OTTAWA (CIS) – The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the 12th time in as many national polls this season.
The Bears received all 16 first-place votes from the media panel for the second straight week after they improved their Canada West-leading record to 19-3 thanks to a two-game sweep against visiting Regina.
Rounding out the new Top 10 are the second-ranked UNB Varsity Reds (14-2-2 / no change), No. 3 Acadia Axemen (14-4-1 / no change), No. 4 Calgary Dinos (15-7 / up one position), No. 5 UQTR Patriotes (14-2-2 / up one), No. 6 Saint Mary’s Huskies (13-5-1 / down two), No. 7 Windsor Lancers (15-3-1 / no change), No. 8 Carleton Ravens (15-4 / unranked last week), No. 9 McGill Redmen (14-5 / down one) and No. 10 Western Mustangs (14-4-1 / no change).
Alberta survived a scare last Friday in its first duel against Regina, prevailing 2-1 in overtime after finally solving goaltender Mitch Kilgore, who made 42 saves as his team was outshot 44-18. Canada West leading scorer TJ Foster (15-20-35), who had an assist earlier in the contest, scored the game-winner and added two helpers the following night in a 6-3 victory.
The Bears can all but clinch first place in the Canada West standings this weekend when they visit Lethbridge (4-18) for a pair.
UNB, Calgary and UQTR also went 2-for-2 over the past weekend, while Acadia was the only top-five team to suffer a loss.
The V-Reds beat UPEI 3-1 and Moncton 5-0; the Dinos swept Saskatchewan 6-3 and 5-2 in Saskatoon; the Patriotes defeated Ryerson 3-1 and Toronto 6-2; the Axemen edged Saint Mary’s 5-4 before losing 4-2 to StFX.
A pair of Top-10 contests highlight this week’s schedule.
NOTE: University of Saskatchewan head coach Dave Adolph can set a new CIS men’s hockey record for most conference wins this weekend. Going into a two-game series at UBC, he is tied with legendary Alberta bench boss Clare Drake, with 377.
CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#12)
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 (19-3-0) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (14-2-2) / 144 / (2)
3. Acadia (14-4-1) / 116 / (3)
4. Calgary (15-7-0) / 101 / (5)
5. UQTR (14-2-2) / 97 / (6)
6. Saint Mary’s (13-5-1) / 87 / (4)
7. Windsor (15-3-1) / 60 / (7)
8. Carleton (15-4-0) / 49 / (NR)
9. McGill (14-5-0) / 30 / (8)
10. Western (14-4-1) / 17 / (10)
Other teams receiving votes: Mount Royal (10), StFX (5), UBC (2), Waterloo (2).
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