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The Thompson Sports News

Jets Take Weekend Eastern Canada Road Trip


The Jets will visit Montreal and Ottawa this weekend on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

 

The 26-29-5 Jets have 57 points on the season, and currently sit four points back of Calgary for the final Western Conference wild card spot.

 

Winnipeg is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss in Pittsburgh, where Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th career point.

 

Patrick Laine, Paul Postma and Dustin Byfuglien scored the Jets’ goals.

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Wheaties Continue Playoff Push


The Wheaties are playing a pair of games this weekend, hosting Regina tonight and Prince Albert tomorrow.

 

Brandon currently sits seventh in the WHL Eastern Conference with a record of 27-22-6-2.

 

The Wheat Kings are 1-3 in their season series with the Regina Pats and are 1-2 against the Prince Albert Raiders.

 

Both games get underway at 7:30.

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Bombers Visit Hawks In Lone Weekend Game


The Flin Flon Bombers will make the trip to Nipawin tomorrow to play their lone weekend game against the Hawks.

 

The Bombers are coming off a 7-3 loss to Nipawin Tuesday.

 

Flin Flon currently sits two points ahead of the Hawks in Sherwood division standings. Nipawin has two games in hand.

 

The Bombers have three games left in the regular season, including tomorrow’s affair, and it’s crucial to come away with as many points as possible if they hope to win the division.

 

Flin Flon will close out the season next weekend, when they host Humboldt and Melfort.

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Blizzard Host Wolverines In Weekend Set


The OCN Blizzard are in action this weekend, hosting the Waywayseecappo Wolverines for a pair of games.

 

OCN is coming off a 4-0 victory over the Swan Valley Stampeders on Tuesday, and hope to improve on their 34-16-3 record. The Blizzard, who have already secured an MJHL playoff spot, currently sit at 71 points, four back of the third-place Selkirk Steelers. The Blizzard have three games in had on Selkirk.

 

Waywayseecappo currently sits in the basement of the MJHL, with a record of 13-35-4 and 30 points.

 

The Blizzard and Wolverines first game is tonight at the Roy H. Johnson Arena at 7:00, while tomorrow’s affair is back at the GLMC.

 

The OCN Blizzard only have three games left in the regular season after this weekend; two on the road against Winker and Winnipeg before hosting Virden at home to close out the year.

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Northstars Close Out Season As They Host Parkland


The Norman Northstars look to finish off their 2016/2017 campaign on a winning note as they host the Parkland Rangers for a pair of games.

 

The Northstars are coming off a pair of losses last weekend at the hands of the Central Plains Capitals.

 

This weekend will be hard for over half of the team, as 12 Northstars will be too old to return to “AAA” hockey next season.

 

Tomorrow’s game will get underway at 7:30 while the season-closer on Sunday will start at 1:30

 

If you can’t make it out to the C.A. Nesbitt Arena to support the team, make sure you listen to the Saturday game right here on 102.9 CHTM.

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Winnipeg Avros Host Norman Wild In Playoffs


The Norman Wild are in Winnipeg to play their first round playoff series against the Winnipeg Avros.

 

The Wild, who finished in sixth place with a record of 9-18-1, need to win one of the three weekend games to bring the series back to Thompson. The Avros finished the season with a record of 20-8 in third place

 

The Wild will be looking to captain Kali Cummings up front, who leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists. She is coming off a goal and assists last weekend in two games against the Pembina Valley Hawks.

 

The first game of the series takes place tonight at 7, game two tomorrow at 4:45, and the third game will be played Sunday at 11:45am.

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Munn Cup Weekend Is Finally Here


The 47th Munn Cup is officially underway here in Thompson.

 

The annual tournament, hosted by the Thompson Minor Hockey Association, will run until Sunday, when the six different championships will be awarded.

 

Games will run until around 8:30 tonight, tomorrow from 8:00am until 9:00pm, and Sunday from 8:00am until 5:30pm. The games will be played at both the C.A. Nesbitt Arena as well as the Gordon Beard Arena.

 

There are 18 teams in this year’s tournament, including two from Thompson as well as teams from Arviat and Rankin Inlet in Nunavut.

 

Link to the full Munn Cup schedule : http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0117/4108/2017_munn_cup_draw_Final.pdf

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Blizzard Shut Out Stampeders


Jeremy Dumont led the way with a pair of goals while George King added two goals as the OCN Blizzard shut out the Swan Valley Stampeders 4-0 last night at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.

 

Travis Roch opened up the scoring with five minutes remaining the first period for OCN and the Blizzard never looked back.

 

Anthony Keeper had the other Blizzard goal.

 

Brett Epp was solid between the pipes yet again for OCN as he recorded his third shutout of the season and was named the games’ first star.

 

With the win, the Blizzard improve to 34-16-3, four points back of the Selkirk Steelers for third place in the MJHL.

 

The Blizzard are next in action Friday as they visit the last-placed Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

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Flin Flon falls to Nipawin


The Bombers dropped a 7-3 decision to the Nipawin Hawks last night at the Whitney Forum.

 

The Hawks scored two early first period goals to take a 2-0 lead and ran away with the game, leaving the first period with a 5-1 lead.

 

Bombers starting goalie Zac Robidoux was pulled just 5:54 into the first period after giving up the second goal.

 

Josh Bly led the way for Nipawin with two goals and two assists.

 

Kristian St. Onge led the way for Flin Flon with a goal and an assist.

 

The nationally-ranked Bombers are next in action Saturday as they travel to Nipawin for a rematch with the Hawks.

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Bomber's Lesko Named SJHL Player Of The Week


Brandon Lesko of the Flin Flon Bombers has been named SJHL player of the week.

 

The 18-year-old native of Hafford, Saskatchewan potted three goals and added three helpers as the Bombers topped the Ice Wolves in both games of their weekend home-and-home.

 

Lesko is in his third season with the Bombers, after being traded from the Battleford North Stars in the middle of the 2014-2015 season.

 

Lesko currently sits fifth in team scoring with 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points in 43 games played.

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Flin Flon Once Again In CJHL Top 20


The Bombers have once again been named to the CJHL Weekly Top 20 list, coming in at number 20.

