Men's hockey: Top 10 recap

Your quick look at what the top 10 teams did this week...

  1. UNB (2nd in RPI, no change): L 3-2 at UPEI, W 2-1 vs. Moncton. That first game played a part in moving the Panthers from 19th to 15th this week. PEI's goaltender, Mavric Parks, hasn't had a great year so far but probably put up his best CIS game in stopping 26 or 28 against the country's best team. It is not known where Parks, a CHL vet, would have ranked in a hypothetical goalie version of the Jeff Skinner Rankings.

    The Reds then came back, slightly, against Moncton — outshooting them 32 to 10 isn't just score effects, and indicates that their first-period deficit may have been short-lived even once it started.

  2. McGill (1st in RPI, no change): W 6-0 vs. Queen's. Is there any 6-0 game that doesn't have multiple ten-minute misconducts in the third? Two more goals for Francis Verreault-Paul as well.

  3. Saskatchewan (20th in RPI, down from 14th): L 3-2 and 4-3 (OT) at Calgary. Well, I don't think they'll be No. 3 anymore... Andrew Bailey tied up the second game with 2:20 left, only to see Calgary score on their first shot in overtime.

  4. Western (10th in RPI, down from 3rd): W 5-3 at UOIT, L 5-4 at Laurier. Keaton Turkiewicz picked up a natural hat trick all on one powerplay in the WLU game, but unfortunately it started a) when the score was 5-1 and b) in the third. (It's good for Laurier's Zack Shepley that nothing more happened in the five minutes following his major penalty, or else he may not be seeing the ice for a while, never mind the rest of that game.)

    Here are the highlights from the Laurier game, though it's not just a running tally of all 55 of Ryan Daniels' saves.

    Note, at about 2:34, the shot that hits the crossbar but doesn't appear to go in. It's called a goal anyway. Do they still refuse to use OUA refs in Waterloo? (I'm not saying, I'm just saying.)

  5. Moncton (12th in RPI, down from 10th): W 3-2 at St. Thomas, L 2-1 at UNB. Only one regular-season loss to a non-UNB team, but their strength-of-schedule partly tells us why.

  6. Alberta (5th in RPI, up from 12th): W 4-1 and W 4-1 vs. UBC. Our first top 10 team to increase their RPI ranking, the Bears handled the 'Birds pretty darn easily, and they get a week off to reflect on it now.

  7. Acadia (3rd in RPI, up from 5th): W 4-2 at Dalhousie, W 4-2 at Saint Mary's. The SMU game was apparently so uninteresting, they only named one star of the game.

  8. Manitoba (14th in RPI, up from 13th): L 2-1 and W 4-2 at UBC. That's not going to help you stay in the top 10. UBC's Jordan White stopped 75 of 80 in the two games; Antti Niemi just felt a very cold wind rush through his apartment and he doesn't know why.

  9. Lakehead (6th in RPI, up from 15th): W 4-3 and W 4-2 at Windsor. Big weekend for the non-GGODs, which is not to say that they are not good dudes, but just that they are not the great such group of them. The OUA West dominance of the top 10 isn't as evident this year so far, but the Lancers were still 9th in RPI entering the weekend and dropped two to Lakehead. Despite the somewhat-close scores, however, Windsor played with a deficit for almost the entire weekend, giving up the lead right away in both games and never glimpsing it again.

  10. Nipissing (11th in RPI, down from 7th): L 7-6 (SO) at Concordia, L 7-1 at Ottawa. The Lakers blew 3-1, 5-2, and 6-3 leads in the first game, and to make matters worse the seven-shooter-shootout went the Stingers' way too. Giving up 13 real goals in two games is not that outrageous for this team: they've given up six or more three other times before this weekend. (For the record, Nip U's record when they score 11 or more: 1-0.)
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