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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Saturday, December 16th

Virden at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
Selkirk at OCN, 7 p.m.
Portage at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.

Steinbach at Mitchell, 8 p.m.
Springfield vs Red River @ Oakbank, 8 p.m.

Eastman vs Yellowhead
@ Shoal Lake, 4 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Kenora vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Bruins at Wpg Thrashers, 3:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest vs Interlake
@ Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Central Plains
@ Portage, 4 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Wpg Wild
@ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Lac du Bonnet vs Red River
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.

Brandon at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

Manitoba at Toronto, 3 p.m.

Edmonton at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 4 p.m.
Columbus at Carolina, 6 p.m.
Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Winnipeg at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Washington, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Nashville at Calgary, 9 p.m.

Chicago at Detroit, 3:30 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at Kansas City, 7:25 p.m.

Portland at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Utah at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Miami, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Houston, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Dallas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Friday, December 15th

St. Adolphe 4 Lorette 2

Selkirk 3 St. Malo 2

Selkirk 4 Swan Valley 2
Dauphin 6 Neepawa 5 (SO)
Portage 5 Winkler 2
Virden 8 Waywayseecappo 4

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Bruins 3 Eastman 2
Kenora 10 Norman 1
Parkland 13 Central Plains 12
Brandon 10 Pembina Valley 1

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman4  Wpg Sharks1 

Eastman 4 Interlake 3

Brandon 3 Lethbridge 0

Manitoba 7 Belleville 3

N.Y. Rangers 4 Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 5 Dallas 2
Carolina 5 Buffalo 4 (OT)
Detroit 3 Toronto 1
Vancouver 4 San Jose3

Toronto 120 Brooklyn 87
Detroit 104 Indiana 98
Portland 95 Orlando 88
Oklahoma City 119 Philadelphia 117
Washington 100 L.A. Clippers 91
Miami 104 Charlotte 98
Utah 107 Boston 95
Memphis 96 Atlanta 94
Chicago 115 Milwaukee 109
Denver 117 New Orleans 111 (OT)
Houston 124 San Antonio 109

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