North Stars Bodnar named SIJHL player of the week
CJHL Ranking Week 18
THUNDER BAY, Ontario. – February 7, 2018 (LSN) The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Thunder Bay North Stars goaltender Brandon Bodnar has been named its Play It Again Sports player of the week for the period ending February 4.
In four starts last week the 20-year-old Fort Frances, Ont., won all of them helping Thunder Bay extend their current winning streak to 10 consecutive games.
For the week Bodnar registered a 1.75 goals-against average along with a stingy .947 save percentage while also posting his league-leading fourth shutout as he picked up wins vs. Fort Frances and English River at the SIJHL Showcase along with a pair of home ice triumphs over the weekend against Dryden.
Bodnar has now won his past seven starts and presently paces all league netminders in wins with 16.
Also earning consideration for player of the week honours was Michael Johnson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies; Brody Jennings, (D) English River Miners; Matthew Pitchenese, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs; Adam Withers, (F) Fort Frances Lakers and Tyler Thompson, (G) Minnesota Iron Rangers.
SIJHL – Play It Again Sports players of the week
Week 1: Jacen Bracko, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 2: Parker Simonson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 3: Brock Lefebvre, (G) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 4: Parker Simsonson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 5: Jared Janke, (F) English River Miners
Week 6: Jared Janke, (F) English River Miners
Week 7: Ryan Mignault, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 8: Parker Simonson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 9: Michael Di Lullo, (F) English River Miners
Week 10: Dougie Newhouse, (G) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 11: Eric Stout, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 12: Jared Pedersen, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 13: Michael Di Lullo, (F) English River Miners
Week 14: Eli Kinsman, (F) Minnesota Iron Rangers
Week 15: Landon Pavlisin, (G) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 16: Keighan Gerrie, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 17: Terix Fischer-Kobes, (D) English River Miners
Week 18: Brandon Bodnar, (G) Thunder Bay North Stars
Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) continue at No. 1 in CJHL rankings
Surging Okotoks Oilers (AJHL); Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) hold down No. 2 & 3 spots
CALGARY, Alta. – – Rolling right along with 44 wins in 52 outings sees the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) holding down their place as the No. 1 ranked Canadian Junior Hockey League again this week. Meanwhile the red-hot Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) and Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) are also among the highly-touted teams in the CJHL.
MHL: The Edmundston Blizzard (No. 19) are two points up on the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (No. 20) in the quest for first place overall in the MHL with a game in hand.
LHJAAAQ: No. 8 Cobras de Terrebonne are now four points clear of No. 13 College Français de Longueuil as those LHJAAAQ powers vie for top spot in Quebec.
CCHL: While Carleton Place remains No. 1 for another week, another CCHL side in the Fred Page Cup-host Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (No. 5) have reached 40 wins too.
OJHL: The Toronto Patriots (No. 7) and Georgetown Raiders (No. 18) crack the Top 20 while the Aurora Tigers, North York Rangers and Oakville Blades picked up Honourable Mention recognition this week.
NOJHL: Continuing to sit atop the NOJHL standings, the Powassan Voodoos were slotted ninth in the CJHL.
SIJHL: The Thief River Falls Norskies slid to at No. 5 in the 132-team CJHL while the Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Dryden GM Ice Dogs dropped to No. 15.
MJHL: The Steinbach Pistons are now No. 4 in the CJHL while the Virden Oil Capitals solid play helped them pick up an Honourable Mention nod over in Manitoba.
SJHL: The No. 3 Nipawin Hawks have not lost in regulation in 28 games, including 25 wins. Meanwhile the Battlefords North Stars move to No. 11 nationally and Melfort Mustangs stay at No. 17 in the country.
AJHL: No. 2 Okotoks has reeled off 14 straight wins and have a comfortable lead in the overall AJHL standings. The now No. 10 Spruce Grove Saints lead their division while the No. 12 Brooks Bandits have won 10 straight. The No. 16 Fort McMurray Oil Barons remain ranked.
BCHL: The BCHL’s strong Interior Division features four 30-plus win teams. Leading the way is perennial power, the Penticton Vees, who continue to move up the CJHL rankings as they are slotted No. 14 this week. Playing .700 hockey, the Wenatchee Wild are 8-1-1 in their past 10 and earned Honourable Mention status.
CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Feb. 5/18)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST RANKING)
1. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (1)
2. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (2)
3. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (3)
4. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (9)
5. Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) (4)
6. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (5)
7. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (7)
8. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) (10)
9. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (6)
10. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (11)
11. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (12)
12. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (14)
13. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (13)
14. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (15)
15. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (8)
16. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (16)
17. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (17)
18. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (18)
19. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (19)
20. Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL) (HM)
Honourable Mention: Wenatchee Wild (BCHL); Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL); Aurora Tigers (OJHL); North York Rangers (OJHL); Oakville Blades (OJHL)
ABOUT THE CJHL RANKINGS: The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays; winning percentage; win-loss record; total points accumulated; goals-for versus goals-against ratio; etc.