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TOP 10 TUESDAY: Defending champion Manitoba opens at No.1 in women’s hockey

U SPORTS Staff

(Credit: Trevor Hagan)

The reigning U SPORTS champion Manitoba Bisons are the top-ranked women’s hockey program to begin the 2018-19 season

The Bisons (2-0-0), who beat host Western last March to capture their first national title in program history, opened the new campaign with a weekend sweep over Calgary, beating the Dinos 3-1 and 4-1 at home. Manitoba visits Alberta for a pair of games beginning Friday.

Meanwhile, the UBC Thunderbirds (10-0-2) – who will host the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship next month – have taken over the pole position following back-to-back wins (5-0 and 3-2) over Victoria. Cape Breton (5-0-2), who held the No.1 spot since the beginning of the season was idle over the weekend. The Thunderbirds host Fraser Valley Friday before visiting Trinity Western Saturday.

In other U SPORTS rankings, Guelph (men’s cross country), Queen’s (women’s cross country), Montreal (women’s soccer) Ottawa (women’s rugby) and UNB (men’s hockey) remain national leaders for another week.

New this season, U SPORTS is implementing the ELO Rating System for the calculation of its weekly national rankings. Powered by RankR, ELO’s unique algorithm blends a statistical calculation with customized variables that is adaptable across a range of sports. For football and men’s hockey, it will be combined with the results of the media panel balloting (each weighted 50%) to produce the final top 10. For more information, click here.

Men's Cross Country

Rank School Points Previous
1 Guelph 99 1
2 McMaster 84 2
3 Calgary 80 3
4 Laval 72 4
5 Western 46 6
6 Queen’s 45 7
7 UBC 42 5
8 Victoria 27 8
T9 Toronto 15* 10
T9 StFX 15* NR
Other teams receiving votes: Windsor (15)*, Regina (4), Dalhousie (2),
Trinity Western (2), UQAM (1), Manitoba (1), Waterloo (1)

Women's Cross Country

Rank School Points Previous
1 Queen’s 93 1
2 Guelph 87 2
3 Laval 85 3
4 Toronto 62 4
5 Victoria 54 5
6 Western 39 6
7 Calgary 38 7
8 McGill 27 8
9 McMaster 17 NR
10 UBC 16 9
Other teams receiving votes: Dalhousie (12), Saskatchewan (5), Laurier (5),
Alberta (4), Trinity Western (3), StFX (2), Montreal (1)

Men's Hockey

Rank School Season  Media  ELO  Total  Previous 
1 UNB 2-0-0 142 140 282 1
2 Alberta 1-1-0 131 126 257 2
3 Saskatchewan 1-1-0 99 98 197 3
4 Saint Mary’s 3-0-0 123 70 193 5
5 McGill 1-0-1 71 112 183 4
6 Queen's 1-0-0 24 84 108 NR
7 Guelph 0-0-0 15 56 71 8
8 Ryerson 1-0-0 51 0 51 NR
9 Ottawa 0-0-0 5 42 47 9
10 Concordia 1-1-0 14 28 42 6
 Honourable mention: Moncton (30), Calgary (25), Mount Royal (23), Acadia (19),
UBC (18), Brock (16), StFX (11), Windsor (11), UOIT (5), UPEI (2), UQTR (1),
RMC (1), York (1)

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Women's hockey

Rank School Season  Points Previous 
1 Manitoba 2-0-0 40 -
2 Concordia 0-0-0 30 -
3 Montreal 0-0-0 26 -
4 StFX 0-0-0 23 -
5 Western 0-0-0 20 -
6 Saint Mary's 0-0-0 16 -
7 Saskatchewan 1-1-0 14 -
8 Alberta 1-1-0 12 -
9 McGill 0-0-0 11 -
10 Nipissing 0-0-0 10 -
Other teams receiving votes: Queen’s (7), Toronto (7), Ottawa (1), Guelph (1)

Women's Rugby

Rank School Season  Playoff  ELO Previous 
1 Ottawa 5-0 0-0 1890.2 1
2 StFX 5-0 0-0 1813.2 2
3 Guelph 4-0 0-0 1799.8 3
4 Laval 5-1 0-0 1788.0 4
5 Calgary 5-0 0-0 1751.4 6
6 Queen's 3-1 0-0 1743.4 5
7 Carleton 4-2 0-0 1646.1 8
8 Acadia 4-1 0-0 1643.8 9
9 McMaster 2-2 1-0 1591.4 10
10 Victoria 2-2 0-0 1571.7 NR
Honourable Mention: Sherbrooke (1515.6)

Men's Soccer

Rank School Season  ELO Previous 
1 UBC 10-0-2 1784.2 3
2 Cape Breton 5-0-2 1783.4 1
3 York 9-0-3 1781.2 2
4 Carleton 10-1-1 1756.2 6
5 Montreal 7-1-1 1721.6 4
6 Ryerson 10-1-1 1719.4 5
7 Guelph 9-2-1 1701.3 8
8 Alberta 9-0-2 1696.2 7
9 Trinity Western 7-1-4 1682.8 10
10 Toronto 9-3-0 1661.6 NR
Honourable Mention: StFX (1657.2), McMaster (1628.6), UNB (1624.8),
Laval (1598.8), UQAM (1596.0), Dalhousie (1567.8), UFV (1560.83),
Acadia (1558.6), Thompson Rivers (1543.95), Western (1533.54),
UQTR (1519.1), UNBC (1510.62), Calgary (1503.61), Windsor (1501.58)

Women's soccer

Rank School Season  ELO Previous 
1 Montreal 8-0-2 1788.9 1
2 Trinity Western 9-1-0 1784.2 3
3 Cape Breton 6-0-1 1769.8 2
4 Laval 7-1-2 1751.8 4
5 Ottawa 10-1-1 1740.7 5
6 UBC 8-2-0 1738.6 6
7 Western 8-0-4 1708.0 7
8 Queen's 8-2-2 1695.9 9
9 Alberta 8-0-2 1686.8 10
10 Acadia 6-0-1 1686.5 8
Honourable Mention: Calgary (1683.4), Guelph (1651.8), UOIT (1628.8),
MacEwan (1616.5), Memorial (1589.8), Victoria (1578.9), York (1571.9),
McMaster (1564.9), StFX (1563.0), Dalhousie (1545.1), Nipissing (1543.8),
UQTR (1531.2), Mount Royal (1520.2), Carleton (1505.12)

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Monday Morning Quarterback: Bisons raise women’s hockey banner, sweep Dinos in season-opening series

Andrew Bucholtz

(Credit: Trevor Hagan)