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SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside D. Alex MacDonald Ford Western Capitals have moved up in the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.
The Caps jumped from fifth to No. 4 in the latest rankings released on Monday. This marks the ninth straight time the Caps have cracked the CJHL’s top-20 teams, and this week marks the club’s highest position of the 2018-19 season.
The Billy McGuigan-coached and Pat McIver-managed Capitals, who have won four games in a row and seven of their last eight, sit atop the Eastlink North Division of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) at 23-5-0 (won-lost-overtime losses). Summerside is second in the overall standings, four points behind the league-leading Yarmouth Mariners (24-5-2). The Caps, however, have played three fewer games than Yarmouth.
The Mariners, who dropped from sixth to seventh this week, are the only other MHL team ranked nationally.
The Brooks Bandits, who are the host team for this year’s Canadian junior A hockey championship tournament, remained at No. 1. The Bandits have won 13 straight games, and sit atop the Alberta Junior Hockey League standings at 37-3-0.
The Caps, coming off a 6-1 home-ice win over the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday night, will conclude a three-game homestand on Thursday, when the St. Stephen Aces (12-17-2) visit Eastlink Arena for a 7 p.m. start.