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TOP 10 TUESDAY: Panda-monium: Alberta claims top hockey ranking for first time since 2007

U SPORTS Staff

The reigning U SPORTS champion UNB Varsity Reds (men) and Alberta Pandas (women) are the top hockey teams in the nation to begin the 2017-18 season. 

UNB (2-0-0), which led the Top 10 rankings from Week 2 on last season, captured its second straight national banner in March with a 5-3 victory on home ice over Saskatchewan, who starts the year ranked No.3. Third-year forward Stephen Anderson led the way with five goals in the first two games, including a hat-trick last Wednesday as the Varsity Reds kicked off their title defence with a 6-2 victory over Moncton at home, before defeating UPEI 5-3 on the road Friday. They’ll play the same two teams this Wednesday and Saturday. 

On the women’s side, Alberta (1-0-1) claimed its first No.1 ranking in ten years, dating back to the first four polls of the 2007-08 season (Oct.9-30, 2007). The Pandas claimed their eighth national title last season thanks to a dramatic 2-1 double-overtime win over McGill. Alberta began its campaign splitting a home-and-home series against Mount Royal - recording a dominant 4-0 win over the Cougars Friday, followed by 2-1 shootout loss Saturday. This weekend, they’ll visit the No.8 Manitoba Bisons for a weekend series. 

In other U SPORTS rankings, Laval (men’s cross country and women’s soccer), Queen’s (women’s cross country), Montreal (men’s soccer) and StFX (women’s rugby) all remain national leaders for another week.

U SPORTS TOP 10 Tuesday Rankings – Oct. 10, 2017  

Men's Cross Country

Rank School Votes (pts) Previous
1 Laval 98 1
2 Guelph 85 3
3 Trinity Western 83 2
4 McMaster 58 4
5 Queen’s 53 5
6 Western 51 6
7 Victoria 35 T7
8 Windsor 28 9
8 Calgary 28 T7
10 Dalhousie 15 T10
Other teams receiving votes: Toronto (7), Alberta (5), McGill (4), StFX (4),
Waterloo (1), UNB (1), Regina (1)

Women's Cross Country

Rank School Votes (pts) Previous
1 Queen's 96 1
2 Guelph 83 2
3 Toronto 80 4
4 Trinity Western 57 3
T5 Western 42 7
T5 Laval 42 5
7 Victoria 32 6
8 McGill 27 8
9 Calgary 19 10
10 Alberta 14 NR
Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (13), Dalhousie (7), Laurentian (6),
Saskatchewan (6), Sherbrooke (4), Acadia (3), Manitoba (1), Waterloo (1)

Men's Hockey

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 UNB (2-0-0) 142 (11) -
2 Alberta (2-0-0) 132 (2) -
3 Saskatchewan (2-0-0) 110 (1) -
4 StFX* (2-0-0) 98 (1) -
5 McGill* (2-0-0) 98 -
6 Acadia (1-0-1) 55 -
7 Saint Mary's* (1-1-0) 41 -
8 Ryerson* (0-0-0) 41 -
9 Calgary (1-0-1) 40 -
10 York (0-0-0) 22 -

*StFX (over McGill) and Saint Mary's (over Ryerson) were awarded the higher ranking based on
number of higher-placed votes.

Other teams receiving votes: Queen's (20), UQTR (10), UBC (5), Laurier (3), Carleton (2), Guelph (2),
Western (2), Concordia (1), Ottawa (1)

Women's hockey

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Alberta (1-0-1) 40 -
2 UBC (1-1-0) 32 -
3 McGill (0-0-0) 31 -
4 Concordia (0-0-0) 30 -
5 Saint Mary's (0-0-0) 20 -
6 Guelph (0-0-0) 15 -
7 StFX (0-0-0) 12 -
8 Manitoba (1-1-0) 11 -
9 Montreal (0-0-0) 9 -
10 Nipissing (0-0-0) 6 -
Other teams receiving votes:  Moncton (3), St. Thomas (2)

Men's soccer

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Montreal (7-0-0) 60 1
2 Alberta (7-1-2) 51 2
3 Cape Breton (6-0-1) 46 3
4 Carleton (11-1-2) 42 4
5 York (10-2-1) 33 8
6 Guelph (9-2-1) 29 6
7 UBC (7-3-1) 24 5
8 StFX (5-1-1) 20 9
9 Toronto (7-1-4) 15 7
10 UQAM (5-2-0) 7 10
Other teams receiving votes: Dalhousie (1), Trinity Western (1), McMaster (1)

Women's soccer

Rank School Season Points Previous
1 Laval (7-0-1) 69 1
2 UOIT (11-0-1) 55 2
3 UBC (7-1-2) 42 3
4 Western (12-1-0) 41 4
5 Cape Breton (7-0-0) 30 5
6 Victoria (7-1-2) 24 6
7 Ottawa (9-1-3) 23 7
8 Alberta (7-1-2) 20 9
9 Montreal (5-0-3) 18 8
10 Trinity Western (8-2-0) 17 NR
Other teams receiving votes: Queen’s (1)

Women's rugby

Rank School Season Playoff Points Previous
1 StFX (5-0) (0-0) 122 1
2 Guelph (4-0) (0-0) 110 2
3 Laval (6-0) (0-0) 99 3
4 Victoria (3-0) (0-0) 95 4
5 Ottawa (5-1) (0-0) 87 6
6 Calgary (2-0) (0-0) 80 5
7 McMaster (3-1) (0-0) 54 7
8 Queen’s (2-2) (1-0) 31 8
9 Acadia (4-1) (0-0) 17 NR
10 Concordia (3-3) (0-0) 12 9
Other teams receiving votes:

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