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The Thompson Sports News Archives for 2016-12

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Buchanan Sees Promise for Northstars


With the 2016 schedule now complete for the Norm Northstars, Coach James Buchanan says he has seen great improvement since the start of the season.

 

Buchanan says the team has shown a lot of promise this past month by being in every game they have played opposed to what they saw in the first quarter of the season.

 

The Northstars are 5-24-0-1 this season, which included a three game win streak. They sit five points back of Interlake.

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Wild Looking Forward to Second Half


The Norman Wild are still looking to improve after the Christmas break, with ten more games on the schedule.

 

Wild coach Lee Cummings says that moving forward, the team still needs to gel before playoffs begin.

 

Cummings is hoping the team can get a few more practices under their belt.

 

All eight of the league’s teams will make the playoffs regardless, so the Wild are looking at positioning.

 

The Wild sit sixth in the league with 10 points, two points up on the Central Plains Capitals.

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League Commissioner Thinks Less Teams Will Improve League


AAA Midget Commissioner Greg Thompson thinks that there is too much imbalance in the AAA midget league.

Thompson thinks that the league should reduce the number of teams, but that no wants to lose their own club and that the province is too big to simply contract.

 

Greg Thompson has been the commissioner of the AAA midget league for five years.

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Jets Go to Vancouver for Two Games


The Winnipeg Jets will make their way to Vancouver for two games at Rogers Arena in three days. The two games will be last ones before the Christmas break. The Jets have let some of the teams catch up to them, in concerns of games played. They sit only a point back of a wildcard spot. The Canucks have a 9-5-2 record on home ice this year, and have 29 points.

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Wild Fall to Chiefs


The Norman Wild also played a pair of games over the weekend here in Thompson, as they hosted the Yellowhead Chiefs. On Saturday, the Wild fell to the Chiefs by a score of 9-1…and the Chiefs beat the Wild again yesterday, 6-1. The Wild have a bit of a break as well, and they will play again early yesterday. Their next home games will be in Cross Lake.

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Northstars Finish 2016 with Two L's


The Norman Northstars played a couple of games on home ice over the weekend, as they hosted the Pembina Valley Hawks. On Saturday, the Hawks were victorious, 6-2. The Hawks beat the North Stars again yesterday, 4-1. The North Stars don’t play again until the middle of mid-January, which will be kicking off 2017 with a road trip on January 13th.

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Blizzard Lose in Winnipeg


The OCN Blizzard had a rough weekend in Winnipeg. The Blues were dominant in the first game of two played against the Blizzard 5-2. It was closer on Sunday but the Blizzard still lost 7-5. OCN has one more game before the Christmas break. They’ll face the Steelers in Selkirk tomorrow night.

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Flin Flon Loses Rematch


Two nights after the Flin Flon Bombers handed the Battlefords North Stars just their second loss in two months, the two teams went back at it in Battlefords again, and this time the Stars got the upper hand, coming away with a 3-2 regulation decision.


Layne Young (1g-1a), Ben Allen and Logan Nachtegaele did the scoring for the North Stars (27-7-0-0) while Coby Downs chipped in with a pair of assists.  Taryn Kotchorek earned the win making 23/25 saves.


Nick Shumlanski (SH) and Troy Williams scored third period goals for the Bombers (21-8-2-2) and Zach Robidoux made 39/42 saves.

 

The next day, The Flin Flon Bombers scored five powerplay goals but the Kindersley Klippers still came up with an 8-5 win over the visiting Bombers.

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Wheat Kings Edges Blades Twice


Reid Duke and Tyler Coulter scored in the shootout as the Brandon Wheat Kings secured a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades Friday night.

 

Markson Bechtold scored in his Blades debut. The veteran forward was acquired late Thursday in a deal with the Spokane Chiefs. He opened the scoring late in the first period only to see Linden McCorrister score his first of the campaign 36 seconds later to tie the game 1-1 after 20 minutes and spark the shower of teddy bears from the crowd at Westman Place.

 

Lukus MacKenzie notched his fourth goal of the season 3:05 into the second period, giving the Blades a 2-1 advantage after 40 minutes.

 

Duke used a power-play opportunity to tie the game 2-2 late in the third period, forcing overtime with 3:32 to go in regulation.

