THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Dryden GM Ice Dogs held their place among the national elite as the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced their weekly Top 20 rankings Monday.
The Superior International Junior Hockey League-leading GM Ice Dogs were tabbed 10th for a second straight week in the 132-team CJHL.
Heading into the SIJHL Showcase, which begins Tuesday at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Minn., Dryden continues to pace the league standings with an impressive 28-4-4-0 record.
The GM Ice Dogs also boast a SIJHL-best .833 winning percentage and have gone 9-0-1-0 in their past 10 games to move nine points up on the second place Thunder Bay North Stars (24-10-3-0).
There was no change among the top five in the CJHL this week as the Georgetown Raiders (OJHL), Brooks Bandits (AJHL), Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJQ), Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) and Steinbach Pistons staying at No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively.
The following is the latest CJHL Top 20 rankings:
CJHL TOP 20 (As of Jan. 23, 2017)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST WEEK)
1. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (1)
2. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (2)
3. Collège Français de Longueuil (LHJQ) (3)
4. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (4)
5. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (5)
6. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (7)
7. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (6)
8. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (8)
9. Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (9)
10. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (10)
11. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (12)
12. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (11)
13. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (14)
14. Pictou County Weeks Crushers (MHL) (17)
15. Whitby Fury (OJHL) (13)
16. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (18)
17. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (15)
18. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (19)
19. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) (20)
20. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (16)
Honourable Mention: Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL); Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL); Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL); Selkirk Steelers (MJHL); Cobourg Cougars (OJHL)
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.