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Regis Jesuit takes top spot in new hockey rankings

By Trevor Squire, SportsEngine, 02/16/21, 6:45PM MST


The Raiders claimed the No. 1 ranking in Class 5A while Crested Butte climbed to No. 3 in the Class 4A poll. See where your favorite team landed in the Colorado high school ice hockey coaches poll released Feb. 15, 2021.

Regis Jesuit asserted itself as the top team in the state by claiming the No. 1 spot in the 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.

See the entire rankings below.

Class 5A

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.

Class 4A

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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