 

Logan Thompson made 29 saves plus two more in the shootout to claim his fourth win of the season.

 

The next day, Connor Gutenberg scored the game winning goal with just over a minute to go to beat the Blades again 3-2 in Saskatoon.

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Jets Topple Avalanche


Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets topped the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at MTS Centre.

 

Mark Scheifele set up a pair of young goal scorers for Winnipeg (15-16-3). Rookie Patrik Laine scored his 18th of the season early in the second period proved, while Blake Wheeler and Ehlers added goals just 1:09 apart in the third. Ehlers scored his second of the game into an empty net.

 

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves to improve to improve his personal record to 12-10-1 on the season.

 

Calvin Pickard got the start in goal for the Avalanche (11-18-1), but his homecoming was spoiled in his first career NHL start in his hometown of Winnipeg. Pickard turned away 26 of the 30 shots he faced to drop his record to 5-6-1 on the season.

 

Jarome Iginla had a power-play goal for Colorado with just over two minutes left to play.

 

Laine opened the scoring at 7:06 of the second, taking a Scheifele feed for a one-timer on a two-on-one rush. Laine's 18 goals keep the 18-year-old securely in third in the NHL goal scoring race behind Boston's David Pastrnak (19) and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (21).

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Blizzard End Road Stretch and 2016 in Selkirk


It’s the last game of the 2016 year for the OCN blizzard and also the end of a crazy road stretch for the team. The will go to Selkirk to take on the Steelers for their last game of their brutal stretch of 18 of their last 19 games on the road. This is the first game between the two teams, and Selkirk is just three points back of the Blizzard.

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Wild Hosting Chiefs


The Norman Wild will be hosting the Yellowhead Chiefs this weekend at the VRCC. The first game which will take place on Saturday will be at the Gordon Beard Arena at 7:45PM on Saturday. Sunday’s game at 10AM will be at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.  The Chiefs played the Wild back at the start of October and beat them by the scores of 7-3 and 4-0. The wild sit in sixth with 10 points, two points up on Central Plains and four back of Eastman.

 

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Blizzard Stay in Winnipeg


The OCN Blizzard will be staying in Winnipeg for a few extra days as they get ready to take on the Winnipeg Blues for back to back games. The Blues have won three straight games but sit in seventh in MJHL standings. The Blizzard fell back to third after losing to the Pistons on Wednesday and are one point back of the Winkler Flyers.

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Bombers-North Stars Ready for Rematch


The Flin Flon Bombers will get a rematch with the Battlefords North Stars tonight after an epic game on Wednesday. The Bombers beat the North Stars 4-2 and ended Battlefords six game win streak. The Bombers have a six game win streak going and have won nine of their last ten. They also play the Kindersley Klippers on Saturday. The Klippers are last in the Finning Division.

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Northstars Last Games Before Christmas Break


The Norman Northstars will be back in town and hoping to create a winning streak when they take on the Pembina Valley Hawks at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena. The Northstars won the last game last weekend over Parkland 5-3. Pembina Valley has won their past two games over the Winnipeg Thrashers and Eastman, both in extra time. The Hawks are 14-10-0-1. You can listen to the Saturday game on 102.9 CHTM as Bruce Cameron and Tom O’Brien have the call at 7:30PM.

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Bombers Continue Win Streak


Something had to give as the two longest active winning streaks in the SJHL collided in Battlefords on Wednesday night, and it was the Flin Flon Bombers extending theirs to six, while halting the Battlefords North Stars at six, picking up a 4-2 win on the road.

 

Dondre Watson had two goals and an assist, and appears to be regaining the form he displayed earlier in the season.  Watson had nine goals in seven games in September, and one goal in his following 19 games.  He now has three goals and five points in his last three games.

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Blizzard Lose to Best Team


The OCN Blizzard went 1 and 1 at the Manitoba Showcase. They had a tough game yesterday and fell 6-2 to the league leading Steinbach Pistons. Steinbach ended up scoring four unanswered goals after leaving the first period with a 2-2 tie. The Blizzard have a couple of days to regroup before their road trip continues with a game against Winnipeg on Saturday and a rematch on Sunday.

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Jets Get Back to Work Vs. Florida


The busy Winnipeg Jets schedule is slowing down a little bit as the Jets take the ice for the first time since Sunday when they host the Florida Panthers. The Panthers, who were a playoff team last year, is going through a disappointing year with 30 points at the moment and sits well out of a playoff spot. Winnipeg sits one point out of a wildcard spot.

