Jordon McDonald of Deer Lodge and Zoey Terrick of the Heather captured the 2023 Provincial Junior Curling Championships Saturday at the Portage Curling Club. McDonald, Reece Hamm, Elias Huminicki and Cameron Olafson defeated Provincial U18 champion Jace Freeman of Virden 8-7 in the junior men’s final. Terrick along with Jaycee Terrick, Jensen Letham and Tessa Terrick shaded Grace Beaudry of St Vital 9-8 in the junior women’s final. McDonald, Freeman, Terrick and Beaudry will compete at the Canadian Junior Championships which will be held March 25th-April 2nd in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.

The Notre Dame Hawks, Morden Bombers and Portage Islanders were winners in the SEMHL Saturday night. Jeff Michiels had a hat trick and Eli Carels had two goals and five assists as Notre Dame defeated the Carman Beavers 11-4. The Hawks (6-6-2) moved within a point of the Ile des Chenes Northstars and Red River Wild who are tied for fifth place with 15 points each. The Beavers (4-11) have three games left and are five points back of the Winkler Royals who have 13 points and hold down the eighth and final playoff spot. Mike Rey had a five-point night with four goals and a helper as Morden downed Ste. Anne 6-4. The Bombers (8-4-0-1) have 17 points and moved into a tie with the defending champion Warren Mercs for third place. The Aces (9-5-0-2) are alone in second place with 20 points. Tyler Harland and Jens Meilleur scored two goals each as Portage beat Altona 10-2. The Islanders (14-0) have four games left and have clinched first place. With the loss the 10th place Maroons (2-11-1) have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Ketema Wall scored twice as the Garden Valley Zodiacs shaded Northlands Parkway 5-4 in the lone Zone 4 High School Hockey League game. Julian Bruhn, Philip Franz and Brayden Froese also scored for the Zodiacs. Josiah Thiessen, Simon Hiebert and Joshua Krahn replied for the Nighthawks.

The Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Ice both played extra time Saturday night. Kalan Lind scored 39 seconds into overtime to lift the Red Deer Rebels past Brandon 2-1. Nolan Ritchie had the lone goal in regulation for the Wheat Kings who wrap up their three-game Alberta road trip today against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Matthew Savoie scored the only goal of the shootout as Winnipeg edged the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-2. Owen Pederson and Zach Benson with his 25th of the season scored in regulation for the Ice.

Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves and Mark Scheifele had two goals and an assist as Winnipeg defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-1. Blake Wheeler recorded a goal and two helpers and reached 900 career points. Nikolaj Ehlers and Cole Perfetti also scored for the Jets who are 1-2 on their five-game road trip that continues today against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Declan Chisholm scored in overtime to lift Manitoba past the Texas Stars 5-4 at Canada Life Centre. Tyler Boland had a pair of goals in regulation and Alex Limoges added a goal and three assists for the Moose.