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Top Ten Update: women’s hockey moving up

Tuesday January 26, 2016
Gee-Gees in action.

It’s getting crowded in the CIS Top Ten rankings. With teams mid-way through the regular season there was plenty of movement in the top tens this week. Ottawa’s four ranked teams each moved one spot this week, with women’s hockey and women’s basketball gaining while men’s basketball and men’s swimming slipped in the rankings.

The women’s hockey team earned a 5-3 win over the McGill Martlets on Saturday, improving to 9-4-1 on the year. That was good for a move up to no. 8 in the rankings, however no. 3 McGill stayed put with the same record. The two teams have met four times this season and have split the series; McGill holds a 11-9 edge in goals over the four games. The Gee-Gees will look for win number 10 on Friday night at home against the Concordia Stingers. That would mark the most wins in a season under head coach Yanick Evola since he took over the program in 2010. His 2013-14 team went 9-11-0.

The women’s basketball team also scored a big win over ranked competition this weekend, edging Ryerson 76-73 in overtime on the road. The Gee-Gees (9-1) gained one spot in the rankings, moving back into the no. 9 spot, while Ryerson (7-3) fell one place to no. 5. Ottawa is looking up at 8-3 McMaster in no. 8, a team it defeated during exhibition play, and down at no. 10 Queen’s (9-1), the team it will host this coming weekend at Montpetit Hall. Also of note, the Gee-Gees are currently first in the OUA RPI standings which determine the seeding for the playoff bracket. Clearly there remains a lot to be sorted out in women’s basketball!

On the men’s side, the Gee-Gees have fallen back into the no. 2 position after losing 87-80 to the new no. 1 Ryerson Rams on Saturday night in Toronto. Ryerson also took down no. 3 Carleton to leapfrog into no. 1 for the first time in team history after being ranked no. 5 last week. There have now been three teams in the no. 1 position this season, but Ottawa has held the position for six of the eight weeks. The five top spots in the poll this week belong to the OUA.

The men’s swimming team dropped one place to no. 6 this week, switching places with the Dalhousie Tigers. Ottawa is the second-ranked OUA team in the Top Ten, and will next compete at the OUA Championships at Western University from February 11-13.