Vees Slip to 3rd in Top 20 Rankings

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A relatively tough week for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL has seem them slip from the top spot in the CJHL, to a third place ranking. The Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL have a lofty 25 wins, with only four losses, and have taken over the top spot in the CJHL weekly rankings. Meanwhile in Manitoba, the Portage Terriers, the 2015 host of the RBC Cup, have a nice five-game winning streak going, and remain in the top three in the rankings.

The Vees are in the top spot in the BCHL, while the Nanaimo Clippers are proving that they will be a force for the rest of entire season. Eight teams are within eight points of the Clippers for second place overall in the BCHL, and any team can win on any night. The Spruce Grove Saints are enjoying a six-game winning streak and are atop the AJHL standings, but the Camrose Kodiaks have held tough and are only two points behind the Saints with three games in hand.

The SJHL’s Kindersley Klippers have a solid lead in the overall standings ahead of the Melfort Mustangs, but the Notre Dame Hounds, Battlefords North Stars, Flin Flon Bombers, and Nipawin Hawks are all within four points of the Mustangs for second place overall. The Portage Terriers remain in first place overall in the MJHL standings, while the Winkler Flyers, Winnipeg Blues, and Steinbach Pistons, are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the league. In the SIJHL, the Fort Frances Lakers and the Thunder Bay North Stars are in a dead heat for the top spot, with the Lakers holding a slim one point lead. Over in the NOJHL, the Soo Thunderbirds hold a two point lead over the surging Kirkland Lake Gold Miners with the Gold Miners still having a game in hand.

The Aurora Tigers fine play of late has pushed them to within a single point of the OJHL leading Trenton Golden Hawks. The Georgetown Raiders, Whitby Fury and Cobourg Cougars are close behind the Tigers, with the Raiders and Cougars having a game in hand. The Carleton Place Canadians and the Ottawa Jr ‘A’ Senators remain on top of the CCHL, with the Cornwall Colts and the Pembroke Lumber Kings showing signs of challenging the top teams in the league.
 
The Cougars de Sherbrooke continue to rule the standings in the LHJQ, while the Woodstock Slammers have a strong grip on top of the MHL and league the league standings.

Top 20 Rankings

1.Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (3)
2.Portage Terriers (MJHL) (2)
3.Penticton Vees (BCHL) (1)
4.Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (4)
5.Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) (5)
6.Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (7)
7.Woodstock Slammers (MJHL) (6)
8.Aurora Tigers (OJHL) (11)
9.Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) (9)
10.Soo Thunderbirds (NOHL) (8)
11.Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (13)
12.Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (12)
13.Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (NR)
14.Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (14)
15.Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (19)
16.Cougars de Sherbrooke (LHJQ) (8)
17.Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) (NR)
18.Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (17)
19.Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) (NR)
20.Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (NR)  

Honourable Mention: Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), Drumheller Dragons (AJHL), Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL), Cobourg Cougars (OJHL), Titan de Princeville (LHJQ) 

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About CBeauchemin

Director of Broadcasting & Communication for the Penticton Vees
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