Wednesday, February 26, 2020

U Sports Top Ten (#19): Big Changes After Upset-Filled Week

The latest edition of the men's hockey rankings saw significant changes after a number of top teams were eliminated from their conference playoffs.

The only constant from last week was the University of New Brunswick (1935.49 ELO points) and University of Saskatchewan (1825.69) holding down the top two spots. The remaining eight positions are made up of the eight teams left in contention for a University Cup berth, which means many teams are ranked higher than they have been in quite some time. It also means that Alberta's streak of 169 straight weeks being ranked (since 2012) and Carleton's 24 week run come to an end.

The Guelph Gryphons (1724.69) are ranked third, their highest ranking since the 2014-2015 season, and Ottawa (1660.20) moves up from 10th to 4th. We then see five previously unranked teams in Concordia (1642.77, ranked 5th for the first time since 1999-2000), Acadia (1638.03), Western (1583.08, in the top ten for only the second time in four years), Moncton (1546.66, tied for their highest ranking since being 7th for one week in 2013-2014), and British Columbia (1533.23, ranked for only the 3rd time in four years). Saint Mary's (1528.32) round out the rankings by dropping one spot to 10th.