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Week 11 Preview: Tiering Season

Ottawa, Ont. — Welcome to Week 11.

The calendar is now firmly in November, snow is creeping ever closer in weather forecasts and the Eastern Canada Cup (Nov. 13-15) is approaching even quicker.

The Carleton Place Canadians remain virtually untouchable atop the CCHL standings, winners of 14 in a row and 10 points clear of second-place Ottawa.

However, what plays out below them — where just 11 points separate 3rd from 10th — remains very intriguing.


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  1. Gone Streakin’ — Jason Clarke’s Canadians haven’t lost since September, and are now up to No. 2 in the CJHL’s national rankings. Nobody outside of Ottawa (at Durrell) has looked remotely capable of knocking C.P. off their perch during this run. On the other end of the spectrum, Rockland has lost seven straight — most recently on home ice to a previously-struggling Smiths Falls — and slid from 3rd to 7th.
  2. Duh Bears — Smiths Falls was utterly terrible in October, posting a 1-8-2 record. Now that we’ve got that out of the way: Here come the Bears! Mark Grady’s team has claimed five of a possible six points from its last three outings, and seems to have at least partially solved its offensive issues. A strong Smiths Falls team is a positive for the league as a whole.
  3. Kemptville, Kemptville, Kemptville — The 73’s are once again on the outside looking (distantly) in at the CCHL playoff picture. As it stands, Jeff Jordan’s team is 10 points back of Kanata — current owner of the final playoff spot — and the Lasers have a game in-hand. Time to go on a run.


Friday: Pembroke at Navan (7:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Ottawa at Nepean (2:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Kanata at Carleton Place (3:00 p.m.)