The CW regular season has now ended and therefore THE OFFICIAL HOLLYWOOD TOP 34 version #18 is the final one of the regular season. Note that this poll includes ONLY regular season results. The OUA and AUS are now two weeks into playoffs and therefore those results will be applied to the playoff poll to be compiled later on. Here are the links:
This marks the first time that there were no changes in the poll. All series in the CW were split, but Calgary got 3 points to win the weekend. Out east, the playoff results will be applied to the next playoff poll. But so far (as of Sunday morning) the only upset has been #24 Waterloo defeating #19 Lakehead. Hardly earth-shattering stuff.
A case could be made to bump Lethbridge into the A- category, aproximately level with UPEI. However I left them where they were. I would still have them at #12 regardless and I am troubled by the fact that they were outscored by their opponents during the regular season and were 0-2 in non-conference CIS games.
The big discrepancy between this and the official poll is that I have not rated the McGilligutties or Urban Cowboys too highly. The bottom line is that I simply cannot picture either side going .500 or better against A level teams over 10 games or so. They both had problems against a team like Brock, who were completely out-sized, out-hit, out-skated, and outclassed by the Bisons in non-conference play. So much so, in fact, that I would fear for their safety if they had to play a full season against CW teams. So I had the McGilligutties and Urban Cowboys as high as I could, at #8 and #9. And since they were well above the rest of their divisions everything is adjusted accordingly. I really don't see how any follower of CIS hockey could have UQTR and Carleton in the top 10.