For the second consecutive week, a disappointing weekend has led to the Alberta Golden Bears falling in the CIS top 10, with McGill now the number-two team in the nation, while the UNB Varsity Reds remain the top team in the rankings.
1. UNB (15-4-0) / 157 pts (13) / (1)
2. McGill (19-0-2) / 138 (3) / (3)
3. Alberta (13-3-2) / 126 / (2)
4. Western Ontario (16-1-3) / 110 / (5)
5. Saint Mary’s (13-5-1) / 107 / (4)
6. Saskatchewan (11-7-0) / 71 / (7)
7. UPEI (10-6-3) / 42 / (6)
8. Manitoba (8-4-4) / 40 / (9)
9. StFX (11-7-1) / 22 / (NR)
10. Lakehead (13-6-1) / 21 / (8)
Dropped from the top 10: UQTR (#10 last week)
Other teams receiving votes: UQTR (19), Nipissing (14), Calgary (6), Acadia (3), Wilfrid Laurier (3), Waterloo (1).
Top three tales: UNB won both their games over the weekend - 7-4 versus Moncton on Friday night on the road, and 2-1 over UPEI on Saturday night at home. The V-Reds have been unbeatable on home ice this season having won all 11 of their games at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton, which bodes well for Hunter Tremblay and company come March.
The now number-two Redmen remain the only team in the nation not to have lost a regulation game during the regular season, and take over the second spot for the first time since mid-November. In their lone game over the weekend on Friday night against Carleton, McGill got all they could handle from the Ravens, but managed to pull out a 5-4 victory.
McGill moved up into the number-two spot thanks to another stumble for the Alberta Golden Bears over the weekend who split for the second consecutive weekend, losing Saturday night in Lethbridge. Alberta has struggled of late, coming out with four consecutive subpar performances to start the second half of their season.
Best of the rest: As for the rest of the rankings, there wasn't much movement this week. UQTR fell from the top 10, replaced by St. FX who jumped into the number nine spot, while Lakehead fell two spots into tenth. As for the rest of the poll, there was some minor juggling of the order, but nothing considerable.
Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan moved up one spot by virtue of a split against one another over the weekend oddly enough, while SMU and Western flip-flopped in the number-four and five holes. Rounding out the changes, UPEI slid one spot into number-seven this week.
Top 10 games this weekend: Friday - #1 UNB vs. #5 SMU, #9 St. FX vs. #7 UPEI; Saturday - #9 St. FX vs. #1 UNB, #5 SMU vs. #7 UPEI