 

The ranking comes after Flin Flon swept the La Ronge Ice Wolves in a weekend series.

 

The Bombers dominated the first game of the weekend home-and home 11-0 before topping the Ice Wolves 4-3 on Saturday.

 

Only one other SJHL team made the weekly rankings. The league-leading Battleford North Stars moved up one spot from 8 to 7.

 

Flin Flon is next in action tonight as they host the Nipawin Hawks.

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"AA" Midget King Miners Perfect


Congratulations are in order to the players and coaching staff of the Thompson "AA" Midget King Miner Hockey team.

 

The boys finished their season with a perfect 24-0 record in the NorMan Midget Hockey League.

 

The King Miners finished 10 points clear of the second place team, The Pas Huskies, who finished with a record of 18-4-2.  

 

Thompson is set to host the Manitoba Hockey Male Midget "A" and "AA" provincials from March 10th through the 12th.

 

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Flin Flon Blasts La Ronge


It was all Bombers in the first of a home-and-home series with the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Friday evening.

 

Flin Flon pelted La Ronge goalie Luke Lush with 76 shots, putting 11 by him, to win 11-0.

 

Brandon Lesko led the way for the Bombers with five points (3G, 2A), while Jason Lavallee (1G, 3A), Brody Madarash (1G, 1A), Eric Sinclair (1G, 2A) and Nick Shumlanski (1G, 1A)  put up multi-point performances.

 

Brenden Newton made 16 saves to pick up the shutout in.

 

The game was anything but a blowout Saturday when the teams played again in La Ronge.

 

The Bombers got out to an early 3-0 first period lead before the Ice Wolves answered back in the second with two of their own.

 

Rylee Zimmer scored his 18th of the year early in the third to make it a 4-2 game, before Austin Shumanski brought La Ronge within one with his second of the season.

 

The game would end that way, 4-3, with Gunnar Neilsen picking up his third win of the season with the Bombers after coming over from the Kindersley Klippers.

 

With the wins, Flin Flon has improved to 34-12-2-3 on the season with 73 points, 12 back of the Battleford North Stars.

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Blizzard Win Streak Snapped


The OCN Blizzard had a quiet weekend, with only one game being played.

 

The Blizzard welcomed the Selkirk Steelers to the GLMC on Saturday night in a battle for third place in the MJHL.

 

It was a close fought game, with the Steelers coming out on top 2-0.

 

The game was scoreless until the 3:12 mark of the third period when Jake Dudar opened the scoring for Selkirk on the powerplay. Cole McCartan would add another powerplay marker three minutes later to double the lead.

 

Hayden Dola made 35 saves for the Steelers to pick up the shutout, while Brett Epp made 36 saves for the Blizzard in the loss.

 

OCN now sits fourth in the MJHL with a record of 33-16-3.

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Northstars Swept By Central Plains


The Norman Northstars hosted the Central Plains Capitals over the weekend at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.

 

Before the game got underway Saturday night, two players were honoured by the Northstars for reaching 100 games played. Michael Venne and Ethan Stuckless both received a certificate and commemorative watch from Norman Northstars President Brad Salamandyk .

 

Once the puck dropped, the atmosphere of those in attendance quickly changed. The Capitals struck quickly and left the first period with a 5-0 lead.

 

Central Plains went on to add three more in the second and two in the third. Zak Smith led the way for the Capitals with two goals and two assists.

 

Norman Northstars leading scorer Dennis Scatch potted his 14th of the year, the lone goal of the night for the Norman side, as the Capitals won 10-1.

 

Sunday afternoon saw the Capitals once again get out to an early lead, this time leading 1-0 after the first period.

 

The Central Plains side would go on to add six more to skate away with a 7-1 victory.

 

The Capitals went five for ten on the powerplay, with Zak Smith, Lane Taylor and Reilly Funk each netting three points.

 

Keith Blacksmith scored his first goal for the Northstars from Alex Murray and Hunter Rambow in the loss.

 

With the weekend losses, the Northstars fall to 7-34-0-0-1.

 

The Norman Northstars will close out the season at home this weekend as the 16-21-0-1-3 Parkland Rangers visit Thompson.

 

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Norman Wolves Split Weekend Series with Interlake Lightning


The Norman Wolves Bantam “AAA” squad hosted the Interlake Lightning over the weekend.

 

Saturday saw the Norman squad come out on top in a close one, 3-2.

 

On Sunday, the Wolves got out to an early lead but couldn’t hold on as the Lighting went on to win 7-5.

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Wild Drop Weekend Series Before Playoffs


The Norman Wild Female Midget “AAA” team hosted the Pembina Valley Hawks for their final two games of the regular season before the playoffs.

 

On Friday night at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena, the Wild and Hawks battled hard through the first period, before the squad from Pembina Valley took the lead with two unanswered second period goals and never looked back.

 

The Wolves would add another pair of goals in the third to finalize a 5-2 victory.

 

Rachel O’Toole and captain Kali Cummings had the goals for the Norman side in the loss.

 

Saturday afternoon was a game the team needs to just forget.

 

Mackenzie McCallum led the way for the Hawks with four points as the Pembina Valley side routed the Wild 9-2. Kelly-Rae Zdan scored a hat trick. Saige McKay and Megan Quesnel had the goals for the Wild.

 

The Norman Wild finished the regular season with a record of 9-18-1 and will start their playoff run next weekend on the road.

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Blizzard Host Steelers In Lone OCN Weekend Game


The OCN Blizzard will play one game this weekend, tomorrow, as they host the Selkirk Steelers.

 

The Blizzard and Steelers are currently tied in the MJHL standings with 69 points. OCN however holds the tiebreak advantage and sits in third while Selkirk sits in fourth.

 

OCN comes into the game tomorrow riding a seven game win streak, thanks to strong performances offensively by Brady Keeper, George King and Tristen Elie while Brett Epp has been solid as ever in net.

 

Selkirk comes north to OCN after a loss on Tuesday at the hands of the Winkler Flyers.

 

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 Saturday night at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.

