NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
Voodoos 4th; Thunderbirds 16th in CJHL rankings
SUDBURY, Ont. – Even with a bit of a hiccup in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play last week both the Powassan Voodoos and Soo Thunderbirds are still highly touted in the Canadian Junior Hockey League and that was reflected in Top 20 rankings, which were announced Monday.
NOJHL-leading Powassan was tabbed fourth overall in the 132-team CJHL while Sault Ste. Marie was slotted 16th nationally.
The Voodoos, fresh off an impressive 26-game unbeaten streak that featured 25 wins and a tie, still pace the NOJHL in victories, points and winning percentage with 33, 68 and .850 respectively.
As for the Thunderbirds, they continue to lead the league’s West Division with 59 points having won 29 times and boasting the second-best win mark in the NOJHL at .720.
For the first time in many weeks, there is a new No. 1 club in the CJHL as the Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) takes that honour while the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) moved up to No. 1.
Former No. 1 Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJQ) moves to No. 3 this week.
The following is the latest CJHL Top 20 rankings:
CJHL TOP 20 (As of Jan. 16, 2017)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST WEEK)
1. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (6)
2. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (3)
3. Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJQ) (1)
4. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (2)
5. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (4)
6. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (10)
7. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (5)
8. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (7)
9. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (8)
10. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (9)
11. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (11)
12. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (12)
13. Whitby Fury (OJHL) (14)
14. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (17)
15. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (15)
16. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (16)
17. Pictou County Weeks Crushers (MHL) (18)
18. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (HM)
19. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (20)
20. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (NR)
Honourable Mention: Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL); Selkirk Steelers (MJHL); Cobourg Cougars (OJHL); Truro Bearcats (MHL)
ABOUT THE CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS
The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.
ABOUT THE CJHL
The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada.
The CJHL represents 132 teams and over 3,000 players and has just as many former players furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.
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