Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Power Rankings Dec 13th

The SJHL Power Rankings are decided each and every week by a group of SJHL broadcasters and will be released each Tuesday.

1. Battlefords North Stars 25-0-2-1 (Last Week 1st) – Despite being without their Head Coach and General Manager, the Battlefords North Stars continued their winning ways this week with three big wins. Kian Bell found the back of the net another four times and is now up to 25 goals in 25 games. In between the pipes, Josh Kotai continues to be a wall, boasting a .975 SV% in his two starts this week and was named Sasktel Goalie of the Week for a 3rd time. The Stars will hit the road this week for three games in three nights as they meet Yorkton twice and Melville.

2. Melfort Mustangs 15-8-5-1 (Last Week 3rd) – The Melfort Mustangs continued their hot play over the weekend as they swept their weekend road trip in Southeast Saskatchewan and are now 8-0-2-0 in their last 10 games. With their fantastic play over the span of the last month, they have climbed the SJHL standings and are just 4 points back of being in 2nd place in the league. The Mustangs will have a busy week to wrap up 2022, playing 3 games in 4 nights as they host Melville Wednesday and then play the Nipawin Hawks in a home and home.

3. Estevan Bruins 19-14-0-1 (Last Week 6th) – The Estevan Bruins were the busiest team this past week, playing 4 games in 6 days. Overall, it was a great week for the defending SJHL Champions as they picked up 7 out of a possible 8 points, vaulting their record to 19-14-0-1. Alexsa Babic played a big part in the Bruins success this past week as he registered 5 assists and was named SuperU Defenceman of the Week. The Bruins will be in Yorkton Tuesday and play the Notre Dame Hounds Wednesday in Carlyle before their holiday break.

4. Flin Flon Bombers 18-7-2-1 (Last Week 5th) – It was a quiet week for the Flin Flon Bombers who had just one game, but they earned an important two points at home, winning 3-1 over the Yorkton Terriers. The Bombers are right in the thick of things in the battle for positioning from 2nd to 6th in the league, as only four points separate 5 teams. This coming weekend will be a big one for Flin Flon as they close out 2022 with a home and home with the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

5. Humboldt Broncos 18-8-1-0 (Last Week 4th) –  The Humboldt Broncos split their games this past week, going 1-1. However, they probably deserved a much better fate in their 5-2 loss to the Notre Dame Hounds on Wednesday. Regardless, the Broncos are in that battle at the top of the standings and will be busy with 3 games this week. It all begins Wednesday when they host La Ronge, continues Friday in Kindersley for an afternoon game, and then wrap up Saturday at home against the Weyburn Red Wings.

6. La Ronge Ice Wolves 19-9-2-0 (Last Week 2nd) – Similar to the Flin Flon Bombers, the La Ronge Ice Wolves had a quiet week with just one home game where they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Yorkton Terriers. Despite the overtime loss, the Ice Wolves earned a point and sit in 2nd place, but they have played more games than most of the teams chasing them. La Ronge will be the busiest team, this coming week as they play 4 games in 5 nights which starts Tuesday in Nipawin against the Hawks. They will also be in Humboldt Wednesday and play a home and home with Flin Flon this weekend.

7. Nipawin Hawks 13-14-1-1 (Last Week 7th) – Despite going 1-2 this past week, the Nipawin Hawks are playing their best hockey of the season right now. The club earned a massive win over the Yorkton Terriers to start the week, but then fell twice to the Battlefords North Stars. Nipawin played well though against the 1st place Stars, outshooting them in both games. The Hawks continue to sit in 7th in the SJHL standings and will aim to try and get some big points ahead of the holiday break as they host La Ronge Tuesday and play a home and home with Melfort on the weekend.

8. Notre Dame Hounds 11-12-2-2 (Last Week 8th) – The Notre Dame Hounds won their lone game of the week, earning a 5-2 victory in Humboldt Wednesday. Tucker Inabinet was masterful in the Hounds win, stopping 46 of 48 Humboldt shots. Notre Dame currently sits in the 8th and final playoff spot in the SJHL, sitting two points ahead of the Yorkton Terriers but do have games in hand. The Hounds will be in Carlyle Wednesday for a neutral site game against Estevan and travel to Weyburn Friday for their first game of the year against the Red Wings.

9. Yorkton Terriers 12-18-0-0 (Last Week 9th)  – It was a roller coaster of a Northern road trip for the Yorkton Terriers, with stops in Nipawin, Flin Flon, and La Ronge. Not only did the club deal with 3 difficult opponents, they also had to deal  with bus issues. However, they fought through adversity and earned a big two points to close out the trip in La Ronge Saturday and are just two points back of Notre Dame for 8th. The Terriers will return home this week for three games as they host Estevan Tuesday and Battlefords Thursday and Saturday.

10. Weyburn Red Wings 10-17-0-1 (Last Week 10th) –The Weyburn Red Wings continued their 6 game homestand this past weekend, earning a split in their two games. Ryley Morgan continues to impress with the red and white, notching a hat-trick in the Wings 4-2 win over the Kindersley Klippers Friday night. Weyburn will wrap up their homestand with a big game Friday at home against the Notre Dame Hounds and then hit the road Saturday to Humboldt for a battle with the Broncos.

11. Melville Millionaires 8-18-3-1 (Last Week 12th) – After falling 4-1 at home to the Humboldt Broncos Friday, the Melville Millionaires came out flying in the first period of their game Sunday against the Estevan Bruins, outshooting the Bruins 25-6 and finding the back of the net three times. Unfortunately, they were unable to sustain that play and ended up falling 5-4 in overtime. The Mills are 8-18-3-1 on the year and are slowly falling behind the final couple of playoff spots. They will wrap up their 2022 with a road game in Melfort Wednesday and a home game Friday against the Battlefords North Stars.

12. Kindersley Klippers 6-16-2-4 (Last Week 11th) – 4-2. That in large part can sum up the Klippers road trip to Southeast Saskatchewan last week as they dropped all three of their games by the score of 4-2. Once again, Cody Jaman was outstanding for the Klippers in all 3 games, but they were unable to get the results in their favour. The Klippers are now 0-12-2-1 away from the West Central Events Centre and if they have hopes of making the playoffs this season they will need to find a way to win on the road. Kindersley’s lone game of the week comes Friday afternoon when they host the Humboldt Broncos.