Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Power Rankings Oct 17th

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 9-0-1-0 (Last Week 2nd): For the first time since 2019 the Flin Flon Bombers went on a four game in five night road trip in southern Saskatchewan and swept the entire trip. Four wins. Outscored their opponents 18-2. The Flin Flon Bombers are finding different ways to win each and every night. Flin Flon will now return to the friendly confines of the Whitney Forum for a pair of games this weekend against the Kindersley Klippers.

2. Humboldt Broncos 6-0-1-0 (Last Week 3rd): It was another impressive week for the Humboldt Broncos despite suffering their first setback of the season. Humboldt blasted Weyburn 10-1 Wednesday to start the week, They then earned three out of four points in their home and home with the Nipawin Hawks, losing their first game of the season Saturday, 3-2 in overtime. The Broncos will be back on the ice Tuesday in Yorkton and will then play a home and home this weekend with the Battlefords North Stars.

3. Melfort Mustangs 7-1-0-0 (Last Week 1st): The Melfort Mustangs suffered their first setback of the season Saturday night in Kindersley, falling 5-4 to the Klippers. However, they did earn a split against their “Fouillard Cup” rivals in a rink that hasn’t been kind to visitors over the years. This coming week is a busy one for the Mustangs as they host Battlefords Wednesday, travel to La Ronge on Friday, and host Melville on Saturday.

4. Melville Millionaires 5-2-0-0 (Last Week 8th): Doug Johnson’s Melville Millionaires are off to a great start in his first season behind the bench, so much so they have only lost in one rink so far this season, that being Affinity Place in Estevan. After falling 4-3 on Thanksgiving Monday, the Millionaires would bounce back in a big way on the weekend as they swept the Yorkton Terriers in a home and home. A quiet week ahead of the Mills as they will take to the ice just once this week as they travel to Melfort on Saturday to face the Mustangs.

5. Nipawin Hawks 4-3-0-1 (Last Week 5th): The Nipawin Hawks played another pair of close games this weekend, this time against the team who knocked them out of the playoffs in the previous year. After falling just short Friday at home, the Hawks bounced back with a 3-2 win on the road in overtime in Humboldt against the Broncos. Now the Hawks will prepare for a busy week which begins Tuesday at home against La Ronge. They will then head south for three games in three nights as they battle Weyburn, Estevan and Notre Dame.

6. Battlefords North Stars 5-4-0-0 (Last Week 9th): The Battlefords North Stars had themselves a good week as they swept their home and home with the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Justen Maric registered his 2nd shutout of the season in just his 3rd start Friday night in a 6-0 win, and then the defending champs came back from a two goal deficit Saturday night in La Ronge and won 6-2. This coming week will be a good measuring stick for the Stars to see where they are at early on this season. Wednesday they are in Melfort and then they play a home and home with Humboldt on the weekend.

7. Kindersley Klippers 3-3-1-1 (Last Week 10th): Quietly, the Kindersley Klippers have had back to back very good weekends earning three out of a possible four points. This past weekend was a big one for the club as they returned to the West Central Events Centre and handed the Melfort Mustangs their first loss of the season. Now it’s back on the bus for the Klippers as they head North to Flin Flon for a pair of games and then wrap up their three in three Sunday in La Ronge.

8. Weyburn Red Wings 4-2-0-3 (Last Week 4th): After a hot start to the 23/24 season, the Weyburn Red Wings have cooled off in their last four games, earning just two out of a possible eight points with both points coming in shootout losses. However, it was a difficult task for the Wings as they faced the top 3 teams in the league so far this season during that stretch. Weyburn will now return home for a match-up against Notre Dame on Wednesday, welcome Nipawin on Friday, and then travel to Yorkton on Saturday.

9. Yorkton Terriers 3-4-1-1 (Last Week 6th): Tough weekend for the Yorkton Terriers as they were swept by their Highway 10 rivals, the Melville Millionaires. The Terriers didn’t come away empty handed though as they did earn a single point, but now the club has lost three straight. They will look to respond Tuesday night when they host the Humboldt Broncos. They also welcome the Weyburn Red Wings to Westland Arena on Saturday night.

10. Estevan Bruins 3-4-0-1 (Last Week 7th): In their lone game of the weekend, the Estevan Bruins had a tough time getting anything going against the Flin Flon Bombers, which resulted in them falling 7-1 at home. The good news for the Bruins is they will have a week off before their next game and will look to rebound against the Notre Dame Hounds Friday night in Carlyle. They will also host Nipawin Saturday night.

11. La Ronge Ice Wolves 2-7-1-0 (Last Week 11th): The La Ronge Ice Wolves continue to search for answers following being swept by the Battlefords North Stars this past weekend. They were outscored 12-2 in the two losses and the goals against continue to be a problem. In 10 games played so far this season, the Ice Wolves have allowed 55 goals which is the 2nd most in the league. The Ice Wolves will look to snap their four game losing streak Tuesday night in Nipawin before returning home for a seven game homestand. They will host Melfort on Friday and Kindersley Sunday.

12. Notre Dame Hounds 0-9-0-0 (Last Week 12th): The Notre Dame Hounds continue to search for their first win of the season. In their lone game this past week they fell 5-0 to the Flin Flon Bombers. The Hounds have allowed the most goals so far this season with 56, and they have only found the back of the net 11 times in nine games. The Hounds will be busy this week for a trio of games. Wednesday in Weyburn, Friday in Carlyle to play the Bruins and Sunday at home against Nipawin.