Alberta (February 19, 2013) – The top four teams in this week's
rankings remain the same as three other teams make impressive moves in
preparation for a long playoff run. Meanwhile, in the MHL, the
Summerside Western Capitals, Yarmouth Mariners and Truro Bearcats hold
their rankings as they prepare for the junior hockey world to converge
on the Maritimes for the Fred Page Cup in Truro and the RBC Cup in
The first of this week's biggest movers, the
OJHL's Kingston Voyageurs, might be the hottest team in the CJHL. They
jump from honourable mention to #15 on the strength of an impressive run
over the past couple of months. Two other OJHL teams, Trenton Golden
Hawks and Buffalo Jr. Sabres, stay at #8 and #12, respectively.
The Spruce Grove Saints, another of the biggest movers this week, are
back in the Top 20 at #16 after last being ranked in January. In
addition to the strong play by the Saints, the AJHL has also witnessed
an awakening by the Fort McMurray Oil Barons who have vaulted themselves
into second place in the North Division.
ascension of Kingston and Spruce Grove had a direct impact on the
NOJHL's Soo Thunderbirds. Despite a strong 2-1 record, they drop two
spots to #17 to make way for the Voyageurs and Saints. Elsewhere in the
NOJHL, the North Bay Trappers, hosts of this year's Dudley-Hewitt Cup,
can't make any ground in the Top 20 after two wins and a loss this week.
The last of this week's big movers, the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos,
appear to be hitting their stride on the eve of the playoffs. Their
strong play this week sees them jump fours spots to #5. The Nipawin
Hawks are an honourable mention after rolling for a couple of weeks now.
The SJHL's league power rankings see Humboldt, Yorkton and Melville
sitting 1-2-3, with Nipawin in at #4.
In the BCHL, the tough
Interior Division holds some late season drama as the inconsistent
Vernon Vipers, host of the 2014 RBC Cup, now have a legitimate chance to
sneak into the playoffs. The top-ranked BCHL team, the Victoria
Grizzlies, slide one spot to #7 after spending a week at #4 followed by a
week at #6. At the same time, Penticton drops two spots to #9.
In the SIJHL, the Minnesota Wilderness continues its dominance of the
five team loop and remains #2 in the CJHL. Quebec's only team in the
Top 20, Collège Français de Longeueil, lost two games this week and
falls one spot to #20, giving up its #19 position to the CCHL's Ottawa
Jr. A Senators. The Senators are getting healthy again and with the
return of some key players have started to make a real push for the top
of the league.
Top 20 Rankings
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) (2)
3. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (3)
4. Dauphin Kings (MJHL) (4)
5. Humboldt Broncos (SJHL) (9)
6. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)(5)
7. Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) (6)
8. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (8)
9. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (7)
10. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) (10)
11. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (11)
12. Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL) (12)
13. Truro Bearcats (MHL) (13)
14. Melville Millionaires (SJHL) (16)
15. Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) (HM)
16. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (NR)
17. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (15)
18. North Bay Trappers (NOJHL) (18)
19. Ottawa Jr. A Senators (CCHL) (NR)
20. Collège Français de Longeueil (LHJAAAQ) (19)
Honourable Mention: Surrey Eagles (BCHL), Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL),
Nipawin Hawks (SJHL), Georgetown Raiders (OJHL), Carleton Place
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