Thompson Sports News Archives for 2022-01

Miller scores three goals as Canucks snap winless skid with a 5-1 victory over Jets

WINNIPEG - J.T. Miller registered his second career hat trick as the Vancouver Canucks snapped a three-game winless skid with a 5-1 victory over Winnipeg on Thursday, extending the Jets' winless streak to a season-high six games.

Miller scored once on the power play and twice at even strength for the Canucks (19-19-5), giving him a team-leading 15 goals on the season. He also added an assist.

The 10-year veteran's first hat trick was March 13, 2018, when he played with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 7-4 win over Ottawa.

Brock Boeser had a goal and two assists and Elias Pettersson contributed a goal and assist for the Canucks, who were 0-1-2 coming into the game. Luke Schenn had two assists as the team opened a four-game road trip that continues Saturday in Calgary.

Spencer Martin made 33 saves for his first career victory in his third game with Vancouver, and sixth overall. He also played three games for Colorado.

Andrew Copp scored for the Jets (17-16-7), who are 0-4-2 in their last six outings.

Veteran Nadal defeats Shapovalov to advance to Australian Open men's semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia - It took five set, but Canadian Denis Shapovalov's impressive run at the Australian Open is over.

Spain's Rafael Nadal outlasted the left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., winning a marathon five-set quarterfinal match (6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3) at Rod Laver Stadium on Monday night.

With the win, Nadal remains on track for a record 21st major singles title. He also improved his career record against Shapovalov to 4-1.

Nadal was appearing in his 14th Australian Open quarterfinal, tying him with Australian John Newcombe for second behind Roger Federer (15).

Shapovalov, 22, was in his first Australian Open quarterfinal. He came off a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany.

Nadal converted two-of-three break opportunities that allowed him to win the opening two sets and take early control of the match.

Crosby and Malkin score, Penguins hold off Senators 6-4

 

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby scored, and the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Thursday night.

 

Jake Guentzel's team-best 21st goal of the season was a much-needed empty-netter, as Pittsburgh nearly blew a four-goal lead in the third period.

 

Mike Matheson scored twice, Dominik Simon also had a goal and Tristan Jarry stopped 39 shots for the Penguins, who have won three straight and 14 of 16.

 

Pittsburgh has won 10 in a row at home against Ottawa and has points in 13 consecutive home games versus the Senators dating to Feb. 13, 2013.

 

Drake Batherson had Ottawa's lone goal in the first two periods, and the Senators trailed 5-1 entering the third.

 

But they scored the next three goals, trimming the deficit to one.

 

Filip Gustavsson made 23 saves for Ottawa.

 

Anton Forsberg stopped six shots in the first period before getting pulled.

 

Tim Stutzle scored his sixth goal at 1:45 of the third and Josh Norris followed, cutting it to 5-3.

 

Jarry stopped Alex Formenton with a pad save on a penalty shot, but Norris scored his second of the game and 18th of the season at 8:02 to make it 5-4.

 

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is on to the fourth round of the Australian Open

 

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is on to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

 

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native defeated Reilly Opelka of the United States 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at the Grand Slam tournament.

 

It's the furthest Shapovalov has ever advanced at Melbourne Park.

 

The 22-year-old had previously been eliminated in the third round in 2019 and 2021.

 

The Canadian triumphed in his first-ever match against Opelka on the ATP Tour.

 

He will next face Germany's Alexander Zverev, who defeated Maldova's Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in their third round match.

 

Canadiens name player agent Kent Hughes as NHL team's new general manager

 

The Montreal Canadiens have named player agent Kent Hughes as the NHL club's 18th general manager.

 

The 51-year-old Montreal native has been an agent and partner of Quebec-based firm Quartexx Management since 2016.

 

Before joining the Canadiens, he represented more than 20 players under NHL contracts, including Patrice Bergeron, Kristopher Letang, Anthony Beauvillier and Darnell Nurse.

 

Hughes replaces former general manager Marc Bergevin, who was fired Nov. 28 following Montreal's disastrous start to the 2021-22 season.

 

Hughes joins executive vice president of hockey operations Jeff Gorton, who was hired shortly after Bergevin's dismissal, in Montreal's front office.

 

Canadiens owner Geoff Molson previously said he envisions Gorton and Montreal's new GM running hockey operations in complementary roles.

 

Northstars road trip results in losses to Winnipeg and Interlake

The Norman Northstars had a rough time on the road this week, even after forward Brady Krentz was named CCM Player of the Week.

 

The Northstars continued to struggle against the 2nd place Winnipeg Wild as they posted a 4-1 loss on Friday.

 

Saturday was more of an equal match up as the 10th place Northstars were edged out by the 11th place Interlake Lightning 7-6.

 

The Manitoba U-18 AAA Hockey League announed Krentz as the Chicken Chef Player of the Week last week. It states the 17-year-old is tied for fifth in the league for scoring.

