A pair of teams from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is right near the top in the most recent Top 20 rankings that are put up weekly by the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
Following a trip to last year's MJHL final, the Steinbach Pistons are ranked second nationally. Competing in the league's East Division, the Pistons are off to a 5-0 start as they lead their division by two points.
Their 23 goals are the most in the league and their 13 allowed is the second-fewest. Steinbach's 34.8% on the power play ranks atop the league while their 80% on the penalty kill also ranks near the top of the league. Travis Hensrud leads the way for the Pistons so far with his five goals and four assists while Davis Fry is just behind with eight points. The Pistons play Swan Valley and Selkirk this weekend.
Over in the West Division, the Virden Oil Capitals have been the class of the division so far and they're ranked fourth nationally. Sitting at 4-0, the Oil Caps' are two points up on OCN and they also have two games in hand. Virden has produced 18 goals while giving up the fewest in the league at 11.
Virden has been getting the job done offensively by committee with seven skaters recording at least three points, led by Nolan Chastko's six points. Both Owen LaRocque and Eric Reid have been solid in net for Virden as both netminders have a pair of wins early in the season.
Over in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, the Yorkton Terriers are 4-0 to start the season and they're ranked ninth.
Here is the complete list:
1. Collingwood Blues (OJHL)
2. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL)
3. Titan de Princeville (LHJAAAQ)
4. Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL)
5. Battlefords North Stars (SJHL)
6. Navan Grads (CCHL)
7. Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
8. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
9. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)
10. Milton Menace (OJHL)
11. Summerside Western Capitals (MHL)
12. Miramichi Timberwolves (MHL)
13. Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ)
14. Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL)
15. Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL)
16. Espanola Paper Kings (NOJHL)
17. Kam River Fighting Walleye (SIJHL)
18. Blind River Beavers (NOJHL)
19. Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)
20. Truro Bearcats (MHL)
HONOURABLE MENTION: Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL); Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL); Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL); Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL).