North Stars move back into top-10; Hawks third overall in top-20

By Roger White
February 13, 2018 - 10:00am

After posting four wins last week and giving up only three goals, the Battlefords North Stars have once again climbed into the top-10 of the Canadian Junior Hockey League power rankings.

They slipped out of the top-10 last week, but the Stars have now moved up two notches to number nine, thanks to a 4-2 win over La Ronge on Tuesday and a 2-1 victory over Weyburn on Thursday night. The Stars then finished the week with back-to-back shutouts, winning 7-0 over La Ronge Friday night and 1-0 against Notre Dame Saturday night.

The Stars (38-9-2-0) are also one win away from clinching their third straight division title and the team will have home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs starting in March.

The Canadian Junior Hockey League represents 10 leagues across Canada comprised of 130 teams.

The Nipawin Hawks' amazing streak of 29 consecutive games without a regulation loss allowed them to remain the number-three team in Canada again last week. The Hawks (37-5-2-4) have a two point lead in the overall SJHL standings over the North Stars and hold a game in hand over the Battlefords.

The Stars have nine games remaining in the regular season with seven games on the road. Battlefords will play three games in three days, beginning Saturday when they are in Estevan to play the Bruins at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday afternoon the Stars head to Notre Dame to play the Hounds at 4:30 p.m. before heading to Weyburn to play the Red Wings on Saskatchewan Family Day in a matinee game at 3 p.m.


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