Men's Hockey Top 10 Tracker: Saskatchewan downs No. 1 Alberta to get split

A tracker at the week coming up for the Top 10 teams in men's hockey seems like a good idea ... the conference breakdown is grist for the mill to say the least.
  1. Alberta: Split the weekend series at Saskatchewan, which managed to a keep a three-goal lead in the second game, a 5-2 Huskies win. Colin Patterson scored a pair of second-period goals and Colin Da Silva got clincher for the U of S with 8:49 left.

    One bullet point is insufficient for doing justice to the Golden Bears' 7-6 win Friday over the U of S Huskies. Alberta got the last goal in each period; Jesse Gimblett factored in all three of their power-play tallies and that was enough to win the first leg of a two-game set. Saskatchewan bounced back, though.
  2. Saskatchewan: Ibid., see No. 1. The Huskies had the edge in shots in goal Friday, too.
  3. Acadia: Finished with just one point for the weekend. Blair Jarrett's goal at 19:57 of the third period forced overtime Saturday vs. No. 4 UNB, only to have Dustin Friesen win in OT for the Varsity Reds. Lost 5-3 to UPEI Friday.
  4. UNB: As noted above, should move up after winning both, including the overtime win over Acadia. Beat Dalhousie 5-2 Friday, outshooting the Tigers 49-14.
  5. Trois-Rivières: Their big Alexandre Demers-Jonathan Boutin-Mathieu Gravel line scored all three goals in a win over Concordia on Tuesday. They don't play another OUA game until Oct. 31.
  6. Laurier: Likely to drop after a 6-1 loss in the second game of their series at Lakehead ... the Thunderwolves' website more or less hinted that they played hit-the-logo in Friday's game, a 3-2 Laurier win in the shootout. Golden Hawks goalie Jeff Macdougald stopped 77-of-85 shots in two games.
  7. UPEI: Finished with three points from the weekend after losing 4-3 in OT Saturday to Dalhousie ... they were outshot in Friday's 5-3 win over Acadia, thanks to 39 saves from Wayne Savage, the former Toronto-St. Michael's Majors goalie.
  8. Carleton: Well, let's not start rearranging the trophy case at CU just yet ... who knows how much energy the Ravens expended beating Queen's Friday, but they had the day game after the night game for the second straight weekend (with a bus trip thrown in) and lost 4-3 to RMC. Goalie Alex Archibald has been in net for all five regular-season Ravens wins. Saint Mary's split and Toronto, the highest of the also receiving votes team, lost their only game against the very team Carleton, so it should not be a one-week stay
  9. Saint Mary's: Marc Rancourt, another Ottawan (Gloucester), scored in overtime Saturday to a cap a four-goal, 6-5 comeback win at St. Thomas. It gave the Huskies a split of the weekend, both one-goal games (as so often happens in the Atlantic conferece)..
  10. Moncton: Fired five goals past St. FX goalie Danny Batocchio (the ex-Ottawa 67) in the first period and a half Saturday, winning 6-3 for a sweep of the weekend. Coupled with their win over SMU, they could move up to No. 8.
Calgary, Toronto, York, Brock and Lakehead are the ARVers. Toronto lost 4-1 in its lone game vs. Queen's. Lakehead's big win over Laurier might get it another vote or two.
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1 comment:

  1. I'm a Huskie fan, and they're a good team (and DaSilva is something else), but they don't deserve to be ranked #2 at this point in the season. Maybe they'll be deserving by the end of the regular season, but usually they level off from mid-season on while other teams around them improve (that's the "Dave Adolph factor" at work). I'd rank them around #5.