UNB men's hockey team still No. 1 in Canada

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OTTAWA — The reigning national-champion University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the ninth time in as many polls this season.

The Varsity Reds (13-2-1) received 14 of 17 first-place votes, and 167 points from the national media panel in the first Top 10 of 2012 to keep their lead on the McGill Redmen (15-1-2), who earned the remaining first-place nods and 146 points from the panel to remain No. 2 for the seventh straight ranking period.

Third-ranked Western Ontario (15-1-2), No. 6 Moncton (11-5-0), No. 7 Lakehead (15-3-0), No. 9 Manitoba (12-4-2) and No. 10 UQTR (14-5-1) also stay put in the new Top 10. Alberta (13-3-2) moves past Saskatchewan (13-3-2) into fifth place, and previously unranked Acadia (11-5-1) earns the No. 8 spot.

UNB, coached by Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall, went a perfect 4-for-4 since the last weekly poll in early December. Spencer Corcoran of Sherbrooke plays for UNB.

The V-Reds outscored Ottawa 7-4 and 8-4 over the holidays in a pair of non-conference contests in Fredericton, and then resumed Atlantic University Sport play this past weekend with home wins over St. Francis Xavier, 5-2, and Saint Mary’s, 3-2.

The University Cup champs are set to battle Saint Mary’s (10-7-1) and St. Francis Xavier (5-9-3) again on Friday and Saturday, this time in Nova Scotia. 

The UPEI Panthers received three votes.

Organizations: University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, UQTR, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Canada, Saint Mary Moncton Manitoba Alberta Saskatchewan Fredericton Nova Scotia

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  • Puckman
    January 12, 2012 - 08:56

    All depends on a teams schedule, difficulty of opponents etc. McGill may have a better record, but their conference is not nearly as competitive as the AUS. Who you beat in a given week has a lot to say for it.

  • Ed Gallant
    January 11, 2012 - 16:47

    McGill has a better record than UNB. How come they're not in top spot?

    • Ed Gallant
      January 12, 2012 - 16:40

      Thanx PUCKMAN I did not know this. It seems to be a very convoluted way of assessing placement. Anyway, UNB has a fine team and I love to watch them play, especially with Spencer Corcoran playing and being coached by Gardiner macDougall, both Island boys. I wish university hockey would get more coverage but I guess they don't fight enough for sports writers.Only true hockey fans follow intercollegiate hockey. Shame, they're missing out on some good hockey.