The Steinbach Pistons wrap up their pre-season schedule with a pair of games against the Niverville Nighthawks this week. The two teams meet tonight in Niverville and Saturday at the T.G. Smith Arena. The Pistons open the 2023-24 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season on Friday, September 22nd against the Virden Oil Capitals at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Merik Boles had a goal and an assist as the Nighthawks shaded the Selkirk Steelers 4-3 Tuesday night in Niverville. Michael Tanchak, Kelby Diehl and Ty Kennett also scored for the Nighthawks who are 3-0 in the pre-season.
Adam Lowry is the new captain of the Winnipeg Jets. The 30-year-old centre has played 621 NHL games, collecting 93 goals and 111 assists. He has nine goals and nine assists in 44 career playoff games. Lowry was selected by Winnipeg in the third round (67th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. The Jets play their first of six pre-season games Sunday, September 24th against the Oilers in Edmonton.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will practice today and tomorrow before leaving for Hamilton on Friday. The Blue Bombers, who are in first place in the CFL West with a 10-3 record and have clinched a playoff spot, face the Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field Saturday afternoon. Winnipeg has added American wide receiver Oliver Martin to the practice roster.
The University of Manitoba Bisons Men’s Golf Team finished the Battle of the Bear Tournament in seventh place at the Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna. The four-person team of Cole Peters, Trent Robertson, Derek Benson and Brent Ingram ended play at plus 58, five strokes shy of sixth place Alberta. Individually Cole Peters (78-76) finished tied for 24th; Jordon McDonald (79-81) & Derek Benson (81-79) tied for 31st while Brent Ingram (83-79) & Trent Robertson (83-79) finished tied for 38th place.
The East 59'ers are Ladies Fastpitch League of Winnipeg champions. Player/coach Mandy Laninga will join Clayton Dreger on Sportsbeat which airs Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.