Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Power Rankings Feb 6th

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

1. Flin Flon Bombers 35-2-2-0 (Last Week 1st):

The beat goes on for the number one team in the SJHL/CJHL as they earned a dominant 8-0 win Friday night at home against the Nipawin Hawks as part of Hockey Night in the North. Kenneth Marquart made 29 saves for a shutout and Matt Egan made his return to the Bombers line-up after beating cancer and found the back of the net twice and added two assists. Flin Flon will be the busiest team in the SJHL this coming week as they play four games in five nights in southern Saskatchewan. They will play Melville, Notre Dame, Weyburn, and Estevan this week.

2. Battlefords North Stars 31-8-3-1 (Last Week 2nd):

It was a perfect weekend at home for the Battlefords North Stars as they picked up a pair of wins over the La Ronge Ice Wolves at home. The Stars have gained some breathing room and comfortably sit in 2nd place in the SJHL standings. They will be back on the ice at home tonight (Tuesday) against the Yorkton Terriers and then hit the road Friday for a game in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds.

3. Melfort Mustangs 28-11-3-0 (Last Week 3rd):

The Melfort Mustangs are looking to track down the Stars for 2nd place and they continued on their winning ways this past weekend with a 5-0 win over Nipawin. Melfort also needs to look in the rearview mirror though as Humboldt is just one point back of them for 3rd. The Mustangs will be in Weyburn Tuesday and then begin a home-and-home Friday with the Humboldt Broncos as part of the Sasktel Game of the Month at the Northern Lights Palace in Melfort.

4. Humboldt Broncos 27-12-3-1 (Last Week 4th):

Only two teams went 2-0 this past weekend and the Humboldt Broncos were one of them as they swept their home and home against the Melville Millionaires. The victories get the Broncos back to within a point of the Melfort Mustangs for 3rd place. They have a chance to surpass the Mustangs this weekend as the two rivals collide in a home and home beginning Friday in Melfort. The return match-up will be on Saturday in Humboldt.

5. Estevan Bruins 19-20-1-2 (Last Week 6th): 

The Estevan Bruins are back in first place in the Viterra division following their split this past weekend against the Yorkton Terriers. Estevan peppered the Terriers net with 91 shots combined in two games as the Bruins are looking to turn their game in the right direction as the push for the post-season continues. The Bruins will play their lone game this week on Saturday when they host the Flin Flon Bombers.

6. Melville Millionaires 20-19-0-0 (Last Week 5th):

Tough weekend for the Melville Millionaires as they were unable to get anything out of their home and home with the Humboldt Broncos. With that being said, the Mills are still a game above .500, are still in a playoff spot, and still have the most games to play out of any SJHL team. Melville will be busy this week as they host the Flin Flon Bombers on Tuesday, and then travel up to La Ronge for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.

7. Kindersley Klippers 17-20-3-2 (Last Week 8th):

Canterra Seeds Saskatchewan Player of the Week Tylin Hilbig and the Kindersley Klippers had a big weekend at home as they earned three out of a possible four points in their two games against the Weyburn Red Wings. The important games will continue this week as the Klippers play a trio of contests at home. It all starts Wednesday when they host the Yorkton Terriers and then welcome the Nipawin Hawks for a pair of games this weekend.

8. Weyburn Red Wings 16-19-0-5 (Last Week 7th):

A valuable two points earned on the road for the Weyburn Red Wings as they hang on to the 8th and final playoff spot going into this week. Weyburn will return home now for a pair of games this week. They host Melfort on Tuesday and Flin Flon on Friday. Following those two clashes with top clubs in the league, the Wings will hit the road on Saturday for an important divisional game against the Yorkton Terriers.

9. Yorkton Terriers 15-23-1-1 (Last Week 9th):

The Yorkton Terriers kept pace with the clubs they are chasing for a playoff spot this weekend with their split against the Estevan Bruins. However, if the Terriers want to chase down a spot in the post-season, they will need to string some wins together. This week is an important one for them as they hit the road to Battlefords and Kindersley for a pair and then host Weyburn on Saturday.

10. Nipawin Hawks 16-22-0-4 (Last Week 10th):

The slide continues for the Nipawin Hawks. Losses in Flin Flon and at home to Melfort have the Hawks now on the outside looking in when it comes to a playoff spot with 14 games to go. The good news for the Hawks and their fans is that 12 of their remaining 14 games are against teams around them in the standings. Nipawin will be in Kindersley for a crucial pair of games this weekend.

11. La Ronge Ice Wolves 14-25-2-2 (Last Week 11th):

It is starting to become crunch time for the La Ronge Ice Wolves if they want to get into a playoff spot this season. The Wolves only earned one point this weekend and remain five points back of a playoff spot. They are also tied for most games played in the SJHL. They will play two big games at home this weekend against the Melville Millionaires.

12. Notre Dame Hounds 11-29-2-0 (Last Week 12th):

It’s been a while since the Notre Dame Hounds took to the ice but after some lengthy time off the Hounds will be back at it Wednesday when they host the first-place Flin Flon Bombers. It won’t get much easier for the Hounds on the weekend as they then welcome the 2nd place Battlefords North Stars.