The CHL Daily News

By League Press Release


The Guelph Storm, the host team of the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, slipped
into the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the first time this
season in Week 17 of the CHL’s ranking of top 10 teams, as selected by a
panel of National Hockey League scouts.

The Storm has won four consecutive games and moved into second place in the
Western Conference standings and third overall in points in the Ontario
Hockey League. That surge was enough to nudge Guelph into 10th spot in the
weekly rankings, as the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors are dropped from the
list after two weeks in the number 10 position.

The rest of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 remains the same as last
week, with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League leading the way for the 10th consecutive week.

Acadie-Bathurst managed just one point from two games this week, an overtime
loss, but the Titan managed to cling to top spot over the Plymouth Whalers
of the OHL, who remain in second place after a 2-2 record in four games this
week. The Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, on a 14-game winning streak, are still
third after winning another two games this week.

The remainder of the list is identical to last week’s. The Shawinigan
Cataractes of the QMJHL won a pair of games and they stay in fourth; the
Barrie Colts of the OHL were 1-2 but still held on to fifth spot, and the
Swift Current Broncos of the WHL went 1-1-1 and remain in sixth spot.

Rounding out the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 rankings for this
week are the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL in seventh (1-0-1 this week),
the Regina Pats of the WHL (2-0-0-1 this week) in eighth and the Sault Ste.
Marie Greyhounds of the OHL in ninth after going 2-1-0 this past week.

The Storm are now in 10th spot thanks to their winning streak, barely edging
the Majors who were 2-1-0 this past week.

The complete list from Week 17 of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10
rankings follows. The rankings can also be found at every week.

Rank Team/League               W  L  T OTL Last Week Weeks in Rankings
1 Acadie-Bathurst Titan/QMJHL 39 12  4   3         1    14
2 Plymouth Whalers/OHL        34 10  8   2         2    17
3 Red Deer Rebels/WHL         36 13  6   0         3    16
4 Shawinigan Cataractes/QMJHL 36 14  5   2         4    16
5 Barrie Colts/OHL            31 15  7   0         5    10
6 Swift Current Broncos/WHL   33 15  3   5         6    13
7 Halifax Mooseheads/QMJHL    32 17  8   1         7     8
8 Regina Pats/WHL             31 15  4   7         8     6
9 Soo Greyhounds/OHL          29 16  8   0         9     8
10 Guelph Storm/OHL           30 16  7   1        NR     1


There are no games in the WHL Monday night.

Heading into this week’s action, the Red Deer Rebels remain the hottest team
in the WHL and the CHL. The defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champions won
another two games this week to extend their winning streak to 14 games as
they now lead the Eastern Conference Central Division standings by four
points over the Swift Current Broncos, who have lost two games in a row.

In the East Division, the Regina Pats have won two straight games and have a
three-point lead on the Brandon Wheat Kings, winners of four in a row and
7-2-1 in their past 10 games.

In the Western Conference’s B.C. Division, the Kamloops Blazers are 5-3-2 in
their past 10 games and have a slim one-point lead over the Prince George

In the U.S. Division, the Spokane Chiefs continue to lead the Portland
Winter Hawks by four points despite a recent four-game losing streak and a
3-5-2 record in their past 10 games.

Nathan Barrett of the Lethbridge Hurricanes continues to lead the WHL
scoring derby with 35 goals and 56 assists for 91 points, five ahead of
Joffrey Lupul of Medicine Hat. Calgary’s Tyler Beechey is third (36-43-79),
followed by Jeremy Jackson of Lethbridge (33-43-76) and Tri-City’s Eric
Johansson (34-41-75).

The WHL’s top goaltender continues to be Cam Ward of the Red Deer Rebels,
with a 2.04 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. Josh Harding
of Regina is second in GAA with a 2.29 mark and a .908 save percentage,
followed by Shane Bendera of Kelowna (2.37, .915), Barry Brust of Spokane
(2.52, .916) and Bryan Bridges of Kootenay (2.74, .882).


There is one game in the OHL Monday night. The Erie Otters travel to Toronto
to meet the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in a re-scheduled game.

The Plymouth Whalers continue to lead the OHL’s overall standings and the
West Division of the Western Conference standings with a record of 34-10-8-2
for 78 points, 12 points ahead of the second place Sault Ste. Marie
Greyhounds in the West Division of the Western Conference standings.

In the Midwest Division standings, the Guelph Storm have won four games in a
row and have a 7-2-1 record in their past 10 games to take a five-point lead
on the Erie Otters. The Storm will host the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup in
May and they have moved into third place in the overall OHL standings.

In the Eastern Conference’s East Division, the Ottawa 67’s continue to lead
the Peterborough Petes by four points. Ottawa is 6-2-2 in its past 10 games
while the Petes are 6-3-1.

In the Central Division, the great battle between the Barrie Colts and the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors continues. The Colts still lead by four points
but the Majors have two games in hand.

Kris Newbury of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL’s scoring leader with 39 goals
and 55 assists for 94 points. A pair of Belleville Bulls rank second and
third, with Nathan Robinson (36-51-87) and Mike Renzi (35-51-86) close
behind, with the Bulls having played five less games. Sarnia’s Dusty
Jamieson (37-47-84) and Ottawa’s Miguel Delisle (44-34-78) round out the top
five scorers.

Barrie goalie David Chant (2.25 GAA, .931 save percentage), is the OHL’s top
goaltender, with Toronto St. Michael’s Peter Budaj second at 2.27 GAA and
.921 save percentage. Jason Bacashihua (2.50, .914), Ray Emery of Sault Ste.
Marie (2.84, .911) and Kitchener’s Scott Dickie (2.91, .905) rounding out
the top five goalies.


There is one game in the QMJHL Monday night as Acadie-Bathurst visits

The Acadie-Bathurst Titan continue to lead the QMJHL overall standings with
a record of 39-12-4-3 for 85 points, 12 ahead of Halifax in the Dilio
Conference’s Maritimes Division standings.

In the East Division, Chicoutimi has a four point lead on Baie-Comeau, with
Quebec just six points behind Chicoutimi and Rimouski just one point behind
Quebec. The four teams in that division are separated by just seven points.

In the Centre Division of the Lebel Conference, Shawinigan leads
Victoriaville by 12 points as the Cataractes are now just six points behind
the Titan in the overall standings.

In the West Division, the Hull Olympiques have opened up a 10-point lead on

There’s a great battle going on for the QMJHL scoring title. Jason
Pominville of Shawinigan leads the way with 51 goals and 53 assists for 104
points, closely followed by Pierre-Marc Bouchard of Chicoutimi (35-68-103)
and Jonathan Bellemare of Shawinigan (30-72-102). Rounding out the top five
are Baie-Comeau’s Yanick Lehoux (45-5-96) and Matthew Lombardi of
Victoriaville (41-55-96).

Olivier Michaud of Shawinigan has the best GAA with a 2.27 mark, followed by
Dany Dallaire of Halifax (2.58), Adam Russo of Acadie-Bathurst (2.79),
Marc-Andre Fleury of Cape Breton (2.92) and Kevin Lachance of Quebec (3.17),
among QMJHL regular goalies. Dallaire has the best save percentage with a
.918 mark, followed by Fleury’s .913.

For complete QMJHL statistics, check out the league’s official website.