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HEHJ Junior Power Rankings

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 4:02PM

Games of the Week:

In the United States Premier Hockey League, all eyes will be focused on two games this week when the first place Jersey Hitmen travel to North Andover, Massachusetts for a weekend series with the third place Islanders Hockey Club.

First place will be on the line in this early season showdown between two of the league’s elite teams. Game one of the series will be on Saturday at 3:30 pm with the second game taking place on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

The Eastern Hockey League will feature the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs visiting the Northern Cyclones on Sunday in Hudson, New Hampshire. The hockey is always fast and furious when these two New Hampshire rivals meet. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 10:00 am.

HEH Journal Junior Hockey Power Rankings:   

  1. Islanders Hockey Club (8-4-0-1) - Three wins and one lost last week were all were all that was needed for the Islanders to jump from sixth place in the USPHL to third place. They trail the circuit’s first place Jersey Hitmen by just three points.

  1. Boston Jr. Bruins (8-2-0-0) - A 2-1-0 week is a good week in any league but in the USPHL, it was not good enough for the Jr. Bruins to hold on to third place in the circuit as they sunk to fifth place but are only one point in arrears of the Islanders Hockey Club.

  1. New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (9-1-0-0) - A nine game winning streak has NHJM in first place overall in the Eastern Hockey League. They have not lost since opening night of the season and are getting stronger with each outing.

  1. South Shore Kings (7-3-0-0) - The weekend was a mixed bag for the Kings. They defeated the Connecticut Jr. Rangers but fell to the Philadelphia Flyers and are in sixth place in the tightly grouped USPHL.

  1. Walpole Express (7-0-2-0) - A 3-0-0 weekend, including a win over Central Division leader New York Bobcats, saw the Express open a five point lead over the Boston Bandits in the EHL’s Boston Division.

  1. Northern Cyclones (5-1-1-0) - As predicted two weeks ago, Northern has risen through our rankings in quick fashion. A 3-0-0 weekend saw the second place club in the EHL’s North Division increase their lead over the Vermont Lumberjacks by five points.

  1. Boston Bandits (5-3-0-1) - The weekend did not go well for Boston. They won just once in three tries but still hold a slim one point lead over the Boston Jr. Rangers in the Boston Division of the EHL.

  1. Connecticut Oilers (5-5-0-0) - Two victories in three contests, allowed the Oilers to rise from fifth place in the EHL’s Central Division to third place. They trail second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by six points.

  1. Bay State Breakers (6-6-0-0) - The Breakers are falling through our rankings almost as fast as Northern is rising and that is not good for BSB. Bay State has lost three consecutive tilts and currently reside in seventh place in the USPHL.

  1. Boston Jr. Rangers (5-5-0-0) - For the first time this season, the Jr. Rangers make an appearance in our top ten and do so by winning two games over the weekend. They also lost one but were able to move up from thirteenth in our poll. The Rangers are in third place in the EHL’s Boston Division.

  1. Springfield Pics (4-5-0-1) - The Pics lost to Philadelphia but rebounded with a win over Rochester Jr. Americans last week. They occupy eighth place in the USPHL. Springfield has won two of its last three games and may be on the rise.

  1. Valley Jr. Warriors (4-4-0-0) - Gaining two of a possible three wins over the weekend is the reason for  Valley’s rise from fifth place in the EHL’s Boston Division to fourth place.

  1. Hartford Jr. Wolfpack (4-4-0-1) - After losing three consecutive tilts, Hartford has won three of its last four. The ‘Pack is beginning to overcome early season losing streaks but currently occupy fifth and last place in the EHL’s Central Division.

  1. Portland Jr. Pirates (3-9-0-1) - A four game losing streak has seen Portland unable to gain ground in the USPHL standings and sit in tenth place.

  1. Connecticut Jr. Rangers (2-9-0-2) - A six game losing skein has resulted in CTJR finding itself in last place in the USPHL, however, five of those losses have been by two goals or fewer.

  1. East Coast Wizards (3-7-0-0) - An 0-3-0 weekend saw the Wizards drop from third place in the EHL’s Boston Division to fifth. East Coast trails Valley by two points in the division.

  1. Vermont Lumberjacks (3-8-0-0) - Victorious in two of three contests last weekend, this club is beginning to show signs of steady improvement. VT is currently in fourth place in the EHL’s North Division.

  1. New England Wolves (2-6-0-0) - The Wolves went 1-2-0 last weekend but it was not enough to climb out of fifth place in the North Division of the EHL. They trail Vermont by two points in the standings.