Liam Chartrand had a four-point night with three goals and an assist as the Dauphin Clippers defeated Roblin/Grandview/Gilbert Plains 11-1. Sully Fox added a pair of goals for the Clippers who moved into a tie for first place in the Westman High School Hockey League with the Swan Valley Tigers. Both teams have 34 points. Dauphin does have two games in hand on Swan Valley. Kael Maxwell had the lone goal for the Raiders.
Two Virden Oil Capitals will play in the 2023 MJHL-SJHL Showcase January 31st and February 1st at the Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg. Nolan Chastko will play for Team 18U White and David Bielik will play for Team 20U Black. The event provides high performance exposure in front of NHL, WHL, NCAA and USPORTS scouts. The 2023 edition of the joint showcase is the first in Manitoba and first since 2020 in Regina, after both the 2021 and 2022 showcases were canceled due to the global pandemic.
Andrew Irving of the Fort Rouge Curling Club in Winnipeg won the 133rd Manitoba Open Bonspiel. Irving defeated Justin Reynolds of Winnipeg Beach 5-4 in the Asham Event final. Other event winners were Josh Drews (Merrimack Valley), Sean Grassie (Deer Lodge), Jesse McCullough (Fort Garry), Andrew Wickman (Fort Rouge), Darryl Friesen (St. Vital), Adam Minor (AMCC), Ken Stanley (St. Vital), Steve Michaleski (Morris), Daniel Birchard (Pembina) and Timothy Friesen (East St. Paul). The three Viterra Championship berth winners were Justin Reynolds, Richard Muntain of the Granite and Joey Witherspoon of Assiniboine Memorial.
The Provincial Junior Curling Championships begin tonight at the Portage Curling. The top three seeds for the Junior Women's Championship are Katy Lukowich of the Granite, Zoey Terrick of the Heather and Grace Beaudry of St. Vital. The 11 team Junior Women’s event will be a triple knockout, also with a 4-team Page Playoff and the opening draw is tonight at 7:30 p.m. Defending champion Jordon McDonald is the number one seed for the Junior Men's Championship. Jace Freeman of Virden is the second seed followed by Aaron Van Ryssel of Springfield. The Junior Men will play a round-robin format with two pools of five teams and a 4-team Page Playoff. Jace Freeman, who captured the Provincial U18 Championship on New Year's Eve in Altona, will play his round robin opener against Zach Norris of Morris Wednesday at 8 p.m. Hunter Dundas of Brandon will meet Ronan Peterson of the Heather tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The finalists in both championships advance to the Canadian Junior Championships March 25th - April 2nd in Rouyn-Noranda, Québec.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat to a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month. The Dallas native returns to the Blue Bombers for a sixth season in 2023. Despite missing six regular season games due to injury, Jeffcoat finished the 2022 campaign with four quarterback sacks, 20 defensive tackles, one interception along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He was especially effective in the playoffs with a sack in each of the Western Final and Grey Cup games, adding a forced fumble in the championship loss to the Toronto Argonauts.