Monday, November 23, 2009

This Weeks Rankings: 11/23

Major Junior

Currently, the defending Memorial Cup Champions Windsor Spitfires are on top of the Rankings as the Spitfires currently lead the OHL Western Conference and have the best overall record in the Ontario Hockey League.

Helping them out is a current 8 game winning streak where they have scored 44 goals during that time including a 7-1 win over the Sarnia Sting on 11/20 and a 11-3 win over the Guelph Storm on 11/22. Windsor currently is looking ahead to a showdown on what could be a fight of the leagues best teams as they will play the Mississauga St. Micheals Majors on December 11.

Elsewhere in the rankings right now is the St. John Seadogs and Saskatoon Blades as they have the best records in the WHL and QMJHL right now. I would give the edge to St. John as they are pulling away in the Atlantic Division right now. The West Division Leader in Drummondville is in #4 while the Barrie Colts who are fighting it out with Mississauga for the top spot out east who are currently in #5.

Out West, Tri-City and Calgary have been sliping a little bit despite being in big fights for the Conference Lead in the Western Hockey League. Rounding out the #10 right now include the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors who are #8 but should move up as the Majors lead the Eastern Conference and have won 8 of their last 10.

As for this weeks Honorable Mentions, they are the Quebec City Ramparts, Moose Jaw Warriors, and the Saginaw Spirit.

1. Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

2. St. John Seadogs (QMJHL)

3. Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

4. Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)

5. Barrie Colts (OHL)

6. Tri-City Americans (WHL)

7. Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

8. Mississauga St. Micheals Majors (OHL)

9. Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

10. Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL)

Honorable Mentions

Quebec City Ramparts (QMJHL)

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

The Numer reps. how many teams made the rankings. This also includes the Honorable Mentions.

Western Hockey League (WHL) (4)

Ontario Hockey League (OHL) (5)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) (4)

Canadien Jr. A Rankings

The top 3 in the Jr. A Rankings have remained unchanged as the Vernon Vipers, the Spruce Grove Saints and the Kingston Voyageurs have kept the top 3 spots as these teams contuine their domination in British Columbia, Alberta and Southern Ontario.

Spots 4 through 6 saw some changes as the Dauphin Kings from Manitoba jumped up 2 spots to #4 while the Georgetown Raiders and Penticton Vees both dropped a spot to #5 and #6, as for the rest of the top 10, Pembrooke, Oakville, Weyburn and Camrose have rounded out the #10 for this week.

Elsewhere, this weeks big jumpers are the Ft. Mcmurray Oil Barons have jumped up to #15 after being unranked for a majority of the season so far. While the Woodstock Slammers and the Grande Prairie Storm have both jumped up 2 spots while others like Newmarket have dropped a couple of spots. The weeks big faller was the Burlington Cougars in the CCHL as they dropped 4 spots to #19 after being at #15 last week.

1 (1). Vernon Vipers (BCHL)

2 (2). Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)

3 (3). Kingston Voyageurs (OJAHL)

4 (6). Dauphin Kings (MJHL)

5 (6). Georgetown Raiders (OJAHL)

6 (5). Penticton Vees (BCHL)

7 (8). Pembrooke Lumber Kings (CJAHL)

8 (7). Oakville Blades (OJAHL)

9 (9). Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL)

10 (10). Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)

11 (13). Woodstock Slammers (MJAHL)

12 (12). Cornwall Colts (CJAHL)

13 (11). Surrey Eagles (BCHL)

14 (16). Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)

15 (NR). Ft. Mcmurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

16 (17). Abitibi Eskimos (NOJHL)

17 (14). Newmarket Hurricanes (CCHL)

18 (18). Ft. William North Stars (SIJHL)

19 (15). Burlington Cougars (CCHL)

20 (20). Le College Francais de Longueil (LHJAAAQ)

Honorable Mentions

Nanimo Clippers (BCHL)

Westside Warriors (BCHL)

Canmore Eagles (AJHL)

Flin Foln Bombers (SJHL)

Truro Bearcats (MJAHL)

The Numbers in Brackets repersent how many teams made the rankings from the rankings. This does include Honorable Mentions.