 

Arctic Radio’s Jaret Schneider will have the call of the game on 102.9 CJAR or online at www.ThePasOnline.ca

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Wild Wrap Up Season At Home Against Pembina Valley


The Norman Wild Midget AAA wrap up their 2016-2017 regular season this weekend with a pair of games against the Pembina Valley Hawks.

 

The Wild currently sit 6th in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League with a record of 9-16-1.

 

The Norman Wild have been led up front all season by Kali Cummings, who leads the team in points with 9 goals and 12 assists for 21 points. Annaliese Meier leads the team in goals in 10. Shayna Moore has led the way between the pipes for most of the season, posting a 5-9-1 record with a 2.53 GAA and a 0.927 save percentage.

 

Their opponent this weekend, Pembina Valley, sits fourth with a record of 18-6-2. The team is being lead by alternate captain Sage McElroy-Scott, who has posted 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 26 games.

 

The Hawks are coming off a pair of losses at the end of January, one to the Westman Wildcats and the other to the Central Plains Capitals.

 

The Wild last played in January, where they went 2-1 in a weekend set against the Winnipeg Avros and Interlake Lightning.

 

The Wild and Hawks will play tonight at 8:00 at the C.A. Nesbitt before wrapping up the regular season Saturday at noon.

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Northstars Host Central Plains


The Norman Northstars are once again in Thompson this weekend as they host the Central Plains Capitals.

 

The 22-15-2-1 Capitals are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Eastman Selects last Saturday, and currently have a three game losing streak.

 

Joey Moffat leads the Capitals up front with 28 goals and 32 assists for 60 points in 40 games. The 2001-born forward from Portage la Prairie was taken with the 201st pick (10th round) in last years’ WHL Bantam Draft by the Saskatoon Blades.

 

The 7-32-0-1 Northstars are coming off a split weekend against the Southwest Cougars, where they won on Saturday but lost the Sunday afternoon affair.

 

The Northstars and Capitals will take to the ice of the C.A. Nesbitt, as always, on Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

 

Tune in to 102.9 CHTM for the Saturday night game if you can’t be at the arena to support our Norman Northstars.

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Bombers To Play Home-And-Home Series Against Ice Wolves


The Flin Flon Bombers are back in action this weekend with two games as the SJHL playoffs start to near.

 

The Bombers will play The La Ronge Ice Wolves in a back-to-back home-and-home series.

 

Flin Flon will host La Ronge at the Whitney Forum today at 7:30 before making the 4½ hour drive to La Ronge for a Saturday afternoon tilt.

 

The Bombers are coming off two straight losses last weekend after a five game win streak and are looking to get back on track.

 

Zac Robidoux has led the way between the pipes for the Flin Flon Bombers, posting an impressive 16-5-3 record in 25 games. He currently sits fourth in the SJHL for both save percentage (0.925) and goals against average (2.13).

 

Flin Flon has locked up a spot in the SJHL playoffs with a record of 32-12-2-3 through 49 games, but need to keep their foot on the gas if they want to win the Sherwood division. The Nipawin Hawks are just two points back of the Bombers with two games in hand.

 

The games, as always, can be heard on 102.9 CFAR or online at www.FlinFlonOnline.ca

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Jets To Play Blackhawks And Lightning


The Winnipeg Jets will host back-to-back games at the MTS Centre this weekend.

 

Winnipeg currently sits six points back of the final wildcard spot in the western conference with a record of 25-27-4 and 54 points.

 

Tonight, in the first game, divisional rivals Chicago are in town. The Blackhawks come into tonight’s game on a three game win streak, having beat the Wild 4-3 in their last game.

 

On Saturday, the Jets welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning, like the Jets, sit six points back of the final eastern conference wildcard spot with 54 points.

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Wheat Kings To Play Silvertips and Blades Over Weekend


The Brandon Wheat Kings will play two games this weekend; one at home tonight at Westman Place against the Everett Silvertips before taking the bus to Saskatchewan to play the Saskatoon Blades at the SaskTel Centre on Saturday.

 

The Wheaties currently sit seventh in the eastern conference with a record of 16-20-5-2.

 

Tonight’s game will be the first and only time Brandon and Everett will play this season. The Silvertips sit second in the western conference with a record of 31-11-8-2.

 

The Wheat Kings and Blades will meet for the fifth time this season Saturday night in Saskatoon. The Wheaties currently lead the season series 4-1. The last time they met, Brandon edged Saskatoon 3-2 on December 17th with Connor Gutenberg scoring the game winner in the third period.

 

The Wheaties have 17 regular season games left on the schedule after this weekend.

 

For a full schedule of this weekends’ WHL schedule, head to www.WHL.ca/Schedule

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Baseball Canada Sets Roster for 2017 WBC


Yesterday, Baseball Canada unveiled the roster for the upcoming 2017 World Baseball Classic.

 

The roster includes former Cy-Young award winner Eric Gagne (Free agent; Montreal, QC), Justin Morneau (Free agent; New Westminster, B.C), John Axford (Oakland Athletics; Simcoe, ON) and Dalton Pompey (Toronto Blue Jays; Mississauga, ON).

 

Notable omissions from the team include Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, former Blue Jays Michael Saunders and Brett Lawrie as well as Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto.  

 

Saunders' bat will be sorely missed, as he was named to the All-WBC team and led the tournament in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS the last time the tournament was played in 2013.

 

Canada is in group C for the 2017 WBC, which includes Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the United States.

 

The 16-team tournament will get underway March 6th, with Canada's first game coming on the 9th against the defending champions, the Dominican Republic.

 

Canada was eliminated in the first round in the 2013 World Baseball Classic after posting a 1-2 record.

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Wheaties Fall in Overtime


The Wheaties were in action last night as they welcomed the Moose Jaw Warriors.

 

It was a close-fought affair with the Warriors coming out on top in overtime 4-3. Thomas Foster scored the game winner for Moose Jaw.

 

Stelio Mattheos led the way up front for Brandon with two goals and an assist. Nolan Patrick was held to one assist, while Tyler Coulter picked up two helpers.

 

The Wheaties currently sit fourth in the WHL’s eastern division with a record of 26-20-5-2 and 59 points.

