Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Power Rankings Jan 16th

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

1. Flin Flon Bombers 29-2-2-0 (Last Week 1st):

Due to their game against the Nipawin Hawks being postponed, the Flin Flon Bombers didn’t take to the ice this past week for any meaningful games, but they did host a fun 3 on 3 tournament at the Whitney Forum Friday night for fans to attend. The Bombers will return to action Wednesday when they play the makeup game against the Hawks at the Whitney Forum. They will also host Yorkton for two games on Saturday and Sunday.

2. Battlefords North Stars 25-7-2-1 (Last Week 2nd): 

The Battlefords North Stars extended their point streak to 11 games thanks to their comeback win over the Notre Dame Hounds Saturday at home. After a one-game week, the Stars will be much busier this week as they play three games in four nights beginning Wednesday at home against the Estevan Bruins. They will then play a big home and home this weekend against the Humboldt Broncos.

3. Melfort Mustangs 25-10-3-0 (Last Week 3rd):

A split in any home and home is never a bad thing. That’s what the Melfort Mustangs did this past weekend against the Humboldt Broncos as the two teams continue to battle near the top of the SJHL standings. Now the Mustangs will be away from the Northern Lights Palace until February 9th. They will hit the road this weekend for a pair of games down in Estevan against the Bruins at Affinity Place.

4. Humboldt Broncos 24-8-2-1 (Last Week 4th):

As said above, a split in any home and home is never a bad thing. Add in a 5-1 victory over Yorkton earlier in the week, and the Broncos get another four out of six points. Humboldt is just 2 points back of Melfort and Battlefords, but have played three fewer games than the Mustangs. Humboldt will return to the ice Tuesday in Melville as they battle the Millionaires and then will be in action over the weekend for a big home and home against the North Stars.

5. Melville Millionaires 16-15-0-0 (Last Week 7th):

It was a perfect week for the Melville Millionaires as they fought back early in the week to earn a win on the road in Weyburn and then followed it up with a 4-2 win at home against Nipawin Sunday. Melville is now just two points back of the Nipawin Hawks for 5th in the SJHL standings and have five games in hand. They are also tied for 1st place in the Viterra division. The Millionaires will be home to Humboldt Tuesday, on the road in Nipawin Friday, and then back home Saturday for a game against the Notre Dame Hounds.

6. Nipawin Hawks 16-18-0-2 (Last Week 5th):

The lone game of the week for Nipawin after the postponement last Friday saw them drop a 4-2 decision on the road in Melville, despite outshooting the Millionaires 47-25. The Hawks will have a much busier week this week as they head to Flin Flon Wednesday for the makeup game against the Bombers, they have a re-match against Melville Friday at home and then head to Kinistino for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan on Saturday for a contest against the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

7. Estevan Bruins 15-16-0-2 (Last Week 10th):

It was a big bounce-back week for the Estevan Bruins as they earned a pair of victories at home against the La Ronge Ice Wolves. The four points vaulted them back into a playoff spot and also to the top of the Viterra division. The week ahead will be a busy one for the black and gold as they play four games in five nights beginning Tuesday night in Rosetown for a neutral site game against the Klippers. They will then be in Battlefords on Wednesday, and home to Melfort on Friday and Saturday.

8. Kindersley Klippers 14-17-2-2 (Last Week 8th):

In their lone game of the week the Kindersley Klippers fought back to earn a 3-2 overtime win over the Notre Dame Hounds at the West Central Events Centre. Like many teams across the league, this week will see more action on the ice for the Klippers beginning Tuesday in Rosetown against the Estevan Bruins. They then play three games in three nights on the road this week with two in Weyburn and one against the Notre Dame Hounds.

9. Yorkton Terriers 13-21-1-1 (Last Week 9th):

The Yorkton Terriers are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have got to within four points of the 8th and final playoff spot as they split their two games this past week. This coming week will be a massive test for the Terriers though as they head North for three games in three nights beginning Friday in La Ronge against the Ice Wolves, and then continue to Flin Flon for games Saturday and Sunday.

10. La Ronge Ice Wolves 12-23-2-1 (Last Week 11th):

Four games in five nights all on the road is never easy and the La Ronge Ice Wolves split their games this past week in southern Saskatchewan. The four points has them to within five points of the 8th and final playoff spot, but have played the most games in the league with 38 (tied with Melfort). La Ronge will host Yorkton on Friday in a crucial game for both teams as they look to get closer to a playoff spot. The Ice Wolves will then head to Kinistino on Saturday for a date with the Nipawin Hawks as part of Hockey Day in Saskatchewan.

11. Weyburn Red Wings 13-16-0-4 (Last Week 6th):

It was a tough week for the Weyburn Red Wings at home. Three games and three losses to teams all below them (at the time) in the standings. They have now lost four straight and currently sit on the outside looking in on a playoff spot entering the week. The Wings will look to snap their losing skid Tuesday in Assiniboia as they meet the Notre Dame Hounds in a neutral site game. They are then back at home this weekend for a pair against the Kindersley Klippers.

12. Notre Dame Hounds 8-27-2-0 (Last Week 12th): 

The struggles continue for the Notre Dame Hounds. It appeared they were on their way to snapping their losing skid both on Friday in Kindersley and on Saturday in Battlefords, but were unable to hang on in both games. Notre Dame will look for some positives on Tuesday when they meet Weyburn in Assiniboia. They will also be in Melville on Saturday and home to Kindersley on Sunday.