GOLDEN HAWKS, MUSTANGS HOLD STEADY IN RECENT CIS HOCKEY RANKINGS

OTTAWA - The McGill Martlets and UNB Varsity Reds remain atop the CIS hockey world while Western and Ottawa move to No. 1 in women's and men's track and field in the final national rankings of the fall semester.

Women's Hockey

The two-time defending CIS champion Martlets go into the December break with a perfect 10-0 QSSF mark after they outshot cross-town rival Concordia 52-9 en route to a 3-0 shutout in their lone outing of the past weekend, on Saturday.

It was McGill's 67th consecutive overall victory against a Canadian university team, tying the CIS all-time record set by the Alberta Pandas between 2003 and 2005.

McGill's streak includes a 32-0 record against teams that have been ranked in the national Top 10 poll. The result also marked the Martlets' 30th straight win over the Stingers since losing a 2-1 decision on Feb. 5, 2006.

The Martlets have a 23-day layoff for exams before they attempt to break the Pandas' mark on Dec. 28 when resuming play against Toronto at the Theresa Humes tourney, hosted by Concordia.

The OUA-leading Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (15-0) and Canada West-leading Alberta (14-0) also have unblemished regular season marks at the break.

The Hawks, who have lost the last two CIS finals to McGill, have been No. 2 behind the Martlets in all 10 coaches' polls this fall. The Pandas are at No. 3 for the eighth straight week after opening the season at No. 5.

Men's Hockey

The reigning University Cup champion Varsity Reds improved to 15-0 in conference play over the weekend. While they easily defeated UPEI 7-0 on Friday, the V-Reds needed overtime for the fourth time this season on Sunday to edge No. 8 Saint Mary's (9-3-3) 2-1.

UNB, which has topped each of the eight media polls this fall, was a unanimous choice at No. 1 for the seventh straight week thanks to 18 first-place votes. The V-Reds are on pace to improve on their AUS-record 26-1-1 mark from 2007-08, when they opened the campaign with 11 wins.

The Canada West-leading Alberta Golden Bears (14-1-1), who were inactive over the past seven days, are second in the nation for the eighth straight week.

The OUA West-leading Western Ontario Mustangs (14-2-0), CIS finalists a year ago, remain at No. 3 for the third week in a row after they edged Windsor 3-2 in overtime to go into the break on a 14-game winning streak.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY
(regular season record) / (previous rankings)


1. McGill (10-0-0) / (1)
2. Wilfrid Laurier (15-0-0) / (2)
3. Alberta (14-0-0) / (3)
4. Manitoba (10-2-0) / (4)
5. StFX (9-2-1) / (5)
6. Moncton (8-2-1) / (6)
7. Queen's (10-3-1) / (7)
8. Montreal (8-2-1) / (8)
9. Saskatchewan (6-3-3) / (9)
10. Guelph (8-4-2) / (10)

Other teams receiving votes: York.

MEN'S HOCKEY
(regular season record) / (votes – first place votes) / (previous rankings)


1. UNB (15-0-0) / 180 (18) / (1)
2. Alberta (14-1-1) / 162 / (2)
3. Western Ontario (14-2-0) / 142 / (3)
4. Acadia (11-3-0) / 118 / (4)
5. McGill (12-2-0) / 101 / (6)
6. UQTR (14-2-1) / 76 / (5)
7. Manitoba (9-3-2) / 72 / (7)
8. Saint Mary's (9-3-3) / 44 / (9) - x
9. Wilfrid Laurier (12-4-1) / 44 / (10) - x
10. Lakehead (11-3-2) / 30 / (8)

x- Saint Mary's was awarded the higher ranking (over Wilfrid Laurier) based on number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Saskatchewan (19), Waterloo (2).


WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
(points) / (previous rankings)


1. Western Ontario 94.83 points / (NR)
2. Windsor 86.0 / (NR)
3. Ottawa 74.0 / (NR)
4. Guelph 54.5 / (6)
5. Regina 47.33 / (4)
6. York 44.0 / (2)
7. Queen's 43.5 points / (1)
8. Toronto 38.33 / (NR)
9. Saskatchewan 38.0 / (NR)
10. Manitoba 23.0 / (NR)

MEN'S TRACK & FIELD
(points) / (previous rankings)


1. Ottawa 99.0 points / (NR)
2. Western Ontario 83.0 / (NR)
3. Guelph 75.17 / (T4)
4. Windsor 69.5 / (NR)
5. Regina 54.5 / (T4)
6. York 47.0 / (2)
7. McGill 44.5 / (3)
8. Queen's 32.0 points / (1)
9. Manitoba 22.0 / (NR)
10. Saskatchewan 19.0 / (NR)

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