 

The Wheat Kings next game is Friday when they welcome the Silvertips.

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OCN Double Up On Dauphin


The OCN Blizzard extended their win streak to seven in a row last nightas they defeated the Dauphin Kings last night 4-2.

 

The Blizzard were lead up front with three 3-point performances. Reigning MJHL player of the month George King as well as newcomer Tristen Elie each had two goals and an assist while Jeremy Dumont picked up three helpers.

 

Elie joined OCN in January, having spent the season with the Cornwall Nationals of the Federal Hockey League, putting up one goal and ten assists in 17 games. Previously, Elie split his junior hockey career between the London Knights (OHL), Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL), London Nationals (GOJHL), Cornwall Colts (CCHL) and the Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL). The 20-year-old forward from Alexandria, Ontario has 16 points in nine games for the Blizzard, only failing to get on the score sheet in two games.

 

Between the pipes Brett Epp stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn his 20th win of the season.

 

The Blizzard currently sit third in MJHL standings, with a record of 33-15-3.

 

The OCN Blizzard are next in action Saturday as they welcome the Selkirk Steelers.

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Jets Fall To Wild


The Winnipeg Jets fell to the Minnesota Wild at home last night, 4-2.

 

The Wild were powered by Jason Pominville, who scored two goals and had two assists. Nino Neiderreiter had the other Minnesota tallies.

 

Bryan Little and Joel Armia scored for the Jets in the losing effort.

 

Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after allowing three unanswered goals.

 

With the loss, the Jets now sit five points back of Calgary for the last Western Conference wild card playoff spot.

 

Winnipeg next plays Friday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Two Blue Bombers Visit Thompson


Ian Wild and Matthias Goossen of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were in Thompson early this week.

 

Wild and Goossen delivered presentations on the Break The Silence on Violence Against Women, Bombers Tackle Bullying  (in partnership with Manitoba Status of Women) and the Canadian Red Cross' Beyond the Hurt program at four different schools; one in Wabowden and three in Thompson.

 

The pair both said that they were more than willing to give their time for the students here in the north despite the CFL season being almost half a year away.

 

Goossen said that this is an area of the province that doesn't get to see as many professional athletes and that the message they brought was extremely important for everyone, regardless of where they live.

 

The Bombers spent Monday evening with the Boys and Girls Club of Thompson, hanging out with the kids for over two hours.

 

Ian Wild told CHTM that the Boys and Girls Club holds a special place for him, as he was a part of the club when he was growing up and remembers when pro players would visit his school as a kid. He added that the visits had an impact on his formative years, and wants to do the same for future generations

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Tom Brady Propels Patriots to Super Bowl Victory


The Patriots were victorious yesterday in Super Bowl 51, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime.

 

New England quarterback Tom Brady was named MVP of the game for the fourth time in his career after leading the Pats to their fifth title in franchise history.

 

Atlanta lead the game 23-3 at halftime and 28-9 after three quarters before the Patriots stormed back with 19 fourth quarter points before winning in overtime.

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Flin Flon Win Streak Ends


The Flin Flon Bombers had their win-streak snapped Saturday as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox.

 

The Bombers got out to a 1-0 lead in the second period thanks to Eric Sinclair’s 13th of the season, but the Hounds responded with three of their own in the third period to overpower Flin Flon.

 

Flin Flon also lost on Sunday, falling 4-2 to Estevan. Zac Robidoux made 29 saves, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Bruins, who were lead by two goals from Josh Rieger. 

 

The Bombers sit at 32-12-2-3 with six games left in the regular season. They next play Friday at home against La Ronge Ice Wolves.

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Wheaties Split Weekend


The Wheat Kings played a pair of games over the weekend, beating the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday before falling to the Swift Current Broncos Saturday.

 

The Wheaties doubled up on the Oil Kings 6-3 thanks to four point performances from both Tyler Coulter and captain Nolan Patrick. Coulter had two goals and two assists while Patrick had four helpers.

 

Tyler Steenbergen lead the way with a pair of goals for the Broncos on Saturday as Swift Current powered past Brandon 4-1. Tyler Coulter scored his 23rd of the season, the Wheat Kings only goal in the game, assisted by Nolan Patrick and Connor Gutenberg.

 

The Wheaties next game is Wednesday as they host Moose Jaw.

 

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Jets Fall To Avalanche


Jets were in Colorado over the weekend to play the Avalanche.

 

Despite a pair of goals from Adam Lowry, Winnipeg dropped the Saturday afternoon affair 5-2.

 

Ondrej Pavelec had 23 saves in the loss.

 

The Jets fell to 25-26-4 on the season, three points back of the final wild card spot in the West.

 

They next play Tuesday as they host the Minnesota Wild.

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Northstars Split Series With Cougars


The Norman Northstars split their series with the Southwest Cougars over the weekend.

 

The Northstars picked up the win in the Saturday game six-five thanks to five multi-point performances.

 

Alex Murray and Henry Muchikekwanape each had a goal and two assists to lead the way while Allan Kohli made 24 saves.

 

On Sunday, it was the Cougars who came out on top.

 

Tanner Andrew and Dylan Fontaine each had a goal and assist for Southwest as they beat the Northstars 4-2.

 

Alex Murray and Ethan Stuckless had the goals for the Northstars.

 

The Norman Northstars will host the Central Plains Capitals on the weekend.

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OCN Sweep Neepawa


The OCN Blizzard swept their weekend series against the Neepawa Natives.

 

The Blizzard edge out the Natives 5-4 on Friday thanks to late third-period heroics from Justin Nachbaur, who scored the game winner with seven seconds left in the game.

 

On Satudray, the Blizzard doubled up on the Natives 6-3 thanks to a hat-trick from former Norman Northstar and future University of Maine Black Bear, Brady Keeper.

 

With the wins, the Blizzard are just two points back of third in the league.

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Bombers In CJHL Top 20


The Flin Flon Bombers were named once again to the CJHL Top 20 team list earlier today.

 

The Bombers come in at number 20, the same spot they held last week.

 

Flin Flon currently sits first in the Sherwood division with a record of 32-12-2-3.

