NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Monday, Feb. 8, 2016
Thunderbirds slip to No. 2 in CJHL rankings
Crunch, Voodoos, Gold Miners also recognized again
SUDBURY – Despite a pair of convincing wins in both their starts last week, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League-leading Soo Thunderbirds have dropped one notch from atop the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Pointstreak Top 20 weekly rankings.
The latest rankings, which are compiled in conjunction with International Scouting Services, saw the Thunderbirds slip to No. 2 overall in favour of the Penticton Vees (BCHL).
Three other NOJHL clubs earned attention yet again in the weekly listings with the Cochrane Crunch coming in at No. 10 while the Powassan Voodoos were No. 14 and the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners earned honourable mention status.
Sault Ste. Marie continues to lead the NOJHL standings with an impressive 38-4-1-0 record and 77 points.
Their .895 winning percentage also leads the entire 131-team CJHL.
Cochrane maintains their lead in the NOJHL East standings with 72 points having gone 34-9-2-2 so far this season.
Powassan sits second behind the Crunch in the East with 68 points on a 32-8-3-1 mark.
As for the 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Gold Miners, they are just one point behind the Voodoos with 67 and an overall record of 32-10-2-1.
Following Penticton and the Thunderbirds in the CJHL rankings at No. 3 remains the defending RBC Cup champion Portage Terriers (MJHL).
The following is the Pointstreak CJHL top 20 rankings and five honourable mention squads for the period ending Feb. 7:
POINTSTREAK CJHL TOP 20
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (PREVIOUS RANKING)
1. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (2)
2. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (1)
3. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (3)
4. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (4)
5. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (5)
6. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (6)
7. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (7)
8. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (8)
9. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (14)
10. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (9)
11. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (12)
12. Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL) (10)
13. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (11)
14. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (15)
15. College Francais de Longeueil (QJHL) (13)
16. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (16)
17. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (16)
18. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (HM)
19. Sainte-Agathe Montagnards (QJHL) (HM)
20. Woodstock Slammers (MHL) (20)
Honourable Mention: Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL); Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL); Melfort Mustangs (SJHL); Georgetown Raiders (OJHL); 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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