Riley Vautour scored in the 13th round of the shootout as the Warren Mercs defeated the Notre Dame Hawks 5-4. Dexter Kuczek, Brett Brooks, Erik Swanson and Chase Faulkner scored in regulation for the Mercs who have won seven of eight games to start the 2023-24 SEMHL season. Faulkner’s power play goal with 1:21 left the third tied the game at 4-4. Nico Vigier and Connor Hamonic had two goals each for the Hawks.
The Pembina Valley Hawks dropped a 4-3 decision to the Winnipeg Thrashers Saturday at the Gateway Arena. Thrashers captain Shane Fetterly potted the winner 31 seconds into overtime. Cohen Pilkington, Kam Thomas and Sam Delaquis did the goal scoring for the Hawks.
The Brandon Wheat Kings scored two goals in each period en route to a 6-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers at Westoba Place. Caleb Hadland had two goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings who are 4-0 on their eight-game homestand and extended their winning streak to five games. Joby Baumuller, Roger McQueen, Luke Shipley and Nolan Flamand also scored for Brandon. Ethan Eskit made 31 saves in net for the Wheat Kings.
Moose Jaw Warriors defenseman Denton Mateychuk of Dominion City, Wenatchee Wild forward Conor Geekie of Stratchlair and Brandon Wheat Kings captain Nate Danielson are among 30 players attending Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp which begins today in Oakville, Ontario and ends December 13th. Canada’s 25-player roster will travel to Malmo, Sweden on December 14th for a pre-tournament camp. As part of its preparations, Canada will open its pre-tournament schedule against a U25 team from Denmark on December 19th before facing Switzerland on December 22nd and the United States on December 23rd. Canada will open the 2024 World Junior Hockey Championship on Boxing Day against Finland in Gothenburgh, Sweden.
Dave Boehmer, Dale Lott, Sean Bracken and George Hacking defeated Mike Kennedy of New Brunswick 8-5 in the men’s bronze medal game at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Vernon, BC. Earlier the Manitoba champions lost 7-1 in six ends to Bruce Korte of Saskatchewan in the semifinals. Paul Flemming of Nova Scotia and Susan Fround of Ontario won their respective gold medal games and will represent Canada at the 2024 World Senior Curling Championships April 20th-27th in Ostersund, Sweden.