Four junior teams from the Sault Ste. Marie area — Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Batchewana Attack of the Canadian International Hockey League and Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League — are all at or near the top of the standings at this stage of the 2014-2015 season.
Winners of eight straight games, the Hounds are in first place in the West Division and third overall in the 20-team OHL with 36 points from a record of 18-5.
Sergey Tolchinsky leads the Greyhounds in scoring with 13 goals, 23 assists, 36 points and goalie Brandon Halverson has a record of 14-3 with a 2.94 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
The Thunderbirds are in first place in the nine-team NOJHL with 38 points from a record of 18-2-2.
Nic Tassone leads the T-Birds in scoring with 15-20-35 totals followed by fellow forward Jaren Bellini with 15-12-27 numbers. Rookie goalie Mario Culina leads the NOJHL with a 10-2 record, 2.09 goals against average and .931 save percentage.
Unbeaten with a record of 14-0 atop the CIHL, the Attack features several young players who are high-end performers. Elite youngsters include 1997 birth-year forward Jacob Palmerio and three players with 1998 birth dates — defenceman Adam Baggs and twin brother forwards Darian Pilon and Drake Pilon.
The Eagles are in second place in the North Division of the NAHL with 29 points from a record of 14-11-1. Top scorers for the Eagles include Keegan Miller and Chase Matson while goalies Sean Keating and Jack Berry have shared the workload and have similar, above-average numbers.