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TOP 10 TUESDAY: UNB opens at No.1 men’s hockey

U SPORTS Staff

(Credit: James West/UNB Athletics)

The UNB Reds are once again the top-ranked men’s hockey program in the nation to open the season.

The Reds, who won a bronze medal at last year’s University Cup, earned the top spot in the first rankings of the season thanks to 132 points from the media panel and another 140 from the ELO Rating System for a total of 272. The Reds kicked off their 2018-19 campaign with 4-3 and 5-4 victories over UPEI and Moncton, respectively. Meanwhile, reigning national champion and No.2-ranked Alberta split a series at home against Saskatchewan, losing 5-2 Saturday in its home opener, before rebounding for a 5-1 victory Sunday. Both teams head into a bye week for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

In other U SPORTS rankings, Guelph (men’s cross country), Queen’s (women’s cross country), Cape Breton (men’s soccer), Montreal (women’s soccer) and Ottawa (women’s rugby) 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 100 1
2 McMaster 85 2
3 Calgary 76 4
4 Laval 70 3
5 UBC 51 6
6 Western 47 7
7 Queen’s 45 5
8 Victoria 34 8
9 Windsor 14 NR
10 Toronto 11 10
Other teams receiving votes: StFX (9), Regina (5), Trinity Western (5),
Manitoba (3), Waterloo (2), Alberta (1)

Note: Cross country ranking determined by coaches’ votes

Women's Cross Country

Rank School Points Previous
1 Queen’s 99 1
2 Guelph 89 2
3 Laval 76 3
4 Toronto 55 4
5 Victoria 54 T5
6 Western 51 T5
7 Calgary 36 8
8 McGill 30 7
9 UBC 26 10
10 Dalhousie 10 NR
Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (8), Wilfrid Laurier (5), Trinity Western (5),
Alberta (5), Saskatchewan (5), Laurentian (3), Regina (1)

Men's Hockey

Rank School Season Media  ELO   Total Previous
1 UNB 2-0-0 132 (6) 140 272 -
2 Alberta 1-1-0 119 (5) 126 245 -
3 Saskatchewan 1-1-0 98 98 196 -
4 McGill 0-0-0 67 112 179 -
5 Saint Mary’s 2-0-0 98 (3) 14 112 -
6 Concordia 0-0-0 16 84 100 -
7 StFX 0-0-2 48 42 90 -
8 Guelph 0-0-0 1 70 71 -
9 Ottawa 0-0-0 0 56 56 -
10 Brock 0-0-0 10 28 38 -
Honourable mention: Ryerson (34), Mount Royal (33), Calgary (24), UBC (23),
Moncton (19), Acadia (15) , UQTR (15) Queen’s (8), Lakehead (6), York (3),
Western (1)

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Women's Rugby

Rank School Season ELO Previous
1 Ottawa 4-0 1887.2 1
2 StFX 4-0 1807.9 2
3 Guelph 4-0 1799.8 3
4 Laval 4-1 1764.7 4
5 Queen's 3-1 1743.4 6
6 Calgary 4-0 1739.5 5
7 Brock 4-0 1653.5 9
8 Carleton 3-2 1631.8 7
9 Acadia 3-1 1613.7 10
10 McMaster 2-2 1591.4 8
Honourable Mention: Victoria (1571.7), Sherbrooke (1538.8)

Men's Soccer

Rank School Season ELO Previous
1 Cape Breton 5-0-2 1783.4 1
2 York 7-0-3 1776.3 2
3 UBC 8-0-2 1765.6 3
4 Montreal 7-0-0 1762.5 5
5 Ryerson 10-0-1 1755.0 6
6 Carleton 9-0-1 1748.7 4
7 Alberta 9-0-2 1696.2 8
8 Guelph 8-2-1 1687.4 7
9 StFX 5-1-1 1657.2 9
10 Trinity Western 5-1-4 1651.4 NR
Honourable Mention: Toronto  (1633.4), McMaster (1632.7), UNB (1624.8),
Laval (1612.8), UFV (1592.3), UQAM (1588.7), Dalhousie (1567.8), Acadia (1558.6),
UNBC (1540.8), Western (1521.5), Thompson Rivers (1513.8), Queen's (1505.1),
Calgary (1503.6), Windsor (1501.6)

Women's soccer

Rank School Season ELO Previous
1 Montreal 8-0-1 1803.5 1
2 Cape Breton 6-0-1 1769.8 2
3 Trinity Western 7-1-0 1768.0 3
4 Laval 6-1-2 1741.4 4
5 Ottawa 8-1-1 1719.6 5
6 UBC 7-2-0 1710.1 8
7 Western 7-0-4 1699.3 7
8 Acadia 6-0-1 1686.5 6
9 Queen's 7-2-1 1680.9 NR
10 Alberta 7-0-1 1678.8 10
Honourable Mention: Calgary  (1669.3), UOIT (1655.4), Guelph (1636.1),
Victoria (1607.4), MacEwan (1600.1), Memorial (1589.8), StFX (1563.0),
York (1561.7), McMaster (1558.3), Dalhousie (1545.1), Nipissing (1543.8),
Mount Royal (1528.1), McGill (1500.4)