Carleton also made some noise on a quiet weekend by upsetting UQTR 3-2 (and it didn't seem so much like an upset as the better team winning; if Carleton ever discovers some consistency, LTFO).
The Ravens' win and put UQTR one behind McGill in the overtime loss column heading into the second half. Those teams have only played once, so essentially there will be a best-of-3 between McGill and UQTR for top spot and playoff home-ice advantage in the OUA East. Carleton also has some confidence if it ends up meeting the Patriotes.
- UNB Varsity Reds (180, all 18 first-place votes) (22-0, 14-0-0 AUS) — Host Saint Mary's on Sunday; beat UPEI 7-0 on Friday.
- Alberta Golden Bears (163, all 18 second-place votes) (17-3, 14-1-1 CW) — Host McGill Dec. 28-29.
- Western Mustangs (140) (16-3, 14-2-0 OUA-W) — 3-2 overtime win over Windsor to extend nation's second-longest win streak to 14 games; have a tournament Dc. 28-30.
- Acadia Axemen (106) (13-7, 11-3-0 AUS) — Idle; play Dalhousie on Jan. 2.
- UQTR Patriotes (100) (16-5, 14-2-1 OUA-E) — Lost 3-2 in overtime at Carleton on Saturday after doubling up Nipissing 4-2 the night before, meaning McGill closed the gap slightly.
Carleton, harkening to last season's playoff series (which went the distance and then some, double overtime in Game 3), has matched up well with the Patriotes. The Ravens outshot UQTR 35-24 (at least that's what was posted on the scoreboard), with Brett Halstead scoring the winner 1:48 into OT. Both Halstead's winner and Joey Manley's tying goal with 7:13 left were to low to the blocker side on UQTR 'tender Jean-Christophe Blanchard.
- McGill Redmen (91) (16-4-1, 12-2-0 OUA-E) — Swept Ryerson 7-0 and 8-5 on the road. Francis Verreault-Paul had his second hat trick in 10 days in the first game.
- Manitoba Bisons (78) (16-6, 9-3-2 CW) — Play Lakehead Dec. 29-30.
- Lakehead Thunderwolves (51) (13-7, 11-3-2 OUA-W) — Those 4-3 and 5-2 losses in Saskatchewan (bearing in mind there could be extenuating circumstances) might hurt their ranking heading into the New Year.
- Saint Mary's Huskies (38) (12-8, 8-3-3 AUS) — At New Brunswick on Sunday; beat St. FX 4-1 on Wednesday.
- Laurier Golden Hawks (27) (15-7, 12-4-1 OUA-W) — Easy wins over York (8-3) and UOIT (7-0) to close out their pre-holiday schedule.