League Codes

British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) (5)

Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) (5)

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) (2)

Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) (1)

Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) (1)

Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJAHL) (3)

Central Canadien Hockey League (CCHL) (2)

Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) (1)

Central Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL) (2)

Quebec Junor A Hockey League (LHJAAAQ) (1)

Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL) (2)

NCAA Rankings

Miami of Ohio contuines to reign supreme in the College Hockey Rankings as they got 37 of the 50 votes on the USCHO poll for this week. However, the gap may be closing a little bit as their first loss of the season to Michigan State in a 3-2 OTL back on October 24 plus 4 ties including 3 of their last 4 which were against Ferris State twice and in their last game against Western Michigan this past weekend.

Elsewhere in the poll, the Denver Pioneers are starting to close in at the #2 spot where 9 first place votes and leading WCHA has got them building momentum as they are just below 60 points of Miami of Ohio in the Poll. Mass-Lowell and Bemidji State have gotten the other first place votes with 2 each as Mass-Lowell is in 3rd in Hockey East, but just 1 point back of Boston College and New Hampshire who are tied for 1st in the Conference.

Bemidji State is 10-1-1, but being in the 4 team CHA Conference will contuine to hurt them in the rankings and most likely in the NCAA Tournament in the Spring when the seedings come out as they are heavy favorites to win the Conference.

However, with Beavers switching to the WCHA next year will help this team a lot in the future in both recurting and having an imiage of them where they could have a shot of contending for a national title one day in the near future.

ECAC Leaders Quinnipiac has jumped into the top 10 at #9 after being in #13 last week, with a 10-1-0 record and a strong weekend with wins over Colgate and Cornell who are 2nd and 3rd in the ECAC, Quinnipiac have shown the country that they can be a big contender both in the Conference and in the entire country.

Some of the weeks big jumpers include Minnesota Duluth who jumped up 6 spots to #14 after being at #14 where at 9-4-1. Also we have 2 new teams into the rankings at Ferris State going to #17 while the Colgate Raiders round out the rankings at #20, after a slow start for the Raiders which includes 4 ties, a strong start in ECAC play as they are 4-1-1 in the Conference and are currently 2nd right now.

This weeks big faller is Nebraska-Omaha where a 7 spot drop has the Mavericks at #19 after being at #12 last week where some big CCHA loses to Northern Michigan who's currently 7th in the Conference have hurt them recently.

1 (1). Miami of Ohio (CCHA) (37) (9-1-4) 983 PTS

2 (3). Denver (WCHA) (9) (8-3-1) 938 PTS

3 (4). Mass-Lowell (Hockey East) (8-2-1) 864 PTS

4 (2). North Dakota (WCHA) (7-4-1) 794 PTS

5 (7). Colorado College (WCHA) (9-2-1) 792 PTS

6 (8). Bemidji State (CHA) (2) (10-1-1) 690 PTS

7 (5). Cornell (ECAC) (5-2-0) 648 PTS

8 (6). Michigan State (CCHA) (9-3-2) 632 PTS

9 (13). Quinnipiac (ECAC) (10-1-0) 622 PTS

10 (11). U-Mass (Hockey East) (8-2-0) 587 PTS

11 (9). Yale (ECAC) (3-2-2) 417 PTS

12 (10). Alaska (CCHA) (8-3-1) 401 PTS

13 (14). Norte Dame (CCHA) (6-5-3) 381 PTS

14 (20). Minn.-Duluth (WCHA) (9-4-1) 378 PTS

15 (15). Wisconsin (WCHA) (7-4-1) 292 PTS

16 (17). Boston College (Hockey East) (5-3-2) 250 PTS

17 (NR). Ferris State (CCHA) (9-3-2) 247 PTS

18 (17). Vermont (Hockey East) (4-4-1) 188 PTS

19 (12). Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA) (5-4-3) 109 PTS

20 (NR). Colgate (ECAC) (6-3-4) 70 PTS

Others Getting Votes: St. Cloud State 64 PTS, Michigan 63 PTS, RIT 20 PTS, Princeton 18 PTS, Union 16 PTS, New Hampshire 12 PTS, Northern Michigan 10 PTS, Rensselaer 8 PTS, Merrimack 2 PTS, Providence 2 PTS, St. Lawrence 2 PTS

Conference Code

Atlantic Hockey (Atlantic Hockey)

Central Collegeaite Hockey Assiocation (CCHA)

College Hockey America (CHA)

East Coast Atheltic Conference (ECAC)

Hockey East (Hockey East)

Western Collegeaite Hockey Assiocation (WCHA)

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