By Mike Stackhouse
1-BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS (39-8-1-0) Up 1
Back in top spot and they never really should have lost it with only two regulation losses in 19.
2-NIPAWIN HAWKS (31-12-2-1) Up 1
They’ve won eleven straight, which is to say not at all since the January 10th deadline.
3-FLIN FLON BOMBERS (32-12-2-3) Down 2
Dropped two in a row on south trip, but any stumble puts their first place standing in jeopardy with Nipawin on their heels.
4-ESTEVAN BRUINS (29-15-0-1)
Winners in six of ten, but a .500 team since December 1st. Record may be misleading, but nobody in their division has stepped up to challenge them.
5-KINDERSLEY KLIPPERS (23-23-1-0) Up 2
Klippers enter the week on a seven game win streak and have become odds on favorites to climb into that coveted sixth position to avoid the wildcard round.
6-HUMBOLDT BRONCOS (26-21-0-1) Down 1
Finding consistency continues to elude the Broncos, who are a .500 team since December 1st.
7-WEYBURN RED WINGS (22-21-1-4) Up 1
Beating the Terriers twice keeps them entrenched in second place in their division.
8-YORKTON TERRIERS (21-24-4-0) Up 1
You have to like their schedule to finish (Melville 2x, Kindersley at home 2x, Estevan 2x, Weyburn 1)
9-MELFORT MUSTANGS (19-23-2-4) Down 3
What happened? Mustangs have lost six straight.
10-NOTRE DAME HOUNDS (19-21-5-1)
They took two of three this past week, including a game against Flin Flon. Maybe they are ready to turn a corner.
11-MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES (17-27-2-0)
Mils are 0-9-0-and-1 in games not started by Colby Entz since December 1st.
12-LA RONGE ICE WOLVES (6-37-1-4)
Ice Wolves have one win in their last 21, but victories in 2016-17 aren’t important at the moment. They are building.
WHO’S HOT (since the first roster cutdown deadline of Dec 1)
Greyson Reitmeier, Flin Flon (22-10-21-31)
Coby Downs, Battlefords (18-8-21-29)
Josh Bly, Nipawin (22-6-22-28)
Keegan Milligan, Nipawin (22-6-19-25)
Nick Shumlanski, Flin Flon (22-7-17-24)
Reed Gunville, Melfort (19-11-13-24)
Rylee Zimmer, Flin Flon (14-10-13-23)
Brett Harasmyuk, Nipawin (22-11-12-23)
Dakota Boutin, Melfort (17-9-14-23)
Eric Sinclair, Flin Flon (22-10-12-22)
Michael Grant, Nipawin (22-13-9-22)
Taryn Kotchorek, Battlefords (10-1, 1.53, .942, 1SO)
Joel Gryzbowski, Battlefords (6-1-0-1, 1.65, .932, 2SO)
Kristian Stead, Nipawin (13-2, 1.70, .943, 4SO)
Declan Hobbs, Nipawin (5-2, 1.90, .920, 1SO)
Brenden Newton, Flin Flon (8-2, 1.91, .932, 1SO)