Viterra MJHL Power Rankings | Week 7


(-) 1st – Steinbach Pistons

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 13-2-1
Impressive Player: Jackson Kostiuk – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Continuing their winning ways, the Pistons have shown they’re dynamic enough to pile up goals and disciplined enough to grind games out. Still lead the lead in times short-handed but the gap between them and the rest of the league has narrowed considerably.
Up Next: Nov. 11th vs Selkirk, Nov. 12th @ Portage


(-) 2nd – Dauphin Kings

This Week: 4-1
Overall: 12-2
Impressive Player: Trey Gnetz – 1 goal, 3 assists in 2 games
A gutsy, statement win over another top division rival has the Kings surging and the top ranked MJHL team on in the CJHL. As a team, Dauphin has only given up more than three goals in a game once this season. Not only do they lead their division, they’ve played the least number of games to this point.
Up Next: Nov. 11th @ Neepawa, Nov. 12th vs Winkler


(+1) 3rd – Winkler Flyers

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 12-1-0-1
Impressive Player: James Richards – 4 assists in 2 games
Coming off an overtime win that left a bad taste, the Flyers bounced back and made a statement against their next opponent throwing up a 10 on the scoreboard while allowing just 14 shots against. Games like that bring a team together and a tough three games in three-night road trip will only help more.
Up Next: Nov. 10th @ Swan Valley, Nov. 11th @ The Blizzard, Nov. 12th @ Dauphin


(-1) 4th – Virden Oil Capitals

This Week: 0-0-0-1
Overall: 10-1-0-1
Impressive Player: David Bielik – 2 assists in 1 game
Giving up a two-goal lead and losing in a shootout was not the plan but the Oil Caps showed they can dictate a game against other top teams. For a team looking to get back to the finals in a few months, it’s about process and playing the way they have will result in more wins, especially at important times.
Up Next: Nov. 11th @ Niverville, Nov. 12th vs WPG Blues


(+2) 5th – OCN Blizzard

This Week: 2-1
Overall: 8-7-0-2
Impressive Player: Miguel Bouvier – 1 goal, 3 assists in 3 games
Despite unraveling in the third period of their latest game, lots of positives for the Blizzard who have shown they have what it takes to battle for the top of the division. The big question will be if the young players find another level or will they fade as the grind of the MJHL continues.
Up Next: Nov. 11th vs Winkler, Nov. 12th vs Swan Valley


(-) 6th – Niverville Nighthawks

This Week: 1-1
Overall: 11-5-1
Impressive Player: Carter Spirig – 2 goals, 2 assists in 2 games
Coming off perhaps the most exciting, entertaining win in franchise history, the Nighthawks couldn’t carry the momentum to next game. A letdown but a chance to learn and grow as a team. Statement opportunity with 6 of their next 9 at the CRRC including a 4-game stand to close the month.
Up Next: Nov. 8th @ Portage, Nov. 10th @ WPG Freeze, Nov. 11th vs Virden, Nov. 15th vs Neepawa


(-2) 7th – Portage Terriers

This Week: 1-0-1
Overall: 9-4-2-2
Impressive Player: Parker Scherr – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
After letting their last game slip away, the club will be highly motivated for the upcoming rematch. Too good of a team to let that fester and look for them to use their depth and speed as weapons. A power play that has begun to heat up will help. They’ve potted 5 PPG’s in their last 13 chances.
Up Next: Nov. 8th vs Niverville, Nov. 11th @ WPG Blues, Nov. 12th vs Steinbach, Nov. 14th @ Selkirk


(+3) 8th – Selkirk Steelers

This Week: 3-0
Overall: 6-9-1
Impressive Player: Nick Giasson – 3 goals in 3 games
A much needed and hard-earned winning streak has a different feel in the house of steel. A group of grinders that never quit and refuse to be taken lightly. On top of that, elite level goaltending has been a major factor in success as they’ve allowed just 3 goals combined in their last 3 games.
Up Next: Nov. 10th vs Waywaysecappo, Nov. 11th @ Steinbach, Nov. 14th vs Portage


(+4) 9th – Swan Valley Stampeders

This Week: 2-2
Overall: 5-13-1
Impressive Player: Gage Stewart – 2-2 record, 7 goals against on 149 shots over 4 games
It felt like just a matter of time for a team that was far better than their record to find some traction. With the addition of elite-level goaltending, the Stamps will look to gallop out of the basement and towards the upper tier in the MGEU West. Still lots of work to do but positive vibes have returned.
Up Next: Nov. 10th vs Winkler, Nov. 12th @ The Blizzard


(-1) 10th – Waywayseecappo Wolverines

This Week: 0-1
Overall: 8-9-0-1
Impressive Player: Ben Roulette – 2 assists in 1 game
Coming off a very busy October, a little setback to start November is no reason to panic. The Wolverines have what it takes to be in the fight every night and will look to use a home heavy part of the schedule upcoming to pile up some points in a division that looks like it’ll be close right to the very end.
Up Next: Nov. 10th @ Selkirk, Nov. 12th vs WPG Freeze


(-3) 11th – Winnipeg Freeze

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 3-12-1
Impressive Player: Aven Cockerill – 1 goal in 2 games
A bit of a step back as the group continues to give up a large number of goals. Regardless of the score, they’ve earned respect and a reputation as a team that never gives up. They’ve made positive strides in their compete level and picking up a few wins will continue to boost confidence.
Up Next: Nov. 10th vs Niverville, Nov. 12th @ Waywayseecappo


(-2) 12th – Neepawa Titans

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 6-10-1
Impressive Player: Hayden Stocks – 2 goals in 2 games
A pair of games where despite being heavily outshot, the club stuck around but couldn’t find a way to get over the hump. Having goaltending you believe in is a powerful thing. 9 games remain and with teams around them finding ways to collect points, the Titans need to do the same, or else.
Up Next: Nov. 11th vs Dauphin, Nov. 15th @ Niverville


(-1) 13th – Winnipeg Blues

This Week: 0-3-1
Overall: 4-12-1
Impressive Player: River Leslie-Toogood – 0-2-1 record, 8 goals against on 121 shots in 3 games
Struggling to score consistently but don’t give much up in the way of offence against. Strong goaltending keeps the team in games while they try different ways to manufacture goals. The rest of the month will tell a lot about the team as 5 of the next 7 are away from the comforts of home ice.
Up Next: Nov. 11th vs Portage, Nov. 12th @ Virden