The Coquitlam Express is the third best Junior A hockey team in the country, according to the latest ranking of 131 teams in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
It’s the highest the team has ever placed in the weekly list that is compiled by an independent scouting source.
The Express is atop the BC Hockey League standings with 30 wins, and five losses, for 60 points. That’s seven points better than the second-place Penticton Vees, who’ve played two more games.
Coquitlam also has the best goal differential in the league, scoring 67 more times than miserly 67 goals that have been allowed by netminders Clay Stevenson, Jack Watson and Thomas Wardle.
The two top teams in the CJHL rankings are both from the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The No. 1 ranked Brooks Bandits have one 31 games, tied one and lost only once, and the Sherwood Park Crusaders have a record of 29 wins and three losses.
The Express will try to win its 31st game of the season — and 12th in a row — on Wednesday against the Prince George Spruce Kings, 12 noon at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.