The Battlefords North Stars' hot start to the 2017-18 season continued this past weekend, as they won their only game, 5-2 over Melville to improve to 6-0-1 this season.
On Monday morning, the team was once again recognized in the Canadian Junior Hockey League's top-20 weekly rankings, as they moved up two spots, from fifth to third.
Last week, the team was three spots ahead of the lone other Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League representative, the Melfort Mustangs, who were in eighth. This week, Melfort fell to 11th.
Estevan also snuck into the top-20 for the first time this season, ranked 17th.
The North Stars are still the only SJHL team to have not dropped a game in regulation. They are one of only four teams across the country who can say that, as Penticton (BCHL), Thief River Falls (SIJHL), and Dryden (SIJHL) are the only other teams in the 10 Junior A leagues that have not yet lost in regulation. However, the North Stars have had a light schedule to start the year.
The Thief River Falls Norskies of the Superior International Junior Hockey League are also the new number one. They took the top spot from Penticton. The Norskies are a perfect 8-0 this year, while the Vees are 8-0-0-1. The Okotoks Oilers, now 11-1 in the AJHL, dropped from first to fourth.
Battlefords' schedule finally begins to pick up this weekend, as they'll host two tough teams during their alumni weekend. First it's Melfort on Friday, followed by Flin Flon on Saturday, with both games at the Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m.
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