1-YORKTON TERRIERS (19-7-0-1) … 3rd last week
Terriers have reeled off seven wins in a row, have solved their three
goalie monster, are showing great depth again up front, and have won
eleven of twelve at home.
2-NOTRE DAME HOUNDS (16-7-0-3) … 1st last week
They finally lost after going 10-0-0-1 through November; but Reichenbach
continues to carry a hot hand as he’s 12-2-and-1 overall.
3-FLIN FLON BOMBERS (20-8-0-0) … 2nd last week
A 14-and-1 home record is what separates the Bombers from the rest of the pack right now.
4-HUMBOLDT BRONCOS (16-7-2-0) … 5th last week
The Broncos are pretty good at home too (10-and-2), which means the one
contender that can figure out how to win consistently on the road is
going to have a leg up.
5-MELVILLE MILLIONAIRES (16-9-0-2) … 6th last week
They think they’re contenders after the Boyer/Ritchie acquisition; but
they will have to improve on their 1-4-0-and-2 record against
Terriers/Broncos/Bombers. They are, however, 2-and-0 against the
6-NIPAWIN HAWKS (12-8-1-4) … 4th last week
Hawks have lost just twice in their last ten, but Saturday’s tight squeaker defeat to the Mils drops them below Melville.
7-BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS (13-12-0-1) … 7th last week
Stars won five straight before faltering in Yorkton and Melville, which
isn’t unusual for most teams. The hot streak allowed Hasselberg to sit
tight until, at least, January 10th.
8-MELFORT MUSTANGS (11-13-1-1) … 10th last week
With La Ronge signaling a rebuild, should the Mustangs be looking to
bolster their squad over the next month? They could use a bit more
scoring although they are now 3-0-and-1 in last four.
9-LA RONGE ICE WOLVES (9-16-0-3) … 12th last week
They’ve won two straight and have been adequate at home. It’s their
abysmal road record that’s killing them. Still, they can reach up and
bite anyone. Ask Notre Dame.
10-WEYBURN RED WINGS (8-16-0-0) … 11th last week
They’ve won three straight and split their last ten as they creep back
into the playoff picture at the expense of struggling teams in front of
11-KINDERSLEY KLIPPERS (8-14-2-2) … 9th last week
Disheartening loss on the week to the Mustangs. Like a lot of sub.500
teams, the road record is an issue and they are winless in three
12-ESTEVAN BRUINS (8-14-2-0) … 8th last week
The SJHL’s biggest tease for the last number of years is at it again.
Just when you think they might give Melville a run for third, they lose
four in a row and sit just two points up on arch rival Weyburn.
Braden Oleksyn, La Ronge (10-8-4-12) … SJHL’s youngest player not playing like it.
Brett Boehm, Flin Flon (7-5-5-10) … It’s the year of the rookie in the
SJHL with Boehm, Sam Aulie, and Oleksyn ranking among the league’s best,
not just first year bests.
Patrick Martens, Yorkton (6-5-4-9) … Just another forward on the Terrier roster who, steadily, puts up numbers.
Colby Daniels, Kindersley (5-4-2-6) … He’ll have to keep picking up the slack in wake of Connor Gay going to the WHL.
Sebastian Beauregard, La Ronge (3-0-6-6) … Another player who will be counted on to score more after key losses.
Matt Hrynkiw, Humboldt (4-2, 1.00, .965) … He’s not only one of the league’s best, he may be THE best right now.
Davis Jones, Nipawin (5-2-0-1, 1.61, .949, 2 SO) … A big reason why the
Hawks have lost only twice in regulation over the last ten and why they
are in so many low scoring close games.
Connor Creech, Battlefords (6-3, 2.14, .921) … I guess he didn’t want to
see any of his fellow veterans or himself moved on December 1st!
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)