The round robin ends today at the 2023 Provincial U18 Curling Championships at the Altona Curling Club. Jace Freeman of Virden and Zach Norris of Morris share the lead in the men's division with 3-1 records. Ronan Peterson of the Heather and Colton Olafson of Portage are 3-2 while Nash Sugden of Morden is 2-2. Freeman will meet Sugden on the 9 a.m. draw. In the women's division Grace Beaudry of St. Vital leads Pool A with a 3-0 record. Karys Buchalter of West St. Paul finished the round robin at 3-1 and Julia Van Ryssel of Springfield is 2-1. Dayna Wahl of Altona leads Pool B with a 3-0 record. Shayna Benson of Dauphin completed the round robin with a 3-1 record. Shaela Hayward of Carman is 2-1.
Mark Scheifele had a hat trick as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 at Canada Life Centre. Scheifele scored his first power play goal of the game at 13:52 of the second period. After Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his 17th of the season on a penalty shot at 15:42 of the middle frame, Scheifele scored his second power play goal of the night with just three seconds left in the period to extend Winnipeg's lead to 3-1. Scheifele sealed the deal with an empty netter with 28 seconds remaining in regulation. The Jets honored forward Sam Gagner prior to the start of his 1,000th NHL game. He has 516 points in 16 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver and Winnipeg. The Jets (22-13-1) next game is New Year's Eve against the Oilers in Edmonton.
Connor Bedard had two goals and four assists as Canada downed Austria 11-0 at the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax. Bedard tied Jordan Eberle's Canadian record for career goals at the World Juniors with 14. Canada has a 2-1 record and will play its final preliminary round game against Sweden on Saturday.
Canada lost 3-1 to Sweden's Orebro HK in the quarterfinals of the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. Chris DiDomenico had the lone goal for the defending champion Canadians who finished with an 0-3 record for the first time.
The Canadian men's soccer team has been voted The Canadian Press team of the year after competing at the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Canada qualified for the World Cup in Qatar by finishing atop the CONCACAF final qualifying round-robin. It's the second year in a row a soccer team has earned the award. The Canadian women won in 2021 after their Olympic gold-medal performance in Tokyo.