Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Power Rankings Feb 7th

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 39-3-2-1 (Last Week 1st) – The beat goes on for the Battlefords North Stars. Half of the Stars returned from the SJHL/MJHL Showcase, and they went right back to their winning ways with a 5-2 win over Notre Dame Thursday and a 6-4 victory at home Saturday against Melfort. Kian Bell continues to light the lamp, scoring four times in two games and is now up to 42 this season in 40 games. This coming week is a quiet one for the Stars, they will hit the road Friday for another meeting with the Notre Dame Hounds.

2. Humboldt Broncos 28-12-1-0 (Last Week 2nd) – Similar to the Stars, the Humboldt Broncos returned from the SJHL/MJHL Showcase with a win. They earned an impressive 6-1 victory over Melville Friday at home. The Broncos are currently in the midst of a tight race at the top of the SJHL standings, currently sitting tied for 3rd with the Flin Flon Bombers and just two points back of the La Ronge Ice Wolves for 2nd with 7 games in hand. Humboldt will be back at it this weekend when they meet the Kindersley Klippers for a home and home.

3. Flin Flon Bombers 27-11-2-1 (Last Week 4th) – The Flin Flon Bombers also earned a big two points over the weekend with a 4-3 win over the Nipawin Hawks. Flin Flon is in the race for 2nd at the top of the standings, and this coming week will be a big one for the Bombers as they hit the road for 4 games in 5 nights. The trip starts Wednesday in Yorkton, continues Thursday in Weyburn, Saturday in Estevan, and wraps up Sunday in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds.

4. Melfort Mustangs 23-14-5-2 (Last Week 3rd) – After a great week prior to the SJHL/MJHL Showcase where the Melfort Mustangs beat the Flin Flon Bombers, Weyburn Red Wings, and Humboldt Broncos, the Mustangs had a difficult return to the ice with losses in both Battlefords and Kindersley. The Mustangs currently sit 5th in the SJHL standings and have their eyes on home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Melfort will look to get back in the win column Friday when they begin a home and home with the Yorkton Terriers.

5. La Ronge Ice Wolves 27-16-3-2 (Last Week 5th) – It has been a tough few days on the road for the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Losses to the Weyburn Red Wings (in a shootout), Melville Millionaires, and the Notre Dame Hounds, and now the Wolves are looking to salvage a win Tuesday night in Melville in a re-match from Saturday’s game. While they may sit in 2nd place in the SJHL standings going into Tuesday night’s action, The Ice Wolves have played the most games in the SJHL and they are just two points ahead of Humboldt & Flin Flon with both of those teams having 7 games in hand. Tuesday night’s game against Melville will be the Wolves lone game of the week.

6. Estevan Bruins 23-19-1-2 (Last Week 7th) – The Estevan Bruins got some much needed rest this past week with the Saskatchewan curling Provincials taking place at Affinity Place. Now the defending SJHL Champions will return to the ice this weekend with a pair of big games. Friday they will host the Nipawin Hawks, and Saturday they welcome the Flin Flon Bombers.

7. Nipawin Hawks 21-19-2-1 (Last Week 6th) – Despite losing their last 3 games, the Nipawin Hawks are still playing some good hockey. The Hawks dropped a 4-3 decision to Flin Flon Saturday and will now hit the road for a big road trip down South for 3 games in 3 nights. The trip begins Thursday in Wilcox against the Hounds, continues Friday in Estevan, and wraps up Saturday in Weyburn.

8. Weyburn Red Wings 19-20-2-1 (Last Week 8th) – The Weyburn Red Wings continue to surge with points in 8 straight games. This past weekend they earned 3 out of a possible 4 points thanks to a shootout win over La Ronge Friday and an overtime loss to Yorkton Saturday. Quietly, the Wings point total has climbed quickly and they are now within striking distance of the Nipawin Hawks for 7th place. Weyburn continues their homestand this week with games against Flin Flon Thursday and Nipawin Saturday.

9. Notre Dame Hounds 15-20-3-2 (Last Week 9th) – After falling to the Battlefords North Stars Thursday, the Hounds earned a big two points Monday at home over La Ronge. Going into Tuesday’s action, the Hounds are 6 points back of the Weyburn Red Wings with two games in hand. The Hounds will have three big home games this week with games against Nipawin, Battlefords, and Flin Flon.

10. Yorkton Terriers 15-26-0-1 (Last Week 10th) – If the Yorkton Terriers are to get back in the playoff race, Saturday was a big step in the right direction with a 3-2 overtime win against Weyburn. The Terriers are 10 points back going into the week and a big week could help them get closer. Yorkton hosts Flin Flon Wednesday, and then begin a home and home with Melfort Friday.

11. Melville Millionaires 11-26-5-1 (Last Week 11th) – After a tough loss in Humboldt Friday, the Melville Millionaires snapped their 7 game losing streak Saturday with a 4-3 win over La Ronge. Now the Mills will look to build off that win as they welcome La Ronge again on Tuesday which is their lone game of the week.

12. Kindersley Klippers 9-24-2-5 (Last Week 12th) – The Kindersley Klippers returned to the ice with a 5-2 win Sunday over Melfort and despite being in last place in the SJHL, the team is above .500 at the West Central Events Centre. Kindersley will meet Humboldt for a home and home beginning Friday in Kindersley.