At nearly the halfway point of the Prairie Junior Hockey League regular season, the Delisle Chiefs are the team to beat. The Chiefs sit tied for first place in their division and league, at 34 points. Delisle has a record of 17 - 1, with their only loss being to the Saskatoon Quakers, who are the second team tied for first.
"We're very happy with where we're at, but we're still moving forward and trying to get better." General Manager Ryan Marushak said the team is continuing to improve, "We've made some acquisitions and feel that we're in a good spot. We just beat the top two teams out of the south this weekend, Pilot Butte and Regina."
The Chiefs managed to beat both teams handily, 7 - 2 against the Pilot Butte Storm and 3 - 0 against the Regina Capitals.
Delisle is now preparing for their next two bouts coming up this weekend. Marushak expects both games to be tight, saying there's no easy games in this league and both teams have shown some significant improvements.
Marushak noted that they haven't had a full roster for awhile, but that hasn't slowed them down. He expects to be a stronger, better team in the new year, "We haven't been playing with a full line-up, so we're eager to get the full line-up back with injuries and guys gone for holidays. Once that happens, we can get back to practicing with the full roster."
The Chiefs line up changed slightly at the start of the season according to Marushak, who said it has really paid off for them, "We set ourselves up very nicely, we made some acquisitions with older players. We brought them in to build our foundation to get to the next level. Losing in the final last year stung and we feel that we have unfinished business."