The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) wrapped up its shortened season this weekend with the powerhouse Brooks Bandits finishing on top with a 18-2 record and a winning percentage of 0.90.
The nearby Okotoks Oilers finished second with an 0.875 win percentage, but with only eight outings, there was a huge disparity in games played.
Differences like this lead the league to ranking teams by win percentage. With much lower COVID-19 numbers, the northern Viterra division teams played more games than most teams in the south division.
The Bandits lost their second game of the season in their final weekend of play. On May 7, Spruce Grove Saints came out on top, 4-3. Their only other loss came at the hands of the Okotoks Oilers way back on Mar. 28.
The Fort McMurray Oil Barons finished on top in the north division with 12 wins, one loss, three overtime losses, and an 0.844 win percentage.
Cochrane's Tyler Mueller centred a line for the Sherwood Park Crusaders, and that team was one of the few playing 20 games. Their final cohort of the season was the Grande Prairie Storm. The two teams met for their final two games on May 7 and 8 in Sherwood Park. The Storm won 1-0 and 5-1.
Mueller didn't dress for the final games of the season. He did, however, appear in 15 games, scoring eight goals and assisting on three for 11 points. That placed him third on the team in scoring, despite playing fewer games than the three ahead of him.
Mueller has committed to play for the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.
The Cru finished in the basement of the Viterra Division with seven wins, 10 losses, and three overtime losses for a 0.425 winning percentage.