The Virden Oil Capitals scored three times in the second period and added three more in the third en route to a 6-3 victory over the Steinbach Pistons Wednesday night at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Nolan Chastko and Brody Wilson had two goals each for the Caps who cut Steinbach's lead in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's best-of-seven final for the Turnbull Cup to two games to one. David Bielik and Davis Chorney also scored for the Oil Capitals who were shutout in games one and two this past weekend at the T.G. Smith Centre. Parker Jasper, Leo Chambers and Ty Paisley replied for the Pistons. Virden netminder Owen LaRocque made 33 saves in game three. Game four goes tonight at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Game five is scheduled for Saturday in Steinbach.
Carter Cormier of the Selkirk Steelers is a finalist for the Canadian Junior Hockey League's Rookie of the Year Award. The 19-year-old Kindersley, Saskatchewan native finished second in rookie scoring with 19 goals and 33 assists in 45 games. Cormier was named the Kim Davis Award winner as the MJHL’s Rookie of the Year and was voted an MJHL Rookie Team All-Star.
The Winnipeg Jets meet the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Knights lead the NHL's best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal three games to one. Jets forward Mark Scheifele will not play tonight. He suffered an upper body injury in game four on Monday at Canada Life Centre. Nikolaj Ehlers will be a game time decision. Ehlers skated hard during practice Wednesday, including time on the power play. He sustained an upper-body injury back on April 11th.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild will play a series of games in Sweden next season. The 2023 NHL Global Series will feature the four teams in a slate of four regular-season games to be played November 16th to 19th in Stockholm. It will mark the first time Toronto has ever ventured outside North America for a regular season game.
Jennifer Jones & Brent Laing have earned a bye to the semifinals at the 2023 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Gangneung, South Korea. The Canadian champions won their round robin finale 7-6 over South Korea’s JiYoon Kim & ByeongJin Jeong and finished in first place in Group A with an 8-1 record. Vanessa Tonoli & Wouter Goesgens of the Netherlands (4-5) upset Marie Kaldvee & Harri Lill 8-6, dropping the Estonians, who handed Canada its only loss, to 7-2 and into second place.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes announced the acquisition of infielder Brynn Martinez as well as the signing of outfielder and left-handed pitcher Andrew Shaps. Martinez was obtained in a three-team trade involving the Frontier League’s Ottawa Titans and Windy City ThunderBolts. Winnipeg first received right-handed pitcher Kaleb Schmidt from Ottawa in exchange for future considerations. Schmidt was then sent to Windy City in the trade that brought Martinez to the Goldeyes. A native of Southwest Ranches, Florida, Martinez hit .263 for the ThunderBolts last season, with nine home runs and 37 runs batted in. The 27-year-old has posted a .254 batting average with 46 doubles, 19 triples, and 16 home runs in 308 professional games. Shaps was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 and played three-plus years in their system before being traded to the Detroit Tigers last May. He split the 2022 season between the Great Lakes Loons and the West Michigan Whitecaps, both of the Class-A Advanced Midwest League. He appeared in 19 contests in a relief role, posting a 0-1 win-loss record and a 6.05 earned run average. Prior to becoming a full-time pitcher, the 27-year-old batted .250 with four home runs and 40 RBIs in three seasons, mostly with the Ogden Raptors – formerly the Dodgers’ Rookie Pioneer League affiliate. The Goldeyes spring training camp begins May 3rd.