NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Powassan Voodoos up to 7th in CJHL rankings; Soo Thunderbirds stay at 14
SUDBURY, Ont. – The latest Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings announced Monday sees the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Powassan Voodoos moving up a notch while the Soo Thunderbirds maintained their position for another week.
The NOJHL-leading Voodoos jumped to seventh nationally in the 132-team CJHL while the Thunderbirds were slotted 14th.
Powassan can clinch their first league regular season title in franchise history tonight with a victory at home over the Iroquois Falls Eskis in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Sportsplex.
A win vs. the Eskis this evening would also secure the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy playoffs as the best Sault Ste. Marie could do is tie the Voodoos at the conclusion of the regular season, but Powassan holds the tie breaker in head-to-head competition as well as in goals-for and against differential.
After 51 games, Powassan has gone 42-7-1-1 while the Soo is 39-11-1-1 after 52 outings.
There was no change this week among the top five teams in the CJHL rankings with the Brooks Bandits (AJHL), Georgetown Raiders (OJHL), Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ), Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) and Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) tabbed first through fifth respectively.
The following is the latest CJHL Top 20 rankings:
CJHL TOP 20 (As of Feb. 27, 2017)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST WEEK)
1. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (1)
2. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (2)
3. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) (3)
4. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (4)
5. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (5)
6. Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJQ) (6)
7. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (8)
8. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (9)
9. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (11)
10. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (7)
11. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (10)
12. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (11)
13. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (13)
14. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (14)
15. Burlington Cougars (OJHL) (HM)
16. Pictou County Weeks Crushers (MHL) (19)
17. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (17)
18. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (18)
19. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (NR)
20. Cobourg Cougars (OJHL) (15)
Honourable Mention: Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL); Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL); Winkler Flyers (MJHL); Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL); Cornwall Colts (CCHL)
ABOUT THE CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS
The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.
ABOUT THE CJHL
The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada.
The CJHL represents 132 teams and over 3,000 players and has just as many former players furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.
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