With just a month to go in the regular season, the AA Estevan Apex Bruins find themselves at the top of the south division standings with a record of 20-3-2-0.
The U18 hockey team flexed their muscles over the weekend, beating up on the Moose Jaw Warriors 11-1 at Affinity Place.
Head coach Ryan Curzon attributes his team's success to a few different factors this year.
"We've got two veteran goaltenders from last year, we have some Triple A caliber players from last year," said Curzon, who guided the Bruins to an appearance in the south final last season. "So a combination of veteran leadership and hard work has led us to where we are right now I believe."
Ty Fehrenbach and Keagan Carley have split the netminding duties so far this season. Meanwhile, star forward and multi-sport athlete Carter Beck has been driving the bus offensively. The Carnduff, Sask native has 30 goals and 51 points in just 25 games, an average of about two points per game.
"Carter Beck has a huge impact on our team," said Curzon. "Last year, he was a second year player, and he just exploded out of the gate and he hasn't slowed down since. Just a freak athlete, and he can succeed in multiple sports as the stats show."
As the playoffs approach, Curzon said his group is hoping to build off of last year's accomplishments.
"Our goal is to go really far in playoffs this year," said Curzon, who has been with the Bruins for four years. "Last year we lost out in the south final and it left a bitter taste in our mouths, and I don't think the veterans want to taste that taste again, so I'm really excited for playoffs this year."