The Morden Bombers and Red River Wild were winners in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Friday night. Jaden Townsend had a hat trick as the Bombers beat Ile des Chenes 6-4. Andrew Perrault scored the go-ahead goal on the power play at 11:16 of the third period and then sealed the deal with an empty netter with 40 seconds left. Tyler Peers had the other Morden goal. Riley Beauchemin, Derik Cook, Pearse Gare and Matt Osadick replied for the Northstars. Daniel Taillefer and Justin Baudry did the goal scoring and Mark Friesen made 33 saves as the Wild edged Warren 2-1. Dexter Kuczek had the lone goal for the Mercs.
Vance Olson and Corby Stemkowski scored as the defending Zone 4 High School Hockey League champion Morden Thunder shaded Morris 2-1. Owen Maynard had the lone goal for the Mavericks. Brett Lesage scored twice as Mountain downed Miller 5-2. Reid Budd, Chaz Richard and Owen Foster also scored for the Mustangs. Griffin Hildebrand had both goals for the Aces.
The Pembina Valley Twisters winning streak has reached nine games. Slade Sotheran scored twice and Logan Enns made 26 saves as Pembina Valley doubled up on Raiders 4-2. Brett Bergman and Cody Clark also scored for the Twisters.
Canada will meet Czechia in the semifinals today (8 a.m.) at the 2024 World Women’s U18 Hockey Championship in Zug, Switzerland. The United States will face Finland in the other semifinal.
The Brandon Wheat Kings lost 7-3 to Swift Current at Westoba Place. Roger McQueen, Brett Hyland and Hayden Wheddon did the goal scoring for the Wheat Kings. Winkler’s Reid Dyck made 20 saves in net for the Broncos. Brandon dealt captain Nate Danielson to the Portland Winterhawks at the trade deadline on Wednesday in exchange for forward Nicholas Johnson, defenseman Rhett Ravndahl, a first-round pick in the 2025 and 2027 Prospects Drafts as well as a fifth-round pick in 2026.
The Manitoba Moose dropped a 5-2 decision to the Laval Rocket. Brad Lambert and C.J. Suess scored for the Moose who have lost eight of their last night games.