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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Thursday, January 18th

MJHL
Portage at Virden, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Washington at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
Toronto at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Dallas at Columbus, 6 p.m.
St. Louis at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.
Vegas at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m.
Arizona at Nashville, 7 p.m.
San Jose at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, 9 p.m.

NBA
Orlando at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Boston, 6 p.m.
Minnesota at Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Indiana at Portland, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17th

South Central Athletic Conference
Junior Varsity Boys Basketball
SRSS 71 College Jeanne-Sauve 62

WHSHL
SRSS 5 St. Paul's 2

HTJHL
St. Adolphe 4 Steinbach 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild 14 Interlake 0
Pembina Valley 6 Wpg Thrashers 3
Brandon 7 Southwest 1

WHL
Spokane 3 Brandon 0

NHL
Boston 4 Montreal 1
Anaheim 5 Pittsburgh 3

NBA
Toronto 96 Detroit 91
Charlotte 133 Washington 109
San Antonio 100 Brooklyn 95
Atlanta 94 New Orleans 93 
Golden State 119 Chicago 112
Oklahoma City 114 L.A. Lakers 90
Miami 106 Milwaukee 101
Memphis 105 New York 99
Utah 120 Sacramento 105
L.A. Clippers 109 Denver 104

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