While the USPHL’s split-season EHF Selects Division often has several top 10 teams, especially in the national U18 and U16 rankings, there are also several full-season teams operating in the USPHL that are highly ranked or climbing on MYHockeyrankings.com.
The Boston Junior Bruins are the No. 1-ranked Tier-2 junior team in the United States, standing at 11-1-1 overall. They split this past weekend with the New Jersey Hitmen, who came in at sixth overall, an improvement by two rankings positions, with their 11-3 record.
The New Jersey Rockets, who split this weekend with the Boston Bandits, came in at No. 7 overall, and the Connecticut Jr. Rangers moved up three spots to 11th overall, knocking on that Top 10 door.
The Bandits, Islanders Hockey Club and Rochester Jr. Monarchs all improved by four spots and are all in the Top 20 nationally for Tier-2 teams. The Syracuse Stars and P.A.L. Jr. Islanders each also went up by four spots, and the Northern Cyclones and South Shore Kings each went up by one spot.
The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, who split with Syracuse last weekend, were the only NCDC team to remain in the same position as last week -- 22nd overall.
In the Tier-3 junior hockey rankings, the USPHL Premier’s New York Aviators (9-3) fell by one spot to second overall in the nation.
The USPHL Premier’s Northern Cyclones (9-1-1) are the sixth-ranked team, the Islanders Hockey Club were up by two spots to No. 8, at 5-2-2, the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (10-3) remained at ninth overall, and the Bandits (8-2) give the USPHL Premier five teams in the top 10 nationally.
The Boston Junior Bruins and Charlotte Rush each dropped by one spot, but remain in the top 15 overall. The Hampton Roads Whalers and South Shore Kings remained at 17th and 18tgh, respectively, the Connecticut Jr. Nighthawks moved up by one to 19th, and the Metro Jets came in at 20th overall.
The Twin City Thunder improved by one spot to 21st.
The USPHL Elite’s Charlotte Rush and Richmond Generals were the highest ranked teams from that league, at 40th and 41st, respectively.
The Rochester Jr. Monarchs Premier saw a big jump by four spots, the Wooster Oilers moved up by two, and the Rum River Mallards advanced one spot. The Potomac Patriots, DME Swamp Rabbits and Florida Blades USPHL Elite teams also all moved up by one.
In the Under-18 rankings released on Oct. 24, two Affiliate Members of the USPHL 18U Division were in the top 10 -- the Northwood School (fourth, 8-3-2) and Selects Academy (sixth, 17-6-3).
Selects haven’t played an official USPHL game yet, but the Northwood School just came off a weekend sweep of the Boston Junior Bruins.
As for full-time full-season teams, the highest-ranked 18U squad are the New Jersey Hitmen, who were 13-5-3 overall (5-3 in the USPHL). The Skipjacks Hockey Club, which was idle last weekend, came in at 45th to earn a spot in the top third nationally.
Several USPHL teams improved their rankings this week -- the South Shore Kings moved up five spots, the Northern Cyclones improved by four, the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders advanced two spots and the Jersey Shore Whalers, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Boston Bandits all moved up by one.
In the Under-16 rankings, the Affiliate Member Selects Academy (21-4-1), who are still awaiting their first official USPHL games this year, were ranked third overall.
The New Jersey Rockets’ top team, now standing at 11-10-1 overall and 9-2 in the USPHL, are ranked 29th nationally.
The South Shore Kings saw the biggest jump in the U16 rankings, going up seven. Philadelphia Hockey Club and the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs each went up five spots, while the Boston Junior Bruins and Springfield Pics each went up three spots. The Palmyra Black Knights went up by two, while the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, New York Aviators, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, Jersey Shore Whalers and Connecticut Jr. Rangers all saw improvements in their national rankings.
The New Jersey Rockets placed eighth overall in the 15U rankings, coming off a 4-0 run at the New Hampshire 15U Futures Showcase.
The Philadelphia Hockey Club were ranked at 41st overall. They went 4-1 at the 15U Futures Showcase, their only loss coming against the Rockets. The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, Springfield Pics and Palm Beach Hawks all improved their rankings by one spot after the showcase.