The Saint John Sea Dogs have finally peaked.
For the first time in their five year franchise history, the Sea Dogs are ranked as the number one team in Canada in the latest BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings.
The Sea Dogs destroyed their opponents this week, outscoring them 14-2 in two games this past weekend. They defeated the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 8-2 on Saturday and downed the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Windsor Spitfires have been the number one team in the Canadian Hockey League almost every week since the season began. They hit a skid this week and lost two of three games, mostly in part to the numerous suspensions the team has had over the past several weeks.
The Spitfires fell all the way to number three behind Saint John and the Barrie Colts. The Colts – recently coming off their own 22-game winning streak – acquired Canadian junior team star Alex Pietrangelo at the trade deadline.
The full BMO CHL MasterCard Top Ten Rankings can be found below:
1 – Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL (38-7-1-0)
2 – Barrie Colts, OHL (36-6-0-1)
3 – Windsor Spitfires, OHL (35-7-0-4)
4 – Tri-City Americans, WHL (35-11-0-1)
5 – Saskatoon Blades, WHL (32-9-2-3)
6 – Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL (33-13-1-1)
7 – Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, OHL (31-8-4-1)
8 – Drummondville Voltigeurs, QMJHL (33-13-0-2)
9 – Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL (30-15-0-3)
10 – London Knights, OHL (31-11-0-2)
There are negative parts of being number one however. As the old saying goes, “there is nowhere to go but down.” But that being said, many teams have thrived in the number one position – just look at the Spitfires this season.
Saint John will be tested early with one of the toughest road trips of the season this weekend. They play in Quebec City on Friday, Montreal on Saturday, and Gatineau on Sunday. It is the team's last three-in-three Quebec road swing of the year.