For the first time this season there's a new look inside the CIS top 10, with the UNB Varsity Reds now holding down second spot after moving ahead of the McGill Redmen who fall to number-three in the nation. The Alberta Golden Bears remain atop the poll despite an overtime loss this weekend to the now number-six ranked Saskatchewan Huskies.
1. Alberta (10-1-1) / 169 pts (9) / (1)
2. UNB (10-2-0) / 157 (4) / (3)
3. McGill (13-0-1) / 148 (5) / (2)
4. Western Ontario (11-0-2) / 124 / (4)
5. UPEI (8-3-1) / 90 / (8)
6. Saskatchewan (7-5-0) / 80 / (7)
7. Saint Mary’s (6-4-1) / 62 / (6)
8. Manitoba (6-2-4) / 55/ (5)
9. Lakehead (9-4-1) / 38 / (NR)
10. Calgary (6-4-2) / 27 / (9)
Dropped from the top 10: Concordia (#10 last week)
Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (21), StFX (9), Waterloo (5), Carleton (3), Concordia (1), Guelph (1).
Top three tales: The top ranked Golden Bears had a hard fought series this past weekend at home against Saskatchewan, needing two goals late Friday to break a 4-4 deadlock, before dropping a 4-3 overtime decision Saturday night. The loss was the Bears second of the season, but three of a possible four points over the weekend was enough for Alberta to hold onto its top spot in the poll.
For UNB, who jumps up to second in the poll for the first time this season, wins over Moncton and St. Thomas ran the V-Reds record to 10-2-0, earning four first-place votes from the top 10 committee.
McGill fell from its position as the only undefeated team in the nation over the weekend after suffering a 3-2 shootout loss Saturday against Brock, following a narrow 3-2 win Friday over York. The Redmen still garnered five of the 18 first-place votes despite their Saturday setback.
Movers and shakers: UPEI was the biggest winner in this week's poll, moving up three spots to takeover the number-five spot in the poll. Sitting in second-place in the AUS, the Panthers earned a pair of 6-3 wins over the weekend against Moncton and St. Thomas.
Saskatchewan also made a move this week in the poll, moving up two spots from eighth to sixth thanks to an overtime win over Alberta after a narrow 6-4 loss Friday night in Edmonton.
Of the teams that saw their stock take the biggest hit this week, that title goes to the Manitoba Bisons who lost both games to the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver - 3-2 Friday in a shootout, and 4-3 in overtime Saturday.
Making their debut this week are the number-nine ranked Lakehead Thunderwolves, who dismantled Nipissing 10-1 Friday night before narrowly escaping with a 4-3 SO win Saturday.
Top 10 games this weekend:
- #1 Alberta at #8 Manitoba Friday and Saturday