The Glenboro/Carberry/Baldur Wildcats and Neepawa Tigers were winners in the Westman High School Hockey League Wednesday night. Preston Shearer had a hat trick and Landon Gudnason picked up three helpers as the Wildcats defeated Crocus Plains 6-2. Drayden Murray and Nick Kaczmar replied for the Plainsmen. Neepawa scored six times in the second period en route to a 10-3 victory over Sandy Bay. Jory Kulbacki had a six-point night for the Tigers with three goals and three helpers. Riley Kleinsasser had a goal and an assist for the Badgers.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League/Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Showcase wrapped up Wednesday at the Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg. Steinbach Pistons netminder Dominik Wasik made 35 saves as MJHL 20U Red defeated SJHL 20U White 4-2. Brett Tatryn of the Niverville Nighthawks, Hayden Stocks of the Neepawa Titans, Mathew Gough of the Dauphin Kings and Hayden Lacquette of the Portage Terriers scored for 20U Red. SJHL 20U Gold shutdown MJHL 20U Black 6-0 and SJHL 18U Blue downed MJHL 18U White 8-2. Nolan Chastko of the Virden Oil Capitals and Brody Beauchemin of the Winkler Flyers scored third period goals for 18U White.
Zach Benson and Connor McClennon scored two goals each as the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Saskatoon Blades 5-3. Zack Ostapchuk also scored for the Ice who received a 26-save performance from Daniel Hauser.
Throughout the month of February, the Winnipeg Jets will celebrate Black History Month along with the NHL. As part of the NHL’s larger Hockey is for Everyone initiative, Black History Month celebrates diversity in hockey, past and current players and helps to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. This year’s campaign honours Winnipeg Jets alumnus Ray Neufeld, who will participate in a special ceremonial puck drop on Feb. 28, the game recognized as Black History Night. Following his achievements with the Winnipeg Jets and in the NHL, Neufeld remained active in hockey, including as an MJHL coach, and as a current contributor to the NHL’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He remains an active member of the Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends, participating in many community and charitable events, as well as serving on the board.
John Herdman is staying put as coach of Canada's men's soccer team. Herdman said in a statement that he has received several jobs offers in recent months, including one from New Zealand Football, but has turned them down.