The Portage Islanders and Winkler Royals were winners in the SEMHL on Sunday. Steve Christie made 42 saves and Tanner Lesann, Robby Moar and Brett Brooks scored in a 3:37 span of the third period as Portage downed Ste. Anne 4-2. Jens Meilleur added an empty net goal for the Islanders who improved to 11-0 on the season and moved two points ahead of the Aces in the race for first place. Caleb Paisley and Yvan Pattyn replied for Ste. Anne. Phil Letkeman had three goals and two assists as Winkler bounced the Maroons 11-0 in Altona. Mitch Doell and Aaron Lewadniuk added two goals each for the Royals while the rest went to Cody Friesen, Brett Harder, Marlin Froese and Brett Suderman. Travis Klassen stopped 40 shots in recording the shutout.
Gavin Funk had a hat trick and Acoyen Fehr had two goals and three assists as Morden downed Mountain 8-2. Logan Carson, Darby Olson and Josh Ryckman Guilford also scored for the Zone 4 High School Hockey League leading Thunder. Layne Bourdeaud'hui and Brett Lesage did the goal scoring for the Mustangs.
The Pembina Valley Hawks scored three unanswered second period goals en route to a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Thrashers in Morris. Sebastien Hicks had two goals and an assist for the Hawks while singles went to Sam Delaquis, Carter Campbell, Kam Thomas and Ty Love. Pembina Valley's Raiden LeGall made 28 saves.
Pembina Valley lost 2-1 in a shootout to Raiders. Luke Van De Velde scored the Twisters lone goal 2:54 into the first period. Alex Loschiavo scored a power play goal for the Raiders with three seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Zach Benson had a hat trick and Matthew Savoie had two goals and two assists as Winnipeg doubled up on the Portland Winterhawks 6-3. Carson Lambos also scored for the Ice who lead 2-0 after the first period and 5-1 after 40 minutes.
Canada won its preliminary round opener 8-0 over Finland at the World Women's U18 Hockey Championship in Ostersund, Sweden. Caitlin Kraemer and Alex Law had three points each and Arianne Leblanc made nine saves in recording the shutout. Canada's next game is today against the host Swede's. St. Adolphe's Avery Pickering is on the Team Canada roster.
Kyle Connor scored his 18th, 19th and 20th goals of the season and Pierre-Luc Dubois had four assists as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 at Canada Life Centre. Nikolaj Ehlers added a goal and two helpers for the Jets who have won five in a row. Axel Jonsson-Fjalby, Dylan DeMelo and Morgan Barron also scored for Winnipeg.
The NFL playoff matchups are set for Super Wild Card Weekend. The Buffalo Bills meet the Miami Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Baltimore Ravens and the L.A. Chargers face the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Kansas City Chiefs have the bye in the AFC. In the NFC the San Francisco 49'ers meet the Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings take on the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Philadelphia Eagles have the bye. The 3-14 Chicago Bears will have the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.