MUSTANGS RISE TO NO. 4 IN CIS MEN'S HOCKEY POLL

OTTAWA - The reigning University Cup champion New Brunswick Varsity Reds top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the fifth time in as many media polls this fall.

No. 1 UNB improved to 10-0 in conference play over the past weekend with a 9-3 win over StFX and a 7-1 defeat of Dalhousie. The V-Reds, who received all 17 available first-place votes in the poll, have been simply dominant since the start of the regular season, with six wins coming by at least a four-goal margin. The defending champs have tallied at least seven goals in six of 10 outings and have outscored their AUS rivals by a 3-1 ratio overall (63-21).

Back in 2007-08, when they set a number of AUS records en route to an amazing 26-1-1 mark, the V-Reds started conference play with 11 straight victories before dropping a 5-4 shootout decision to the Moncton Aigles Bleus. UNB goes for win number 11 Friday against UPEI and, potentially, number 12 on November 27… against Moncton.

Following UNB in this week’s media poll are No. 2 Alberta (10-1-1), No. 3 Saint Mary’s (7-2-0), No. 4 Western Ontario (9-2-0), No. 5 UQTR (9-1-0), No. 6 Manitoba (8-3-1), No. 7 McGill (7-1-0), No. 8 Lakehead (8-3-1), No. 9 Acadia (7-3-0) and No. 10 Wilfrid Laurier (7-3-1).

UNB is now the only undefeated team in the nation following losses by OUA East leaders UQTR and McGill in their first duels of the regular season against OUA West opponents. UQTR drops two spots in the new national rankings, while McGill loses three positions.

Both teams rebounded well on Saturday however after opening the weekend on a losing note. The Patriotes defeated Laurier 5-3 after being dropped 5-1 by Western, while the Redmen responded to an 8-4 setback against Laurier with a 6-4 victory over Waterloo.

The big winners in the new poll are No. 3 Saint Mary’s, up from No. 5 following a 5-1 win over St. Thomas and a 11-0 domination of Moncton, as well as No. 4 Western, up three spots following its win over previously undefeated UQTR and a 10-4 victory over Concordia.

Acadia is ranked for the first time in 2009-10 after outscoring Moncton 4-1 and St. Thomas 5-1.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#5)

Voting is based on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with a 1st place vote worth 10 points. The CIS Men’s Ice Hockey Top Ten Committee is made up of media members from across Canada.

(Regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (last week)

1. UNB (10-0-0) / 170 (17) / (1)
2. Alberta (10-1-1) / 153 / (2)
3. Saint Mary’s (7-2-0) / 116 / (5)
4. Western Ontario (9-2-0) / 101 / (7)
5. UQTR (9-1-0) / 96 / (3)
6. Manitoba (8-3-1) / 89 / (6)
7. McGill (7-1-0) / 81 / (4)
8. Lakehead (8-3-1) / 41 / (10)
9. Acadia (7-3-0) / 36 / (NR)
10. Wilfrid Laurier (7-3-1) / 24 / (9)

Other teams receiving votes: St. Francis Xavier (18), Calgary (7), Waterloo (3).


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