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King Helps Blizzard Get Past Neepawa


George King scored twice and the OCN Blizzard skated away with a 2-1 win over Neepawa. The two goals happened in the first period, and the team shut the door except for giving up one in the second game. The Blizzard will now take on the first place Steinbach Pistons at 3PM in Winnipeg. The Blizzard have defeated the Pistons in each of the three games they have played this year.  The Pistons have lost six times all year; three of those have come to the hands of the Blizzard.

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Bombers Win 5th Straight


Zac Robidoux stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced and the Flin Flon Bombers went to La Ronge and left with a 4-1 win over the Ice Wolves.


The Bombers picked up their fifth straight win and 20th on the year.  Nick Shumlanski, Jordan McCausland, Jason Lavallee and Mason Etter did the scoring. The Bombers will now go from playing the worst team in the SJHL to taking on the best team in the league when they play the Battlefords North Stars. Battlefords has 54 points and is on a six game win streak.

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Blizzard Playing Twice in MJHL Showcase


The OCN Blizzard will be in Winnipeg for two days participating in the MJHL showcase event at the MTS Iceplex. Even though it’s an event to show-off to scouts, it’ll still be part of the Regular Season schedule. Today’s game is against Neepawa which will be played at 3PM. OCN has gone 2-1-0 versus Neepawa this year, losing the last game between the two by a score of 4-2 on November 20th.  

 

The Blizzard will take on the Steinbach Pistons on Wednesday for the second game of the Showcase.

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Bombers Reitmeier Wins Player of the Week


SJHL Player of the Week Greyson Reitmeier and the Flin Flon Bombers will travel to La Ronge to take on the league’s worst team. The Bombers have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games. Reitmeier got the Player of the Week honours after scoring two goals and seven assists in two games. Reitmeier hasn’t been held off the scoresheet since October 29th, a span of 13 games in which he has 11-goals and 19-assists to move into second in the league scoring race.

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Laine Scores Clutch Goal For Oilers


Mark Letestu scored a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a four-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

 

Oscar Klefbom also scored for the Oilers (15-11-5), who improved to 7-6-1 at home.

Mathieu Perreault and Chris Thorburn replied for the Jets (13-16-3), who have now lost four straight games.

 

Winnipeg started the scoring with 5:10 left to play in the first period when a Bryan Little tip went off the post, but Perreault got two whacks at it, sweeping it in past outstretched Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

 

Edmonton came close late in the first on a power play, but Jordan Eberle's one-timer hit the crossbar behind Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

 

The Oilers tied the game two minutes into the second period when a huge rebound from a Tyler Pitlick shot came to Klefbom, who hammered home his fifth of the season.

 

The Jets lost to the Flames on Saturday by a score of 6-2.

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Wheaties Finish Disappointing Road Trip


Brandon Hagel had two goals while Michael Spacek posted a three-point night as the Red Deer Rebels dismantled the Brandon Wheat Kings by a 6-1 final Saturday night.

 

Evan Polei, Hagel and Spacek scored three goals to open the game before Caiden Daley managed to get Brandon on the board with his first career WHL goal. Jared Freadrich responded 1:23 later and the Rebels took a commanding 4-1 lead to the dressing room after 20 minutes.

 

From there, Hagel added his second of the night and Brandon Cutler rounded out the scoring in the third period.

 

Lasse Petersen made 22 saves for his eighth win of the season.

 

The Wheat Kings fell to the Edmonton Oil Kings the night before to a score of 5-1. The Wheaties ended their road trip with a 1-5-2 record.

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Wild Sweep Weekend Series


The Norman Wild extended their win streak to three games after taking care of the Interlake Lightning in both games over the weekend.

 

The first game was an overtime affair when Kali Cummins cored two minutes into OT. Interlake tied the game late to force extra time. Megan Quesnel had the other goal for the Wild.

 

In the second game, Saige McKay scored two goals to lead the Wild past Interlake with a 3-0 win. The line of McKay, Carrigan Umpherville and Emily Daniels were on the ice for all three goals, with Daniels assisting on all three goals.

 

Goaltender Marley Quesnel got her first shutout of the year and her second victory.

