- UNB Varsity Reds (180) (16-0, 8-0-0 AUS) — Easy 5-1 road win at Dalhousie on Saturday.
Alex Aldred pulled out a tough 4-3 overtime win at St. FX on Friday. The X-Men had the lead with less than five minutes to play before Luke Gallant equalized.
- Alberta Golden Bears (152) (11-3, 8-1-1 CW) — Swept UBC 6-2 and 8-1; at Lethbridge next weekend.
- UQTR Patriotes (138) (10-2, 8-0-0 OUA-E) — Francis Charland got the game-winner with 4:15 left Friday in the 4-3 win over Queen's, which gave UQTR a bit of a run in its home rink. So much for figuring it would be easy against a Golden Gaels team which lost 10-1 last weekend to McGill.
- Saint Mary's Huskies (104) (9-4, 5-2-0 AUS) — Beat St. Thomas (4-0 on Sunday) and Moncton (5-2 on Saturday) to take 2-of-3 for the week.
The Huskies' 7-5 loss to No. 10 St. FX might affect vote totals, but perhaps not their ranking. They're still well above McGill and Manitoba (who tied for No. 5).
- McGill Redmen (87) (10-2-1, 6-0-0 OUA-E) — Fans of using goal differential in a hockey argument take note: with Sunday's 5-0 win over Toronto, the Redmen have outscored teams 34-8 this season. McGill, which beat Carleton 4-2 on Wednesday, has not given up more than two goals in a league game.
That skein of stinginess will get put to test next weekend at Laurier and Waterloo.
- Manitoba Bisons (87) (11-5, 6-3-1 CW) — Bye week.
- Waterloo Warriors (64) (8-5, 5-3-1 OUA-W) — Dropped road games to surging Western (3-2) and York (3-1), so the voters might deliver a knuckle rap on Monday.
- Nipissing Lakers (38) (8-6, 6-3-1 OUA-E) — Got swept 4-1 and 5-4 by Carleton. They basically played a good third period in each game (19 shots on Friday, four third-period goals Saturday), but that wasn't enough. Carleton also threw Ryan Dube in the second game in North Bay instead of workhose Alex Archibald, who earned a night off with 36 saves Friday.
Carleton's two non-conference losses were to Manitoba, so the Ravens might get more Top 10 votes.
- Laurier Golden Hawks (36) (9-5, 6-2-1 OUA-W) — A lot of fireworks in a road split at Lakehead (10-4 loss followed by a bounce-back 7-4 win on Saturday). Those former Far West teams will just trade beatings like this all season. Paul Bradley scored twice in Saturday's game.
In all honesty, there's not a lot of difference between each team and there's a lot of time for everything to settle.
Lakehead had nine different scorers Friday, with Pierre-Marc Guilbault being the lone one to score two goals.
- St. FX X-Men (36) (7-7-1, 5-1-3 AUS) — Ended up with 4-of-6 possible points after a 3-2 OT loss at UPEI on Saturday.
Goalie Bryan Gillis made 37 saves to get the point vs. UNB on Friday (the teams meet again Nov. 13). Won 7-5 at No. 4 Saint Mary's on Wednesday, a nice coup for them.
The two OUA teams who went 0-2 likely drop out. Western (9-3, 7-2-0 overall) should move into the Top 10 and Lakehead scoring 14 goals in two goals might bump them up. Carleton, Saskatchewan (three-point weekend at Calgary) and Regina (home sweep of Lethbridge) each had decent weeks, but none have a base to build off.