The Carillon Sultans play their home opener tonight at A.D. Penner Park in Steinbach against the St. James A's. The first pitch is at 7 p.m. The Sultans won a pair of games at the Manitoba Junior Baseball League's Opening Day Showcase this past Saturday at Optimist Park in Winnipeg. Carillon beat the Pembina Valley Orioles 4-1 and the Altona Bisons 12-0.

The Moose Jaw Warriors are Western Hockey League champions for the first time in the franchise's 40-year history. Brayden Schuurman scored the go-ahead goal with 5:03 remaining in the third period as Moose Jaw defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-2 and swept the best-of-seven final in four straight games. Martin Rysavy had a first period power play goal and an empty netter with 2:27 left in regulation. Matthew Savoie also scored for the Warriors. Kyle Chyzowski and Marcus Nguyen replied for the Winterhawks. Moose Jaw captain and Dominion City native Denton Mateychuk was named the Playoff MVP. Moose Jaw will join the Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights, the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League champion Drummondville Voltigeurs and the host Saginaw Spirit at the 2024 Memorial Cup which begins May 24th in Saginaw, Michigan. 

The Winkler Flyers will meet the Calgary Canucks and the Miramichi Timberwolves will face the Navan Grads in the quarterfinals of the 2024 Centennial Cup Friday in Oakville, Ontario. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions finished third in Group B with two regulation wins and two shootout losses. The Canucks were second in Group A with two regulation wins, one overtime win and a regulation loss. The Melfort Mustangs and Collingwood Blues finished first in their respective Groups and earned byes to the semifinals. 

Canada will face Norway today (1:30 p.m.) at the 2024 World Men's Hockey Championship in Prague. Canada is in third place in Group A with eight points. Switzerland leads the standings with 11 points while Czechia is next with nine. Canada is coming off a 7-6 overtime victory over Austria on Tuesday. 

Minnesota and Toronto are going the distance in their PWHL semifinal. Claire Butorac scored 4:27 into the second overtime period to lift Minnesota to a 1-0 victory over Toronto at Xcel Energy Center. Maddie Rooney earned her second straight shutout after backstopping Minnesota to a 2-0 win in game three. The deciding fifth game goes Friday in Toronto. The winner will face Boston in the PWHL championship series. 

hockey_2023The Flyers will play in the Centennial Cup quarterfinals on Friday (photo credit: Heather Bolliger/Hockey Canada Images)

The Winkler Flyers have qualified for the playoffs at the Centennial Cup in Oakville, Ontario. Head coach Justin Falk will join Clayton Dreger on Sportsbeat which airs Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.