 

The Bombers are 10 points back of the SJHL-leading Battleford North Stars, who are number eight on the CJHL list.

 

One other SJHL team was mentioned in the weekly CJHL press release. The Nipawin Hawks, who sit behind the Bombers in the standings, received an honourable mention.

 

The CJHL Top 20 list comes out every week and is based on a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio and other statistics.

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Winnipeg Edges Dallas


The Jets beat the Stars in Dallas last night thanks to two goals from Mark Scheifele and 39 saves from Ondrej Pavelec.

 

Bryan Little got the ball rolling for Winnipeg in the first period with his 14th of the season from Ehlers and Laine.

 

Scheifele had his 24th and 25th of the season while Ehlers potted his 19th of the season to round out the scoring for the Jets. Rookie Patrick Laine ended the game with two assists.

 

Klingberg, Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves had the Dallas goals.

 

The Jets continue to sit just on the cusp of the playoffs, one point back of the Blues for the final wild card spot in the west.

 

Winnipeg is next in action tomorrow in Colorado against the last-placed Avalanche.

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OCN Host Neepawa For Weekend Series


The OCN Blizzard are hosting the Neepawa Natives for two games this weekend, starting tonight.

 

The Blizzard come into the game sporting a 30-15-3 record, good enough 63 points and for fourth place overall in the MJHL. They’re currently 18 points back of the Steinbach Pistons. They’re in the middle of four game win streak, with their latest win coming last Saturday against the visiting Winkler Flyers.

 

Neepawa on the other hand find themselves near the bottom of the league with a 12-28-5 record and 29 points.

 

OCN forward George King was recently named the MJHL player of the month for January. King scored in 10 of 12 games in January. King had three multi-point games during the month including a massive five point performance (2G, 3A) on the 25th against Swan Lake. He is currently riding a five game point streak and sits second in team scoring with 37 points (27G, 10A).

 

Blizzard goalie Brett Epp was also honoured by the league, being named runner-up for MJHL goalie of the month. Epp went 7-4 in January, including a shutout against the Winkler Flyers on January 28th. Epp is in his second season with the OCN Blizzard after coming over from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL last season. The Edmonton native is 18-9 on the season with a 2.69 GAA and .916 SV% with two shutouts.

 

The Blizzard have eight games left in the regular season after the weekend. All of the remaining games will be played at home, except for February 21st and 22nd, when they visit the Winker Flyers and Winnipeg Blues.

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Northstars Host Cougars This Weekend


The Norman Northstars are in action this weekend as they host the Southwest Cougars tomorrow and Sunday.

 

Tomorrow’s game is 7:30pm and can be heard on 102.9 CHTM while Sunday’s contest will go at 1:30pm.

 

The Northstars (with a current record of 6-31) are in the middle of a four game losing streak, falling to the Kenora Thistles and Winnipeg Thrashers on the road last weekend.

 

The Cougars (14-20) come to Thompson also in the middle of a four game losing streak, coming up short against Eastman, Pembina Valley and Brandon last weekend.

 

The Northstars have four games left in the 2016/2017 after this weekend; all at home.

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Bombers Extend Win Streak to Five


The Flin Flon Bombers took on the Millionaires last night in Melville and came away with a 6-1 win.

 

Melville took an early 1-0 lead a minute into the game thanks to Tucker Scantlebury's 12th goal of the season.

 

Eric Sinclair responded 12 minutes later for the Bombers with his first of two on the night and 11th of the season.

 

His second of the game (12th of the season) came almost three minutes into the second period, the first of five unanswered Flin Flon goals.

 

Medicine Hat, Alberta native Brenden Newton put up 16 saves to earn his 14th win of the season.

 

With the win, the Bombers have now won five in a row and 10 of their last 11.

 

Flin Flon's next game is tomorrow as they visit the 18-20-5-1 Notre Dame Hounds.

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Flin Flon blasts Melfort 5-1


Last night the Bombers took on the Mustangs in Melfort in the only SJHL game of the night.

 

Flin Flon jumped out to a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period thanks to Cory Thomas’ second goal of the season.

 

Nick Shumlanski added his 13th three minutes later to double the Bombers’ lead, and the team never looked back.

 

Sobkowicz, McCausland and Nyman added the other goals for Flin Flon. Tyler Heidt scored the loan goal for Melfort on the powerplay.

 

Winnipeg native Zac Robidoux made 25 saves to pick up his 16th win of the season.

 

Flin Flon currently sits first in the Sherwood division with 67 points, six points up on the Nipawin Hawks.

 

The Bombers are second in the SJHL only to the Battleford North Stars, who are running away from the rest of the league with a 37-8-1 record.

 

Flin Flon is next in action tonight as they’re in Melville to play the Millionaires

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Blues clear house


The St Louis Blues made two coaching changes following last night’s 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

 

Head coach Ken Hitchcock, as well as goalie coach Jim Corsi, were let go by General Manager Doug Armstrong.

 

Hitchcock will be replaced by former Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo (who had been serving as an associate coach and was slated to take over as the bench boss next season) while Martin Brodeur and Ty Conklin will share the goalie coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the season.

 

Ken Hitchcock was on a one-year contract for the season, as he had announced that this season would be his last with the team.

 

Hitchcock is 248-123-41 in six seasons with the Blues and 781-473-111 in his 20-year NHL coaching career. He is currently one win shy of tying Al Arbour for third in all-time coaching wins.

 

Hitchcock won the Stanley Cup in 1999 as the coach of the Dallas Stars and has made the playoffs 13 of 14 seasons when he was in charge for the whole year.

 

GM Doug Armstrong says that it’s his fault that the team is off track this season and his job as well to get them back on track. He also said that Hitchcock is a Hall of Fame coach as well as one of his best friends.

 

The first game for new head coach Mike Yeo will be tomorrow when the Blues host the Maple Leafs.

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Jets power past Blues 5-3


Last night the Winnipeg Jets kicked off the second half of the season on a high note, beating the Blues 5-3 at the Scottrade Center in St Louis.

 

Alex Steen opened the scoring for the Blues early in the first, but Mark Scheifele evened things up with his 23rd goal of the campaign late in the period and the Jets never looked back.