Maple Leafs add Kase, Ritchie and Holl to NHL's COVID-19 protocol

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs have added three more players to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol as an outbreak on the team that started in December continues to drag on.

 

The Leafs announced Friday that forwards Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie and defenceman Justin Holl have been added to the list.

 

The announcement comes two days after the Maple Leafs dropped a 2-1 road decision to the Arizona Coyotes, who are in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak.

 

A total of 20 Maple Leaf players have entered the protocol since the team struggled through its outbreak last month.

 

Most of the players have since returned to action.

 

Wingers Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall, who entered protocol seven days ago, were the only other Maple Leafs out due to coronavirus concerns Friday morning.

 

The Maple Leafs practiced in Arizona on Friday before their upcoming game in St. Louis on Saturday.

 

Northstars kick of three day road trip tonight against Winnipeg Wild

The Norman Northstars are on the road this weekend, facing off against the Winnipeg Wild tonight.

 

Tomorrow, the Northstars are taking on Central Plains and then on Sunday they will be in Interlake to battle the Lightning.

 

Kenora has cancelled the remainder of their season, which means the Northstars won't be hosting the Thistles next weekend. Instead they'll be preparing for their next road trip against Central Plains, Yellowhead, and Parkland to wrap up the month.

Winnipeg Jets centre Paul Stastny added to NHL's COVID-19 protocol

 

Winnipeg Jets centre Paul Stastny has been placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

 

The 36-year-old joins eight teammates and one coach in isolation ahead of Thursday's game in Detroit against the Red Wings.

 

The Jets recalled rookie forward Cole Perfetti from their taxi squad on an emergency basis in a corresponding move.

 

Winnipeg didn't add anyone to protocol Wednesday after four players - defencemen Nathan Beaulieu, Ville Heinola and Logan Stanley, along with forward Kristian Reichel - were put on the list Tuesday.

 

Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers was added Monday, joining blueliner Dylan Demelo, forward Jansen Karkins, goaltender Arvid Holm and video coach Matt Prefontaine.

 

In other transactions announced Thursday, Winnipeg recalled netminder Mikhail Berdin and forwards Jeff Malott and Austin Poganski from the American Hockey League to its taxi squad.

 

Man charged with giving Olympic athletes performance drugs

 

Federal prosecutors have charged a Texas man with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last summer's Olympics in Tokyo, including the star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare.

 

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Eric Lira of El Paso is the first person to be charged under a new federal anti-doping law governing international sports competitions.

 

Authorities say Lira distributed the drugs “for the purpose of corrupting” the 2020 Games.

 

Lira also is accused of conspiring to violate drug misbranding and adulteration laws.

 

The criminal complaint includes details that identify Okagbare as one of the athletes involved.

 

A text message was sent to her seeking comment.

 

 

Veteran forwards Poulin, Johnston lead Canada's bid to reclaim Olympic hockey gold

 

Marie-Philip Poulin and Rebecca Johnston headline Canada's Olympic women's hockey team roster unveiled Tuesday.

 

The two women will represent Canada for the fourth time in their careers after winning Olympic gold in both 2010 and 2014, and silver in 2018.

 

The 23-player roster of three goaltenders, seven defenders and 13 forwards was announced virtually by Hockey Canada.

 

Thirteen women return from the team that lost 3-2 in a shootout to the United States in the 2018 gold-medal game in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

 

Canada opens its bid to reclaim gold Feb. 3, which is the day before the opening ceremonies, in a preliminary-round game against Switzerland in Beijing's National Indoor Stadium.

 

The gold-medal game is Feb. 16.

 

Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers enters NHL's COVID-19 protocol

 

Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers has been placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Monday.

 

The 25-year-old ranks third on the Jets in scoring this season with 13 goals and 25 points in 33 games.

 

Ehlers joins forward Jansen Harkins, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, goalie Arvid Holm and video coach Matt Prefontaine in protocol after they were added last week.

 

The Jets are scheduled to visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Winnipeg sits fifth in the Central Division with a record of 16-12-5.

 

The Norman Northstars had a rough start after their holiday break

 

The Norman Northstars faced the Pembina Valley Hawks over the weekend.

 

They were unable to capitalize on important key moments during Saturday's game and lost 5 - 4 in overtime.

 

On Sunday, they didn't fare any better as the Hawks came out on top 4 - 3.

 

The Northstars next game is down south against the Winnipeg Wild on Friday,  January 14th and Interlake on Saturday,  January 15th.

 

The pair of home games against Kenora the following weekend are currently cancelled.

 

 

 

Blue Bombers sign all-star defensive ends Jefferson, Jeffcoat to extensions

 

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed all-star American defensive ends Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat to contract extensions.

 

The defensive anchors were a big part of Winnipeg's back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2019 and 2021.

 

The 2020 CFL season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Jefferson also won a Grey Cup title in 2015 with Edmonton.

