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Ams fall out of CHL poll

It’s always nice to have a few days off, even if the beginning of the mini vacation starts with a broken washing machine and a trip to the laundry mat to wash football gear the night before the big game. All is good now with a new washer and a credit from Benton PUD for buying an energy efficient machine.

Today, the CHL poll came out and surprise, surprise, the Tri-City Americans (10-4-1-0) fell out of the Top 10 after splitting with the Prince George Cougars over the weekend. The 7-3 win looked good. The 8-3 loss the following night would have had me crossing them off my list as well. No offense guys, but that was a bad showing. A shootout win over Seattle on Tuesday also did not sit well with the NHL scouts who put together this very scientific poll.

Topping the charts are the Quebec Remparts (13-1-0-1), followed by the Saskatoon Blades (10-3-0-0), whose 5-2 loss to Regina on Tuesday helped them move from third to second. I’m not that great at math, but that just doesn’t add up.

Coming in third was the Saginaw Spirit (10-2-1-0), followed by the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (8-2-0-0), the Owen Sound Attack (10-2-0-0), the Moncton Wildcats (12-4-0-2), the Portland Winterhawks (10-2-0-1), the Drummondville Voltigeurs (12-4-1-1), the Red Deer Rebels (9-5-0-0) and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan (12-5-0-0).

In other WHL news this week, the Spokane Chiefs sent forward T.C. Cratsenberg to the Chilliwack Bruins for a conditional draft pick. Apparently, T.C. was not getting the amount of ice time he should for a third-year veteran, according to Spokane GM Tim Speltz.

And, last but not least, Vancouver’s Craig Cunningham was named WHL player of the week, scoring one goal with eight assists in three games — all wins. He had five of those assists in a 7-5 comeback win over Kelowna.