Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hawks Stay in the 6 Spot in CHL's Top 10

The Portland Winterhawks stayed ranked 6th in the CHL's 3rd week of the BMO Top 10. This after only playing one game and winning it in a lop sided fashion, 10-4.
The Armada

The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL continued their ascension in the ranking, rising to the number one after winning two more games to open to a 6-0-0-0 record. Florida Panther's prospect Christopher Clapperton leads the way for the Armada with 4 points in 6 games.

The London Knights dropped one game last week and also lost Phoenix Coyotes prospect Max Domi for 4 games after he returned to the lineup from Coyotes camp and proceeded to throw a vicious forearm while the Guelph Storm's Brock McGinn was coming in, intending to check him. Domi left his feet and led with his forearm. This is not his first run in with the disciplinarians of the OHL, warranting the 4 game suspension he was given. This hit was only one game more than Brendan Leipsic got for a hit that seemed far less menacing.

The Spokane Chiefs, Portland's foe tonight rose from out of the top 10 all the way to #5, leap frogging the Hawks after beating Victoria 6-1 and Tri City 2-1 on their way to a 4-0-0-0 start to the season. Mitch Holmberg was named the WHL and CHL player of the week and currently leads the WHL in scoring with 14 points. Max Aviani is tied with Portland's Oliver Bjorkstrand with 12 points for 2nd in the league.

The other two WHL teams ranked in the the top 10 are: Prince Albert(2nd, up from 3rd last week) and Red Deer (10th, same as last week).

Hopefully, the Hawks can take down the high flying Chiefs tonight in an impressive enough manner to knock them back out of the top 10.

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