 

In two seasons with the Bombers, Jefferson has 19 sacks, three interceptions and nine forced fumbles in 32 games.

 

He was named the CFL's outstanding player in 2019 when he set a league record for defensive linemen with 16 pass knockdowns.

 

Jefferson was named a CFL all-star for the fourth time in 2021 after recording seven sacks, 18 tackles, two interceptions - including one for a touchdown - and three forced fumbles.

 

He began his CFL career with Edmonton in 2014. He signed with Saskatchewan in 2016, and spent three seasons in Regina before joining the Blue Bombers.

 

Maple Leafs forwards Marner, Engvall placed in NHL's COVID-19 protocol

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed forwards Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

 

The forwards are the 16th and 17th Toronto players to enter the league's protocol since a COVID-19 outbreak on the team started last month, but are the only two team members currently sidelined by the virus.

 

Seven staff members have also gone through the league's protocol.

 

The positive tests come after defenceman Timothy Liljegren, the last player in isolation from the height of the initial outbreak, returned to practice Monday.

 

Star forward Auston Matthews tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test Monday, but returned a negative PCR test the next day that was later confirmed and played in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 win over visiting Edmonton on Wednesday.

 

The Maple Leafs have assigned Joey Anderson and Brett Seney to their taxi squad from the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.

 

Flin Flon Bombers announce pair of trades ahead of SJHL trade deadline

The Flin Flon Bombers have announced a pair of trades ahead of the SJHL's Jan. 10 trade deadline.

 

The Bombers have struck a deal with the Weyburn Red Wings to acquire forward Drew Kuzma and a 4th round draft pick in the 2022 draft.

 

This is in exchange for a 2nd round draft pick, a player development fee, and future considerations.

Northstars kick off 2022 with a pair of games against Pembina Valley

The 10th place Norman Northstars are set to kick off their 2022 against the 9th place Pembina Valley Hawks Jan. 8 at the C.A Nesbit Arena here in Thompson.

 

The puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

 

The last time the Northstars played the Hawks back at the end of October, they split the pair of games.

 

Jan. 9's game starts at 1:30 p.m.

Montreal Canadiens extend COVID-19 pause through Saturday

 

The Montreal Canadiens are extending their pause on team activities as the club continues to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

 

The Canadiens announced Thursday that both the NHL team and its American Hockey League affiliate, the Laval Rocket, will not return to the ice until practice resumes on Sunday.

 

Twenty-two Habs players and two coaches are in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

 

Montreal suspended team activities following Saturday's 5-2 loss to Florida.

 

The NHL previously postponed five Canadiens' home games indefinitely due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions and the team is set to play its next game Jan. 12 in Boston.

 

Two Rocket games set for Friday and Saturday have also been postponed.

 

Canada Soccer cancels January camp, training match over COVID-19 concerns

 

Citing the pandemic and impact of the Omicron variant, Canada Soccer has cancelled its planned January men's camp and a training match in Florida.

 

The 40th-ranked Canadian men had been scheduled to play No. 122 Guatemala on Jan. 22 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, ahead of three FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in the January-February FIFA international window.

 

Canada visits No. 76 Honduras on Jan. 27, hosts the 11th-ranked Americans in Hamilton on Jan. 30 and plays at No. 70 El Salvador on Feb. 2.

 

A men's under-20 camp that was planned alongside the senior side's Florida session has also been cancelled.

 

The senior camp, which was scheduled outside of the FIFA international window, would largely have featured players from Major League Soccer and others out of season.

 

The camp cancellation is another moving part for Canada coach John Herdman, who has already lost St. Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon to a long-term knee injury.

 

Novak Djokovic held at Australian border over visa

 

Novak Djokovic had to spend the night at the Melbourne airport as officials refused to let him enter the country for the Australian Open after an apparent visa mix-up.

 

It led Serbia's president to blast the “harassment” of the top-ranked tennis player.

 

Djokovic flew in after receiving a medical exemption to play at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the season.

 

But Australian media reported that Djokovic's team had applied for the wrong type of visa for someone with a medical exemption.

 

The issue had yet to be resolved more than eight hours after he landed Wednesday before midnight local time at Tullamarine Airport.

 

 

Oilers captain McDavid tests positive for COVID-19, team awaiting more results

 

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid was held out of practice Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19, leaving his availability for the Oilers' game Wednesday night in Toronto in dobut.

 

The team said McDavid will undergo further testing before his status for Wednesday's game is known.

 

Edmonton forward Derek Ryan also tested positive on Tuesday.

 

Oilers coach Dave Tippett said both forwards tested negative on Monday.

 

McDavid also missed practice on Monday before playing in Edmonton's 4-1 road loss to the New York Rangers.

 

The Oilers said he was held out of Monday's practice for rest.

 

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews might also be out for Wednesday's game after testing positive Monday on a rapid antigen test.

 

He has since returned a negative result on a PCR test and will be tested further before his status is known.

 

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