Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Power Rankings Jan 23rd

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

1. Flin Flon Bombers 32-2-2-0 (Last Week 1st):

The Flin Flon Bombers continue to sit at the top of the mountain in both the SJHL and CJHL (according to the CJHL Top 20 rankings) and they had a big week at home as they earned a trio of victories. They continue to get contributions from up and down their line-up and the new players which they acquired at the Trade Deadline have already made an impact. The Bombers will tangle with the Battlefords North Stars this weekend for a pair of games in the Battlefords.

2. Battlefords North Stars 28-7-2-1 (Last Week 2nd):

The hottest team in the SJHL is the defending Canterra Seeds Cup champions. They have points in their last 14 games and they had an impressive weekend as they swept their home and home against the Humboldt Broncos. This week is a big one for the Stars as they host the Melville Millionaires on Tuesday and then go toe to toe with the 1st-place Flin Flon Bombers on Friday and Saturday.

3. Melfort Mustangs 26-11-3-0 (Last Week 3rd):

It was a playoff-like weekend in Estevan between the Bruins and the Mustangs as Melfort earned a split on the road this past weekend. The team currently sits 3rd in the SJHL standings, three points up on Humboldt and four points back of Battlefords for 2nd. However, they have played two more games than both of those teams. It will be a quiet week for the Mustangs as their lone game takes place on Thursday when they head to Wilcox for a meeting with the Hounds.

4.Humboldt Broncos 24-10-3-1 (Last Week 4th):

Tough week for the Humboldt Broncos as they only managed to get one out of a possible six points as they let a 3rd period lead slip through their grasp against the Melville Millionaires Tuesday and then dropped their home and home with the Battlefords North Stars. However, the Broncos are still only three points back of the Melfort Mustangs for 3rd and have two games in hand. They will be on the road for three games in three nights this week beginning Thursday in Weyburn and then continuing to Estevan Friday and Saturday.

5. Melville Millionaires 18-16-0-0 (Last Week 5th):

It was another solid week for the Melville Millionaires as they earned four out of a possible six points with victories over the Humboldt Broncos and Nipawin Hawks. This week will be a big one for the Mills as they make up some of their games in hand and will provide a chance for them to separate themselves from the pack. They are in Battlefords on Tuesday, Kindersley on Wednesday, and then home to the Weyburn Red Wings on Saturday.

6. Weyburn Red Wings 15-16-0-0 (Last Week 11th):

The Weyburn Red Wings had a big bounce-back week this past week as they earned five out of a possible six points. With the five points, the Wings have climbed back into a playoff spot and have games in hand on the teams ahead of them. Weyburn will be home to Humboldt on Thursday and then have a big divisional match-up on Saturday in Melville against the Millionaires.

7. Kindersley Klippers 16-19-2-2 (Last Week 8th): 

The Kindersley Klippers were one of the busiest teams in the SJHL this past week as they took to the ice four times in five nights with all four of them being away from the West Central Events Centre. The Klippers are currently tied for 5th in the SJHL standings with the Nipawin Hawks and Melville Millionaires. Kindersley’s lone game of the week comes Wednesday night at the West Central Events Centre as they host the Melville Millionaires.

8. Estevan Bruins 16-18-1-2 (Last Week 7th):

Similar to the Kindersley Klippers, the Estevan Bruins were on the ice four times in five nights this past week and managed to get three out of a possible eight points. Despite a couple of losses, the Bruins played well and are trending in the right direction. However, they now need to earn points so they can climb the standings and get away from the pack. The Bruins will be on the road Wednesday in Wilcox for a game against the Hounds and then be home to the Humboldt Broncos Friday and Saturday.

9. Yorkton Terriers 14-22-1-2 (Last Week 9th):

Going North for a three-game in three-night road trip in the SJHL is never easy. So the fact the Yorkton Terriers were able to collect three out of a possible six points and keep pace with the teams they are chasing for a playoff spot. The Terriers will be off this week and will be scoreboard watching. They will be back on the ice at the beginning of February for a big home and home against the Estevan Bruins.

10. Nipawin Hawks 16-19-0-4 (Last Week 6th):

While the Nipawin Hawks did manage to get a pair of points this weekend, none of which came in a victory as they dropped both of their contests in a shootout. The Hawks have just two wins in their past 10 games but are currently in a tie with Kindersley and Melville for 5th. The Hawks’ lone game this week will come on Friday when they travel to La Ronge for a re-match with the Ice Wolves.

11. La Ronge Ice Wolves 13-24-2-1 (Last Week 10th):

The La Ronge Ice Wolves split their two games this weekend, but time is starting to become an enemy for them and their playoff hopes. They are 6 points out of a playoff spot with 16 games remaining, the Wolves will need to go on a run in February if they want to get back into that group. They will look for a big two points Friday at home as they tangle with the Nipawin Hawks once again.

12. Notre Dame Hounds 10-28-2-0 (Last Week 12th):

It’s been a tough season for the Notre Dame Hounds but this weekend was a positive. A pair of victories over Melville and Kindersley has the Hounds into double digits when it comes to wins this season. They will be back on the ice at home this week as they host Estevan Wednesday and Melfort Thursday.