- Alberta — Think the Golden Bears were ticked about losing in a shootout Friday? They went back out and beat Manitoba 9-1 on Saturday.
Bisons coach Don MacGillivray coached Junior A for many years (and was damn successful), so his roster bears a lot of names that are familiar to a former member of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League media corps. One of them, defenceman Myles Rumsey, ended up minus-7 Saturday. That is almost a badge of honour for a d-man -- you had to log a lot of ice time to be on for seven goals..
- Moncton — Anyone surprised to see New Brunswick down at No. 8 got a treat when the Varsity Reds beat the Aigles Bleus, 5-4 in a shootout Saturday.
Moncton had a pair of two-goal leads. This kind of back-and-forth is to be expected in the Atlantic conference. Rémi Gautreau, who had two points Saturday, also fired three goals in Moncton's 8-3 rout of St. Thomas.
- Saskatchewan — Have an open date before a Nov. 21-22 series at Regina.
- UQTR — The Patriotes are going into their rematch on Tuesday against Carleton on a seven-game win streak; they have given up two goals or less in all but one of those games.
The Patriotes dispatched Ryerson (3-0) and Toronto (5-2) on the road.
- Acadia — Chris Bruton's hat trick vs. St. FX Saturday (5-2) made up for an earlier 3-2 loss to No. 9 Saint Mary's.
- Laurier — Did not have a good week; they were down three goals 15 minutes in Saturday at Brock (6-3 loss) and just got by Guelph 3-2 in a shootout Thursday.
The upshot is Golden Hawks, who lead the western half of the OUA at 9-2-1, do not face another tough OUA game until Jan. 10 at Toronto.
- UPEI — They might not fall out completely, but losing 7-5 at home to St. Thomas, on top a a 3-1 setback vs. UNB, will not be received well.
- UNB — The three teams directly ahead of the Varsity Reds each lost and they took out two ranked teams (John Scott Dixon, the man with three first names, scored twice in the shootout win over Monction). They could be bumped
UNB also got two goals from Lachlan McIntosh in the 3-1 win over UPEI.
- Saint Mary's — One-time 50-goal scorer in the QMJHL, Cam Fergus, had a big week with three points Saturday vs. Dalhousie in a 6-3 win. Fergus was the difference-maker in Wednesday's win over Acadia, figuring in both third-period Huskies goals in a 3-1 decision.
Saint Mary's has Moncton at home next Friday.
- Lakehead — Left a point in the standings on the ice, falling 7-6 in overtime to York Saturday despite having 20 more shots on goal (they won 3-1 in the first game vs. Lions Friday). The Thunderwolves finish off the first half with two-game series at Brock and vs. Guelph, so they could make a run.
Men's hockey Top 10 Tracker: Alberta bounces back
Alberta did enough stay on top and No. 2 Moncton lost in shootout to UNB, which took out two ranked foes this week.