Viterra MJHL Power Rankings | Week 8


(-) 1st – Steinbach Pistons

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 15-2-1
Impressive Player: Noah Szabo – 1 goal, 4 assists in 2 games
Dominating in back-to-back games, scoring 12 goals while allowing just 1 has put Steinbach atop the league. Now second in the MJHL in goal differential at +40. They have 3 players in the top 10 in league scoring plus 3 in the top 10 of rookie scoring.
Up Next: Nov. 17th @ Swan Valley, Nov. 18th @ The Blizzard


(+1) 2nd – Winkler Flyers

This Week: 2-1
Overall: 14-2-0-1
Impressive Player: Tanner George – 2 goals, 2 assists in 3 games
A very impressive showing in a tough part of the schedule collecting 9 out of a possible 10 points during the 5-game road trip. As a group, they have only allowed 4 goals against in 1 single game this year. Continue to massively outshoot opponents on most nights.
Up Next: Nov. 17th vs WPG Blues, Nov. 21st @ Selkirk, Nov. 22nd vs Portage


(+1) 3rd – Virden Oil Capitals

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 12-4-1-1
Impressive Player: Josh Lehto – 3 goals, 1 assist in 2 games
Points in 5 straight games have the Oil Caps hanging out in the penthouse of the MGEU West Division. Lead their division in goals scored with 77 and also have the fewest penalty minutes. 9 players in double digits with points and 3 scoring at over a point per game pace.
Up Next: Nov. 16th vs Waywayseecappo, Nov. 18th @ Swan Valley,


(+1) 4th – OCN Blizzard

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 10-7-0-2
Impressive Player: Tomas Anderson – 2-0 record, 55 saves on 58 shots over 2 games
Massive production on their recent homestand has put the Blizzard firmly in a position to make a jump to the top of the MGEU West. Scoring enough to do the job while allowing very little against. Earned a reputation as a frustrating team to play against thanks to structure and willingness to grind games out.
Up Next: Nov. 18th vs Steinbach


(-3) 5th – Dauphin Kings

This Week: 1-1
Overall: 13-3
Impressive Player: Anthony Bax – 2 goals, 1 assist in 2 games.
Could be higher in the rankings but a tough loss at home to a team wrapping up a 3-in-3 is a game the Kings will want to have back. Best winning percentage in the MGEU West while allowing the fewest goals. A bonus is having games in hand on everyone in the MJHL.
Up Next: Nov. 17th vs Portage, Nov. 21st @ Waywayseecappo


(+1) 6th – Portage Terriers

This Week: 3-1
Overall: 12-5-2-2
Impressive Player: Tayem Gislason – 2 goals, 2 assists in 4 games
Typical stretch for Portage, never piling up points and making a statement after a loss. A power play that has come alive in a big way but while they can score, they’ve been prone to giving up high-danger chances against having given up the second most goals out of the teams currently in a playoff spot.
Up Next: Nov. 17th @ Dauphin, Nov. 18th @ WPG Freeze, Nov. 22nd @ Winkler,


(-1) 7th – Niverville Nighthawks

This Week: 1-2
Overall: 12-7-1
Impressive Player: Ty Kennett – 2 goals, 1 assist in 3 games
Some growing pains through the early part of the month for a club that will use it as gained experience down the road. A stretch of games is coming up where they can bank some points and gain confidence as a group who need to work as a team to score goals. Play 5 games of their next 6 at home.
Up Next: Nov. 15th vs Neepawa, Nov. 18th @ Neepawa, Nov. 22nd vs Neepawa,


(+2) 8th – Waywayseecappo Wolverines

This Week: 1-1
Overall: 9-10-0-1
Impressive Player: Jack Clarke – 2 goals, 1 assist in 2 games
Have all the pieces to be a threat each and every night. Can score in bunches with an electric offence but can also give up their fair share of chances. Given up the second most goals in the MGEU West and the only team in either division currently in a playoff spot with a negative goal differential.
Up Next: Nov. 16th @ Virden, Nov. 21st vs Dauphin


(-1) 9th – Selkirk Steelers

This Week: 1-2
Overall: 7-11-1
Impressive Player: Mathieu Moreira – 1 goal, 1 assist in 3 games
Have shown they have a winning formula but it’s one that’s hard to consistently do on a nightly basis. Goaltending and team defense has been rock solid more often than it’s not but it can crack, proven by giving up 10 goals in two games. The team has not scored 4 goals or more in a game all season.
Up Next: Nov. 17th @ Neepawa, Nov. 21st vs Winkler


(-1) 10th – Swan Valley Stampeders

This Week: 0-1-1
Overall: 5-14-2
Impressive Player: Trey Sauder – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Have proven they have the scoring and now with elite level goaltending to match. A team that doesn’t give up much will be put to the test in a tough three-game home stand against teams that can do damage on the scoreboard. Not make or break but there’s a chance for a massive statement.
Up Next: Nov. 17th vs Steinbach, Nov. 18th vs Virden, Nov. 22nd vs The Blizzard


(+2) 11th – Winnipeg Blues

This Week: 0-0-2
Overall: 4-12-3
Impressive Player: Tyler Dodgson – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
A pesky group that never quits pushed a pair of top teams right to the brink before falling in overtime. Can give up a fair number of shots but have a strong backbone in goal that keeps them in games. Won’t roll over and if teams take them lightly, they’ll make teams pay by stealing a point or two.
Up Next: Nov. 17th @ Winkler


(-) 12th – Neepawa Titans

This Week: 0-1
Overall: 6-11-1
Impressive Player: Cody Gudnason – 1 goal, 1 assist in 1 game
A very busy stretch gives the Titans a lot of opportunity to bank points and fight their way up the standings. Points are a must given that they have 6 in a row against the other division. Cleaning things up on the second-worst penalty kill in the MJHL will also help when it comes to earning wins.
Up Next: Nov. 15th @ Niverville, Nov. 17th vs Selkirk, Nov. 18th vs Niverville, Nov. 22nd @ Niverville


(-2) 13th – Winnipeg Freeze

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 4-12-1
Impressive Player: Elliot Perreault – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
While the results have gone back to what they were earlier this year, there’s a different feeling surrounding the team. They’ve earned respect around the league. They get their opponents best and despite results, it’ll help this young team moving forward learning what it takes to win.
Up Next: Nov. 18th vs Portage