Bearcats No. 3 in national junior A rankings

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TRURO - Despite a pair of weekend losses, the Truro Bearcats maintain the No. 3 spot in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League rankings.

The Bearcats (17-3-0-1) were also ranked third last week.

Truro defeated the Woodstock Slammers 4-3 last Friday, but suffered a 5-2 loss to the Yarmouth Mariners Saturday and 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Miramichi Timberwolves Sunday.

The Bearcats are the top team in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, one point ahead of the Summerside Western Capitals (16-3-2-0), who are ranked 13th in the country.

Truro leads the MHL in goals for (94) and goals against (45).

The Brooks Bandits (21-1-0-0) from Alberta are the No. 1-ranked team in Canada, followed by Saskatchewan's Flin Flon Bombers (18-5-0-0).

The only other Maritime league team ranked in the top 20 is the Yarmouth Mariners (16-5-1-0), who check in at No. 17.

The weekly rankings are based on a number of factors, including the league in which the teams play, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated and goals-for vs. goals-against ratio.

The Bearcats return to action Thursday when they travel to New Glasgow to play the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. Saturday, Truro hosts the Bridgewater Lumberjacks (Colchester Legion Stadium, 7:30 p.m.)

Organizations: Canadian Junior A Hockey League, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Summerside Western Capitals

Geographic location: Alberta, Canada, Saskatchewan New Glasgow Pictou County Colchester Legion Stadium

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