SUDBURY -- The top two clubs in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League standings have continued their hold in the Canadian Jr. Hockey League Top 20 rankings.
Moving up two notches in the CJHL listings to No. 14 are the NOJHL-leading Soo Thunderbirds while the second place North Bay Trappers were tabbed 17th nationally in the rankings, which are tabulated each week in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.
Sault Ste. Marie leads the NOJHL with a 23-5-3-3 overall record, two points ahead of North Bay who are currently 22-6-3-3.
Back again for another week as the top ranked team in the CJHL are the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Jr. Hockey League. They possess the best record in both the AJHL and CJHL at 40-2-2.
There is also no change in the rest of the top three in the CJHL as the Minnesota Wilderness of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League have maintained their hold on the No. 2 spot while the Maritime Hockey League's Summerside Western Capitals still ranked No. 3 in the CJHL.
At 33-3-0-1, the Wilderness are in first place in the SIJHL including having gone 21-0-0-1 in their last 22 outings having not lost in regulation since Oct. 24.
The 2013 Royal Bank Cup host Capitals are also red-hot having reeled off 12 consecutive victories as they hold down top spot in the MHL at 31-6-2-0.
The following are the CJHL Top 20 as of Jan. 21 listing their overall ranking, their listing last week, the team as well as the league they are a member of.
1. (1) Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
2. (2) Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL)
3. (3) Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
4. (6) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
5. (4) Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
6. (5) Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)
7. (11) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
8. (9) Yarmouth Jr. 'A' Mariners (MHL)
9. (10) Truro Bearcats (MHL)
10. (7) Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL)
11. (8) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
12. (12) Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
13. (12) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
14. (16) Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)
15. (NR) Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
16. (17) Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
17. (18) North Bay Trappers (NOJHL)
18. (HM) Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
19. (19) Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
20. (20) College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ)
Honourable Mention: Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL), Nipawin Hawks (SJHL), OCN Blizzard (MJHL), North York Rangers (OJHL), Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL).
The CJHL is an amalgamation of 10 Jr. A hockey leagues across Canada.
More information on the CJHL can be found by visiting the league website www.cjhlhockey.com.