Wednesday, February 23, 2011


For the 11th straight week, the Saint John Sea Dogs are ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Hockey League. The latest edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings were released today.

The Sea Dogs played three games this week, winning all three by a combined score of 14-6. Saint John has now won 14 straight contests and have gone 21 consecutive games without losing in regulation.

The top team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League started the week Friday with a 3-2 win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs. On Saturday, Saint John’s offense exploded in the second period and cruised to a 7-3 win over the Shawinigan Cataractes. Finally, the Dogs defeated the Halifax Mooseheads 4-1 on Tuesday.

“It’s a terrific team,” said Mooseheads head coach Bobby Smith to Metro Halifax. “They’ve been No. 1 in the rankings since quite early in the season for a reason and they have high-end players who are dangerous all the time.”

Other QMJHL teams to make the list were the Montreal Juniors at No. 3, Quebec Remparts at No. 6, and the Drummondville Voltigeurs finally crept into the No. 10 spot after several weeks of being an honourable mention.

The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Here are the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for Week 22:

1 Saint John Sea Dogs (49-5-1-2)
2 Saskatoon Blades (46-12-0-2)
3 Montreal Juniors (42-9-4-4)
4 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (42-12-0-2)
5 Red Deer Rebels (41-14-3-4)
6 Quebec Remparts (40-15-1-2)
7 Portland Winterhawks (40-16-0-3)
8 Owen Sound Attack (38-16-1-3)
9 Niagara IceDogs (36-14-2-4)
10 Drummondville Voltigeurs (38-14-5-2)

Honourable Mention:
Ottawa 67's (37-17-1-2)
Kootenay Ice (39-18-1-2)
Saginaw Spirit (37-16-3-1)
In the Buzzing The Net ‘Dynamic Dozen,’ the Sea Dogs were ranked No. 1 yet again this week.

The Sea Dogs play three games this weekend – all on the road against above .500 teams. The team plays in Gatineau Friday, Victoriaville Saturday, and Shawinigan Sunday.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation

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