Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week 17 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The Ottawa 67’s remain the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League following a three-in-three weekend that saw them collect four of a possible six points. Ottawa saw its franchise record 17-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in Peterborough before rebounding with a 7-4 win over visiting Owen Sound on Sunday. The Barber Poles remain the first place team in the OHL with a 31-7-0-0 record, leading all clubs with 183 goals for along with a league-low 105 goals against. Marco Rossi, who will play in this week’s Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, leads the OHL with 74 points (26-48–74) over 32 games.
The Windsor Spitfires fall one spot from eighth to ninth on the list after dropping consecutive decisions against Oshawa and Flint before bouncing back with a 5-4 overtime win in Kitchener on Sunday. Windsor boasts 10 different players with double-digit goal-scoring totals led by Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Tyler Angle who has lit the lamp 21 times. The Spits are on home ice on back-to-back days this coming weekend, playing host to American opponents in Erie and Saginaw. Windsor leads the Western Conference with a 25-9-5-0 record.
The Peterborough Petes round out the Top 10 following an up-and-down weekend that began with a 5-2 loss to visiting Owen Sound on Thursday, a big 4-0 shutout of the red hot Ottawa 67’s on Saturday and a 6-4 road loss to the Oshawa Generals on Sunday. The 26-13-2-1 Petes sit seven points back of first place Ottawa in the East Division, but got the better of the Barber Poles this past weekend, ending their 17-game winning streak. Akil Thomas debuted with his new club this past weekend, putting up five points (1-4–5) over two contests.
The Kitchener Rangers and Saginaw Spirit both remained honourable mentions for the second straight week.
The Week 17 Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings are (1) Ottawa 67’s, (2) Sherbrooke Phoenix, (3) Portland Winterhawks, (4) Chicoutimi Sagueneens, (5) Edmonton Oil Kings, (6) Moncton Wildcats, (7) Kamloops Blazers, (8) Everett Silvertips, (9) Windsor Spitfires, and (10) Peterborough Petes, with honourable mention to the Kitchener Rangers, Saginaw Spirit, and Medicine Hat Tigers.