The Wild move in to sixth place with the two wins. They are two points ahead of central Plains and four points back of Eastman.

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Bombers Stomp the Bruins


The Flin Flon Bombers scored four first period goals and scored three times on the powerplay as they picked up an 8-3 win on home ice over Estevan.


Nick Shumlanski (1g-2a) and Greyson Reitmeier (3a) both had three point nights for the Bombers (19-8-2-2).  Tyler Nyman (1g-1a), Kristian St. Onge (1g-1a), Braden Lacoursiere (1g-1a), Troy Williams, Rylee Zimmer, Dondre Watson and Jordan McCausland all added goals as the Bombers used eight different scorers.


Replying for the Bruins (23-9-0-1) were Levi Barnstable, Michael McChesney (15th) and Kaelan Holt (20th).


Estevan wraps up their road trip Saturday in Nipawin, in one of four games on the schedule.  Weyburn also caps a northern swing in Melfort, while Battlefords welcomes Kindersley and Melville heads to Humboldt.

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Northstars Win 1 of 3


The Norman Northstars made small progress with one win in their three game weekend. The team was relatively close in each of their games.

 

They lost the first game 5-3 to the Southwest Cougars after giving up three unanswered goals after leading after the first period. Alex Murray scored twice for the Northstars.

In the second game, Reece Hopfner scored two goals in the first period, to give the Parkland Rangers an early lead and lead the team to a 5-3 victory.

 

The Northstars would bounce back on Sunday as the team would beat the Rangers in overtime 3-2. The Rangers tied the game up late but Tristan Galarneau scored a 1:30 into OT to give the Northstars the win.

 

Norman is now 13 points back of a playoff spot which is controlled by Eastman and Kenora.

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Jets Lose in Last Minutes


Kevin Hayes scored a power-play goal with 1:09 left in the third period to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night. Jets forward Drew Stafford was in the penalty box for high sticking when a point shot went through traffic and Hayes capitalized for his 11th of the season.

 

The Jets will now go to Alberta and play a back to back with against the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers this weekend.

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Northstars Go On Last Road Trip in 2016


The Norman Northstars will hopefully be going south to play their final three road games of 2016. No word yet on if the roads will be safe after the winter storm in Southern Manitoba. The Northstars will play the Southwest Cougars in Souris tonight, and then travel to Swan River and play the Parkland Rangers on back to back days. Parkland is only 7-15-0-1 with 15 points and is third last in the league.

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Wild Taking on Last Place Lightning


The Norman Wild be playing for the first time in two weeks and they will take on the last place Interlake Lightning. The Wild, who have won three games this year, will be playing the one win Lightning team who has 3 points this year. They will play Saturday at 7:30PM and on Sunday at 10:30AM at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena

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Bombers, Bruins Put Win Streaks on the Line


The Flin Flon Bombers have won 9 of their last 10 games, but will get a real test tonight when they take on the Estevan Bruins. The Bruins, who sit on top of the Viterra Division, has 45 points and have won 7 of their last 10 games.  The two teams are second and third in the league. And both teams have a multi-game win streak. The game will be played at the Whitney Forum.

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Wheaties Finish Road Trip in Alberta


After a disappointing BC trip, the Brandon Wheat Kings will end their road trip all together when they play two Alberta teams this weekend. Tonight the Wheat Kings will take on the Edmonton Oil Kings who are two points back in the wildcard standings. The Wheaties will then go to Red Deer to take on the Rebels on Saturday. Red Deer is third in the Central Division.

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Blizzard-Terriers Game Postponed


The OCN Blizzard were supposed to wrap up a quick road trip in Portage last night. Thanks to the winter storm across the southern part of the province the Blizzard and Terriers have postponed the game. There is no date set for makeup. The OCN Blizzard are next on the ice Sunday for their annual Skills competition. It starts at 2pm at the GLMC.

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Zimmer, Reitmeier Help Bombers over Weyburn


Rylee Zimmer and Greyson Reitmeier both scored two goals as the Flin Flon Bombers continued their impressive run with a 5-3 win over Weyburn.

 

The Bombers went 2 for 6 on the powerplay and goaltender Brenden Newton stopped 27 shots including a penalty shot for the win.

 

The Bombers still have a nine point lead over the Nipawin Hawks for first in the Sherwood Division.

