The defending champion Westman Wildcats will face the Winnipeg Ice Wednesday night in Hartney in game one of the Manitoba Female U18 AAA Hockey League's best-of-five final. Paige Kozak and Brooklyn Franklin each scored twice and Grace Glover made 32 saves as the Wildcats defeated the Yellowhead Chiefs 4-2 Sunday in Hartney in the deciding fifth game of their semifinal.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League's regular season schedule came to an end Sunday in Niverville. The Winkler Flyers downed the Nighthawks 6-4. The four opening round playoff series feature the Virden Oil Capitals against the OCN Blizzard, the Swan Valley Stampeders meet the Dauphin Kings, the Steinbach Pistons take on Winkler and the Portage Terriers face Niverville.
The Swan Valley Tigers are Westman High School Hockey League champions. Kash Henkelman scored his third goal of the game in overtime as Swan Valley shaded Neepawa 4-3 at the Yellowhead Centre and swept the best-of-three final in two straight. Tucker Thompson also scored for the 2022-23 champions. Riley Davie, Tristan Friesen and Ward Brister replied for Neepawa. Cole Erickson had a hat trick and Jaden Trotz had a goal and three helpers as Minnedosa/Erickson beat Major Pratt 6-4. The Chancellors took the consolation final two games to none.
The Brandon Wheat Kings, who will wrap up their regular season schedule with a home-and-home against the Winnipeg Ice this weekend, were eliminated from playoff contention in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference when the Calgary Hitmen defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 Sunday. Owen Pederson and Zack Ostapchuk scored two goals each as the Ice beat the Prince Albert Raiders 6-1. Ben Zloty and Graham Sward also scored for the Ice. Winnipeg netminder Daniel Hauser made 29 saves and set the teams new franchise record for wins in season with 37. Wyatt Hoflin had the previous mark of 36 wins during the 2014-15 season with the Kootenay Ice.
Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College saw their reign as American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II champions come to an end Sunday in Boston. Nicole Pollis scored 2:59 into double overtime to lift Northeastern University past ACC 2-1 in the semifinals. Cougars defenseman Lacy Gaffray's power play goal at 13:30 of the third period tied the game at 1-1.
The Winnipeg Jets lost 3-0 to the Blues in St. Louis. Winnipeg native Joel Hofer made 33 saves in recording the shutout. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 14 shots in net for the Jets (39-29-3) who were coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Winnipeg remains four points ahead of the Calgary Flames for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
Jansen Harkins potted the tying goal with 1:51 left in the third period and Cole Maier scored the only goal of the shootout as the Manitoba Moose edged the Wolves 4-3 in Chicago. Dominic Toninato and Tyler Boland also scored in regulation for the Moose.
Canada’s Kerri Einarson has a 3-1 record at the 2023 World Women’s Curling Championship in Sandviken, Sweden. Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris defeated Stefania Constantini of Italy 7-2 this morning and will meet Rebecca Morrison of Scotland this afternoon. The Gimli Curling Club foursome lost 8-7 to Tabitha Peterson of the United States and beat Marianne Roervik of Norway 9-6 on Sunday.