No. 1 UNB five wins away from perfection

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OTTAWA - The reigning University Cup champion New Brunswick Varsity Reds top the CIS men's hockey rankings for the 12th time in as many media polls this year.
The Varsity Reds, who were a unanimous choice at No. 1 for the 11th straight week thanks to 16 first-place votes, improved to a remarkable 23-0 (won-lost) in conference play over the weekend with a pair of wins over Top-10 opponents. UNB downed the No. 10 Saint Mary's Huskies (12-8-4) 3-1 on Friday night before defeating the No. 4 Acadia Axemen (15-6-2) 5-2 on Saturday.
Bedeque native Gardiner MacDougall is head coach of the Varsity Reds, and Spencer Corcoran of Sherbrooke plays defence.
The V-Reds, who swept their four-game season series against both Saint Mary's and Acadia, remain on pace to improve on their AUS-record 26-1-1 mark from 2007-08.
The defending national champions also hope to become the fifth CIS men's hockey team since 1962-63 (first year of University Cup championship) to finish the regular season with a perfect record following Western Ontario in 2002-03 (24-0), Saint Mary's (21-0), Toronto (17-0) in 1972-73 and St. Francis Xavier in 1965-66 (14-0).
UNB has five games remaining on the 28-game AUS schedule beginning Wednesday night with a home tilt against Moncton (8-14-1). The V-Reds then visit St. Francis Xavier (10-10-4) and Dalhousie (8-12-3) on Friday and Saturday, before closing out the campaign at home against the same X-Men and Tigers on Feb. 12 and 13.
CIS men's hockey rankings:

1. UNB (23-0-0)
2. Alberta (19-2-1)
3. UQTR (18-3-2)
4. Acadia (15-6-2)
5. Western Ontario (18-6-0)
6. McGill (18-5-0)
7. Lakehead (17-5-2)
8. Manitoba (13-7-2)
9. Waterloo (17-6-1)
10. Saint Mary's (12-8-4)

Geographic location: Saint Mary, OTTAWA, Ontario Toronto Moncton Alberta Manitoba

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