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NOJHL’s Thunderbirds up to 8th in CJHL Top 20 Rankings; Gold Miners Honourable Mention

CALGARY, Alta. – Rolling right along, the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) maintain their grasp as the No. 1 team in the 133-team Canadian Junior Hockey League in the latest Top 20 Rankings announced Monday.

Brooks has won 17 straight outings and pace the AJHL standings with an impressive 41-3 overall record.

Also continuing their solid campaign, the Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) hold firm as No. 2 squad in the CJHL as they boast a 26-2-1-1 mark through their first 30 games.

No change at No 3 this week as well with the Oakville Blades (OJHL) sitting in top spot among the 22 clubs in their league while having gone 35-4-1-2 to date.

Staying at No. 4 in the country are the Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) who have registered a 29-5-2-1 run so far in 2018-19 to sit in top spot in their 13-team loop.

Back in the No. 5 slot for another week are the Summerside Western Capitals (MHL).

The Western Capitals saw a nine-game unbeaten streak come to an end with a shootout setback Saturday vs. the 2019 Fred Page Cup-host Amherst Ramblers, but are still an impressive 20-1-1 in their past 22 outings and 28-5-0-1 overall in the Maritimes.

CJHL Top 20 (As of Jan. 21)
RK. TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST WEEK)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (2)
3. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (3)
4. Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) (4)
5. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) (5)
6. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (6)
7. North York Rangers (OJHL) (8)
8. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (12)
9. Brockville Braves (CCHL) (15)
10. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (9)
11. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (14)
12. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) (13)
13. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (7)
14. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (18)
15. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (17)
16. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (HM)
17. Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) (11)
18. Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) (16)
19. Red Lake Miners (SIJHL) (HM)
20. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (20)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Okotoks Oilers (AJHL); Steinbach Pistons (MJHL); Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL); Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL), Amherst Ramblers (MHL)