The CJHL released its weekely Top 20 national rankings and for the second straight week, the Vees are on top. They’re the only BCHL team in the top 20 and this is the third week they’ve been ranked number one; they were atop of the pre-season poll. Complete list of rankings below.
From the CJHL:
The Penticton Vees of the BCHL continue to roll at number one this week, following a thrilling overtime victory over the Nanaimo Clippers this past weekend. Changes to the Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings continue as all leaders in each respective league are seeing their closest pursuers tighten up the standings across the member leagues of the CJHL.
Aside from BCHL’s Penticton Vees and their current 19-game winning streak, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Wenatchee Wild are leading a pack of five teams just four points out of second place overall in BC.
The AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats had a small set back this week, and the Spruce Grove Saints have snuck into a tie with the Bobcats at the top of overall standings in the AJHL.
The Melfort Mustangs, Weyburn Red Wings and the Battlefords North Stars take up the top spots in the SJHL, while the Portage Terriers and Winkler Flyers continue to set the standard high in the MJHL.
The Fort Frances Lakers in the Superior International Junior Hockey League continue their hold on first place in that league, while the Soo Thunderbirds, Powassan Voodoos and the Cochrane Crunch continue to lead the NOJHL in the standings.
The Trenton Golden Hawks have rebounded nicely to hold first place overall in the OJHL, while the Kingston Voyageurs, and Georgetown Raiders are following closely behind, but are being pursued by at least five other teams in the OJHL.
The Carleton Place Canadians remain on top of the standings in the CCHL, but the fast charging Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ have snatched up first place in the Yzerman Division .
There is a tough battle going on in the QJHL between the College Francais de Longueuil, the Montagnards de Sainte-Agathe and the Cobras de Terrebonne, while the Summerside Western Capitals have taken the lead in overall wins in regulation in a very even and well balanced tough MHL.
Top 20 Rankings
- Penticton Vees (BCHL) (1)
- Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (3)
- Portage Terriers (MJHL) (2)
- Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (6)
- Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (10)
- Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (9)
- Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (8)
- Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL) (5)
- Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (4)
- Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (7)
- Ottawa Jr. A Senators (CCHL) (15)
- Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) (HM)
- Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (12)
- Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) (19)
- Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (17)
- Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (HM)
- Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (13)
- College Francais de Longeueil (QJHL) (11)
- Montagnards de Sainte-Agathe (QJHL) (18)
- Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) (20)
I know I posted the highlights from Saturday’s game on here Sunday but I think its worth while to post two goals specifically, Tyson Jost’s game-tying goal and Demico Hannoun’s game-winner against Nanaimo.
First, above is Jost’s tying goal late in the third period to force OT. Lets break it down a bit, shall we? The scenario: The Vees are down 2-1, with just over two-minutes left and the puck is deep in their zone, in the corner, pinned by Nanaimo’s Devin Brosseau, who is wisely trying to kill the clock.
David Eccles comes over to pin Brosseau, waiting for a teammate to come and rake the puck out. Scott Conway does just that and quickly, shoveling it off to Jost who’s at the bottom of the left-circle, just off the goal-line. Remember that. He then quickly gathers speed as he exits his own zone but it’s a one-on-three rush. Easton Brodzinski joins late to make it a two-on-three but still a low percentage situation, right? Brodzinski actually does a good job to draw a defender towards him to give Jost some extra room. Nanaimo’s two defensemen don’t challenge and Jost takes full advantage, wiring his patented wrist-shot upstairs. Most would say a shot from that far out should be stopped but they’re not facing Tyson Jost and a laser off his stick to the top corner.
OK, the game-winner. It’s three-on-three so you somewhat have to toss out the conventional. Sheldon Rempal is at the end of a shift for Nanaimo but makes a valiant attempt at stuffing a backhand short-side on Anthony Brodeur.
Now, the Vees goalie makes a smart play by not covering, but delaying and then pushing the puck back behind the net for Nicholas Jones. Now that fake does catch one Nanaimo defender deep, Yanni Kaldis, who probably thought it was going to be covered and then quickly tries to turn back but catches an edge and is basically helpless to get back in the play. Before he breaks away, Demico Hannoun runs a little bump and run on Nanaimo’s Matt Hoover in front, intentional or not, it gives him the separation he needs to take off the other way.
Nanaimo is tired and have guys trying to change back at center, Jones sees that and sees the streaking Hannoun on the right-wing and fires him the puck. The Vees are helped out by a confusion at the Nanaimo bench as Rempal was going off but then hesitated at the same time a defenseman had already jumped on; four on the ice. That defenseman stuttered, making sure Hannoun wasn’t going to be caught. Nice low, hard, shot on the blocker-side by Hannoun to end it.