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Hawks Eliminated; Broncos Clinch 3rd; Stangs Struggling

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 13, 2011

There were a few things settled this past weekend with our 3 coverage teams. Starting with the Nipawin Hawks, they lost their 8th and 9th straight games (0-8-0-1) and are now officially eliminated from playoff contention. Despite the disappointing streak the team is on right now, I thought head coach Doug Johnson showed a lot of class after Friday’s 5-1 loss in Humboldt. He went on the ice after the game and shook hands with Dean Brockman and Murray Brookbank, then went to the Broncos coaches office afterwards to wish the team good luck in the playoffs. This is the 2nd staright season that the squad has missed the playoffs and they have played just 3 post-season games total in the last 3 years. Meanwhile, Humboldt is the 2nd hottest team in the SJHL right now next to La Ronge. The Broncos have won 2 in a row, 6 of their last 7 and 8 of their last 11 games. This young squad is starting to learn how to win without their 20 year old’s and may be a scary team to play in the playoffs. They clinched 3rd place this weekend which means they avoid the survivor series and will play Melfort in one of the Bauer Conference semi-finals. Speaking of the Mustangs, they are struggling right now. They have just 2 wins in their last 7 games (2-4-0-1). Granted, they haven’t had a full line up but this is a team that prides itself on its depth. I couldn’t see last night’s home loss against Notre Dame because I was at a fundraiser but I do see that Charles Corsi, Brett Kipling, Carter Berg, Nick Angelo, Johnny Badura and Spencer Mault all never dressed. Darrell Mann is just as concerned about having a healthy team for the playoffs as he is winning these meaningless games as the end of the season approaches. The only thing left to decide in the Bauer Conference is whether Flin Flon or Battlefords gets home ice advantage in the survivor series. Thank goodness there is still one good race down the stretch. The North Stars hold a 1 point advantage over the Bombers and have a game in hand. The 2 teams split a pair of games in the Flon and now play each other again on Tuesday in North Battleford.

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