The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are still perfect. Toronto kicker Boris Bede missed a convert with 25 seconds left as Winnipeg edged the Argonauts 23-22 at BMO Field. It's the Blue Bombers first win in Toronto since 2018. Trailing by seven points, Argos quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Markeith Ambles but Bede, who was good on all three field goal attempts and an earlier convert, missed the extra point wide left. Winnipeg quarterback Zach Collaros threw a 15-yard first quarter touchdown pass to Drew Wolitarsky and finished the night completing 25-of-31 passes for 215 yards. Defensive back Winston Rose got the Bombers on the board early as he returned Bethel-Thompson's second pass of the game for a pick six. Marc Liegghio added three field goals. The Blue Bombers are 4-0 and will face the 3-0 B.C. Lions in Vancouver on Saturday.
The Deloraine Royals scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning and added four more in the fourth en route to a 13-6 victory over the Rivers Comets. Eric Sorenson had three hits and Kyle Breemersch and Cole Olson drove in three runs each for the hometown Royals. John Hutton, Tristen Shiner and Gerald Kuculym homered for the Comets. Deloraine (9--3) moved within one game of the Southwest Baseball League leading Boissevain Centennials. The Royals have two games left. Deloraine will host the Oak River Dodgers tonight and play their regular season finale Thursday against the Oilers in Virden.
The Winnipeg Jets announced Monday that Scott Arniel has been appointed as the associate coach under new head coach Rick Bowness. Arniel, 59, most recently served as assistant coach of the Washington Capitals for the past four seasons. The Capitals made the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of those four years. Arniel was selected by the Jets in the second round (22nd overall) in the 1981 NHL Draft. He played his first five seasons with the Jets and returned to Winnipeg for another stint in 1990-91. The left winger played 730 games for the Jets, the Buffalo Sabres, and Boston Bruins and recorded 338 points (149G, 189A) and 599 penalty minutes. Arniel’s first experience in coaching was in the IHL as a player/assistant coach with the Houston Aeros in 1995-96. After his 1999 retirement as a player, he served as an assistant coach for the Manitoba Moose for the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres before returning to the Moose and serving as their head coach from 2006-10, including a trip to the Calder Cup Final in 2009. Arniel was hired as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 8th, 2010 and was dismissed midway through his second season. He returned to the AHL as head coach of the Chicago Wolves in 2012-13 before serving as associate coach of the New York Rangers for five seasons (2013-18).
The Winnipeg Goldeyes gave up two runs in the second, third and fourth innings and lost 7-2 to the Sioux City Explorers. The Fish plated both their runs in the top of the ninth inning as Justin Thompson recorded his first professional base hit, a single to right field off former big leaguer Blaine Hardy, that brought home Logan Hill and Deon Stafford Jr.