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Warriors move up to second in CHL Top 10 Rankings

Rick Elvin/Saskatoon Blades

 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 25 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.

Moving up to second place in this week’s rankings were the Moose Jaw Warriors, who clinched their first Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy in franchise history Tuesday following a shootout victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. Led by the leading scorer in the Canadian Hockey League, and CHL Player of the Week Jayden Halbgewachs (San Jose Sharks), the Warriors went 3-1-0-0 this week. Those results included a 4-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos last Saturday in a meeting of the top two teams in the Western Hockey League. The Warriors will conclude their regular season with a home-and-home series against the Brandon Wheat Kings, beginning Friday, March 16 (7:00 p.m. MDT) at Mosaic Place. This is their 23rd straight week in the CHL Top 10 Rankings.

Dropping a spot, but remaining in the top five teams this week were the Swift Current Broncos, who scored a victory at home against the Calgary Hitmen before dropping road contests to the Wheat Kings and Warriors on back-to-back nights. Forward Aleksi Heponiemi (Florida Panthers) is making a strong late-season push with 12 points (2G-10A) in his past six games. Heponiemi also leads the WHL with 89 assists and is the lone player in the WHL to be averaging more than two points-per-game, maintaining a 2.17 average heading into his team’s final three games of the regular season. Having already clinched second place in the East Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Broncos will conclude their season series with the Saskatoon Blades Wednesday, March 14 (7:00 p.m. MDT). This is their 22nd straight week on the CHL Top 10 Rankings.

Also earning a spot in this week’s Top 10 Rankings were the Everett Silvertips, who came in at ninth. They beat the Seattle Thunderbirds by a 3-2 score on the road Saturday, but followed it up with losses to the Portland Winterhawks and Tri-City Americans. After taking hold of the franchise scoring lead, franchise goals lead and the record for most points in a single season, overage forward Patrick Bajkov (Florida Panthers) signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Panthers last Friday. The Silvertips will look to clinch the Western Conference title this weekend when they play a home-and-home series against the Victoria Royals starting Friday, March 16 (7:35 p.m. PDT). This week marks Everett’s sixth straight week in the CHL Top 10 Rankings.

Earning an honourable mention this week were the Portland Winterhawks, who remained steadfast in their pursuit of overtaking the Everett Silvertips for first place in the Western Conference standings. Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights) has stepped up his game at the right time, with 14 points (4G-10A) in seven games during the month of March. The Winterhawks will begin the final weekend of the regular season with a home-and-home series against the Seattle Thunderbirds beginning Friday, March 16 (7:00 p.m. PDT).

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CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 25

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (53-7-2-3) 1 25
2 Moose Jaw Warriors (52-15-1-2) 4 23
3 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (47-11-4-3) 2 25
4 Swift Current Broncos (47-16-4-2) 3 22
5 Sarnia Sting (44-16-4-1) 6 22
6 Kitchener Rangers (43-20-3-0) 5 10
7 Acadie-Bathurst Titan (42-15-7-2) 10 5
8 Halifax Mooseheads (41-17-6-1) 7 14
9 Everett Silvertips (45-20-2-3) 8 6
10 Hamilton Bulldogs (42-18-3-3) 9 14
Honourable Mention:
Rimouski Oceanic (41-17-6-1) 9
Portland Winterhawks (43-21-1-4) 13
Barrie Colts (40-21-3-1) 1

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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