Thompson Sports News Archives for 2023-04

Manitoba-born Zach Whitecloud takes on Jets as part of NHL playoffs

A Manitoba-born First Nations hockey player is set to return to his home province this weekend as the Winnipeg Jets take on the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of Stanley Cup playoffs.

Zach Whitecloud and the Golden Knights tied the series at 1-1 after their 5-2 win over the Jets last night.

Whitecloud is from Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, west of Brandon.

The 26-year-old defenceman has been with the Vegas team since 2018.

Whitecloud says the support he has received from the community has played a large role in the success he has achieved.

Chief Jennifer Bone says Sioux Valley doesn't have a dedicated hockey program but it takes great pride in providing financial support for members who play in nearby communities.

Whitecloud spent his childhood cheering for the Jets and says he's well-prepared for what awaits his team when they play at the Canada Life Centre on Saturday.

He added it should be a fun place to play but will not let the atmosphere or crowd distract him.

Canada's Shapovalov ousted from Barcelona Open in straight sets by Greece's Tsitsipas

Canada's Shapovalov ousted from Barcelona Open in straight sets by Greece's Tsitsipas

 

BARCELONA, Spain - Canada's Denis Shapovalov has been bounced from the Barcelona Open.

He lost in straight sets to Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in the clay court tournament's Round of 16 on Thursday.

The second-seeded Tsitsipas beat Shapovalov 6-3, 6-2 in less than 80 minutes.

Shapovalov was the only Canadian competing in the ATP Tour event.

The 14th-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., had five aces to Tsitsipas's one.

But Shapovalov had 12 double faults to Tsitsipas's three.

Tsitsipas was also more accurate with his serve, winning 70 per cent on his first serve and 89 per cent on his second, compared to 66 and 60 respectively for Shapovalov.

Badminton keeps barring Russia as Olympic qualifying begins

Badminton keeps barring Russia as Olympic qualifying begins

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -

 

Badminton has upheld its ban on Russian and Belarusian players in international competitions on the eve of the start of Olympic qualifying.

 

The Badminton World Federation cites security concerns and says it needs “more clarity” on proposals from the International Olympic Committee to readmit athletes from Russia and Belarus.

 

The governing body of modern pentathlon says it will set up a “pathway” to allow athletes from the two countries back but hasn't committed to a date.

 

The IOC favors allowing some Russians and Belarusians to compete as neutral athletes if they aren't part of the military and haven't publicly backed the war in Ukraine.

Five things to know about the NHL playoffs

Five things to know about the NHL playoffs

The Edmonton Oilers bounced back in a big way last night, something the Toronto Maple Leafs will try to replicate.

Here are five things to know as we head into tonight's post-season action:

BUNTING'S OUT, BUT TAMPA'S HURTING

If the Maple Leafs are hoping to get under the Tampa Bay Lightning's skin in Game 2 tonight, they'll have to do so without usual agitator Michael Bunting.

The NHL handed the Maple Leafs forward a three-game suspension for his hit to the head on Lightning defenceman Erik Cernak in Game 1, which Tampa Bay won 7-3 - meaning there's a chance Bunting won't appear in another game these playoffs should Toronto get swept.

The Maple Leafs may be without Bunting, but the Lightning might've been hit harder after Game 1. Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said Cernak and forward Michael Eyssimont are out tonight, while top defenceman Victor Hedman is a game-time decision.

CAN JETS STAY PERFECT?

The Winnipeg Jets are looking to remain the only unbeaten Canadian team these playoffs despite being the lowest seed of the three.

Eighth-seed Winnipeg put on an impressive display against top-seed Vegas in Game 1, and will try to carry that momentum into tonight's Game 2. Forward Morgan Barron is expected to play after receiving over 75 stitches on Tuesday, but the status of forward Nikolaj Ehlers is still up in the air.

Ehlers, who has been out with an upper-body injury, insisted he was ready to play before Game 1, but head coach Rick Bowness kept him out of the lineup for medical reasons. Bowness said yesterday, more than once, that the shifty forward remains day-to-day.

NEAR DEJA VU IN EDMONTON

The Edmonton Oilers thoroughly outplayed the Los Angeles Kings and led 2-0 after the first period in Game 2, just like Game 1.

The Oilers gave up that two-goal lead in Game 2, just like Game 1.

But unlike Game 1, Edmonton rallied to re-take the lead and win Game 2, evening the series at one game apiece.

Klim Kostin scored the game-winner early in the third period after Edmonton gave up its two-goal lead in the second. It was Kostin's first career NHL playoff goal.

Leon Draisaitl had three points, and Connor McDavid found the scoresheet after he was held scoreless on Monday. Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles.

HITS KEEP COMING FOR 'CANES FORWARDS

Another top-end forward is on the injury list in Carolina.

Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour announced after last night's win over the New York Islanders that Teuvo Teravainen suffered a broken hand after a slash and will need surgery.

It's the latest in a run of bad injury luck for Carolina. Earlier this season, forward Max Pacioretty returned from an Achilles injury only to suffer the same injury two weeks later. Forward Andrei Svechnikov underwent season-ending knee surgery in March

The Hurricanes, up 2-0 in their first-round series, will have to move on in the playoffs without three of their five highest-paid forwards.

WILD GOALIE GAMBLE

Filip Gustavsson made a franchise-record 51 saves to help the Minnesota Wild take a 1-0 series lead over the Dallas Stars - then head coach Dean Evason threw a curveball and played veteran Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 2.

Evason might take that decision back, even if Gustavsson needed a break after his overtime heroics in Game 1.

A well-rested Fleury allowed seven goals on 31 shots as Minnesota fell to Dallas 7-3 and gave up its edge in the series.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 20, 2023.

Semi-pro TSS Rovers FC upset CPL's Valour FC in Canadian Championship

Matteo Polisi scored twice as TSS Rovers FC, a semi-pro side that plays in League1 B.C., upset Winnipeg's Valour FC of the Canadian Premier League 3-1 Wednesday in preliminary-round play in the Canadian Championship.

 

Ivan Mejia also scored for the third-tier Rovers, who will visit either Pacific FC or Cavalry FC in the May 9-11 quarterfinals.

It marked the first time a semi-pro side has eliminated a pro club in the Canadian cup competition.

 

Valour pulled one back in the 88th minute on an Anthony Novak penalty at Swangard Stadium.

 

Polisi, a former Pacific FC player, put the home side ahead in the 39th minute after a poor Valour clearance. The ball dropped to Polisi who shifted it from one foot to another before using the left to slot it into the corner of the goal.

 

Three minutes later, a Rovers cross found Mejia in the penalty box. His shot squibbed against the goalpost but bounced in.

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