Pens Climb to the Top

Jan 26, 2021 | World Hockey Hub

Five Pittsburgh Penguins Elite players huddle together after scoring a goal.

2004 Rankings have a new team atop the list to begin the New Year.

The hockey calendar turned over after the holidays and into the backstretch of the 2020-21 season. Many teams saw a fairly quiet month of January, with squads like No. 2 North Jersey Avalanche playing just three games and No. 5 Shattuck St. Mary’s idle completely. 

It was a huge month for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, with a 5-1-1 run in January, earning them a bump in the standings from the fifth spot to the No. 1 overall ranking in the world among ‘04 teams. 

Led by Penn State commit Matthew DiMarsico, that stretch includes a 3-1 win over No. 16 Fox Motors, a 1-1 stalemate with No. 8 HoneyBaked and two wins in a de facto best-of-three series with No. 6 New Jersey Rockets

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