Braden Fischer scored twice and Bailey Monteith made 27 saves as the Virden Oil Capitals defeated the Pistons 4-2 in Steinbach Sunday night and evened their Manitoba Junior Hockey League best-of-seven semifinal at a game a piece. Beau Larson and Nathan Driver also scored for Virden. The series now shifts to Tundra Oil & Gas Place Place for games three and four on Wednesday and Thursday. Ben Hackl, Mathew Rathbone and Kaden Bryant did the goal scoring as the Dauphin Kings downed the Winkler Flyers 3-1 and now lead that series two games to none. Ile des Chene’s Justin Svenson had the lone goal for the Flyers. Game three goes Wednesday in Winkler.
The Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League final is going the distance. Noah Dziver had two goals and an assist as the Winnipeg Wild doubled up on the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 at Bell MTS Iceplex and evened the best-of-five series at two games a piece. Cole Robertson and Logan Belton also scored for the Wild who have won two elimination games after losing the first two games of the series. Nolan Chastko and Callum Halls replied for the Wheat Kings. The deciding fifth game goes Saturday in Brandon.
Cole Maier scored the lone goal for the Manitoba Moose in their 5-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs. Evan Cormier made 20 saves in net for the Moose who gave up a pair of empty net goals.
Kerri Einarson lost 6-5 to Anna Hasselborg in the women’s final and Bruce Mouat downed Niklas Edin 8-3 in the men’s final at the Grand Slam of Curling’s Players Championship in Toronto. It’s the seventh Grand Slam of Curling women’s title for Hasselborg. The Players Championship was the last of the four majors missing from her resume. The Champions Cup will take place May 3rd-8th in Olds, Alberta.