Viterra MJHL Power Rankings | Week 22


(-) 1st – OCN Blizzard

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 35-14-1-3
Impressive Player: Reeve Sukut – 1 goal, 2 assists in 3 games
Upping their recent winning streak to 10, the Blizzard keep marching and show no signs of slowing down. It can’t be considered peaking because they’ve played consistently the same way and now have had a nice mix of offense stepping up when needed and defense/goaltending always being top-notch.
Up Next: Mar 8th vs WGP Blues, Mar 9th @ Dauphin


(-) 2nd – Steinbach Pistons

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 43-7-3
Impressive Player: Noah Szabo– 2 goals, 1 assist in 2 games
With every point, their grasp of top spot in the MJHL gets tighter. As has been the theme most of the year, the depth upfront wears opponents down and now with the blueline getting healthier, the explosiveness of the guys patrolling the backend has added another dangerous wrinkle to the group.
Up Next: Mar 6th @ Winkler, Mar 8th vs Waywayseecappo, Mar 10th @ Waywayseecappo,


(-) 3rd – Winkler Flyers

This Week: 1-0
Overall: 38-8-2-3
Impressive Player: Trent Penner – 1 goal, 2 assists in 1 game
Picking up three straight wins, the Flyers will look to ramp up in key areas going forward. They’ve always had a dangerous power play and now’s the time that ferocious forecheck will dial in. They hunt down loose pucks and strike quickly. All ingredients for playoff success. Tough stretch of 7 games in 12 days.
Up Next: Mar 6th vs Steinbach, Mar 8th vs Portage, Mar 10th vs Neepawa, Mar 12th @ WPG Freeze, Mar 13th vs Virden


(-) 4th – Dauphin Kings

This Week: 2-1
Overall: 34-16-1-1
Impressive Player: Logan Walker – 2 goals, 1 assist in 3 games
Going through some ups and downs, the good times have outweighed the bad for the most part. A hard lesson learned in the last game will serve the group well in the long run if everyone buys into what’s needed for group success. Good chance to catch fire and move up to second place in the MGEU West.
Up Next: Mar 8th @ Neepawa, Mar 9th vs Blizzard, Mar 12th vs Portage


(-) 5th – Virden Oil Capitals

This Week: 2-1
Overall: 37-10-3-3
Impressive Player: Josh Lehto – 1 goal, 1 assist in 3 games
Having handled their business in their own division, the Oil Caps can use losing to the top two teams in the MGEU East as fuel to push forward. With a good grasp on first place in the MGEU West, the team can use the final five games to focus on details and get some key guys rolling before round 1 starts.
Up Next: Mar 8th vs WPG Freeze, Mar 10th vs Portage, Mar 13th @ Winkler


(+3) 6th – Niverville Nighthawks

This Week: 2-1
Overall: 27-23-3-1
Impressive Player: Avery Laliberte – 4 assists in 3 games
Picking up points and getting their swagger back in the process. After a couple of wins a week ago, the Nighthawks look like they could be on the cusp of something magical. They’ll continue to tweak, continue to adjust. Looks like a group that could catch lightning in a bottle. Of course, can’t slow down.
Up Next: Mar 8th vs Selkirk, Mar 9th @ WPG Freeze


(+3) 7th – Selkirk Steelers

This Week: 2-0-0-1
Overall: 22-22-4-5
Impressive Player: John Lang – 3 goals, 1 assist in 3 games
Refusing to go quietly into the offseason, the Steelers have left it all on the ice every night. Despite being shorthanded for some games, the players in the room have bandied together and kept themselves in the race. Every game is a must win now. If they find a way to the dance, they could ride the momentum.
Up Next: Mar 6th @ WPG Blues, Mar 8th @ Niverville, Mar 13th @ Waywayseecapp


(-1) 8th – Portage Terriers

This Week: 1-1
Overall: 32-12-4-4
Impressive Player: Ashton Fishley – 3 goals, 1 assist in 2 games
While they’ve been locked into their spot for some time, the team must be looking forward to their upcoming set of games where they have a great chance to make a statement. The group has always believed in what they were capable of but with some wins during this stretch, everyone else will, too.
Up Next: Mar 6th vs Neepawa, Mar 8th @ Winkler, Mar 10th @ Virden, Mar 12th @ Dauphin, Mar 13th vs WPG Blues


(-1) 9th – Neepawa Titans

This Week: 1-2
Overall: 25-26-1
Impressive Player: Cade Hegarty – 1 goal, 2 assists in 3 games
The grind continues. It’s no easy end to the season but the Titans have proven just when you count them out, they step up and find a way to scratch, claw and take a point or two. They’ve earned the chance to control their own fate but can’t rely on help from around them. Take of of business.
Up Next: Mar 6th @ Portage, Mar 8th vs Dauphin, Mar 10th @ Winkler, Mar 12th @ WPG Blues


(-4) 10th – Waywayseecappo Wolverines

This Week: 1-1
Overall: 22-26-1-3
Impressive Player: Owen Wheatley – 2 assists in 2 games
Just when it looks like the Wolverines have unlocked what they’re capable of doing consistently, they stumble, and critical points float away. Chasing that final playoff spot with some very tough matchups coming up, there is no room for error, and they’ll be keeping one eye on the out-of-town scoreboard.
Up Next: Mar 8th @ Steinbach, Mar 10th vs Steinbach, Mar 12th @ Swan Valley, Mar 13th vs Selkirk


(+1) 11th – Winnipeg Freeze

This Week: 0-3-1
Overall: 8-40-5
Impressive Player: Xyon Kiemeny – 5 assists in 3 games
The results haven’t come this year but the group has made major strides, especially of late. Pushing some of the top teams in the league, forcing them to play near perfect hockey to beat them. Great signs for the future as this group continues to grow and learn the ways of the MJHL.
Up Next: Mar 8th @ Virden, Mar 9th vs Niverville, Mar 12th vs Winkler


(+1) 12th – Swan Valley Stampeders

This Week: 0-2-1
Overall: 10-42-3
Impressive Player: Will Brown – 2 goals, 3 assists in 3 games
For a year that has been lost for quite sometime, the Stamps still give it their best and keep their opposition from having an easy day at the rink. Whatever the score may be at the end of the night, it’s not for lack of goaltending which again, the Stamps have hit on. The future if bright in the crease.
Up Next: Mar 9th vs WPG Blues, Mar 12th vs Waywayseecappo


(-2) 13th – Winnipeg Blues

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 9-37-4-1
Impressive Player: Matthew Dewey – 1 goal in 2 games
Scrappy, hardworking, determined and elite level goaltending. Characteristics that the Blues can take through the last part of the regular season and going forward. There are pieces in place that will use the hard-knock lessons learned from this year to work in the summer to be ready to be difference makers.
Up Next: Mar 8th @ Blizzard, Mar 9th @ Swan Valley, Mar 12th vs Neepawa, Mar 13th @ Portage