The Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League leading Brandon Wheat Kings suffered their first loss in regulation Wednesday night in Shoal Lake. Kurt Rookes had a goal and an assist as the Yellowhead Chiefs edged the Wheat Kings 4-3. The Chiefs will play a pair of games against the Eastman Selects in Beausejour this weekend. The Selects blanked the Winnipeg Wild 4-0 and extended their winning streak to 12 games.
Virden Oil Capitals forward Carson Buydens is ranked 146th among North American skaters in the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Midterm rankings in preparation for the 2022 NHL Draft in June. The 18-year-old Gladstone native has 16 goals and 29 points in 33 games this season and has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey with Princeton University.
The Brandon Wheat Kings began their four-game Alberta road trip Wednesday night with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers. Wheat Kings captain Ridly Greig had a pair of goals for Brandon while Rylen Roersma had the other. The Wheat Kings will face the Red Deer Rebels on Friday; the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday and the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with offensive lineman Chris Kolankowski who spent most of 2021 on the practice roster. Kolankowski did play in the final two regular-season games against the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders and then suited up for the 108th Grey Cup win in Hamilton. The Bombers also released defensive end Jonathan Kongbo in order to allow him to further pursue an NFL agreement. The Denver Broncos signed Kongbo to a future contract on Wednesday.
The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference membership has decided to pause the 2021-22 basketball and volleyball season until the end of January because of COVID. The first half of this season was successful completed with the holiday break originally scheduled to end on January 13th with basketball resuming play. Conference games in both basketball and volleyball will be scheduled to resume on the January 28th-30th weekend, subject to change depending on ongoing conditions. Futsal schedule will now begin on February 5th. The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference includes Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College (Brandon), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg), Providence University College (Otterburne) and the University of St. Boniface (Winnipeg).