The Eastman Selects have been almost perfect in 2017.

The Selects, who hold down sixth place in the Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League, have just one loss in the new year.

That was back on January 8th when the Central Plains Capitals shaded Eastman 3-2 in a shootout at the Sun-Gro Centre in Beausejour.

The Selects (23-13-0-2-1) are just two points back of the fifth place Pembina Valley Hawks and three behind the Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Thrashers who are tied for third spot.

"It's so tight," said Eastman head coach Dennis Senebald. "You have a couple of losses or a couple of wins, you can move a couple of spots either way. We have a lot to work on in practice this week. Winning nine in a row and 12 of our last 13 - you wouldn't find too many coaches unhappy with that."

It's been an amazing five week stretch for the Selects who will host the Telus Cup West Regional "AAA" Championship at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach this April.

Eastman has five games remaining before the second season begins and will play a pair of tough road games this weekend - Friday in Shoal Lake against the second place Yellowhead Chiefs and Saturday in Dauphin against the Parkland Rangers.

"Yellowhead has a lot of returning players to their roster and they are one of the top teams in the league this year," said Senebald. "They're a very well coached team as well. We're going to have to come off the bus ready to play Friday night and then it doesn't get any easier for us Saturday when we play Parkland. They're battling for the final playoff spot with a couple of other teams. They just lost by one goal to the Winnipeg Wild Sunday so we're expecting a tough one there too."

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Friday, November 17th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Volleyball
Varsity Boys Final
SRSS vs Dakota
@ Steinbach, 8:30 p.m.
Varsity Girls Third Place Game
SRSS vs Glenlawn
@ Steinbach, 4 p.m.

WHSHL
SRSS 5 West Kildonan 2

MJHL
Winkler 6 Steinbach 3
Portage 3 Dauphin 0
Wpg Blues 5 Wayway 1
Neepawa 5 Selkirk 4 (SO)

KJHL
OCN at St. Malo, 8 p.m.

HTJHL
St. Adolphe vs Red River
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
Springfield vs Lorette
@ Ile des Chenes, 8 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman 5 Interlake 0

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild 8 Kenora 3
Southwest 6 Norman 1

CSHL
Ste. Anne 3 St. Malo 2

WHL
Brandon 4 Saskatoon 1

AHL
Manitoba 6 Chicago 4

NHL
Columbus 2 N.Y. Rangers 0
Detroit 3 Buffalo 1

NBA
Toronto 107 New York 84
Indiana 107 Detroit 100

Miami 91 Washington 88
Cleveland 118 L.A. Clippers 113 (OT)
Brooklyn 118 Utah 107
Chicago 123 Charlotte 120
San Antonio 104 Oklahoma City 101
Minnesota 111 Dallas 87
Portland at Sacramento, 9 p.m.
New Orleans at Denver, 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 18th

CSHL
Lac du Bonnet at Grunthal, 7 p.m.

HTJHL
Mitchell at Steinbach, 8 p.m.
Springfield at St. Adolphe, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Selkirk at OCN, 7 p.m.
Virden at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Dauphin at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Kenora at Wpg Thrashers, 3:30 p.m.
Southwest vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Interlake at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Yellowhead at Wpg Bruins, 3;15 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Central Plains
@ Morden, 5:15 p.m.

NHL
Calgary at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Edmonton at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Arizona at Ottawa, 1 p.m.
New Jersey at Winnipeg, 2 p.m.
Florida at Los Angeles, 3 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Tampa Bay, 6 .m.
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Carolina at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Montreal, 6 p.m.
Minnesota at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
Boston at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Utah at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Boston at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
Golden State at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
Houston at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at Portland, 9 p.m.

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