Viterra MJHL Power Rankings | Week 9


(-) 1st – Steinbach Pistons

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 17-2-1
Impressive Player: David Cote – 1 goal, 2 assists in 2 games
Another successful weekend for the league-leading Pistons. Consistency has been a theme throughout the bulk of this year, and it’s continued. Layers of scoring paired with limiting chances against topped by strong goaltending has a winning streak that has hit 8 games.
Up Next: Nov. 24th vs Dauphin, Nov. 26th @ WPG Freeze


(-) 2nd – Winkler Flyers

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 16-2-0-1
Impressive Player: Jayce Legaarden – 5 goals in 2 games
Continuing to roll along, the Flyers boast a powerful offense tied for the league lead in goals scored but have also given up the fewest in the MJHL. A group that can explode at any moment, despite at times making things more difficult on themselves than need be. They get the job done more often than not.
Up Next: Nov. 22 vs Portage, Nov. 29th @ Niverville


(-) 3rd – Virden Oil Capitals

This Week: 2-0
Overall: 14-4-1-1
Impressive Player: Roux Bazin – 1 goal, 1 assist in 2 games
Finding their rhythm as a group, the Oil Caps have ripped off four consecutive wins, all by one goal. While not running away on the scoreboard, the Oil Caps are proving they can play grind it out, do what it takes to win no matter what kind of hockey. That usually translates well to playoff results.
Up Next: Nov. 24th @ Waywayseecappo, Nov. 26th vs Blizzard, Nov. 29th vs Neepawa


(+2) 4th – Portage Terriers

This Week: 1-0-1
Overall: 13-5-3-2
Impressive Player: Alyandro De Leon – 1 goal, 2 assists in 2 games
Coming off an impressive road win over one of the top teams in the MGEU West, the Terriers let one slip away in overtime the next night. A tough lesson for the group but as they continue to add new bodies to the mix, the chemistry will grow. Better to learn what it takes to close out games now than in March.
Up Next: Nov. 22nd @ Winkler, Nov. 25th @ Selkirk, Nov. 26th vs Neepawa


(-) 5th – Dauphin Kings

This Week: 1-1
Overall: 14-4
Impressive Player: Logan Walker – 1 goal, 2 assists in 2 games
A nice response on the road cutting off a little two-game slide. Still right near the top of the overall league standings with the fewest games played. Between now and Christmas, play just 3 of 10 games against MGEU West opponents. Two of those games are against the team they’re chasing for top spot.
Up Next: Nov. 24th @ Steinbach, Nov. 25th @ Niverville, Nov. 28th vs The Blizzard


(-2) 6th – OCN Blizzard

This Week: 0-1
Overall: 18-8-0-2
Impressive Player: Brett Ward – 1 goal in 1 game
The formula of the Blizzard seems to be give up less than two goals in a game and win. Scoring in bulk has been tough to come by but a very balanced team points wise gives them the advantage of anyone playing hero on any given night. Tough couple weeks ahead with 8 of the next 9 on the road.
Up Next: Nov. 22nd @ Swan Valley, Nov. 25th @ Waywayseecappo, Nov. 26th @ Virden, Nov. 27th vs Dauphin


(+5) 7th – Neepawa Titans

This Week: 3-0
Overall: 9-11-1
Impressive Player: Carter McLeod – 2 goals, 4 assists in 3 games
Exactly what the doctor ordered for the Titans. Not just the results, but how they’re going about getting the wins that have them forcing their way into the MGEU West playoff conversation. 17 goals scored in the past 3 games by 9 different players has the room bursting with confidence and the league on notice.
Up Next: Nov. 22nd @ Niverville, Nov. 25th vs WPG Blues, Nov. 26th @ Portage, Nov. 29th @ Virden


(+5) 8th – Winnipeg Freeze

This Week: 1-0
Overall: 4-14-1
Impressive Player: Thomas Stewart – 3 assists in 1 game
One of the biggest comebacks in the franchise’s history, scoring late to tie then early in overtime to stun one of the top teams in the MGEU East Division proves the Freeze have the heart, desire and will to succeed. They may have tough times ahead, but they’ll know as a group, they can stun anyone.
Up Next: Nov. 24th @ Selkirk, Nov. 26th vs Steinbach, Nov. 30th @ WPG Blues


(-1) 9th – Waywayseecappo Wolverines

This Week: 0-1-0-1
Overall: 9-11-0-2
Impressive Player: Aiden Moser – 1 goal, 2 assists in 2 games
The start of an important four game homestand didn’t get off to the best start but they have a chance to take a bite out of a couple teams they’re chasing in the standings. Need to find consistency now or might not be unable to catch the teams ahead but could be passed by the team right on their heels.
Up Next: Nov. 24th vs Virden, Nov. 25th vs The Blizzard, Nov. 28th vs WPG Blues


(-3) 10th – Niverville Nighthawks

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 12-9-1
Impressive Player: Michael Tanchak – 2 goals, 1 assist in 2 games.
It’s been a tough month but they banked points early so they can afford some pre-Christmas struggles. Set to embark on a 6-game home stand and playing .500 won’t cut it. They’ll want to take 4 or 5 out of 6 by any means necessary. Need the scoring output to match the goaltending they’ve been getting.
Up Next: Nov. 22nd vs Neepawa, Nov. 24th vs WPG Blues, Nov. 25th vs Dauphin, Nov. 29th vs Winkler


(-3) 11th – Selkirk Steelers

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 7-13-1
Impressive Player: Mathieu Catellier – 1 goal in 2 games
Scoring remains an issue but as a team, they let opponents know they’ve been in a battle. The future leaders are showing regardless of results, they work hard and when the scoring touch catches up to the effort, they will be a scary team to go up against nightly. But for now, simply need to score more goals.
Up Next: Nov. 24th vs WPG Freeze, Nov. 25th vs Portage


(-2) 12th – Swan Valley Stampeders

This Week: 0-2
Overall: 5-16-2
Impressive Player: Alex Walicki – 2 goals, 1 assist in 2 games
A four-game losing skid where the group has struggled to score. Fading a bit as the teams ahead of them find ways to lock in points. They’ve shown flashes of offensive potential, have elite level goaltending and the defense is learning on the job. Don’t count them out but need to find scoring support quickly.
Up Next: Nov. Nov. 22nd vs The Blizzard


(-1) 13th – Winnipeg Blues

This Week: 0-1
Overall: 4-13-3
Impressive Player: Evan Gradt – 1 goal in 1 game
Have yet to pull out a win in November while collecting just a single point in an OT loss, the Blues are feeling the pressure of their in-town rival trying to chase them down. A tough road trip continues but if they can pull off a couple wins, it could boost spirits and production at the same time.
Up Next: Nov. 25th @ Niverville, Nov. 25th @ Neepawa, Nov. 28th @ Waywayseecappo, Nov. 30 vs WPG Freeze