The SJHL Power Rankings are decided each and every week by a group of SJHL broadcasters and will be released each Tuesday.
1. Flin Flon Bombers 14-1-1-0 (Last Week 1st): It was a quiet week for the Flin Flon Bombers, but the number one team in the CJHL (According to the Top 20 rankings) did take care of business in their lone contest, winning 5-4 over the Melfort Mustangs. Flin Flon has some extended time off and won’t be in action until the SJHL Showcase when they battle the Weyburn Red Wings and Estevan Bruins.
2. Humboldt Broncos 12-0-2-1 (Last Week 2nd): The Humboldt Broncos continue to roll as they swept a home and home with the Nipawin Hawks this past weekend. They continue to get solid goaltending, great defensive play, and contributions from several different rookies in their line-up. With their success, the Broncos moved to 2nd in the CJHL Top 20 rankings. Humboldt will play one game this week before the Showcase as they visit the Kindersley Klippers on Friday.
3. Battlefords North Stars 10-6-0-1 (Last Week 4th): Kian Bell’s return to the line-up for the Battlefords North Stars has sparked the defending champs’ offence and as a result, they have won four straight. They earned a pair of victories over the Yorkton Terriers this past week at home and now they prepare for another two games at the ACC against the Weyburn Red Wings prior to the SJHL Showcase.
4. Melfort Mustangs 10-5-1-0 (Last Week 3rd): It was a tough week for the Melfort Mustangs as they dropped a pair of games by a goal. Since their hot start to the year, the Mustangs have cooled off a bit, and they are also battling the injury bug as they were without both Zac Somers and Aidyn Hutchinson this past week. The Mustangs will look to bounce back Friday when they host La Ronge. They will also visit Nipawin on Saturday.
5. Melville Millionaires 9-5-0-0 (Last Week 5th): The Melville Millionaires split their home and home with the Notre Dame Hounds this past weekend, falling for the first time at home, and then bouncing back on the road in Lumsden. Both contests were one goal games as the Mills continue to play tight hockey early on this season. Melville will be on the road Tuesday to battle the Nipawin Hawks, and then they will meet the Estevan Bruins in a home and home this weekend ahead of the SJHL Showcase.
6. Estevan Bruins 7-6-0-2 (Last Week 9th): It was a perfect week for the Estevan Bruins and as a result, they are the biggest movers of the week in the SJHL Power Rankings. They knocked off the Melfort Mustangs on Wednesday 6-5, and then handed the La Ronge Ice Wolves a pair of losses at the Mel over the weekend. The big story for the Bruins is the return of 20-year-old goaltender Cam Hrdlicka who earned both wins in La Ronge. Estevan will look to continue on their winning ways when they meet Melville in a home and home this weekend.
7. Weyburn Red Wings 7-4-0-3 (Last Week 6th): The only team who didn’t take to the ice this past week was the Weyburn Red Wings. However, their schedule is going to be very busy this coming week ahead of the SJHL Showcase. They will be in Kindersley Wednesday and then Battlefords Friday and Saturday.
8. Nipawin Hawks 7-9-0-3 (Last Week 7th): Tough weekend for the Nipawin Hawks who dropped both of their games with the Humboldt Broncos. However, they were without number one goaltender Damon Cunningham. The good news for Nipawin is they won’t have to wait long to try and rebound as they host the Melville Millionaires on Tuesday and then play two more home games this weekend against Yorkton and Melfort.
9. Kindersley Klippers 5-8-1-1 (Last Week 10th): It was a strong week for the Kindersley Klippers who got back in the win column on Halloween with a victory over the Nipawin Hawks and then followed it up with a come from behind win over the Yorkton Terriers Saturday. Keenan Ingram was outstanding for the Klippers this past week, finding the back of the net 3 times and adding 3 assists. Kindersley will welcome Humboldt to the West Central Events Centre on Friday.
10. Notre Dame Hounds 5-12-0-0 (Last Week 11th): Solid weekend for the Notre Dame Hounds who picked up a split against the Melville Millionaires this past weekend. Cole Wirun continues to rack up the points since being acquired from the Camrose Kodiaks and has played a big part in getting the Hounds back in the race for a playoff spot. Notre Dame’s lone game this week is Wednesday when they host Yorkton.
11. La Ronge Ice Wolves 5-11-1-1 (Last Week 8th): The La Ronge Ice Wolves ended their 7 game homestand on a bit of a sour note as they dropped both games to the Estevan Bruins over the weekend. They finish their homestand with a 3-3-0-1 record. The Ice Wolves will look to try and build some positive momentum Friday when they travel to Melfort for a meeting with the Mustangs in their lone game of the week before the Showcase.
12. Yorkton Terriers 4-10-1-1 (Last Week 12th): This past week on the road wasn’t so kind to the Yorkton Terriers as they lost all three games in three nights. Scoring goals hasn’t seemed to be a problem for the Terriers, but keeping the puck out of their own net has been a struggle as of late. In the three game trip, they gave up 24 goals. Yorkton will be looking for a better outcome when they tangle with the Notre Dame Hounds on Wednesday. The Terriers will also be in Nipawin on Friday.