Despite back-to-back road losses this weekend, the Battlefords North Stars fall in the weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League top-20 rankings was not too severe. The team dropped from from sixth last week to ninth this week.
It's the 10th straight week they've been a top-10 team in the country.
The North Stars saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end Friday thanks to a 3-2 loss to Estevan. Then they fell 5-2 (with two empty-net goals) to Notre Dame on the road on Saturday.
Battlefords has the fourth-most points in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with a 19-5-1 record and is still playing catch-up in games played. They are four points behind the first-place Melfort Mustangs and have played four less games.
The Mustangs have moved from 14th in the rankings last week to 15th this week. Their 19-5-4-1 record is three points ahead of the second-place Notre Dame Hounds in the SJHL standings.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs division rival Nipawin made their debut this week after an honourable mention last week. The Hawks are now 16th in the CJHL top-20 and have a 18-5-2-2 record at the moment.
The Carleton Place Canadians (30-2-0-3) of the Central Canadian Hockey League hold the top spot for the third straight week.
The Thief River Falls Huskies remain in second at 22-1-0, and there is a new team rounding out the top-3 in the Les Cobras de Terrebonne (23-3-0), who move up to third from fourth.
The North Stars host Humboldt Tuesday in the annual teddy bear toss game, before heading north for a pair of games against the La Ronge Ice Wolves this weekend, one in La Ronge and one in Pinehouse.
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