Thief River Falls Norskie Pedersen named SIJHL player of the week
CJHL Ranking Week 12
THUNDER BAY, Ontario – December 12, 2017 (LSN) The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Thief River Falls Norskies forward Jared Pedersen has been named its Play It Again Sports player of the week, for the period ending Dec. 10.
In four outings last week, which were all Thief River Falls victories, the 20-year-old Darwin, Minn., native had points in each of them, accumulating eight in total, helping his side extend a consecutive game winning streak to eight and improve to a SIJHL-best 26-1 overall.
Pedersen began by tallying twice and setting up another in a home win over Minnesota Wednesday.
Friday saw him score once in a road triumph at Fort Frances before doling out two assists Saturday as the Norskies completed a home-and-home sweep of the Lakers.
He then wrapped up his run with two more helpers, including one on the game-winner in overtime, as Thief River Falls rallied to edge second place Dryden at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Currently sporting a five-game point streak, Pedersen is tied for fifth in league offensive production with 34 points in 27 games on 12 goals and 22 assists.
Also earning consideration for SIJHL Play It Again Sports player of the week honours were the following:
Alex Maticic, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars; Jacen Bracko, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs; Zac Horn, (F) Minnesota Iron Rangers; Brody Jennings, (D) English River Miners & Noah Loveday, (F) Fort Frances Lakers.
SIJHL – Play It Again Sports players of the week
Week 1: Jacen Bracko, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 2: Parker Simonson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 3: Brock Lefebvre, (G) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 4: Parker Simsonson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 5: Jared Janke, (F) English River Miners
Week 6: Jared Janke, (F) English River Miners
Week 7: Ryan Mignault, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 8: Parker Simonson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 9: Michael Di Lullo, (F) English River Miners
Week 10: Dougie Newhouse, (G) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 11: Eric Stout, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 12: Jared Pedersen, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
CJHL rankings sees Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) still No. 1
NOJHL's Voodoos 5th; Thunderbirds 17th
CALGARY, Alta. – With the World Jr. A Challenge underway in Truro, N.S., and the holiday break rapidly approaching, one thing remains constant and that’s the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) are still ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League with a 32-2-0-3 record.
MHL: The MHL-leading Edmundston Blizzard is 19th in the CJHL this week and are four points clear of the South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners with both those clubs earning Honourable Mention status.
LHJAAAQ: With a 26-3 mark, les Cobras de Terrebonne hold at No. 3 nationally while College Français de Longueuil, who are 23-4-2, remain No. 10 overall.
CCHL: CJHL No. 1 Carleton Place boasts a league-best 32 victories and are eight points up on the No. 7 Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators as the Fred Page Cup hosts are 28-5-1-2.
OJHL: Cracking the Top 10, the Toronto Patriots are now ninth in the CJHL. The Oakville Blades jump to 16th and the Wellington Dukes were tabbed 20th while the North York Rangers earn another Honourable Mention nod.
NOJHL: The first NOJHL side to 25 wins is the Powassan Voodoos and they earn the No. 5 slot in the rankings. Winners of nine consecutive contests, the Soo Thunderbirds, have soared to 17th in the national listings.
SIJHL: No. 2 Thief River Falls won four times last week including an OT triumph Sunday over the Dudley-Hewitt Cup-host Dryden GM Ice Dogs, who are tabbed 11th.
MJHL: The MJHL front-running Steinbach Pistons are ranked 12th having gone 23-7-1 to date in their league.
SJHL: The Battlefords North Stars (8th) and Nipawin Hawks (13th) represent the SJHL in the Top 20 while the Melfort Mustangs garner Honourable Mention accolades.
AJHL: The Okotoks Oilers have an AJHL-best .859 winning percentage and stay No. 4 in the CJHL. The Fort McMurray Oil Barons have won six in a row and remain sixth. Up to No. 14 is the Spruce Grove Saints while the Whitecourt Wolverines have another Honourable Mention.
BCHL: With 51 points and a 23-7-1-4 record, the Vernon Vipers are ranked 15th in the CJHL this week while the defending BCHL champion Penticton Vees are 18th.
CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Dec.11/17)
RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST RANKING)
1. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (1)
2. Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) (2)
3. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (3)
4. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (4)
5. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (7)
6. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (6)
7. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (5)
8. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL) (9)
9. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (11)
10. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (10)
11. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (8)
12. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (14)
13. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (16)
14. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (18)
15. Vernon Vipers (BCHL) (19)
16. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (20)
17. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (HM)
18. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (12)
19. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (17)
20. Wellington Dukes (OJHL) (13)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL); Melfort Mustangs (SJHL); North York Rangers (OJHL); South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL); Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL)
ABOUT THE CJHL RANKINGS
Selected by an independent scouting service, the rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.