By Mike Stackhouse
1-NIPAWIN HAWKS 34-5-2-3 (1)
No regulation losses in 25 games, which is a modern day record. At least over the last 15 years. Maybe more.
2-BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS 32-8-2-0 (2)
Even the defending champs can’t beat the Hawks. Actually, two losses this past week constitutes a slump for them.
3-MELFORT MUSTANGS 29-9-4-1 (3)
Winners of 8 of their last 10 and locked in to that 4 seed for the first round of the playoffs.
4-HUMBOLDT BRONCOS 25-15-3-2 (4)
Back to back wins over the weekend and showing an explosive offense to go with consistent goaltending.
5-ESTEVAN BRUINS 25-15-3-1 (5)
For whatever reason, they struggle against Yorkton, losing four of their eight games against them. Otherwise, they’ve been playing fairly well.
6-NOTRE DAME HOUNDS 24-16-1-3 (6)
It’s been a struggle since the Christmas break; but it can also be argued the 6 seed is a better position than the 5 seed come playoff time.
7-WEYBURN RED WINGS 23-16-4-0 (7)
Despite a recent slide, they are only four points behind Estevan for first in the Viterra. They also have a game in hand.
8-KINDERSLEY KLIPPERS 18-17-3-2 (9)
Two point lead on Flin Flon with three games in hand as the two teams look to be jostling for home ice advantage in their Survivor Series match up.
9-FLIN FLON BOMBERS 16-20-3-4 (8)
Decent road trip with a shootout loss in Melville, a shootout win in Yorkton, and then a defeat at Humboldt to finish it off.
10-MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES 15-26-0-2 (10)
Two impressive victories this weekend to end a five game skid.They trail Flin Flon by seven points to get into the 9th seed.
11-YORKTON TERRIERS 9-29-2-2 (12)
Another win against Estevan and a pulled goalie away from beating Flin Flon. The effort is there for Mat Hehr.
12-LA RONGE ICE WOLVES 8-33-0-2 (11)
Losers of four straight and now four points behind Yorkton as the two clubs have been moving back and forth with both very likely to miss playoffs.
Cole Johnson, Battlefords (8-10-4-14)
Layne Young, Battlefords (9-4-10-14)
Brad Girard, Battlefords (8-4-7-11)
Jared Hamm, Notre Dame (8-3-8-11)
Logan Schatz, Humboldt (5-2-7-9)
Chad McCartney, Nipawin (4-2-5-7)
Austin Mikesch, Nipawin (9-9-5-14)
Declan Hobbs, Nipawin (4-0, 0.51, .979, 2SO)
Colby Entz, Melville (2-3, 1.79, .945)
Joel Grzybowski, Battlefords (6-1, 1.93, .928)