The Steinbach Huskies are one win away from capturing the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League championship. Ethan Plett scored twice and Rylen Koop had three helpers as Steinbach downed the Red River Mudbugs 6-3 Sunday night at the T.G. Smith Centre. Logan Funk, Blair McGowan and Ian Friesen also found the back of the net for the Huskies who lead the best-of-seven final three games to none. Bryson Loewen had a pair of goals for the Mudbugs. William Sawatzky had the other Red River goal. Game four goes Tuesday in St. Jean.
The Niverville Nighthawks lost their regular season finale 6-4 to the Winkler Flyers. Bryce Warkentine, Brett Tataryn, Kayden Skulmoski and Ben Whitford did the goal scoring for Niverville. The Nighthawks, who finished in fourth place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's East Division, will meet the Portage Terriers Friday at Stride Place in game one of their best-of-seven opening round series. The three other first round matchups feature the Steinbach Pistons against Winkler, the Swan Valley Stampeders face the Dauphin Kings and the OCN Blizzard take on the Virden Oil Capitals.
The South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League's best-of-seven final is going to a game five. Brenden Walker had three goals and two assists as the Ste. Anne Aces defeated the Morden Bombers 6-4 Sunday night at the Maurice Chaput Arena. Caleb Paisley, Alex Tetrault and William Cruise also scored for the Aces who cut Morden's lead in the series to three games to one. Mike Rey had a hat trick for the visitors. Tyler Peers had the other Bombers goal. Game five goes Tuesday in Morden.
The Brandon Wheat Kings, who will wrap up their regular season schedule with a home-and-home against the Winnipeg Ice this weekend, were eliminated from playoff contention in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference when the Calgary Hitmen defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 Sunday. Owen Pederson and Zack Ostapchuk scored two goals each as the Ice beat the Prince Albert Raiders 6-1. Ben Zloty and Graham Sward also scored for the Ice. Winnipeg netminder Daniel Hauser made 29 saves and set the teams new franchise record for wins in season with 37. Wyatt Hoflin had the previous mark of 36 wins during the 2014-15 season with the Kootenay Ice.
Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College saw their reign as American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II champions come to an end Sunday in Boston. Nicole Pollis scored 2:59 into double overtime to lift Northeastern University past ACC 2-1 in the semifinals. Cougars defenseman Lacy Gaffray's power play goal at 13:30 of the third period tied the game at 1-1.
The Winnipeg Jets lost 3-0 to the Blues in St. Louis. Winnipeg native Joel Hofer made 33 saves in recording the shutout. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 14 shots in net for the Jets (39-29-3) who were coming off a 3-2 overtime win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Winnipeg remains four points ahead of the Calgary Flames for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
Jansen Harkins potted the tying goal with 1:51 left in the third period and Cole Maier scored the only goal of the shootout as the Manitoba Moose edged the Wolves 4-3 in Chicago. Dominic Toninato and Tyler Boland also scored in regulation for the Moose.
Canada’s Kerri Einarson has a 3-1 record at the 2023 World Women’s Curling Championship in Sandviken, Sweden. Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris defeated Stefania Constantini of Italy 7-2 this morning and will meet Rebecca Morrison of Scotland this afternoon. The Gimli Curling Club foursome lost 8-7 to Tabitha Peterson of the United States and beat Marianne Roervik of Norway 9-6 on Sunday.
The Winnipeg Bruins eliminated the Eastman Selects and Pembina Valley Hawks on their way to the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League final. Bruins head coach Jordan Wohlgemuth will join Clayton Dreger on Sportsbeat which airs Mondays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.