Both Manitoba teams lost on day one of the Telus Cup West Regional Hockey Championship in Virden. The host Southwest Cougars fell 4-3 to Thunder Bay. Zach Biniaris potted the winner 3:58 into overtime for the Kings. Luke Mackenzie, Nate Robson and Jesse Brown did the goal scoring for the Cougars who had a 3-0 lead 13 minutes into the second period. The Winnipeg Wild dropped a 3-2 decision to the Notre Dame Hounds. Noah Dziver and Kai Elkie scored for the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League champions. The Wild will meet the Kings at 5 p.m. and the Cougars will take on the Hounds at 8 p.m.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League's best-of-seven final for the Turnbull Trophy begins tonight as the Steinbach Pistons host the Dauphin Kings. The Pistons and Kings met three times during the regular season schedule. Dauphin beat Steinbach 6-2 on November 23rd at Stride Place in Portage during the MJHL Showcase. The Pistons then defeated the Kings twice the first weekend of December. Steinbach downed Dauphin 4-2 at the T.G. Smith Centre and 5-3 at Credit Union Place.
Team Canada will not bring home a medal from the 2022 World U18 Hockey Championship in Germany. Canada lost 6-5 to Finland in the quarterfinals Thursday in Kaufbeuren. Joakim Kemell scored his third goal of the game 28 second into overtime to win it for the Finns. Connor Bedard had a pair of goals for the Canadians who lead 5-3 with five minutes left in the third period. Winkler's Reid Dyck stopped 29 shots. Bedard, Dyck and Owen Pickering of St. Adolphe were named the top three players of the tournament for Canada.
C.J. Suess scored twice and Mikhail Berdin made 21 saves as the Manitoba Moose defeated the Abbotsford Canucks 7-1 at Canada Life Centre. Nicholas Jones, Evan Polei, Ville Heinola, Daniel Thorgersson and Declan Chisholm also scored for the Moose. Manitoba will play its regular season finale Saturday afternoon against the Canucks.
Jocelyn Peterman & Brett Gallant gave up two in the 8th end and lost 6-5 to Maia Ramsfjell & Magnus Ramsfjell of Norway in the qualification round at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Geneva. Sherry Anderson of Saskatoon fell 4-3 to Margie Smith of the United States in the qualification round at the World Senior Curling Championships which is also in Geneva. Wade White of Stony Plain will face Andy Kapp of Germany in the semifinals.