Jesse Bernard had two goals and two assists as the Killarney Shamrocks downed the Virden Oil Kings 5-3 at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Camden Cline, Isaac Friesen and Wade Thompson also scored for the Shamrocks who moved one point ahead of Virden and into second place in the Tiger Hills Hockey League's West Division. Both teams have two games left in the regular season schedule. Derek Cross, Devon LeBlanc and Andrew Gerrand did the goal scoring for the Oil Kings. Killarney led 3-0 and 5-1 at the period breaks.
Two Manitobans will play for Team Canada in the final two Rivalry Series games against the United States. Goaltender Kristen Campbell of Brandon and defenseman Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne have been named to Hockey Canada's 24-player roster. The Americans lead the series 3-2 with the final two games taking place in Quebec later this month.
The NHL all-star festivities kick off tonight in Sunrise, Florida with the skills competitions. The four returning events are fastest skater, hardest shot, the breakaway challenge and accuracy shooting. The three new ones will be the tendy tandem, splash shot and pitch n' puck. Defenseman Josh Morrissey and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck are representing the Winnipeg Jets.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American defensive back Deuce Wallace and National defensive back Jacob Janke. Wallace was originally a walk-on at Louisiana-Lafayette and eventually became a starter in the defensive backfield. In his final two seasons, Wallace had 62 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. As a senior in 2019, Wallace was named a team captain. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints in May of 2021. Janke joins the club after spending time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was a fourth-round selection, 35th overall, by the Roughriders in the 2019 CFL Draft and returned to university that fall where he had an all-star season. Janke was a second-team All-Canadian and a first-team Ontario University Athletics all-star in 2019. He was also named the U-Sports recipient of the prestigious Russ Jackson Award, recognizing the football player ‘who best exemplifies the attributes of academic achievement, football skill and citizenship.’ Janke attended training camp with the Roughriders prior to the start of the 2021 season.
2022 American Association Player of the Year Max Murphy has re-signed with the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Murphy hit .308 while leading the league with 31 home runs, 97 runs batted in, and 242 total bases last season. He finished among the league leaders in runs (76), hits (124), and slugging percentage (.600). His 31 round-trippers tied the Goldeyes record set in 2021 by Kyle Martin. The 30-year-old Robbinsdale, Minnesota native has played in all 199 Goldeyes regular season games since joining the team prior to the 2021 campaign. His 2022 season came to a premature end during game one of the West Division Playoffs at Shaw Park when he fractured his left tibia and fibula in a home plate collision. Murphy is the Goldeyes’ third official player signing for the 2023 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 30 players during spring training, which begins May 3rd.