TRURO – The Truro Bearcats have crept back into the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s weekly Top 20 rankings.
The Bearcats (19-7-0-2) were slotted in 19th spot as the CJHL released the list on Monday. It was the first time Truro has made an appearance since it was ranked sixth on Sept. 30.
The Bearcats reeled off a pair of wins last week over the Dieppe Commandos (18-6-2-0) and the Bridgewater Lumberjacks (2-24-3-2) to take over sole possession of second overall in the Maritime Junior Hockey League. Truro sits six points behind the Pictou County Crushers (21-4-0-4), who are ranked 17th in the nation.
The weekly rankings are based on several factors, including the league in which the teams play, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points and goals for and against ratio.
The Bearcats hold the league’s best powerplay at 28.8 per cent and the team’s penalty kill (83.6 per cent) is ranked third behind the Amherst Ramblers (85.5) and the Miramichi Timberwolves (85.0). Truro has been hot of late, winning six of its past eight games.
The Alberta league’s Spruce Grove Saints (34-5-1-0) topped the list, helped by a 10-game win streak, while the Central Canadian league’s Carleton Place Canadiens (34-5-0-1) are second. The Fort McMurray Oil Barons (29-4-2-0) round out the top three.