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Warriors continue run in second place in CHL Top 10 Rankings

Robert Murray

 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League Wednesday announced the week 16 edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2017-18 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

The Moose Jaw Warriors continue their pursuit of the top spot in the country, remaining in second place in the CHL Top 10 Rankings for another week after going a perfect 3-0-0-0 over the past seven days. The Warriors enjoyed another road trip through Alberta, doubling up the Red Deer Rebels 6-3 Wednesday, topping the Calgary Hitmen by a 5-3 score Friday and downing the Edmonton Oil Kings by a 7-2 result Saturday. Even as the top team in the Western Hockey League, the Warriors added more talent to their roster at the WHL Trade Deadline, acquiring Kale Clague (Los Angeles Kings) from the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Calling home to the top two scorers in the WHL this season in Brayden Burke and Jayden Halbgewachs (San Jose Sharks), the Warriors will be challenging hard to win their first Ed Chynoweth Cup in franchise history. The Warriors will take to the ice next on Friday, January 12 (7:00 p.m. CST) to host the Oil Kings at Mosaic Place.

Also holding tight in the top five of the CHL Top 10 this week were the Swift Current Broncos, who retained the fourth spot in the rankings after going 3-0-1-0 in their four games over the past week. The week began with a 5-3 win over the Kootenay ICE, followed by a 3-2 overtime loss to the Wheat Kings in Brandon. Returning home for games Saturday and Sunday, the Broncos topped the Regina Pats 4-2 before downing the Rebels by a 5-1 margin. Forward Matteo Gennaro has led the club with 10 points (7G-3A) over their past five games, earning WHL On the Run Player of the Week honours from the league.

The Broncos also loaded up at the WHL’s Trade Deadline, acquiring Edmonton Oilers goaltending prospect Stuart Skinner and Giorgio Estephan from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a massive trade alerting both franchises. The new-look Broncos will be in action Friday, January 12 (7:00 p.m. CST), taking to the road against the Prince Albert Raiders at the Art Hauser Centre.

Slipping one spot in the rankings to sixth this week were the Wheat Kings, who opened the week with a loss, but rebounded with points in three straight games. After taking a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Pats, Brandon topped the Broncos 3-2 in overtime, beat the Saskatoon Blades by a 5-3 final and were edged in overtime by the Oi Kings Tuesday in a 3-2 game. Forward Ty Lewis (Colorado Avalanche) has stepped up his game in recent weeks with an active nine-game point streak that began in mid-December. He also has points in 22 of his last 23 games, a feat that has vaulted him into the top five for scoring in the WHL.

The Wheat Kings will get a chance to improve upon their recent successes when they take to the ice Friday, January 12 (7:30 p.m. CST) to host the Calgary Hitmen.

Rounding out the CHL Top 10 Rankings this week were the Kelowna Rockets, who jumped into the 10th spot on the charts after being an honourable mention for the previous two weeks. The Rockets opened their week with a 5-4 victory over the Tri-City Americans, but dropped a 6-4 result to the Seattle Thunderbirds. Closing out their week Sunday, the Rockets ended it on the right foot, earning a 3-1 victory on the road against the Hitmen.

In the absence of captain Cal Foote (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Dillon Dube (Calgary Flames), two of eight WHL players helping Canada win gold at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, Kole Lind (Vancouver Canucks) stepped up. Lind has record 20 points (9G-11A) in his last 10 games, vaulting him into the team’s scoring lead. The Rockets, who sit one point clear of the Victoria Royals for first in the U.S. Division, will get a chance at extending that lead Friday, January 12 (7:35 p.m. PST) on the road against the Thunderbirds.

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Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (34-3-2-1) 1 16
2 Moose Jaw Warriors (33-6-1-2) 2 14
3 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (27-9-2-0) 3 16
4 Swift Current Broncos (29-10-3-0) 4 13
5 Hamilton Bulldogs (25-9-3-3) 6 6
6 Brandon Wheat Kings (27-12-1-1) 5 7
7 Halifax Mooseheads (26-10-4-1) 8 5
8 Drummondville Voltigeurs (27-12-1-1) 7
9 Sarnia Sting (27-12-2-0) 9 13
10 Kelowna Rockets (25-12-2-1) 3
Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (25-13-2-0) 7 2
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (24-10-4-3) 10 5
Rimouski Oceanic (25-11-4-0) 6


About the Western Hockey League

Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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