CCHL2 Power Rankings Week 22 | By: Mason Detre
1. Ottawa Canadians (38-4-1) | Last week: 1 | Results: 3-2L at EMB, 7-3W vs CHR | After suffering a tough loss at the hands of Embrun, they bounced back with a win against Char-Lan on Sunday. Justin Turner had a five-point game with two goals and three assists. Raphael Lecours (2 G / 2 A) and Jacob Ramalho (2 G) each had a good week. With OJC’s loss to Embrun, they are unable to tie Casselman for most wins in a season (40) and can’t tie them for the best winning percentage (.920).
2. Casselman Vikings (30-8-3) | Last week: 5 | Results: 6-3W at OW, 3-2W at ALX, 5-2W vs ATH | After losing three of four games, they were able to bounce back big time, collecting three wins last week. Louis Chabot (5 A) and Evan Boucher (2 G / 1 A) look really good on the ice. Most skilled guy I’ve ever seen this week.
3. Ottawa West Golden Knights (27-13-2) | Last week: 2 | Results: 6-3L vs CAS, 4-3W at WIN | The loss to Casselman wasn’t a shock, but they were able to come away with a win against Winchester. Miguel Daoust had a hard time facing lots of shots against Casselman and Mitchell Bown faced 27 shots against Winchester. Sean Kearns got himself his second two goal game this year.
4. Westport Rideaus (24-12-5) | Last week: 4 | Results: 3-2OTL vs CPB, 4-3OTW vs PER | They lost in OT against Carleton Place but were trailing 3-0 against Perth and mounted a huge comeback to force OT. They would pick up the second point with Anthony Ieradi scoring seven seconds into overtime. Westport is now in 1st in the Richardson Division. Blake Kettyle extends his goal streak to seven games after scoring two goals this week.
5. Perth Blue Wings (24-12-5) | Last week: 6 | Results: 4-3OTW at BRO, 1-0W at WHT, 2-0W vs WHT, 4-3OTL at WPR | The Blue Wings suffered a devastating loss to end the week against Westport. They were able to comeback against Brockville and then recorded two consecutive wins against Whitewater. Peacock and Johnson each had one shutout this week. Ryan Bonfield exploded on the offensive side with four goals and two assists. He collected his second career hat-trick against Brockville.
6. Carleton Place Jr. Canadians (24-15-3) | Last week: 7 | Results: 3-2OTW at WPR, 7-1W vs ATH, 5-1W at RCH | The Canadians had three consecutive games in three days. They won over Westport in OT and then blew out Athens and Richmond. Kyle Lightfoot (3 G / 3 A), Brendan Hill (3 G / 3 A), Emile Cyr (2 G / 2 A), and James Lister (2 G / 2 A) each carried the offensive load in three games. Owen Bennett had make 47 saves against Westport and 19 saves against Athens.
7. Brockville Tikis (22-12-6) | Last week: 3 | Results: 4-3OTL vs PER, 4-2L at ARN | It was a very tough week for the Tikis and it comes at a critical point where every win matters. They now sit 4th in the Richardson Division with losses to Perth and Arnprior. Logan Gallagher collected two goals and has a three game goal-streak.
8. Alexandria Glens (22-17-4) | Last week: 8 | Results: 3-1W at WIN, 3-2L vs CAS | Their only win came against Winchester and played very well against Casselman in a tough loss. Mikael Gibeault leads the way to two goals and one assist. Brennan Nadeau was strong between the pipes in the two games. They’ll have home ice advantage after the Rebels lost to OJC on Sunday night.
9. Char-Lan Rebels (19-19-4) | Last week: 9 | Results: 2-0W vs ARN, 7-3L at OJC | Julien Cholette made 24-saves for his first career CCHL2 shutout against Arnprior. Grant Craig got the start against Ottawa and faced 65-shots and was able to save 58 of them. Liam MacDonald leads his team with two goals and one assist. They’ll be on the road for Game 1 of the Wild Card Series against Alexandria in one week.
10. Renfrew Timberwolves (20-19-2) | Last week: 10 | Results: 9-3W vs RCH, 7-4L at WHT | Andrew McIntyre leads the way with five goals and one assist including his first four-goal game this season against Richmond. Nicholas Crozier (2 G / 2 A) and Noah Maika (3 G) also had very good games on the offsensive side. Defense and goaltending was a big issue and that resulted in a loss to Whitewater. They’ll face Arnprior in their most important game. A win gets them in the playoffs.
11. Arnprior Packers (17-20-5) | Last week: 14 | Results: 4-2W vs BRO, 2-0L at CHR | The Packers picked up a big win, snapping a losing skid. They finished the week with a shutout loss in a close contest against Char-Lan. Adam Chruch leads the team with 1 G / 2 A in his third game back in the lineup. Arnprior faces a win or go home situation on Friday February 22nd against Renfrew. They need to win their remaining two games in able to have a chance at the post-season.
12. Whitewater Kings (13-20-6) | Last week: 11 | Results: 1-0L vs PER, 2-0L at PER, 7-4W vs REN | With their back-to-back shutout losses to Perth, it eliminated them from playoff contention. Kevin Proulx gave the Kings an opportunity to win those games by making big saves at the right moments. Quinn Vanhoof (2 G / 1 A) and Tommy Cahill (1 G / 2 A) led their team to victory against Renfrew on Friday night.
13. Winchester Hawks (14-22-5) | Last week: 12 | Results: 3-1L vs ALX, 4-3L vs OW | This was the story of the season: Can’t win home games. They played to tight contests but the offense wasn’t clicking against Alexandria and Ottawa West.
14. Embrun Panthers (13-23-6) | Last week: 15 | Results: 3-2W vs OJC | The Panthers were able to snap their losing streak and win their final home game of the year against Ottawa. David Toppa leads his team with one goal and one assist. Cayden Martin also had 1 G / 1 A while Marc Brosseau continues roll on a three game point-streak after tallying two assists.
15. Athens Aeros (13-20-6) | Last week: 13 | Results: 7-1L at CPB, 5-2L at CAS | The Aeros found themselves eliminated from playoff contention after losses to Carleton Place and Casselman. After a confident win against Perth to start the month, things trended downhill from there. It’s the first time since 2005-06 EOJHL season that they will not make a post-season appearance.
16. Richmond Royals (10-30-1) | Last Week: 16 | Results: 9-3L at REN, 5-1L vs CPB | The Royals stay down with losses to Renfrew and Carleton Place. Adam Goodfellow and Ryan Mann each collect two goals this week. They were outscored 14-3.