 

Laine, Ehlers, Trouba and Wheeler potted the other Winnipeg goals while St Louis sniper Vladimir Tarasenko and captain Alex Pietrangelo added the other Blues goals.

 

Scheifele and Wheeler both had three point games, with Scheifele earning honours as the first star of the game.

 

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 of 27 en route to his third win of the season in the five games he’s played.

 

He currently has a record of 3-2-0 with a GAA of 3.25 and a .893 save percentage.

 

With the win, the Jets improved to 24-25-4 on the season. Winnipeg is currently one point back of the second Western Conference wild card spot currently being held by the Blues.

 

The Jets next play Tuesday in Dallas against the Stars.

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Wheat Kings Fall in Shootout to Hurricanes


The Wheat Kings were in action last night as they visited the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

 

The Wheaties jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and took a 3-2 lead into the third period, but were unable to hold on for the W, falling 4-3 in the shootout.

 

Hurricanes Captain was the hero of the night, tying the game with his 36th goal of the season with around six minutes left in the third period.

 

Giorgio Estephan scored the only goal on either team in the shootout, giving his Hurricanes the win.

 

Tanner Kaspcik, Nolan Patrick and Reid Duke potted the goals for Brandon in the loss.

 

The next game for the Wheat Kings is Friday when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings.

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Northstars on Final Road Trip of the Season


The Norman Northstars are on the road this weekend for their final road trip of the season.   The Northstars play the Kenora Thistles tonight at 7:30 and then again on Saturday afternoon at 2:30.  The Norman squad will then play the Winnipeg Thrashers on Sunday.

The Northstars are coming off a home stand that saw them beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-5 last Saturday evening.   The Sunday afternoon game went in favor of the Wheat Kings when they shutout the Northstars 9-0.

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The Norman Wild had a successful Road Trip


The Norman Wild were on the road this past weekend and were able to win two of the three games they played.    On Friday, the Wild fell to the Winnipeg Avros, 2 – 1.  On Saturday, the Wild beat the Interlake Lightning by a score of 3 – 2.   The Wild and Lightning played against yesterday with the Wild coming away with a 5 – 1 win.  

The team has a long hiatus.  The Wild’s next game is February 10th.

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Northstars go 50/50 this weekend at home


The Norman Northstars celebrated their first home game of 2017 with a stellar performance by beating the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-5 on Saturday night.  Ethan Stuckless had 4 goals in the game.   

 

Sunday’s game was a completely different story with the Wheat Kings shutting out the Northstars 9-0.  

 

The Northstars are on the road this weekend playing the Kenora Thistles.

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Thompson to host 2018 Winter Games


Thompson is set to host the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games.   That gives the city around 14 months to prepare.   City Manager Gary Ceppetelli feels it can be done.

 

“The City of Thompson has hosted the Winter Games previously.  Many of you will likely remember in 1994 when we hosted the winter games so I think that there are the facilities currently  in place and really upgraded from what we had in 1994.”

 

Representatives from Sport Manitoba were able to convince city council that Thompson should host the 2018 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games.    It was decided in a vote at Monday’s council meeting.

 

Councillor Blake Ellis shares his thoughts on Thompson hosting the games. 

 

“We’ve had a look at the economic impact statement from the Summer Games that were just held in Steinbach.  Those games brought in 1500 out-of-town visitors and 666-thousand dollars in spending.   Thompson’s always been known for hosting provincial events….the Scott Tournaments of Hearts, the Manitoba Tankard, and Roger’s Hometown Hockey.  I believe that we’re going to have the volunteer base to be able to put these games on and do a good job with it.”

 

Virden had originally been awarded the games but backed out due to lack of volunteer commitment. 

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2017 Prince-Berscheid Memorial Hockey Tournament Wraps up


The 2017 Prince-Berscheid Peewee Memorial Hockey Tournament got underway Friday and saw some dominant play from the Thompson AA team.   It carried them right through to the playoff for the Doug’s Source for Sports Cup on Sunday.    They came away with the gold, beating out The Pas AA 5 - 0 in their Sunday afternoon game at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.  

In the A Division, the Landers Cup went to the bronze winners, Split Lake.   They had a 12-6 win again the Thompson A team.    The winner of the Prince-Berscheid Cup gold was the team from Arviat.  They won 7 - 1 against Norway House, who claimed the silver.   

Go to the website for the full results.

www.thompsonminorhockey.ca/page/show/3033803-peewee-prince-berscheid-2016-2017-

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Road Trip not kind to the Northstars


The Norman Northstars kicked off 2017 with a road swing this past weekend.   On Friday, the Norman squad was downed by the Winnipeg Wild 4-1.   On Saturday the Eastman Selects took it to the Northstars with a 7-1 win and yesterday the Interlake Lightning got past them 10-6.  

The Northstars will be looking for luck this coming weekend as they play their first set of home games on the new year.  They play host to the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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OCN Gets Three Games at Home


The OCN Blizzard will be hosting three games in three nights this weekend for their first games of the New Year. The Blizzard will host the Portage Terriers on back to back nights today and tomorrow and then will play the Dauphin Kings on Sunday. The Blizzard have slid to 5th place in the league after a four game losing streak and are one point back of the Terriers.

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Wild Face Stiff Test With Capitals


The Norman Wild will be going down south for their first games of 2017. The Wild will take on the Eastman Selects before facing off against the Central Plains Capitals on back to back days. Norman leads the Capitals by one point for sixth place in the Manitoba Female Midget League. The Wild have beaten the Capitals once and also the Selects in overtime earlier this year.

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Report: Sport Manitoba Looking at Thompson for 2018 Manitoba Games


Thompson may be looking at getting the Manitoba Games two years sooner than they originally thought.

 

According to a source, Manitoba Sport is looking at giving Thompson the chance to host the 2018 Winter Manitoba Games.

 

The games were intended to be hosted by Virden, but the city made the decision not to host after figuring that they would not have enough volunteers for the events.

 

Thompson was originally looking at going through the bidding process for the 2020 Summer Games.

 

The last time a Northern Community has hosted the Games was when OCN had the event in 2002.

