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Wilderness top CJHL in winning percentage; Lakers 33rd

02/23/2013, 6:00am CST
By SIJHL Communications

SUPERIOR INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

SIJHL COMMUNICATIONS
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Release Date: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

Wilderness lead CJHL in winning percentage; Lakers 33rd

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Of the 127 teams that currently comprise the Canadian Junior Hockey League, the Minnesota Wilderness of the Superior International Junior Hockey League leads the way when it comes to overall winning percentage.

The three-time SIJHL regular season and two-time playoff champion Wilderness presently boasts a CJHL-best win mark of .931, which coincides with their 47-3-0-1 record.

Meanwhile the No. 2 rated squad in the SIJHL standings, the Fort Frances Lakers, are rapidly closing in on joining the top 25 percent of CJHL clubs in winning percentage. At the moment they sit 33rd nationally at .656.

The Wilderness has been the hottest team in all of Jr. A hockey for the past four months having not lost a game in regulation time since all the way back on Oct. 24 of 2012.

To date the Wilderness are riding a 15-game winning streak while also going 33-0-0-1 overall since that last defeat in regulation.

They have been tabbed the No. 2 team in the CJHL weekly top 20 rankings, which are compiled in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, for 11 consecutive weeks.

Fort Frances, last season’s playoff finalist where they fell to the Wilderness in the seventh and deciding game of the Bill Salonen Cup final, are 30-15-1-2 in 2012-13 and have been credited with the win in each of their past seven contests.

The Lakers were also the last team to hand the Wilderness a loss in regulation time, a 4-3 road triumph, back in October.

The No. 1 ranked team in the CJHL, the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brook Bandits, sit second overall in winning percentage at .921.

Brooks has a record of 51-3-3 on the season and is the only CJHL squad to date to surpass the 100-point plateau.

Rounding out the top three is the 2013 Royal Bank Cup host Summerside Western Capitals.

Summerside, the top team in the Maritime Hockey League standings, is No. 3 when it comes to winning percentage sitting at .826.

The Western Capitals are also ranked No. 3 in the CJHL.

The following are the CJHL winning percentage leaders, featuring those clubs with a .650 win mark or higher.

CJHL 2012-13 Season Leaders: Winning Percentage  
(As of Feb. 23/13)    
RANK TEAM LEAGUE WIN%
1st Minnesota Wilderness SIJHL .931
2nd Brooks Bandits AJHL .921
3rd Summerside Western Capitals MHL .826
4th Ste-Jerome Panthers LHJAAAQ .816
5th Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners MHL .789
6th Dauphin Kings MJHL .786
7th Longueuil College Francais LHJAAAQ .784
8th Trenton Golden Hawks OJHL .769
9th North Bay Trappers NOJHL .767
10th Winnipeg Blues MJHL .759
11th Truro Bearcats MHL .750
12th Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL .738
T-13th Humboldt Broncos SJHL .731
T-13th Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL .731
15th Granby Inouk LHJAAAQ .724
16th Georgetown Raiders OJHL .722
17th Amherst Ramblers MHL .717
18th Victoria Grizzlies BCHL .706
19th St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL .704
20th Yorkton Terriers SJHL .698
21st Penticton Vees BCHL .696
22nd Melville Millionaires SJHL .689
23rd Surrey Eagles BCHL .686
24th Kingston Voyageurs OJHL .685
25th Lachine Maroons LHJAAAQ .680
T-26th OCN Blizzard MJHL .675
T-26th Ottawa Jr. Senators CCHL .675
28th North York Rangers OJHL .673
T-29th Merritt Centennials BCHL .670
T-29th Nipawin Hawks SJHL .670
31st Spruce Grove Saints AJHL .664
32nd Toronto Lakeshore Patriots OJHL .657
33rd Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL .656
34th Nepean Raiders CCHL .655

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