By Mike Stackhouse
1-NIPAWIN HAWKS 28-5-2-2 (1)
Currently on a 17-0-and-1 run. You can’t rank them any higher than first.
2-BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS 26-5-2-0 (2)
Defending champs are unbeaten in eight.
3-MELFORT MUSTANGS 24-7-4-1 (3)
Addition of Ben Allen gives them the one ingredient they appeared to be missing: a forward who can bust open a game.
4-NOTRE DAME HOUNDS 21-11-1-3 (4)
Not off to a post-Christmas resounding start, but will give them a pass…for now.
5-HUMBOLDT BRONCOS 20-13-3-2 (7)
All things being equal, a decent road trip last week.
6-ESTEVAN BRUINS 22-13-3-1 (6)
Two wins in four games since the break, but a noticeable improvement in goals against.
7-WEYBURN RED WINGS 20-13-4-0 (7)
Wings, Bruins, Broncos seem interchangeable on a weekly basis.
8-FLIN FLON BOMBERS 14-18-1-3 (9)
Don’t look now, but they’ve won five in a row and the feeling is that had Brenden Newton been healthy all season, they’d be in the mix for a top five spot.
9-KINDERSLEY KLIPPERS 15-15-2-2 (8)
Spinning tires a bit, the focus needs to be on home ice advantage in the Survivor Series.
10-MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES 13-22-0-2 (10)
Failed in their chance New Year’s Day to bury Yorkton.
11-YORKTON TERRIERS 8-26-2-1 (11)
They have moments where the compete level is high. Then there are too many other moments like Friday where they give up 6 goals in a period.
12-LA RONGE ICE WOLVES 7-27-0-2 (12)
Losers of five straight, the playoffs don’t appear to be possible.
Nick Shumlanski, Flin Flon (11-4-11-15)
Layne Young, Battlefords (8-6-9-15)
Josh McDougall, Nipawin (9-2-12-14)
Rob Johnson, Flin Flon (8-4-7-11)
Nate Hooper, Flin Flon (8-5-5-10)
Caleb Moretz, Flin Flon (8-3-7-10)
Cody Bruchkowski, Yorkton (4-4-3-7)
Logan Casavant, Nipawin (3-2-4-6)
Damian Bentz, Melville (2-1-4-5)
Jake Anthony, Nipawin (6-0, 1.66, .932, 1SO)
Bo Didur, Estevan (3-0-1, 1.73, .939)
Parker Tobin, Humboldt (3-2-1, 2.22, .924)