Prince Albert Raiders hold steady in top spot- CHL Top 10 Rankings

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The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week six edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Retaining the number one spot this week were the Prince Albert Raiders, who picked up two more wins against U.S. Division opponents. Saturday, the offensive floodgates opened in an 8-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. Tuesday, the Raiders improved to 7-0-0-0 at home, with a 3-0 win against the Everett Silvertips. WHL leading scorer Brett Leason became the first player in the CHL to hit the 30-point plateau in Tuesday’s contest, scoring twice. Leason is dominating in both goals (13) and assists (17), leading the league in both categories.

Moving up a single spot in the rankings this week were the Vancouver Giants, who went 1-1-1-0 on their three-game weekend. After a 5-3 loss to the Portland Winterhawks Friday south of the border, the Giants were handed a 2-1 overtime defeat by the Winterhawks at the Langley Events Centre. They closed out their weekend with a 3-1 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets. Playing in the team’s final two games of the weekend earned Trent Miner the honours as the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week. Miner has yet to lose in regulation this season, posting a 3-0-1-0 record, 1.24 goals-against-average, a 0.958 save percentage and one shutout.

Two spots behind the Giants in seventh spot were their regional rivals, the Victoria Royals. The Royals opened their week with a 5-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos, but lost twice to the Rockets over the weekend. Rookie goaltender Brock Gould earned his first career WHL victory in Wednesday’s win.

2019 NHL Draft prospect Kirby Dach continues to lead the Blades, who sit second in the East Division. Dach’s 22 points (7G-15A) have him tied for fourth in WHL scoring.

Also earning a mention were the Rebels, who have taken over the lead in the Central Division thanks to a 8-1-1-0 run in their last 10 games.

Last but not least, the Winterhawks picked up a pair of wins against the Giants last weekend to earn their honourable mention and take over the lead in the U.S. Division. Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks) still leads the Winterhawks with 24 points (8G-16A) in 11 games.

CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 6:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Prince Albert Raiders (13-1-0-0) 1 4
2 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (11-2-0-0) 2 3
3 Halifax Mooseheads (11-3-0-0) 3 6
4 Ottawa 67’s (10-3-1-0) 8 3
5 Vancouver Giants (10-2-2-0) 6 4
6 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (9-3-0-1) 7 4
7 Victoria Royals (8-3-0-0) 4 3
8 Mississauga Steelheads (8-3-1-0) 1
9 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (8-3-2-0) 1
10 Moncton Wildcats (8-3-2-0) 1
Honourable Mention:
Saskatoon Blades (8-3-1-0) 1
Red Deer Rebels (8-3-1-0) 0
Portland Winterhawks (7-3-0-1) 1

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