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Wheaties Finish BC Trip With Loss


Brad Morrison and former Wheat King Jesse Gabrielle had two goals apiece as the Prince George Cougars rolled over the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-1 last night. Stelio Mattheos broke Ty Edmonds’ shutout bid with 4:49 to go in regulation but Edmonds made 24 saves for his 17th win of the season.

 

The Wheat Kings finished their BC trip going 1-3-1 and will now travel to Alberta.

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Jets Set to Face League's Best Offence


The fourth worst defensive team will play against the league’s best offensive team tonight at the MTS Centre. The Winnipeg Jets have given up 85 goals this year while the team they are facing, the New York Rangers, have the league’s most 97 goals. This will be the Jets last game before they travel to Alberta on the weekend.

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OCN Stays Unbeaten in December


The OCN Blizzard had a great night. They easily shut down the Kings in Dauphin 5-1. The Blizzard have won all three games this month. OCN got four goals in the first 13 minutes of action to start with a big lead. Anthony Keeper had a goal and two assists. The Blizzard will now travel to Portage to face the Terriers who are fourth in the MJHL.

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Laine Keeps on Scoring, Jets Keep on Losing


Rookie Patrik Laine keeps scoring goals and his team keeps on losing games. Laine scored his 17th goal of the season and added an assist, but it wasn't enough as his Jets fell 4-3 to Detroit in a shootout. Laine has four goals and a pair of assists in his past six games. He's also tied with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the N-H-L lead in goals.

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Wheat Kings Looking to End BC Trip on Positive Note


Just like most years, the annual West Coast road trip has not been kind of the Brandon Wheat Kings. They will play their fifth and final game against the BC Division when they play the Division’s best Prince George Cougars. The Wheaties are 1-2-1 on their BC trip so far and are hoping to finish it up on a positive note. The Cougars have 42 points, good for second in the Western Conference.

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Bombers Look to Remain Hot Against Weyburn


The Flin Flon Bombers will get a visit from a team on a six game point streak tonight when they take on the Weyburn Red Wings. Weyburn will play the second of a back to back after playing the Nipawin Hawks yesterday. The Bombers have won eight of their last 10 games and have a nine point lead over the Hawks for first in the Sherwood Division.

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Jets Hoping To Use Momentum Against Red Wings


The Winnipeg Jets will return to the MTS Centre when they host the Detroit Red Wings. The Jets were 2 and 1 on their last home stand and have won 4 of their last five games, including beating the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on back to back nights. The Jets beat the Red Wings back in November by a score of 5-3.

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Blizzard Gunning for Second


The OCN Blizzard will try to reclaim second place in the MJHL standings when they go to Dauphin to take on the Kings. The two teams have played twice already and have split the season series so far. The Winkler Flyers took over 2nd spot this past weekend but have played one more game than the Blizzard. Winkler will take on the MJHL’s best Steinbach Pistons on Wednesday.

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Wheat Kings Get Swept


The Brandon Wheat Kings regressed game by game throughout their three game weekend in British Columbia.The Wheaties lost the first game in Vancouver to the Giants in overtime 2-1. They traveled to Kelowna and lost 3-1 and then took on the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday and got shutout 4-0. The Wheat Kings next game is on Wednesday when they take on the best Western team the Prince George Cougars.

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Blizzard Sweep Weekend


The OCN Blizzard are 2 for 2 on the road after two wins on the weekend. The Blizzard got by the Oil Capitals 3-2 in Virden on Friday. OCN took care of Waywayseecappo 5-1 last night. The Blizzard are 20-7-3 for the year, third in the MJHL behind Steinbach and Winkler at the midway point of the regular season.  They’ll start the second half of the hockey year tomorrow night in Dauphin.

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Northstars Lose Despite Berard Hat Trick


The Norman Northstars were swept when the Yellowhead Chiefs came to town this past weekend. The first game was a 5-1 victory for the Chiefs, but the second game was more entertaining, as the Northstars got within one after trailing by four. That’s as close as they got though as they fell 7-5. Albert Berard ended up with a hat trick in the loss.

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Bombers Take Stranglehold on Sherwood Division


The Flin Flon Bombers swept a weekend home and home with Nipawin, with a 3-2 win on the road Saturday.


