The defending Manitoba Female U18 AAA Hockey League champion Westman Wildcats are heading into the Christmas break riding a four-game winning streak. Hayley Kolosky, Sophia Anderson and Karlyn Gudz did the goal scoring and Grace Glover stopped all 15 shots she faced for her second straight shutout as the Wildcats downed the Yellowhead Chiefs 3-0 in Hartney.
The Southwest Cougars lost 3-0 to the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League leading Brandon Wheat Kings in Souris. Jaxon Jacobson had a pair of second period goals for the Wheat Kings and KC Couckuyt made 27 saves in recording the shutout. Southwest netminder Evan Svoboda faced 25 shots. The Cougars (12-13-0-4) are in seventh place heading into the Christmas break.
The Killarney/Wawanesa Raiders, Virden Golden Bears and Swan Valley Tigers were winners in the Westman High School Hockey League Wednesday afternoon. Mac Heide had a goal and three assists as the Raiders downed Glenboro/Carberry/Baldur 6-3. Dylan Heritage scored the go-ahead goal on the power play goal with 7:43 left in the third period as the Golden Bears edged Reston/Elkhorn/Melita/Pierson 2-1. Tucker Thompson scored six times and Kash Henkelman had two goals and four helpers as the Tigers defeated Roblin/Grandview/Gilbert Plains 9-1.
Cole Maier had two goals and an assist as the Manitoba Moose defeated the Iowa Wild 5-3. Evan Polei, Dominic Toninato and Jeff Malott also scored for the Moose. Manitoba netminder Oskari Salminen made 27 saves.
Joshua Roy and Brennan Othmann scored six seconds apart to start the third period as Canada won its second straight pre-tournament game 6-1 over Slovakia in Moncton. Colton Dach, Brandt Clarke, Zach Dean and Dylan Guenther also scored Team Canada who will meet Finland on Friday in their final tune-up game before the start of the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship. Canada will play its preliminary round opener on Boxing Day against Czechia in Halifax.
Jessie Fleming won her second straight Canada Soccer player of the year award. The 24-year-old midfielder from London, Ontario, helped Canada's women's national team take silver at the CONCACAF Championship and qualify for next year's Women's World Cup. She tied for the team lead with five goals and led the squad in appearances and minutes played.