OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds return to the No. 1 position in the third CIS men's hockey poll of the season, thanks to a pair of road wins against top AUS opponents combined to a two-game sweep from the Saskatchewan Huskies over the Alberta Golden Bears.
The V-Reds, who had opened the campaign at No. 1 before dropping to second place behind Alberta last week, received 12 first-place votes and 160 points from the 17-member media panel in the new Top 10.
The other first-place nods went to Saskatchewan (4), which moves up two spots to a season-high No. 2 following its impressive sweep of Alberta, and to the UQTR Patriotes (1), who remain in third place for the third straight week. The Bears drop to No. 4 following the back-to-back losses to their Canada West archrivals.
Rounding out the new media poll are No. 5 St. Francis Xavier (3-1-0), up two positions; No. 6 Moncton (2-1-1), down one; No. 7 Acadia (3-1-0), unranked a week ago; No. 8 Lakehead (4-1-1), up a pair; No. 9 Calgary (4-2-0), down one spot; and No. 10 UBC (4-1-1), ranked nationally for the first time since October of 2009.
Top-ranked UNB improved to 3-1-0 in league play over the past weekend thanks to a 4-0 shutout win at Saint Mary's and a 4-2 road victory over No. 5 StFX. The reigning AUS champions hit the road again this week for matchups against No. 7 Acadia on Friday and Dalhousie on Saturday.
In Canada West, the highly-anticipated doubleheader between Alberta (3-3-0) and Saskatchewan (5-1-0) lived up to the billing with the Huskies claiming a pair of one-goal decisions on home ice, 2-1 and 4-3. The Golden Bears outshot their rivals in both contests, 30-16 on Friday and 34-20 on Saturday, but Huskie netminder Ryan Holfeld had the last laugh on both occasions.
In the OUA, third-ranked UQTR (4-1-0) doubled Concordia 6-3 in its lone outing of the past week.
In addition to Friday's clash between UNB and Acadia, Top-10 battles to keep an eye on this week include Saskatchewan at UBC on Friday and Saturday, as well as StFX visiting Moncton on Saturday.