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Bombers Trying To Stave Off Hawks Push


The Flin Flon Bombers will be off to Kindersley for back to back road games. The Klippers are last in the Finning Division but have a two game win streak and have won 6 of their last 10 games. The Bombers are trying to keep their distance from the red-hot Nipawin Hawks who are seven points back but have four games in hand. Nipawin will play Humboldt this weekend.

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Jets Go For 3 In a Row


After two straight victories, the Winnipeg Jets once again find themselves close to a playoff spot. They will hope to get an extra two points when they take on the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow afternoon. Buffalo is currently last in the Eastern Conference but beat the Jets earlier this year. Rookie Sensation Patrick Laine leads the team and all rookies with 21 goals and 36 points.

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Brandon Hoping to Break Away From Pack


The Brandon Wheat Kings will start on the road before making their way back to Westman Place during the weekend. The Wheaties will take on the Swift Current Broncos on the road. The Broncos have won three straight games and sit 11 points up on Brandon. Calgary has 33 points and sits 7 back of Brandon for the last wildcard spot.

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Laine Regains Rookie Crown, Jets Defeat Panthers


Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.

 

Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Jets and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves. Bryan Little notched two assists as Winnipeg won its second straight after losing two in a row.

 

Greg McKegg scored for the Panthers and Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots.

Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,136th assist to pass Paul Coffey for sole possession of fifth place on the NHL's all-time assists list.

 

The Panthers have lost five of their last six and 11 of 15.

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Northstars Look at Positives For Extended Break


After a Christmas break the AAA Midget season will resume this weekend, except for the Norman Northstars. The Northstars have been given a bye week this week and Coach James Buchanan said he would prefer the team start up their season as soon as possible but that there is a benefit to the break, saying that it is nice to get a few practices under your belt before hitting the road for some games.

 

The Northstars first game will be January 13th in Winnipeg against the Wild.

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Jets Offence Explodes For Six Goals in Win


Nikolaj Ehlers had two goals, including a penalty shot during Winnipeg's three-goal second period, and the Jets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 on Tuesday night.

 

The Jets, coming of a pair of losses where they were outscored 11-5, also got goals from Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba, Dustin Byfuglien and Patrik Laine. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.

 

Matthew Peca got his first NHL goal for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov had two goals, Ondrej Palat also scored and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots.

 

The Jets will now travel across the state to play the Florida Panthers tonight.

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Wheat Kings Cough Up Lead, Lose to Blades


The Saskatoon Blades scored a critical victory as they look to make up ground in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Wild Card race, cutting down the Brandon Wheat Kings by a 4-2 final Tuesday night.

 

In a key four-point divisional game, the Blades received two goals from import defenceman Libor Hajek as they pulled to within four points of both the Wheat Kings and Red Deer Rebels for an Eastern Conference wild card. One catch is both the Wheat Kings and Rebels have games in hand on the Blades – three and two, respectively – but the fact of the matter is Saskatoon is proving it’s ready for a strong push in the second half of the campaign.

 

Jesse Shynkaruk opened the scoring with his 13th of the season 31 seconds into the middle period, only to see Connor Gutenberg and Jordan Wharrie notched back-to-back markers to give the Wheat Kings a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

The Blades took control early in the third period as Hajek sent his second of the season to the back of the net, tying the game 2-2 only 2:31 in. Not finished yet, the Czech defender secured his second of the evening 1:40 later to give his club a 3-2 lead that eventually held up.

 

Braylon Shmyr added empty-net insurance – his 21st goal of the season – to seal the victory.

 

Brock Hamm turned aside 25 shots for his fifth win of the season, while Jordan Papirny made 38 saves in defeat.

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Wheaties Win Twice in OT


James Shearer scored on a power play 2:40 into overtime to give the Brandon Wheat Kings a 2-1 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors.

 

The triumph served as the third consecutive win for the Wheat Kings, including a 4-3 overtime win against the Warriors the night before.

 

Jordan Papirny made 35 saves for his 12th win of the season, while Zach Sawchenko stopped 36 pucks in defeat.

 

The Wheaties will host the Saskatoon Blades tonight. The Blades are the first team out of the wildcard spot currently possessed by Brandon.

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Former Jet Scores to Lead Islanders to Win


The Winnipeg Jets found themselves in a hole early and ended up falling to the New York Islanders 6-2 on New Year’s Eve. Former Jet Andrew Ladd scored his eighth of the year for the Islanders sixth goal of the game. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was pulled midway through the third period after giving up four goals on 15 shots.

 

The Jets will travel to the state of Florida and play the first of back to back games when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Flin Flon Sweeps Weekend to End 2016


The Flin Flon Bombers made it back to back wins over the La Ronge Ice Wolves to open up the post-holiday break, following up Friday's 6-1 road win, with a 5-1 decision at home.


Brenden Newton made 27/28 saves for the Bombers (23-10-2-2).  Nick Shumlanski scored a pair of third period goals.  Defenseman Eric Sinclair chipped in three assists while Brandon Lesko (1g-1a), Rylee Zimmer and Nate Hooper did the rest of the scoring.
Tanner Reynolds replied for the Ice Wolves (6-25-1-4).

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Blue Jackets Extend Win Streak to 14


Alexander Wennberg scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their franchise-record win streak to 14 games with a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

 

Brandon Saad, Nick Foligno and Lukas Sedlak also scored for Columbus (25-5-4). Foligno and Zach Werenski each had a pair of assists.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves for his 23rd win of the season.

 

The NHL record for the longest win streak is 17 games, set by Pittsburgh in 1992-93.

The victory also boosted the Blue Jackets' point streak to 16 games (15-0-1).

 

Shawn Matthias, Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault scored for Winnipeg (17-18-3). Michael Hutchinson turned aside 30 shots in net.

 

The Jets will play their annual New Year’s Eve game against the New York Islanders.

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Wheat kings Play Back to Back Again


The Brandon Wheat Kings will take on another Saskatchewan rival on back to back nights this weekend when they play the Moose Jaw Warriors. After an impressive shootout win against Regina, the Wheat kings will play the second best East Division team when they take on the Warriors. The first game tonight will be in Brandon while the New Year’s Eve game will be tomorrow.

