The other six ranked teams which played at least twice this weekend have all lost (and so did UQTR in its lone game). Crazy week.
Depending on how much voters value a close loss to a higher-ranked team, there might be cause for Acadia to overtake No. 3 Western, which had a blah homestand. The Axemen are now 13-1-1 in AUS games against teams not coached by Gardiner McDougall.
Some would argue for Acadia to be No. 2, although that hinges on whether you think Alberta should get nudged out when it did not play.
The Mustangs' goaltending minus Anthony Grieco — five goals allowed on 21 shots — had a letdown, causing the No. 3 Mustangs to lose 6-4 at home to UOIT, the last-place team in the OUA West. So much for the Mustangs' 16-game regular-season win streak!
All RPI rankings are through last week:
- UNB Varsity Reds (160, all 16 first-place votes) (29-0, 19-0-0 AUS, 1st in RPI) —
Won twice on road over ranked foes (6-1 over No. 8 Saint Mary's, 2-1 over No. 4 Acadia despite being outshot by a factor of two).
The pair of one-goal defensive games also lowered UNB's goals-against average to below 2.00 (37 GA in 19 games). Ben Shutron — former Kingston Frontenac! — had four points vs. Saint Mary's.
- Alberta Golden Bears (142) (21-3, 16-1-1 CW, 2nd RPI) — Bye week.
- Western Mustangs (126 (19-6, 17-3-0 OUA-W, t-3rd RPI) — Beat York 4-2 (with an empty-netter) to end up batting .500 for their homestand. Lost 6-4 to last-place UOIT on Friday.
Friday, Kyle Wetering got the game-winner with 11:04 left to put the Ridgebacks ahead for good. Western is two points ahead of Laurier with a game in hand, so it's still got a cushion as long as it beats York.
Keyvan Hunt got the hook vs. UOIT after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Mid-season pickup Josh Unice allowed two on 10 the rest of the way. Western has allowed just 50 goals in 19 OUA contests, so let's treat the UOIT loss as more of a one-off.
- Acadia Axemen (103) (16-9, 13-4-1 AUS, 9th RPI) — Split two 2-1 decisions, winning the one you'd expect (vs. UPEI) and losing the one you'd expect (vs. UNB).
- McGill Redmen (100) (21-8-1, 16-3-0 OUA-E, 6th RPI) — Split a pair of one-goal games at home, losing 3-1 to Carleton (with an empty-netter) on Saturday after holding off UQTR 2-1 one night earlier.
Carleton's Alex Archibald stopped 36-of-37 shots in a game Carleton (11-6-1 OUA East) neeeded to stay ahead in the third-place race i the division. They managed to solve McGill's normally awesome penalty kill, since Ryan Berard's game-winner was on the PP.
Friday, Hubert Morin stopped 35 shots in a tense tilt with the Patriotes; Marc-Andre Daneau got the game-winner just moments after UQTR had tied the game.
- UQTR Patriotes (71) (16-6, 14-3-1 OUA-E, t-3rd RPI) — Lost 2-1 to McGill on Friday; play the Redmen again next Wednesday.
- Saint Mary's Huskies (58) (15-10, 10-5-3 AUS, 8th RPI) — Are 0-2 since the Mike Danton story hit the media. Lost at home to UPEI (4-3) and No. 1 UNB (6-1).
- Manitoba Bisons (40) (18-8, 11-5-2 CW, 5th RPI) — Home split vs. UBC (3-0 loss, 5-2 win). Rookie Ian Duval scored the game-winner in the second game.
Jordan White kicked out all 30 shots in that 3-0 Thunderbirds win (or "three-zero" for all the P.J. Stock fans ... both of you) on Friday.
- Laurier Golden Hawks (37) (16-8, 14-4-2 OUA-W, 11th RPI) — Doubled Brock 4-2 on Friday.
- Saskatchewan Huskies (15) (13-12, 10-7-1 CW, 12th RPI) — Split home-and-home with Regina (3-2 loss on road, 5-3 win at home).
- Nipissing, which split a pair in Kingston, was further snakebitten during a 5-2 loss to Queen's. Forward Adam McAllister got injured while playing in his hometown.
- Matt Caria, Matt Dias and Kris Hogg each had two goals and a helper when Lakehead beat Windsor 8-6 on Friday. The Thunderwolves swept the Lancers, scoring eight in each game.
- Ottawa goalie Aaron Barton stopped 7-of-8 shootout attempts to get his first win for the Gee-Gees, 4-3 over Concordia in a battle of the basement on Friday.
(A couple news names in that boxscore: Former Kingston Frontenacs forward George Lovatsis is playing for Concordia. Ottawa has added Rob Roteliuk, who went by "Robbie" six years ago when someone was writing about his Central Plains AAA midget team for the Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic.)
- Also receiving votes: Waterloo Warriors (15), Lakehead Thunderwolves (8), St. Francis Xavier (4), Carleton Ravens (1); Saskatchewan was awarded the 10 spot by virtue of getting more higher-placed votes than Waterloo.