Dalton Andrew scored twice, Jayce Legaarden had three assists and Malachi Klassen made 17 saves as the Winkler Flyers opened the 2022-23 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season with a 5-3 victory the Winnipeg Freeze at Bell MTS Iceplex. Brody Beauchmin, Zach Nicolas and Sully Ross also scored for the Flyers who outshot the Freeze 55-20. Winkler will play it’s home opener tonight (7 p.m.) against the Winnipeg Blues at the Centennial Arena.
The Pembina Valley Hawks are at the Firestarter Female U18 Hockey Tournament in Calgary. The Hawks lost 3-2 to the Lloydminster Steelers Friday and finished the round robin with two losses and a tie. Pembina Valley will play its final game of the tournament today against the Thompson Okanagan Lakers.
The Brandon Wheat Kings lost 4-3 to the Warriors in Moose Jaw. Nate Danielson had a pair of goals for the Wheat Kings who will play their pre-season finale tonight against the Warriors at Westoba Place.
The Winnipeg Jets dropped a 3-2 decision to the Edmonton Oilers in their first of three games at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton. Brad Lambert, who was selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2022 NHL Draft, had a goal and an assist for the Jets. Winnipeg’s next game is Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks.
The 12-1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers face the 3-9 Tiger-Cats in Hamilton. The opening kickoff is at 3 p.m. Safety Brandon Alexander will make his first start of the season in the Bombers secondary. Alexander missed the first 13 games of the season rehabbing from off-season knee surgery. The 2021 CFL all-star suffered the injury during last November’s Grey Cup game against the Ti-Cats in Hamilton. Receiver Drew Wolitarsky will not play. He suffered an ankle injury in the Bombers victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Banjo Bowl last Saturday.