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Bombers Hoping to Feast on Ice Wolves


After a disappointing end to the first half of the year, the Flin Flon Bombers will look to take advantage of the worst team in the SJHL. The Bombers will take on the last place La Ronge Ice Wolves who have only won six games all year. Flin Flon has a nine point lead over Nipawin for first in the Sherwood Division put have played five more games. The two teams will play back to back nights starting tonight.

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Wheat Kings Edge Pats


Logan Thompson made 39 saves and Tyler Coulter scored the lone shootout goal as the Brandon Wheat Kings edged the Regina Pats by a 2-1 margin Wednesday night.

 

All of the scoring in regulation came during the opening period as Nick Henry notched his 15th of the campaign to get Regina a 1-0 lead only to see Ty Lewis strike for his 18th to knot the affair.

 

Thompson’s performance was good enough for his fifth win of the season.

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Jets Looking to Shut Down 13-Game Win Streak


The Winnipeg Jets will bring their two game winning streak back to Winnipeg to take on a team which will make the Jets streak look small. The Columbus Blue Jackets have won 13 straight games and last lost on November 26th. With the streak the Blue Jackets are first in the NHL and have accumulated a 10-2-3 record on the road. The Jets are one point back of a playoff spot.

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Jets Continue Dominance vs. Blackhawks


Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Drew Stafford scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Tuesday night.

 

Jacob Trouba added two assists, and Winnipeg won its second straight and fourth in five games. The Jets beat Central Division-leading Chicago for the third time in three tries this season, outscoring the Blackhawks 9-2 over those games.

 

Artem Anisimov scored his 15th goal in his return from missing three games with an upper-body injury, but Chicago lost its third straight for the first time since last March.

 

Chicago's Corey Crawford blocked 31 shots in his second start since returning from an appendectomy that cost him 10 games.

 

With an assist, the Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin stretched his career-best points streak to eight games. He has five goals and 14 points during the run.

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Brooks Gets Hat Trick vs. Wheat Kings


Adam Brooks had three goals and two assists, while Sam Steel recorded a goal and four helpers to lead the Regina Pats to a 7-4 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings Tuesday night.

Tyler Coulter managed three points (2G-1A) for the Wheat Kings.

 

Between the pipes, Tyler Brown made 31 saves for his 16th win of the season.

The Wheat Kings will now come back to Brandon to take on the same Pats team.

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Ehlers Scores Twice to Down Canucks


Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice in the third period and also added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday.

 

Patrik Laine and Bryan Little had the other goals for Winnipeg (16-17-3), which got 22 saves from Michael Hutchinson.

 

Markus Granlund replied for Vancouver (14-17-3). Ryan Miller made 21 stops in taking the loss.

 

Ehlers snapped a 1-1 tie 1:23 into the third period after knocking down a pass from Canucks captain Henrik Sedin in the Winnipeg zone and racing the other way. The speedy Jets winger moved in on a 2-on-1 and used Mark Scheifele as a decoy before ripping his eighth of the season shortside on Miller.

 

Vancouver had a good chance on a power play a few minutes later, but Hutchinson snagged Sven Baertschi's shot with his glove.

 

The Jets then put the game out of reach with 7:36 left on a man advantage of their own when Ehlers took a pass at the side of the net and walked out in front before roofing his second of the night over Miller's shoulder.

 

The Winnipeg Jets will get a Christmas break before they take on the Chicago Blackhawks on the 27th.

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Wheat Kings Take on Pats After Christmas


The Brandon Wheat Kings make a return from their Christmas break on the 27th when they go to Regina to take on the Pats. The Pats are ranked first in the CHL Rankings and are one of the front runners in this WHL season. Regina has only lost three games in regulation all year long. The Wheat Kings mean while has won two games in a row. The two teams will play the night after in Brandon.

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OCN Blizzard Ceasing Operations


The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief and Council have decided to cease operations of the OCN Blizzard hockey team following the current season. The announcement came from chief and council on Tuesday. The future of the team is still in question as the remainder of the 2016-17 season exists. The OCN Blizzard Board of Directors is expected to be sending out a press release later today in response to the announcement. The Blizzard are 22-11-3 this season and are third in the MJHL. They're playing in their 21st season as part of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

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Jets Get Second Shot at Canucks


The Winnipeg Jets will get a second shot at the Vancouver Canucks when they play them once again in Vancouver. A rare scheduling quirk has left the Jets in Vancouver two nights after losing to the Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday. It’ll be the last game before the Christmas break for the Jets. Vancouver is only two points back of the Jets, while Winnipeg is two points back of a wildcard spot.

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Blizzard End Road Trip and 2016 With Loss


This latest road trip hasn’t been good for the OCN Blizzard. The Blizzard lost 3 of the last 4 games including last night’s game in Selkirk. The Blizzard got whipped 5-1 thanks to two goals from Jake Dudar. OCN will have the Christmas holiday break to re-group. Their first game of the New Year will be in OCN, January 6 against Portage.

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Jets Get Second Shot at Canucks


Jannik Hansen scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Tuesday night.

 

Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat, into an empty net, had the other goals for Vancouver (14-16-3), which got 31 saves from Jacob Markstrom. Henrik Sedin added two assists.

 

Blake Wheeler replied for Winnipeg (15-17-3). Connor Hellebuyck stopped 21 shots in taking the loss for the Jets, who in a scheduling quirk will remain in Vancouver and play the Canucks again on Thursday.

 

Tied 1-1 after two periods, Hansen scored his second of the night and fifth of the season at 3:19 of the third. The veteran winger took a pass from Daniel Sedin at the blue line and delayed for a moment before ripping a shot past Hellebuyck with Henrik Sedin screening in front.

 

Hansen, who returned to the lineup on Dec. 11 after missing 16 games with broken ribs, was reunited with the superstar twins on the Canucks' top line last week and now has three goals in his last two games.

 

Baertschi then stretched the lead to 3-1 just 3:21 later when he blocked Dustin Byfuglien's point shot and moved in alone on Hellebuyck before finishing a slick backhand move for his seventh.

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