Minnesota Wilderness dominating CJHL

208
SIJHL - Minnesota Wilderness

CJHL Minnesota Wilderness SIJHLTHUNDER BAY – Sports – The Minnesota Wilderness are continuing to dominate the league. There are 127 teams that currently comprise the Canadian Junior Hockey League. The Minnesota Wilderness of the Superior International Junior Hockey League leads the way when it comes to overall winning percentage.

In SIJHL action on Friday night the Minnesota Wilderness topped the Thunder Bay North Stars. The 9-3 lop-sided victory continues the Wilderness domination over the N-Stars.

Minnesota Wilderness dominating CJHL

The three-time SIJHL regular season and two-time playoff champion Wilderness presently boasts a CJHL-best win mark of .931, which coincides with their 47-3-0-1 record. Meanwhile the No. 2 rated squad in the SIJHL standings, the Fort Frances Lakers, are rapidly closing in on joining the top 25 percent of CJHL clubs in winning percentage. At the moment they sit 33rd nationally at .656.

The Wilderness has been the hottest team in all of Jr. A hockey for the past four months having not lost a game in regulation time since all the way back on Oct. 24 of 2012. To date the Wilderness are riding a 15-game winning streak while also going 33-0-0-1 overall since that last defeat in regulation.

They have been tabbed the No. 2 team in the CJHL weekly top 20 rankings, which are compiled in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, for 11 consecutive weeks.

Fort Frances, last season’s playoff finalist where they fell to the Wilderness in the seventh and deciding game of the Bill Salonen Cup final, are 30-15-1-2 in 2012-13 and have been credited with the win in each of their past seven contests.

The Lakers were also the last team to hand the Wilderness a loss in regulation time, a 4-3 road triumph, back in October.

The No. 1 ranked team in the CJHL, the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brook Bandits, sit second overall in winning percentage at .921.

Brooks has a record of 51-3-3 on the season and is the only CJHL squad to date to surpass the 100-point plateau.

Rounding out the top three is the 2013 Royal Bank Cup host Summerside Western Capitals.

Summerside, the top team in the Maritime Hockey League standings, is No. 3 when it comes to winning percentage sitting at .826.

The Western Capitals are also ranked No. 3 in the CJHL.

The following are the CJHL winning percentage leaders, featuring those clubs with a .650 win mark or higher.

CJHL 2012-13 Season Leaders: Winning Percentage (.650 or higher)

 

(As of Feb. 23/13)

             

RANK

TEAM

LEAGUE

GP

W

L

T/OT/SL

PTS

WIN%

1st

Minnesota Wilderness

SIJHL

51

47

3

1

95

.931

2nd

Brooks Bandits

AJHL

57

51

3

3

105

.921

3rd

Summerside Western Capitals

MHL

46

37

7

2

76

.826

4th

Ste-Jerome Panthers

LHJAAAQ

49

38

7

4

80

.816

5th

Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners

MHL

45

34

8

3

71

.789

6th

Dauphin Kings

MJHL

56

43

11

2

88

.786

7th

Longueuil College Francais

LHJAAAQ

51

38

9

4

80

.784

8th

Trenton Golden Hawks

OJHL

54

39

10

5

83

.769

9th

North Bay Trappers

NOJHL

43

30

7

6

66

.767

10th

Winnipeg Blues

MJHL

56

42

13

1

85

.759

11th

Truro Bearcats

MHL

46

32

9

5

69

.750

12th

Soo Thunderbirds

NOJHL

42

28

8

6

62

.738

T-13th

Humboldt Broncos

SJHL

52

36

12

4

76

.731

T-13th

Buffalo Jr. Sabres

OJHL

54

37

12

5

79

.731

15th

Granby Inouk

LHJAAAQ

49

34

12

3

71

.724

16th

Georgetown Raiders

OJHL

54

37

13

4

78

.722

17th

Amherst Ramblers

MHL

46

30

10

6

66

.717

18th

Victoria Grizzlies

BCHL

51

33

12

6

72

.706

19th

St. Michael’s Buzzers

OJHL

54

37

15

2

76

.704

20th

Yorkton Terriers

SJHL

53

35

14

4

74

.698

21st

Penticton Vees

BCHL

51

34

14

3

71

.696

22nd

Melville Millionaires

SJHL

53

34

14

5

73

.689

23rd

Surrey Eagles

BCHL

51

32

13

6

70

.686

24th

Kingston Voyageurs

OJHL

54

34

14

6

74

.685

25th

Lachine Maroons

LHJAAAQ

50

33

15

2

68

.680

T-26th

OCN Blizzard

MJHL

57

36

16

5

77

.675

T-26th

Ottawa Jr. Senators

CCHL

57

36

16

5

77

.675

28th

North York Rangers

OJHL

55

33

14

8

74

.673

T-29th

Merritt Centennials

BCHL

50

31

14

5

67

.670

T-29th

Nipawin Hawks

SJHL

53

32

14

7

71

.670

31st

Spruce Grove Saints

AJHL

58

34

15

9

77

.664

32nd

Toronto Lakeshore Patriots

OJHL

54

33

16

5

71

.657

33rd

Fort Frances Lakers

SIJHL

48

30

15

3

63

.656

34th

Nepean Raiders

CCHL

55

34

17

4

72

.655