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Soo Thunderbirds move to No. 1 in CJHL rankings

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NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Soo Thunderbirds move to No. 1 in CJHL rankings
3 other NOJHL clubs also earn recognition

SUDBURY – The surging Soo Thunderbirds are the top ranked team in latest edition of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Pointstreak weekly rankings announced Monday while three other Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League clubs garnered recognition.

Sault Ste. Marie was slotted No. 1 in the 131-team CJHL in the listings, which are compiled in conjunction with International Scouting Services.

Meanwhile the Cochrane Crunch were ranked 10th, the Powassan Voodoos 15th and the 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Kirkland Lake Gold Miners earned honourable mention status.

The NOJHL-leading Thunderbirds have gone 11-0-1-0 in their past dozen outings and 34-3-1-0 overall to top the league standings.

The NOJHL-East leaders in Cochrane dipped two notches to No. 10, but still sport an impressive 29-6-2-2 record.

Powassan, which went 1-1-1 on a three-game road swing over the weekend, stayed in the weekly CJHL rankings and have gone 26-7-3-1 in NOJHL play to date.

Winners of six in succession, Kirkland Lake also earned the attention of the CJHL while posting a 9-1-0-0 mark in their past 10 and raising their record this season to 26-8-2-1.

The Penticton Vees (BCHL) jumped to No. 2 in the CJHL this week while the previous No. 1 team, the Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL), fell to No. 3.

The following is the Pointstreak CJHL top 20 rankings and five honourable mention squads for the period ending Jan. 17:

POINTSTREAK CJHL TOP 20
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (2)
2. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (3)
3. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (1)
4. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (4)
5. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (5)
6. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (6)
7. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (7)
8. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (9)
9. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (11)
10. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (8)
11. Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)  (13)
12. College Francais de Longeueil (QJHL) (12)
13. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (15)
14. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (16)
15. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (10)
16. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (14)
17. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (17)
18. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (19)
19. Woodstock Slammers (MHL) (NR)
20. Cumberland Grads (CCHL) (HM)

Honourable Mention: Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL); Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL); Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL); Winkler Flyers (MJHL); Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)

ABOUT THE POINTSTREAK CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS

The Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are produced in conjunction with International Scouting Services (ISS) and 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 131 teams and nearly 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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