Regis Jesuit asserted itself as the top team in the state by claiming the No. 1 spot in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A ice hockey rankings from Feb. 15.
The Raiders (4-0-0) remain undefeated after ousting No. 7-5A Denver East 4-1 on Feb. 10 to achieve supremacy in the Metro Conference standings.
Crested Butte (4-0-0) continued its climb in the Class 4A rankings, moving from No. 4 to the No. 3 spot in this week's poll following a 9-3 throttling of Summit last Friday.
CHSAA polls the state's high school hockey coaches to create weekly rankings, which are released each Monday. Rankings play a factor in postseason seeding decisions.
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Regis Jesuit's ascent to the top spot in the Class 5A rankings comes at the expense of No. 2-5A Fort Collins, which was the top-ranked team in the state since the preseason poll was released three weeks ago.
The Lambkins (3-0-0) didn't play a game last week and haven't seen the ice since Feb. 3. Fort Collins, however, has three games slated this week, including one against No. 8-5A Monarch (4-3-0) on Friday.
Monarch is coming off a three-victory week after starting the season with a 1-3 record. The Coyotes received a pair of first-place votes in the poll.
Valor Christian (3-1-0) is the only team in the Class 5A top five that didn't receive at least one first-place vote. The No. 3-5A Eagles have only lost to Regis Jesuit this season — a 3-0 defeat which came on Feb. 5 — and they approach a tough test on Friday against No. 5-5A Chaparral (5-0-0) — the only undefeated team left from the South Conference.
Top-ranked Battle Mountain (4-0-1) tallied victories over No. 6-4A Glenwood Springs (1-2-1) and Steamboat Springs (1-4-0) late last week to retain its top rank in Class 4A.
Aspen (1-3-0) cracked the No. 9 spot in the poll after the Skiers picked up their first win of the season — a 3-2 upset Saturday over the Devils.
No. 2-4A Cheyenne Mountain (4-0-0) remains unblemished this season after defeating No. 7-4A Woodland Park (2-1-0) 7-2 on Feb. 9 and Pueblo County (0-3-0) 9-1 on Feb. 12. The Indians have outscored their competition 36-6 this season.
Kent Denver (2-0-0) had its No. 3 spot in the rankings overtaken by Crested Butte after the No. 4-4A Sun Devils did not play last week. A matchup with No. 5-4A Mullen (2-0-0) on Thursday caps a three-game week for Kent Denver.
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