the fourth week in a row.

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 4 McGill Redmen (7-1-1 / up one position), No. 5 Acadia Axemen (6-1 / up one), No. 6 UPEI Panthers (4-1-1 / down two), No. 7 Windsor Lancers (8-1 / up two), No. 8 Lakehead Thunderwolves (7-1 / previously unranked), No. 9 Carleton Ravens (6-3 / down one) and No. 10 Western Mustangs (5-3 / down three).

In Canada West, Alberta and Calgary both improved to 10-0 in league play over the past weekend thanks to sweeps against Lethbridge (6-3, 8-1) and Saskatchewan (3-1, 2-0), respectively.

The Bears and Dinos have two-game sets scheduled against Regina and Mount Royal this week, before they finally meet for the first time since the start of the regular season, at Calgary on Nov. 22 and at Edmonton the following night.

Fittingly, the provincial rivals went 2-2 head-to-head in pre-season action, back in September.

Meanwhile, UNB needed a shootout last Wednesday to edge No. 6 UPEI 3-2 in its lone outing of the past week.  The V-Reds host Acadia for another Top-10 battle on Friday and stay on home ice Saturday to face Dalhousie.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#6)

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 (10-0-0) / 169 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (7-0-0) / 152 (1) / (2)
3. Calgary (10-0-0) / 137 / (3)
4. McGill (7-1-1) / 99 / (5)
5. Acadia (6-1-0) / 94 / (6)
6. UPEI (4-1-1) / 90 / (4)
7. Windsor (8-1-0) / 70 / (9)
8. Lakehead (7-1-0) / 44 / (NR)
9. Carleton (6-3-0) / 32 / (8)
10. Western (5-3-0) / 21 / (7)

Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (8), Queen’s (7), Saskatchewan (6), Regina (5), Moncton (1).