Jordon McDonald of Deer Lodge and Zoey Terrick of the Heather captured the 2023 Provincial Junior Curling Championships Saturday at the Portage Curling Club. McDonald, Reece Hamm, Elias Huminicki and Cameron Olafson defeated Provincial U18 champion Jace Freeman of Virden 8-7 in the junior men’s final. Terrick along with Jaycee Terrick, Jensen Letham and Tessa Terrick shaded Grace Beaudry of St Vital 9-8 in the junior women’s final. McDonald, Freeman, Terrick and Beaudry will compete at the Canadian Junior Championships which will be held March 25th-April 2nd in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.
The Southwest Cougars rallied for the 6-4 victory over the Kenora Thistles Saturday night in Souris. Darren Hunt and Dawson Andries scored 20 seconds apart in the last minute of the second period for the Cougars erasing a 4-2 Thistles lead. Nicholas Cullen potted the go-ahead goal 3:23 into the third period on the power play and Jayce Thompson sealed the deal with an empty netter with 23 second left in regulation. Andries finished the night with two goals and an assist. Jackson Kohut chipped in with three helpers.
The Westman Wildcats saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night in Hartney. Maddie Sylvestre made 24 saves as the Winnipeg Avros shutout the Wildcats 2-0. Westman netminder Grace Glover faced 27 shots.
In the Westman High School Hockey League – Landon Lockhart and Josh Archambault scored two goals each as Killarney/Wawanesa downed Virden 8-3; Ashton Currah scored his second goal of the game early in the third period as Deloraine/Hartney edged Major Pratt 2-1. Ethan Hunter had two goals and an assist as Birtle/Shoal Lake/Rossburn defeated Reston/Elkhorn/Melita/Pierson 4-1; Gavin Pomeroy made 26 saves as Hamiota/Rivers/Elton/Strathclair beat Glenboro/Carberry/Baldur 4-1; Jory Kulbacki had a goal and two helpers in the Neepawa Tigers 4-2 victory over Boissevain/Souris. Logan Chapman scored twice as the Dauphin Clippers downed the Sandy Bay Badgers 4-2 and Zachary Lamb and Jaden Trotz had two goals each as Minnedosa/Erickson beat Roblin/Grandview/Gilbert Plains 7-3.
The Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Ice both played extra time Saturday night. Kalan Lind scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift the Red Deer Rebels past Brandon 2-1. Nolan Ritchie had the lone goal in regulation for the Wheat Kings who wrap up their three-game Alberta road trip today against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Matthew Savoie scored the only goal of the shootout as Winnipeg edged the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-2. Owen Pederson and Zach Benson with his 25th of the season scored in regulation for the Ice.
Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves and Mark Scheifele had two goals and an assist as Winnipeg defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-1. Blake Wheeler recorded a goal and two helpers and reached 900 career points. Nikolaj Ehlers and Cole Perfetti also scored for the Jets who are 1-2 on their five-game road trip that continues today against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Declan Chisholm scored in overtime to lift Manitoba past the Texas Stars 5-4 at Canada Life Centre. Tyler Boland had a pair of goals in regulation and Alex Limoges added a goal and three assists for the Moose.