Ralston Valley on top of first hockey ranking, Monarch second

Ralston Valley is atop the hockey poll. (Evan Gustafson/The Review)

Ralston Valley is atop the hockey poll. (Evan Gustafson/The Review)

Ralston Valley, the defending champion and off to a 3-0-0 start this year, leads the first CHSAANow.com hockey poll of the season.

The Mustangs are outscoring opponents 25-3 thus far. They received all five first-place votes this week.

Monarch, last season's runner-up, is second. The Coyotes own a 12-1 win over Liberty to open the season.

Columbine, also off to a 3-0-0 start, is No. 3 this week. The Rebels did not make the postseason last year after going 5-14-0.

Mountain Vista, yet to play a game, is No. 4, and Cherry Creek rounds out the top 5. Regis Jesuit is sixth, and is followed by Dakota Ridge, Steamboat Springs, Aspen and Standley Lake.

Complete rankings are below.

CHSAANow.com Hockey Poll

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

1 Ralston Valley (5) 3-0-0 50
2 Monarch 1-0-0 44
3 Columbine 3-0-0 34
4 Mountain Vista 0-0-0 31
5 Cherry Creek 1-0-0 26
6 Regis Jesuit 0-0-0 24
7 Dakota Ridge 2-0-0 17
8 Steamboat Springs 2-0-0 15
9 Aspen 2-0-0 12
10 Standley Lake 1-0-1 7
Others receiving votes:
Battle Mountain 5, Lewis-Palmer 4, Air Academy 3, Heritage 3.