The Sherwood was the most tightly-contested going into the weekend, but the Bombers stretched a five point lead at the top, to nine, with a pair of regulation victories over the second place Hawks.

 

The Bombers won 4-1 on Friday at the Whitney Forum and have won eight of their last ten games.

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Jets Get 4 Points Against Tough Division Rivals


Connor Hellebuyck came up big tonight for the Winnipeg Jets. The goaltender finished with 25 saves in his team's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Andrew Copp had the winner late in the third period. On Saturday, the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues in overtime as Bryan Little scored 17 seconds in to overtime. With the wins, the Jets have jumped in to the second wildcard spot.

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God's Lake Basketball Team Fundraising for Toronto


A girl’s basketball team in God’s Lake is hoping to fundraise for a trip to play in a Toronto tournament after losing one of their players to suicide.

 

The Gods Lake Narrows School's girl’s team is trying to raise $17,000 to compete in the tournament in April.

 

Coach and math teacher Kishma Davidson says the team has come together hoping to achieve their goal.

 

Davidson says the loss of one her players affected her, and made this project her main goal, including working overtime in hoping to achieve sponsors.

 

Davidson began teaching in the remote fly-in community in September. There are 18 girls on the team, ranging in age from 11 to 16. Davidson is hoping they can raise the full amount by April 1.

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Jets Lose Special Teams Battle and Game


The Edmonton Oilers got a spark from their power-play unit. Mark Letestu scored two of Edmonton's three power-play goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Leon Draisaitl also scored twice for the Oilers. The Jets will now go on the road to take on the top two Central Division teams back to back. They play St. Louis on Saturday and Chicago on Sunday.

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Northstars Take on Second Place Chiefs


The Norman Northstars will get a tough test this weekend when they return to home ice. The 2nd place Yellowhead Chiefs will make their way to the C.A. Nesbitt Arena to take on the last place Northstars.

 

The two teams have played twice with the Chiefs winning 9-2 and 7-3. Saturday’s game is live on 102.9 CHTM as Bruce Cameron and Tom O’Brien have the call at 7:30PM.

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Wheaties Face Three Games in Three Nights in BC


The Brandon Wheat Kings will continue their BC road trip as they play three games in three nights. Tonight they will play against Vancouver, Saturday against Kelowna and Sunday versus Kamloops.

 

The Wheat Kings won the first game on their trip when they beat the Victoria Royals 4-3 on Wednesday.

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Flin Flon and Nipawin Battle for Top in Sherwood


The Flin Flon Bombers will get ready to play a home and home aeries with the Nipawin Hawks for a battle for first in the Sherwood Division. Five points are separating the two teams. The Hawks do have three games in hand and are also only three points ahead of Melfort. The First game will be in Flin Flon on Friday, and Saturday’s game will be in Nipawin.

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Blizzard Travels to Virden and Wayway


The OCN Blizzard are getting ready to take on one of the teams they are competing with for second in the league, as they visit Virden. The Oil Capitals are four points back and are separated from the Blizzard by two teams. The Oil Capitals come into the game with a minus 1 goal differential.

 

The Blizzard will place last place Waywayseecappo on Sunday. The Wolverines are on an eight game losing streak.

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Blizzard Lose to Dauphin


The OCN Blizzard dropped a couple more points away from first place in the league last night. OCN was in Dauphin and lost 3-1 to the Kings. The Blizzard season record is 18-7-3 with 39 points while the 22-4-1 Pistons now have 45 points after a 1-0 win over Portage. The Blizzard road trip continues. OCN heads to Virden tomorrow night to face the Oil Capitols.

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Melfort Steals One From Flin Flon


The Melfort Mustangs managed just 15 shots on goal, but were back stopped by Evan Plotnik and his 45 saves helped the Mustangs edged the Flin Flon Bombers 2-1 on Wednesday night.


Andrew Thompson scored both goals for the Mustangs.


Kristian St. Onge notched his 13th of the year for the division-leading Bombers and Zac Robidoux made 13 saves.

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Jets Hope to Extend Home Win Streak


The Winnipeg Jets have found the key to their success, and fortunately, they will get another chance capitalize on that advantage. The Jets are on a five game win streak on home ice. Their last loss was a month ago against Washington. They will take on the Oilers who are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and have lost two in a row. The teams are separated by two points.

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