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Warriors maintain second spot placing in CHL Top 10 Rankings

Robert Murray

 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 13 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.

Holding onto second place in the rankings for another week were the Moose Jaw Warriors, who won all four of their games to extend their winning streak to six games, with points in 12 straight contests dating back to November 17, 2017. The Warriors opened their week with a 4-3 overtime victory in Edmonton, a 3-0 clean sheet in Red Deer Friday followed by 6-3 victories over the Calgary Hitmen and Kelowna Rockets Sunday and Tuesday respectively. 20-year-old forward Jayden Halbgewachs led the club with eight points (6G-2A) in those four games, including the overtime winner last Thursday against the Oil Kings. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound product of Emerald Park, Sask., is on a 19-game point streak with 40 points (26G-14A) in that period. The Warriors will continue their three-game home stand when the Kamloop Blazers come to Mosaic Place Friday, December 15 (7:00 p.m. CST). This is the 11th straight week the Warriors have been featured in the CHL Top 10 Rankings.

Making the biggest move up the charts this week were the Brandon Wheat Kings, who extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games with four home victories. Last Wednesday, the Wheat Kings took down the Regina Pats by a 7-4 score, upended the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 in overtime Friday and followed that up with a 7-4 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets followed by a 3-2 win against the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday. The team has been led by a pair of NHL prospects in Stelio Mattheos (Carolina Hurricanes), who was named the CHL Player of the Week Tuesday and Tanner Kaspick (St. Louis Blues), one of 13 WHL players presently taking part in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in St. Catharines, Ont. The Wheat Kings will shoot for their 10th straight win Friday, December 15 (7:30 p.m. CST) when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Westman Place. This is the fourth straight week the Wheat Kings have been featured in the CHL Top 10 Rankings.

Making themselves comfy in the six spot for another week were the Swift Current Broncos, who went 3-1 in their four games. After a loss to the Calgary Hitmen, the Broncos scored a 3-2 overtime victory against the Red Deer Rebels, topped the Oil Kings 6-1 in Edmonton and began a four-game home stand with a 2-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. While the team is missing two of their top three scorers in Aleksi Heponiemi (Florida Panthers) and Tyler Steenbergen (Arizona Coyotes), their teammates are more than picking up the slack. Captain Glenn Gawdin tallied seven points (4G-3A) in four games while Matteo Gennaro continued to find chemistry with his new teammates, tallying his 100th career WHL goal in his 300th WHL game Tuesday night. The Broncos are will continue their home stand Wednesday, December 13 (7:00 p.m. CST) when the Kelowna Rockets roll into town for the lone meeting of the season between the two clubs. This is the 10th straight week the Broncos have been featured in the CHL Top 10 Rankings.

The Portland Winterhawks remained part of a group of three teams to appear in every edition of the CHL Top 10 Rankings this season, sliding four places to the eighth spot this week. The Winterhawks dropped 4-1 and 2-1 results to the Everett Silvertips and fell 1-0 to the Vancouver Giants, but rebounded with a 4-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs Tuesday to increase their lead in the U.S. Division to three points. Starting goaltender Cole Kehler, who has been one of the top WHL goaltenders this season, was recognized for his accomplishments after the Los Angeles Kings signed the Altona, Man. native to a three-year entry-level contract. Kehler sits second in the entire WHL for goals-against-average (2.14), save percentage (0.931), is tied for third in wins (18) and tied for fourth with three shutouts. The Winterhawks will host the Chiefs in a rematch of Tuesday’s game on Saturday, December 16 (6 p.m. PST).

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CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 13

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (26-3-2-0) 1 13
2 Moose Jaw Warriors (26-5-1-1) 2 11
3 Sarnia Sting (24-6-2-0) 3 10
4 Brandon Wheat Kings (23-7-0-1) 7 4
5 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (21-7-2-0) 5 13
6 Swift Current Broncos (23-7-2-0) 6 10
7 Rimouski Oceanic (20-7-4-0) 10 5
8 Portland Winterhawks (21-9-0-1) 4 13
9 Drummondville Voltigeurs (21-9-1-1) 8 5
10 Hamilton Bulldogs (18-7-3-3) 9 3
Honourable Mention:
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (18-7-4-2) 3
Kitchener Rangers (20-10-2-0) 1
Acadie-Bathurst Titan (18-8-4-2) 2
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