Tuesday, September 30, 2014

V-Reds Ranked 3rd In Initial Poll

OTTAWA (CIS) – A few months after they captured a record 14th University Cup title, the Alberta Golden Bears top the first CIS men’s hockey rankings of the 2014-15 season.

In one of the closest inaugural polls in recent years, the Bears open at No. 1 for the second straight campaign despite receiving only five of 16 first-place votes (132 points) from the national media panel, one less than the second-ranked Calgary Dinos (125 points).

No less than three others teams also earned first-place nods, including the third-ranked UNB Varsity Reds (3), the No. 4 Saskatchewan Huskies (1), as well as the Mount Royal Cougars (1), who were left out of the Top 10 despite meriting one vote for No. 1.

Rounding out the first rankings are a number of usual suspects, including the No. 5 Acadia Axemen, No. 6 UQTR Patriotes, No. 7 Carleton Ravens, No. 8 McGill Redmen, No. 9 Saint Mary’s Huskies and No. 10 Western Mustangs.

Alberta had an up-and-down pre-season, compiling a 4-3 overall record, with four wins in five outings against Canada West competition. The reigning CIS champions kicked off conference play in similar fashion last weekend in Vancouver, edging UBC 3-2 in their opener before dropping the rematch by a 5-2 score.

In other Canada West action on opening weekend, Calgary swept Manitoba 6-1 and 4-1, Saskatchewan beat Regina 2-0 and 4-2, while Mount Royal defeated Lethbridge 2-0 and 7-2.

League action gets underway on Wednesday in the OUA conference, while the AUS regular season starts on Oct. 9.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#1)

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 ranking)

1. Alberta (1-1) / 132 points (5) / (-)
2. Calgary (2-0) / 125 (6) / (-)
3. UNB (0-0) / 114 (3) / (-)
4. Saskatchewan (2-0) / 86 (1) / (-) *
5. Acadia (0-0) / 86 / (-)
6. UQTR (0-0) / 66 / (-)
7. Carleton (0-0) / 57 / (-)
8. McGill (0-0) / 44 / (-)
9. Saint Mary’s (0-0) / 35 / (-)
10. Western (0-0) / 28 / (-)
* Saskatchewan (over Acadia) was awarded the higher ranking based on number of higher place votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Windsor (27), UBC (21), StFX (20), Mount Royal (14 / 1 first-place vote), Brock (6), Moncton (6), Concordia (4), York (3), Lakehead (2), Queen’s (2), Guelph (1), Manitoba (1).