Movement from the month of March includes a new team at the top
World Hockey Hub’s latest rankings are out and the 2005-birth year saw plenty of movement, with teams shuffling throughout the Top 25. We’ve got a new team atop the rankings, another cracks the Top 10 for the first time and two prep schools making moves as well.
For the first time this season, a Russian-based team takes the top spot as Dynamo Moscow moves us from the No. 2 spot. Dynamo dominated the Championship of St. Petersburg, going 5-0-0 and outscored its opponents 3-to-1 against top competition in the region. There are four more games in the month of April that will decide the champion and Dynamo is currently second in the standings with a game in hand. Makar Khanin leads the way, with 20 goals and 42 points.
Fellow Russian team Avangard Omsk gets a nudge from fifth to No. 4, after more than doubling its win total from eight to 18 and just two defeats. Avangard earned top honors after going 8-0-0 in the Ural Region Championships.
The Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers moved up the rankings for the third consecutive month. Ranked 21st in December, got a small bump to 20th in January, then 12th in February and now cracking the Top 10 at ninth. Ignore the 7-6-0 record during the month of March because four of those defeats came at the hands of teams in the Top 15.The Jr. Rangers lost a three-game series to No. 2 Chicago Mission 2-to-1 and split a four-game set with No. 11 Florida Alliance.
A pair of prep schools continue inching their way up the ranks as well, with Mount St. Charles up to No. 15 and Shattuck-St. Mary’s to 18th. Both programs were also part of a major announcement in the youth hockey world, with the unveiling of the Prep Hockey Conference earlier this month.