By Mike Stackhouse
1-NIPAWIN HAWKS (5-0)
Hawks have a new lethal top line thrown together Monday (Simoneau-Tremblay-Flaman) and may have the best goalie in the league. In good shape to defend their Canalta Cup title.
2-KINDERSLEY KLIPPERS (4-1)
Klippers may take issue with Nipawin as far as the best goalie in the league is concerned. They are built with a quick transition club and a fast moving team that doesn’t make many errors.
3-ESTEVAN BRUINS (3-1)
Finally suffered a loss on Monday night, but there is a great nucleus and this team will entertain and win at the same time.
4-WEYBURN RED WINGS (3-1)
Lit up the scoresheet on Monday night and it figures to be a fun rivalry with Estevan all season long once the two teams get together.
5-MELFORT MUSTANGS (2-2-1)
Trevor Blevins is still tinkering with his line-up, adding Dryden Michaud and Kenzie Arnold just before the Showcase. Solid game from Arps in net on Sunday night.
6-FLIN FLON BOMBERS (3-2)
Bombers have beaten La Ronge twice and Melville once and lost to Nipawin twice. It’s difficult to gauge them so far but the return of Collin makes their line-up deep and formidable.
7-HUMBOLDT BRONCOS (2-2)
They finally beat the North Stars after many years of failure in this area. They’ve won two straight after losing two to start the year and Dow has been a rock in goal. Big game from Camrud and Patter last Friday.
8-BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS (2-3)
Stars have won two of three and it’s still a feeling out process for the veterans who are getting familiar with a new coach (again).
9-MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES (1-3-0-1)
Mils disappointed and fired blanks in a lacklustre performance against Flin Flon on Monday, but the goaltending has been much better the last two games.
10-NOTRE DAME HOUNDS (1-3)
Hounds will be watched closely at the Showcase for the next two days as the likes of Renwick and Robinson will garner a lot of attention. Being in a division with four new head coaches, there figures to be ups and downs with all four teams throughout the season.
11-YORKTON TERRIERS (1-3)
Down by one in the middle of the third against Nipawin on Monday, they lose Jared Legien after a fight and that sucked the wind out of any further thoughts of a comeback. You can see they are close to turning a corner.
12-LA RONGE ICE WOLVES (0-4)
Disappointing Showcase, especially in the 8-0 finale against Weyburn; but there’s top end talent here. It’s just a matter of surrounding it with better depth.
Declan Hobbs, Nipawin (4-0, 1.50, .961, 1SO)
Dane Dow, Humboldt (2-2, 2.00. .927, 1SO)
Justen Close, Kindersley (3-1, 2.52, .915)
Ben Hiltz, Weyburn (4-6-5-11)
TJ Irey, Estevan (4-3-9-12)
Brandson Hein, Flin Flon (5-5-6-11)
Justin Ball, Melfort (5-5-5-10)
Cade Kowalski, Weyburn (4-3-7-10)
Turner Ripplinger, Estevan (4-6-3-9)
Mitchell Zambon, La Ronge (4-3-5-8)
Johnny Witzke, Estevan (4-3-5-8)