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Winnipeg ICE Remain the Team to Beat Across Canada

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Winnipeg ICE Remain the Team to Beat Across Canada

The Winnipeg ICE are 17-1 through 18 Western Hockey League games this season and remain atop the Canadian Hockey League’s weekly power rankings. For the third straight week, the newest major junior team in Manitoba sits in the No. 1 position across Canada.

The past seven days saw Winnipeg earn three more victories, helping bump its winning streak to six games. Currently, the ICE own 34 of a possible 36 points on the season and sit well ahead of any competition, including that from the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Incredibly, four of the CHL’s top-five teams come from the west, with the London Knights running some interference on what could have been a an all-WHL top-four:

1. Winnipeg ICE
2. Everett Silvertips
3. London Knights
4. Kamloops Blazers
5. Edmonton Oil Kings
6. Sherbrooke Phoenix
7. Charlottetown Islanders
8. Ottawa 67’s
9. Rimouski Oceanic
10. Kingston Frontenacs

Earlier this past week, the ICE took both the WHL’s players of the week, with forward Matthew Savoie and goaltender Gage Alexander earning recognitions following yet another stellar week of play.

Savoie, a likely top-10 draft selection at the coming NHL Draft, put up two goals and six assists in three home wins, which included seeing the 17-year-old move into a tie for first place in league scoring with eight goals and 29 points.

Alexander, a prospect of the Anaheim Ducks, went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals against average and a .961 save percentage in his two starts last week. stopping 49 of 51 pucks he faced, the 19-year-old saw his record improve to 8-1-0 on the season and 15-5-1 lifetime within the league.

Savoie, Alexander and the ICE are back at it on Friday, as they begin a two-game road trip against the Swift Current Broncos and Medicine Hat Tigers.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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