Losing five of its last seven Western Hockey League games has dropped the Kelowna Rockets out of the top five Canadian Hockey League teams, according to the rankings released by the Canadian Hockey League this week.
The CHL today Wednesday the twenty-second edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 regular season and Kelowna dropped three spots, from fifth to eighth, after losing a pair of games to the Kamloops Blazers last weekend.
The Blazers meanwhile moved up one ranking from eighth to seventh while the Portland Winterhawks remain the top ranked team in the CHL with a 48-9-1-2 record.
The Rockets wrapped up a busy part of its schedule last weekend, finishing a stretch where they played three games in three nights four weekends in a row.
“We’ve come through a challenging stretch with lots of games in a short period,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “It’s a mental challenge for the players now. I think the experience they’ve gained having come through this stretch will make them better and make our team better in the long run.”
The Rockets are in Victoria for road games Friday and Saturday before the team returns to Kelowna Feb. 28 to host Seattle.
At 42-15-3-1 they still lead the WHL BC Division by three points over Kamloops, which has a 40-15-2-3 record.
Kamloops played Portland on Wednesday night but results were unavailable as of the Capital New press deadline.
Here are the weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.
BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22
1. Portland Winterhawks
2. Halifax Mooseheads
3. Edmonton Oil Kings
4. London Knights
5. Rimouski Oceanic
6. Kelowna Rockets
7. Kamloops Blazers
8. Owen Sound Attack
9. Baie-Comeau Drakkar
10. Belleville Bulls