The Windsor Spitfires contuine to be the #1 team in the Major Junior Rankings, but the St. John Seadogs with the 20 game winning streak and the 1 team overall in the QMJHL, they are catching up quickly and could have the pontentital to overtake them when the new rankings come on Wednesday. Barrie is currently in 3rd with them leading the OHL Eastern Conference with the Saskatoon Blades in 4th.
The defending QMJHL Champion Drummondville Voltigeurs are currently in 5th, but the Victoriaville Tigers who are just 2 points back of the Voltigeurs in the QMJHL Central Division which sit in 7th right now with the Mississauga St. Micheals Majors in between the Central Division Powers in 6t.
2 WHL Teams in the Calgary Hitmen and the Tri-City Americans are in 8th and 9th with the Quebec City Ramparts rounding out the #10 this week. Finally, this weeks Honorable Mentions are the Kitchener Rangers, Vancouver Giants and Rouyn-Nornda Huskies.
1. Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
2. St. John Seadogs (QMJHL)
3. Barrie Colts (OHL)
4. Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
5. Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
6. Mississauga St. Micheals Majors (OHL)
7. Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL)
8. Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
9. Tri-City Americans (WHL)
10. Quebec City Ramparts (QMJHL)
Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Rouyn-Nornda Huskies (QMJHL)
Canadien Junior A
The top 6 remained unchanged this week as the Vernon Vipers remained the top team right now as the top teams contuined their top form. You have to look at #7 with the Cornwall Colts moving up 2 spots Georgetown and Woodstock have moved up 1 spot to #8 and #9, rounding out the top 10 this week is the AJHL's Grande Prairie Storm moved up 2 spots to #10.
Not many big jumpers this week as the Westside Warriors and Alberni Valley Bulldogs were honorable Mentions have jumped up to #17 and #18. As for the big fallers, we had the Oakville Blades and the Ft. Mcmurray Oil Barons have dropped 3 spots each this week.
This Weeks Rankings
1 (1). Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
2 (2). Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
3 (3). Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
4 (4). Kingston Voyaguers (OJAHL)
5 (5). Penticton Vees (BCHL)
6 (6). Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJAHL)
7 (9). Cornwall Colts (CJAHL)
8 (7). Georgetown Raiders (OJAHL)
9 (10). Woodstock Slammers (MJAHL)
10 (12). Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
11 (8). Oakville Blades (OJAHL)
12 (11). Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL)
13 (14). Flin Foln Bombers (SJHL)
14 (15). Abitibi Eskimos (NOJHL)
15 (16). Ft. William North Stars (SIJHL)
16 (13). Ft. Mcmurray Oil Barons (AJHL)
17 (HM). Westside Warriors (BCHL)
18 (HM). Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)
19 (19). Burlington Cougars (CCHL)
20 (20). Le College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
Surrey Eagles (BCHL)
Olds Grizzlies (AJHL)
Dryden Ice Dogs (SIJHL)
Newmarket Hurricanes (CCHL)
Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ)
The Number in Brackets is the number of teams in the Rankings. This does include the Honorable Mentions.
British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) (5)
Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) (4)
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) (2)
Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) (1)
Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) (2)
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 Junior A Hockey League (LHJAAAQ) (2)
Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL) (1)
After Miami of Ohio were cutting it close with the #1 ranking, they are back up by getting 36 of the 50 first place votes which got them to the lead. However, The University of Denver having a 2 point lead in the WCHA over in state rival Colorado College has them up to #2 in the national rankings. Despite having a 1-1 week and a loss in OT to Minn.-Duluth, the Fighting Sioux still have the #3 ranking.
But a surging Bemidji State Team who is #4 and with having a huge win over Miami of Ohio in the Holiday Classic over Thanksgiving weekend, they have convinced a lot of people, including my self that they are for real and a serious contender for the National Title this season.
Cornell who despite being 2nd in the ECAC is up to #5 after Quinnipiac suffered their first Conference Losses of the season over Brown and Yale who moved up to 4th in the ECAC. This week, Yale, Mass.-Lowell and Boston College who moved up 5 spots from #15 to #10 this week.
Just outside the top 10, Wisconsin and Ferris State made some big moves up 4 and 5 spots to #11 and #13 after strong weeks this week. As for the big fallers this week, U-Mass has dropped 6 spots from #9 to #15 while Alaska has dropped 4 spots from #12 to #16 this week after a brutal week with a loss and tie to Western Michigan. I
n all, Alaska is winless in 5 of its last 6 games. We also have 2 new teams this week as New Hampshire and Union have jumped into the rankings at #19 and #20 this week.
1 (1). Miami of Ohio (CCHA) (36) (11-2-5) 977 PTS
2 (2). Denver (WCHA) (11) (10-4-2) 956 PTS
3 (3). North Dakota (WCHA) (9-5-2) 860 PTS
4 (5). Bemidji State (CHA) (2) (13-2-1) 843 PTS
5 (7). Cornell (ECAC) (1) (7-2-2) 756 PTS
6 (6). Colorado College (WCHA) (10-4-2) 726 PTS
7 (4). Quinnipiac (ECAC) (12-3-0) 635 PTS
8 (10). Yale (ECAC) (7-3-2) 606 PTS
9 (8). Mass.-Lowell (Hockey East) (9-5-1) 578 PTS
10 (15). Boston College (Hockey East) (8-3-2) 542 PTS
11 (16). Wisconsin (WCHA) (10-5-1) 489 PTS
12 (12). Minn.-Duluth (WCHA) (10-5-1) 438 PTS
13 (17). Ferris State (CCHA) (11-3-2) 419 PTS
14 (11). Michigan State (CCHA) (10-6-2) 399 PTS
15 (9). U-Mass (Hockey East) (9-5-0) 383 PTS
16 (12). Alaska (CCHA) (8-4-4) 233 PTS
17 (20). St. Cloud State (WCHA) (8-6-2) 194 PTS
18 (14). Norte Dame (CCHA) (7-7-4) 127 PTS
19 (NR). New Hampshire (Hockey East) (7-6-3) 112 PTS
20 (NR). Union (ECAC) (7-3-5) 79 PTS
Others Getting Votes: Vermont 47 PTS, Michigan 30 PTS, RIT 27 PTS, Nebraska-Omaha 17 PTS, Northern Michigan 10 PTS, Maine 8 PTS, Colgate 7 PTS, Air Force Academy 2 PTS
Atlantic Hockey (Atlantic Hockey) (0)
Central Collegeaite Hockey Assiocation (CCHA) (5)
College Hockey America (CHA) (1)
East Coast Atheltic Conference (ECAC) (4)
Hockey East (Hockey East) (4)
West Collegeaite Hockey Assioaction (WCHA) (6)
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