The standings have never been this close in the 30-year history of the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League.

Just six points separate the first place Springfield Xtreme from the fifth place Lorette Comets as the New Year approaches.

A team could easily go from enjoying a relaxing first round bye, to starting the playoffs on the road.

The Xtreme (10-5) own a one point lead on the second place Steinbach Huskies.

Dalton Reimer had four goals and an assist and Haden Hiebert scored three times as the Huskies (9-4-0-1) defeated Mitchell 10-1 Wednesday night at the T.G. Smith Centre.

The Red River Mudbugs (9-4) hold down third place with 18 points.

The St. Adolphe Hawks (8-5-1) have 17 points and the defending champion Comets (6-8-2) are in the mix with 14 points.

HTJHL president Ray Laing is excited about the competitiveness of the league this season.

"You go out to a game and the outcome is up in the air," said Laing. "At our last meeting, the managers were thrilled with the league this year because there is no clear cut runaway.  Even the bottom two have beat some pretty good teams on occassion."

The Grunthal Red Wings (5-8-1) are in sixth place with 11 points and the Mitchell Mohawks are in seventh spot with seven points.


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Tuesday, May 22nd

American Baseball Association
Winnipeg 5 Texas 3

Major League Baseball
American League
Los Angeles at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
New York at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.
Baltimore at Chicago, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
National League
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
San Diego at Washington, 6:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 6:10 p.m.
Miami at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Arizona at Milwaukee, 6:40 p.m.
Colorado at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.
Interleague
Cleveland at Chicago Cubs, 6:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.

NBA
Western Conference
Houston at Golden State, 8 p.m.
(Warriors lead best of 7 final 2-1)

Monday, May 21st

NHL
Eastern Conference
Washington 3 Tampa Bay 0
(best of 7 final tied 3-3)

MJBL
Carillon vs Brandon (ppd)
1st game: Elmwood 9 Altona 2
2nd game: Elmwood 11 Altona 7
1st game: St. James 10 PV Orioles 0
2nd game: St. James 13 Orioles 3

American Baseball Association
Winnipeg 3 Texas 2

Major League Baseball
American League
New York 10 Texas 5
Minnesota 4 Detroit 2
Baltimore 3 Chicago 2
National League
Washington 10 San Diego 2
Philadelphia 3 Atlanta 0
New York 2 Miami 0
Milwaukee 4 Arizona 2
Colorado 2 Los Angeles 1
Interleague
St. Louis 6 Kansas City 0

NBA
Eastern Conference
Cleveland 111 Boston 102
(best of 7 final tied 2-2)

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