The Winnipeg Blue Bombers face the B.C. Lions (3:30 p.m.) at IG Field with a spot in next Sunday’s Grey Cup in Regina on the line. It’s the second year in a row the two-time defending Grey Cup champions are hosting the CFL’s West Division final. The Blue Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-17 last November. The Lions hold a 7-3 advantage all time in playoff meetings between the two teams. The last time the Bombers and B.C. met in a playoff game in Winnipeg was in 2002. The Blue Bombers beat the Lions 30-3 in the West semifinal.
The Melita Bisons, Rivers Jets, Hartney Blues and Gladstone Lakers were winners on a busy Saturday in the Tiger Hills Hockey League. Ryan Crepeele had a hat trick and Will Brown, Cole Oliver and Lucas Oliver chipped in with three assists each as the Bisons edged the Neepawa Farmers 7-6. Riley Shamray scored twice as Rivers won the battle of the Jets...5-1 over Wawanesa. Nick Cowan scored twice and Tyler Bertholet, Del Cowan and Skylar Canada had a goal and two assists each as the Blues downed the MacGregor Wild 8-1 and Sean Kubas scored twice as the Lakers beat the Minnedosa Bombers 5-1.
In the Westman High School Hockey League – Ewert Porter and Theron McGregor scored two goals each in the Vincent Massey Vikings 6-2 victory over the Deloraine/Hartney Colts. Tyan Mykula had a hat trick as the Swan Valley Tigers downed the Reston/Elkhorn/Melita/Pierson Renegades 5-2 and Brayson Richard scored twice as the Sandy Bay Badgers beat the Crocus Plainsmen 5-2.
The Southwest Cougars dropped a 5-3 decision to the Winnipeg Thrashers in Souris. Liam Urciuoli scored the go-ahead goal 6:27 into the third period for the Thrashers and added an empty netter with 60 seconds left in regulation. Jayce Thompson, Jack Clark and Bryan Laing did the goal scoring for the Cougars.
Trevor Hunt scored his second goal of the game with 4:44 left in the third period and that proved to be the winner as the Virden Oil Capitals defeated the Dauphin Kings 5-2 at Credit Union Place. Brody Wilson, Andrew Blocker and Colten Miller also scored for the Oil Capitals who received a 28-save performance from Eric Reid.
The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their five-game road trip with an 8-3 loss to the Winnipeg Ice. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period and the Ice lead 5-2 after 40 minutes. The Ice extended their lead to 8-2 before the eight-minute mark of the third period. Rylen Roersma had a pair of goals for the Wheat Kings. Nolan Ritchie had the other Brandon goal.
The Winnipeg Jets seven-game points streak came to an end Saturday night in Calgary. Former Jet Trevor Lewis scored a shorthanded breakaway goal at 18:31 of the second period and that proved to be the winner as the Flames edged Winnipeg 3-2. Neal Pionk and Pierre-Luc Dubois did the goal scoring for the Jets.
Felix Asselin along with vice-skip Laurie St. Georges, second Emile Asselin and lead Emily Riley defeated Trevor Bonot of Northern Ontario 10-3 in the final of the 2022 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Prince Albert. It’s the third consecutive Canadian Mixed Championship for the province of Quebec.