MUSTANGS MOVE ON UP TO NO. 3 IN RECENT CIS MEN'S HOCKEY POLL

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

The V-Reds, who were a unanimous choice at No. 1 for the fifth straight week thanks to 17 first-place votes, improved to 11-0 in conference play with a 2-0 shutout of UPEI (5-5-2) last Friday in their lone outing of the past week.

Back in 2007-08, when they set a number of AUS records en route to a remarkable 26-1-1 mark, the V-Reds also started the regular season with 11 consecutive victories before dropping a 5-4 shootout decision to the Moncton Aigles Bleus, the team they are set to visit on Friday night when they go for win number 12. The defending CIS champs also host cross-town rival St. Thomas on Saturday.

Following UNB in this week's media poll are No. 2 Alberta (12-1-1), No. 3 Western Ontario (11-2-0), No. 4 UQTR (11-2-0), No. 5 McGill (8-1-0), No. 6 Manitoba (9-3-2), No. 7 Acadia (9-3-0), No. 8 Saint Mary's (7-3-1), No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier (9-3-1) and No. 10 Lakehead (9-3-2).

The Canada West-leading Golden Bears are second in the nation for the sixth straight week following a two-game sweep of provincial rival Calgary, 7-2 and 6-4.

The OUA West-leading Mustangs move up one spot to reach their best ranking of the campaign after a successful trip to the nation's capital that saw them outscore Ottawa 6-4 and defeat Carleton 5-1.

The biggest losers in the new Top 10 are the No. 8 Huskies, who drop five positions following a pair of one-goal setbacks, 3-2 to StFX and 2-1 in overtime against UPEI.

CIS MEN'S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#6)

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 (11-0-0) / 170 (17) / (1)
2. Alberta (12-1-1) / 153 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (11-2-0) / 132 / (4)
4. UQTR (11-2-0) / 92 / (5)
5. McGill (8-1-0) / 82 / (7)

6. Manitoba (9-3-2) / 76 / (6)
7. Acadia (9-3-0) / 72 / (9)
8. Saint Mary's (7-3-1) / 62 / (3)
9. Wilfrid Laurier (9-3-1) / 37 / (10)
10. Lakehead (9-3-2) / 30 / (8)


Other teams receiving votes: St. Francis Xavier (26), Waterloo (2), Saskatchewan (1).

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca.

Source: CIS Communications
CIS MEN'S HOCKEY RANKINGS
November 3, 2009 CIS MEN'S HOCKEY RANKINGS
MATT MACCARONE PLAYS IN THE NHL
September 16, 2009 MATT MACCARONE PLAYS IN THE NHL
OUA PLAYOFF PUSH: MEN'S HOCKEY
February 24, 2009 OUA PLAYOFF PUSH: MEN'S HOCKEY
OUA PLAYOFF PUSH: MEN'S HOCKEY
February 17, 2009 OUA PLAYOFF PUSH: MEN'S HOCKEY