Raiders continue reign atop Kia CHL Top 10
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week eleven edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season. The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
Make it seven weeks atop the Kia CHL Top 10 rankings for the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders. The top team in the country pushed their season-long winning streak to 18 consecutive games following a 5-3 triumph in Edmonton on Wednesday evening over the Oil Kings.
Veteran forward Brett Leason continues to lead the CHL in scoring, having now tallied 59 points (26G-33A) in 26 games. The 19-year-old product of Calgary has registered at least one point in every single Raiders game to date in 2018-19. The Raiders will look to continue their dominant play on the road as they visit the Regina Pats on Saturday and Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday.
The next Raiders’ game at the Art Hauser Centre is on Saturday, December 8 when the Brandon Wheat Kings come to town. Puck drop is 7 p.m. Get tickets for that game here.
The Everett Silvertips push their way up the Kia CHL Top 10 rankings, moving from ninth to sixth this week. Perched atop the U.S. Division, the Silvertips are 8-1-1-0 over their past 10 games, with reigning WHL Eli Wilson Goaltender of the Week Dustin Wolf serving as the backbone. As it stands, the product of Tustin, Calif., ranks third in the WHL in goals-against average (1.88), fourth in save percentage (.924), second in wins (18) and is tied for second in the league in shutouts (2). The Silvertips will enjoy the comforts of home this next week as they play host to the Spokane Chiefs (Friday at 8:35 p.m. MT) and Kootenay ICE (Saturday 8:05 p.m. MT).
The Vancouver Giants remain steady in the No. 10 position this week on the strength of a three-game winning streak. The top-ranked team in the BC Division is 7-3-0-0 in its past 10 games and trails only Everett in the WHL’s Western Conference. Calgary Flames prospect Milos Roman has been a key contributor over the Giants’ three-game run, tallying five points (3G-2A). Next up, the Giants return home to welcome the Tri-City Americans for back-to-back contests (Saturday at 8 p.m. MT and Sunday at 5 p.m. MT).
Earning honourable mentions in this week’s edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 are the Red Deer Rebels and Moose Jaw Warriors.
Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 11:
|Rank:||Team:||Last Week Rank:||Number of Weeks Ranked:|
|1||Prince Albert Raiders (25-1-0-0)||1||9|
|2||Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (22-4-0-0)||3||8|
|3||Ottawa 67’s (21-3-3-1)||2||8|
|4||London Knights (18-4-2-0)||6||7|
|5||Drummondville Voltigeurs (18-6-1-0)||–||6|
|6||Everett Silvertips (20-7-1-0)||9||2|
|7||Baie-Comeau Drakkar (19-6-1-1)||8||9|
|8||Moncton Wildcats (19-6-2-0)||5||6|
|9||Halifax Mooseheads (17-6-1-0)||4||11|
|10||Vancouver Giants (18-6-2-0)||10||9|
|Red Deer Rebels (16-8-1-0)||7||4|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (15-6-4-1)||–||3|
|Moose Jaw Warriors (13-5-3-1)||–||0|
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.