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MYHockeyrankings Week 11: Hitmen, Whalers take No. 2 nationally in Tier-2, Tier-3 rankings

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 12/06/18, 12:45PM EST

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The USPHL continues to have some of the highest ranked teams nationally in five categories on MYHockeyrankings.com. 

The New Jersey Hitmen are the No. 2 ranked team in Tier-2 junior hockey, standing at 21-4, while in the Tier-3 rankings, the Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers climbed two spots to No. 2 nationally. 

Six other USPHL teams captured Top 10 spots in four rankings categories. 

 

Tier-2

Behind the Hitmen were the Junior Bruins, who slipped two spots to No. 9 overall and stand at 17-6-2-0. 

The Connecticut Jr. Rangers’ weekend sweep of the Boston Bandits lifted the Rangers six spots to No. 14 overall. The Bandits slipped two spots to 15th overall. The New Jersey Rockets remain in the top 20 despite slipping three spots, standing at 17th. 

The Syracuse Stars had the second highest rise in the rankings, moving up five spots, thanks to their weekend sweep of the Junior Bruins. The Islanders Hockey Club went up four spots, the Northern Cyclones advanced three spots and the Rochester Jr. Monarchs moved up by one. 

 

Tier-3

The Hampton Roads Whalers are now 22-1, most recently earning a sweep over the Potomac Patriots to stand at second overall (22-1-0). 

The rest of the USPHL teams in the top 10 saw no movement - the New York Aviators remain at third overall, at 21-3-0-0; the Metro Jets are seventh at 20-2-1-0, and the Charlotte Rush are ninth at 19-5-0-1. Also remaining in their same top 20 spot are the Northern Cyclones (17-3-1-0), coming in at 11th. 

The rest of the top 20 for the USPHL saw different grades of movement. The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs rose one spot to 17th, the Richmond Generals rose two to 18th, the Boston Bandits slipped seven spots to 19th and the Islanders Hockey Club entered at 20th, moving up by one spot. 

Outside of the top 20, there were 22 USPHL Premier and Elite teams that improved their rankings from Week 10. 

The biggest moves came from USPHL Elite teams - the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Boston Bandits each climbed eight spots. The Monarchs are the Elite league’s highest-ranked team at 62nd overall nationally.

The Monarchs are 20-3-0-0 and picked up three wins during the Week 11 scoring period, while the Bandits picked up a big win against the higher-ranked Northern Cyclones. The Elite Bandits stand at 15-5-2-0. 

The Lansing Wolves’ sweep of the Wooster Oilers helped them climb five spots into the top 40. 

Three USPHL Elite teams also advanced by five spots - the Hampton Roads Whalers, Charlotte Rush and Richmond Generals. 

The Minnesota Moose moved up four spots, the Springfield Jr. Pics moved up two, as did the Elite New Jersey Hitmen, and the Elite New York Aviators. USPHL Premier teams moving up by one spot included the South Shore Kings, the New Jersey Hitmen, the DME Swamp Rabbits, the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings, the Rum River Mallards, the Niagara Falls Thunder and the Tampa Bay Juniors. 

USPHL Elite teams moving up by one spot apiece included the Boston Junior Bruins, Team Beijing, New Jersey Rockets, Florida Jr. Blades and DME Swamp Rabbits. 

 

18U

The Northwood School, an Affiliate member of the USPHL 18U Division, climbed to third after several weeks at fourth nationally in the 18U rankings. They moved up on the strength of three non-league wins. 

The New Jersey Hitmen 18U squad, the USPHL’s highest-ranked full member in the 18U Division, slipped two spots to 34th after going 3-2 at a non-league tournament in Texas. 

The Skipjacks Hockey Club and Boston Junior Bruins each advanced by two spots, while the CP Dynamo, South Shore Kings and Pittsburgh Vengeance climbed by one spot apiece. 

 

16U/15U

In the 16U Division, the New Jersey Rockets remained at 34th as the highest-ranked USPHL member. The Rockets were idle during the Week 11 scoring period. 

The Boston Bandits climbed six spots in the 16U rankings, after a weekend split with the slightly higher-ranked Springfield Jr. Pics. 

The Affiliate member Seattle Sno-King advanced by five spots to 22-8-4 overall. The Islanders Hockey Club moved up by two spots, while five USPHL 16U teams advanced by one spot apiece: the Islanders Hockey Club, CP Dynamo, New York Aviators, Pics, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack and Syracuse Stars. 

In the 15U rankings, the New Jersey Rockets moved up by one spot to eighth overall nationally after a non-league split. 

The New Jersey Hitmen advanced by two after a 4-3 win over league rival the Philadelphia Hockey Club.