Silvertips Remain Top-Ranked WHL Team in CHL Top 10 Rankings

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The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week eleven 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.

For a second-consecutive week, the Everett Silvertips are the top-ranked Western Hockey League team, moving into the fourth position. Playing three games over the weekend, the Silvertips downed the Saskatoon Blades 6-1, dropped a 4-3 road result to the Portland Winterhawks, and edged the Tri-City Americans by a 4-3 score in overtime. Captain Bryce Kindopp returned to form with six points (2G-4A) through the three games, highlighted by the game-winning goal in overtime Sunday. The Silvertips return to action Wednesday, November 27 (7:05 p.m. PT) when they play host to the Spokane Chiefs at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Coming in at sixth in this week’s rankings were the Prince Albert Raiders, who remained in the familiar position of first place in the East Division while also holding onto the top spot in the Eastern Conference at the moment. The Raiders rolled through an Albertan road trip with a 7-1 win against the Red Deer Rebels, 5-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and a 4-2 setback against the Medicine Hat Tigers. WHL leading scorer Aliaksei Protas (Washington Capitals), once again led the Raiders offensively, posting five points (3G-2A) through the three games. A pair of forwards in 19-year-old Spencer Moe and rookie Evan Herman also impressed with four points each through the road trip. The Raiders will open a home-and-home set against the Swift Current Broncos on Friday, November 29 (7:00 p.m. CT) at the Art Hauser Centre.

The Portland Winterhawks rounded out the trio of WHL teams in the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings this week, placing themselves in the ninth spot. A perfect 3-0-0-0 week saw the Winterhawks temporarily take over top spot in the U.S. Division as they downed the Vancouver Giants 3-1, beat the Silvertips 4-3, and shutout the Saskatoon Blades by an 8-0 score. Mason Mannek continued his strong play with six points (1G-5A) throughout the three games. Up next for the Winterhawks is a trip to British Columbia for a pair of weekend games against the Kamloops Blazers. The puck drops for the first game on Friday, November 29 (7:00 p.m. PT) at the Sandman Centre.

Earning an honourable mention this week were the Edmonton Oil Kings. On their biennial road trip through the B.C. Division, the Oil Kings took a 3-2 loss against the Victoria Royals and a 5-4 defeat in overtime against the Vancouver Giants on the weekend. They made up for it with a 1-0 shootout victory against the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday, with goaltender Sebastian Cossa stopping all 21 shots sent his way, denying three more opportunities in the shootout. The rookie goaltender is now 7-2-0-1 this season with a 2.25 goals-against average, 0.919 save percentage, and two shutouts. The Oil Kings will wrap up the five-game road trip at the Sandman Centre against the Blazers on Wednesday, November 27 (7:00 p.m. PT).

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 11

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Sherbrooke Phoenix (20-3-2-0) 1 11
2 Moncton Wildcats (19-5-0-0) 2 5
3 Windsor Spitfires (15-3-3-0) 6 4
4 Everett Silvertips (16-5-1-0) 3 5
5 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (18-5-2-0) 4 11
6 Prince Albert Raiders (16-5-3-1) 5 8
7 Ottawa 67’s (17-6-0-0) 9 9
8 Oshawa Generals (16-6-0-1) 7 9
9 Portland Winterhawks (15-5-1-2) 2
10 Guelph Storm (14-4-1-3) 1
Honourable Mention:
Edmonton Oil Kings (15-5-4-2) 8 10
Peterborough Petes (16-6-1-1) 10 3
London Knights (14-5-1-1) 4