CIS Men’s Hockey Top 10 (#11): Axemen remain No. 1 despite rare loss

OTTAWA (CIS) – The Acadia University Axemen are still the team to beat in CIS men’s hockey despite suffering a rare loss this past weekend.

The Axemen (15-2-2) lead their third consecutive national poll after receiving 10 first-place votes and 151 points from the 16-member media panel.

The Saskatchewan Huskies (17-3-0) move past the McGill Redmen (18-3-1) in second place thanks to five first-place nods and 142 points. McGill, which earned the remaining vote of confidence, drops to No. 3 with 118 points.   

Rounding out the new Top 10 are the No. 4 UNB Varsity Reds (14-3-2 / 115 points), No. 5 UQTR Patriotes (18-3-1 / 102), No. 6 Alberta Golden Bears (13-5-2 / 80), No. 7 St. Francis Xavier X-Men (13-3-3 / 59), No. 8 Mount Royal Cougars (13-5-2 / 57) and No. 9 Carleton Ravens (14-5-0 / 33), all of whom hold on to their previous spot, as well as the previously unranked Western Mustangs (13-8-0 / 7) at No. 10.

Top-ranked Acadia extended its winning streak to nine league games last Friday thanks to a 3-2 victory over St. Thomas but was handed its first conference loss since Nov. 6 the following day, dropping a 4-3 overtime decision against Moncton. The AUS-leading Axemen will be busy this week with three contests in five nights versus Dalhousie (Tuesday), UPEI (Friday) and No. 4 UNB (Saturday), all live on AUStv.ca at 7 p.m. AST.   

In Canada West, conference leader Saskatchewan, which has now won five straight, continued to roll with a 4-3, 8-3 sweep of Calgary. The series opener was decided in double OT.

In the OUA, McGill beat RMC 3-1 last Friday but was defeated 6-3 at Carleton on Saturday night, leaving the Redmen in a deadlock with archrival UQTR atop the ultra-competitive East division.

In addition to the much-anticipated Acadia-UNB clash, another Top-10 battle takes place on Saturday in Montreal, where Western visits McGill (5 p.m. live on the McGill Sports Network).

NOTE: Also highlighting this week’s schedule is the annual Crowchild Classic between cross-town rivals Calgary and Mount Royal Thursday at 7:45 p.m. MST, live on CanadaWest.tv. Last year’s attendance of 8,882 at the Scotiabank Saddledome set a CIS record for a regular season hockey game.

CIS MEN’S HOCKEY TOP 10 (#11)

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) / (previous ranking)

1. Acadia (15-2-2) / 151 points (10) / (1)
2. Saskatchewan (17-3-0) / 142 (5) / (3)
3. McGill (18-3-1) / 118 (1) / (2)
4. UNB (14-3-2) / 115 / (4)
5. UQTR (18-3-1) / 102 / (5)
6. Alberta (13-5-2) / 80 / (6)
7. StFX (13-3-3) / 59 / (7)
8. Mount Royal (13-5-2) / 57 / (8)
9. Carleton (14-5-0) / 33 / (9)
10. Western (13-8-0) / 7 / (NR) *

* Western is ranked higher than York based on number of higher placed votes

Other teams receiving votes: York (7), Saint Mary’s (6), Waterloo (3).

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