Viterra MJHL Power Rankings | Week 23


(-) 1st – Portage Terriers

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 39-10-1-1
Impressive Player: Forward Mike Stubbs – 2GP/2G/2A/4PTS
The wagon is full steam ahead for the Centennial Cup hosts. Balanced offense, strong defense, and difference-making goaltending are all coming together as they storm into the final month of the regular season.
Up Next: Mar 1st vs WPG Blues, Mar 5th @ WPG Freeze, Mar 8th vs Winkler


(+1) 2nd – Steinbach Pistons

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 37-13
Impressive Player: Forward Kirk Mullen – 2GP/2G/1A/3PTS
Coming together at the right time and winning playoff style games have Steinbach once again chugging towards the post-season. Being comfortable in close games is a real asset as the calendar flips to March.
Up Next: Mar 3rd vs Waywayseecappo, Mar 5th @ Neepawa, Mar 7th @ Selkirk


(+3) 3rd – Virden Oil Capitals

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 30-20-1
Impressive Player: Goaltender Eric Ried – 2GP/2 wins/ 51 saves on 52 shots
A remarkable stretch continues. Going from a team that no one thought could make it to a team that no one wants to face in round 1 is quite the achievement. Still work to do and home ice for game 1 of round 1 is certainly on the table.
Up Next: Mar 3rd vs WPG Blues, Mar 4th @ WPG Blues


(-) 4th – Swan Valley Stampeders

This Week: 2-1
Overall: 28-16-5-1
Impressive Player – Defenseman Collin Jennings – 3GP/3G/1A/4PTS
Rollercoaster of results during this recent stretch. A massive win coupled with a humbling loss and a scrappy, claw all the way back win should keep the team energized heading into a packed end of the regular season stretch.
Up Next: Mar 1st vs Dauphin, Mar 3rd @ WPG Freeze, Mar 4th @ Selkirk, Mar 8th vs Neepawa


(-3) 5th – OCN Blizzard

This Week: 2-2
Overall: 30-19-2-3
Impressive Player: Defenseman Eduard Wruck – 3GP/2G/2A/4PTS
Going .500 is better than losing more but the Blizzard still can’t be happy with the results of late. They currently have a lead for top spot in the MGEU West but have more games played. They’ll have to sit, wait and see what others do around them. Not a comforting position to be in.
Up Next: Off until Mar 10th vs Niverville


(+4) 6th – Winkler Flyers

This Week: 2-0-1
Overall: 30-13-6-1
Impressive Player: Forward Trent Penner – 2GP/3G/1A/4PTS
Second spot in the MGEU East may be out of reach but the Flyers know that they’re style of hockey can be effective home or away. Looking to keep building and move forward with a lineup of guys who can be the difference maker on any given night.
Up Next: Mar 1st vs Selkirk, Mar 3rd @ Selkirk, Mar 6th resuming game @ WPG Freeze (leading 4-2), Mar 8th @ Portage


(+6) 7th – Niverville Nighthawks

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 23-23-1-3
Impressive Player: Forward Ty Kennett – 2GP/2G/3A/5PTS
Two of the biggest wins in franchise history. Niverville needed a response after stumbling and a young team out to prove themselves did just that. Not only win but made a statement in the process. Could be the start of a magical run for the newest MJHL team.
Up Next: Mar 1st vs Neepawa, Mar 3rd @ Dauphin, Mar 5th vs Dauphin


(-3) 8th – Selkirk Steelers

This Week: 0-1
Overall: 20-25-3-2
Impressive Player: Defenseman Deshon Friesen – 1GP/1G/0A/1PT
Let a glorious opportunity slip through their fingers. If they don’t make the playoffs, the loss to the Nighthawks will be looked upon as a major reason. Good news is the team is still good and plays 8 times in the month of march. Have to think 12 of those 16 points is possible and needed.
Up Next: Mar 1st @ Winkler, Mar 3rd vs Winkler, Mar 4th vs Swan Valley, Mar 7th vs Steinbach


(+3) 9th – Winnipeg Freeze

This Week: 1-2
Overall: 4-45-3
Impressive Player: Forward Hayden Chaloner – 3GP/1G/4A/5PTS
A monumental road effort resulted in a win and pushes the Freeze into double digits in points. For a team that has had a tough, tough year, that’s something to be proud of. They know they can play spoiler and will look to ruin more teams’ day’s going forward.
Up Next: Mar 3rd vs Swan Valley, Mar 5th vs Portage, Mar 6th vs Winkler


(-3) 10th – Dauphin Kings

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 28-13-5-1
Impressive Player: Forward Mason Smith – 2GP/1G/0A/1PT
Not the ideal time to lose three straight and back-to-back contests vs a team directly competing for a playoff spot. No time to feel sorry for themselves, the Kings have a busy March with lots of points on the line. Won’t be easy but no one’s counting out the reigning champs.
Up Next: Mar 1st @ Swan Valley, Mar 3rd vs Niverville, Mar 5th @ Niverville, Mar 7th @ Waywayseecappo



(-2) 11th – Neepawa Titans

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 16-27-6-1
Impressive Player: Forward Mason Hartley – 2GP/1G/0A/1PT
Zero room now for the Titans. Win every night and hope a couple teams in front of you stumble. The message is playing every game from here on out like a playoff game. Regardless of the outcome, it will benefit the organization long-term as the future is bright.
Up Next: Mar 1 @ Niverville, Mar 5th vs Steinbach, Mar 8th @ Swan Valley


(-4) 12th – Waywayseecappo Wolverines

This Week: 0-3
Overall: 27-19-3-2
Impressive Player: Forward Cole Carlson – 3gp/1G/0A/1PT
Good teams go through bad stretches. Waywayseecappo is a work-hard, grind it out team and that never takes a game off. The offence needs to find a way to battle through as games will only get tighter from here on out. A little adversity never hurt a team hunting for a long-playoff run.
Up Next: Mar 3rd @ Steinbach, Mar 7th vs Dauphin


(-2) 13th – Winnipeg Blues

This Week: 0-1
Overall: 16-28-6-1
Impressive Player: Forward Thomas Kaufield – 1GP/2G/0A/2PTS
Having lost 8 of their last 9 games have put the Blues in a disappointing spot. Still a chance to have an impact and either make the race towards 4th spot in the MGEU East a little tighter or play the role of spoiler down the stretch and impact things that way.
Up Next: Mar 1st @ Portage, Mar 3rd @ Virden, Mar 4th vs Virden