Multiple CJHL sides impressing a month into the season
CALGARY, Alta. ? Sailing right along, the Penticton Vees (BCHL) remain No. 1 nationally in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings for a third straight week. Penticton has reached double digits in consecutive victories to commence the 2019-20 campaign and top the table over in B.C.
Dating back to last season, the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) have won 41 straight regular season contests in Alberta, including 8-0 in 2019-20, and move to No. 2 in the CJHL this week.
The 2020 Centennial Cup-host Portage Terriers (MJHL) sit in first place in Manitoba and earn the No. 3 nod in the listings.
Another unbeaten side, the Red Lake Miners (SIJHL) move to No. 4 in the rankings with the club sporting an 11-0-1-0 overall mark in their past dozen regular season games dating back to February of the previous campaign.
The Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) round out the Top 5 as the defending Canalta Cup champions in Saskatchewan are a solid 10-1 in their league.
Others in the Top 10 in the CJHL this week include the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) in 6th; Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) 7th; Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) 8th; Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) 9th and the South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL) 10th.
2019-20 CJHL Top 20 Rankings (As of Oct. 7)
RK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (1)
2. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (3)
3. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (6)
4. Red Lake Miners (SIJHL) (8)
5. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (4)
6. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (11)
7. Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) (2)
8. Braves de Valleyfield (LHJAAAQ) (8)
9. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (HM)
10. South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL) (12)
11. Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) (NR)
12. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (9)
13. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (12)
14. Timmins Rock (NOJHL) (NR)
15. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ) (HM)
16. Blind River Beavers (NOJHL) (16)
17. Burlington Cougars (OJHL) (10)
18. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (13)
19. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (7)
20. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) (14)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL); Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL); Melfort Mustangs (SJHL); Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL); Wellington Dukes (OJHL)