The Winnipeg Blue Bombers face the B.C. Lions (3:30 p.m.) at IG Field with a spot in next Sunday’s Grey Cup in Regina on the line. It’s the second year in a row the two-time defending Grey Cup champions are hosting the CFL’s West Division final. The Blue Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-17 last November. The Lions hold a 7-3 advantage all time in playoff meetings between the two teams. The last time the Bombers and B.C. met in a playoff game in Winnipeg was in 2002. The Blue Bombers beat the Lions 30-3 in the West semifinal.
The Winkler Royals, Portage Islanders, Ste. Anne Aces and Red River Wild were winners on a busy Saturday in the SEMHL. Remi Laurencelle had a four-point night with three goals and an assist as the Royals downed the Altona Maroons 6-2. Zack Waldvogel and Jens Meilleur scored two goals each as the Islanders beat the Carman Beavers 7-3. Keith Grondin scored twice and Caleb Paisley had three helpers as the Aces downed the Notre Dame Hawks 6-4 and TJ Matuszewski had two goals and two assists as the Wild defeated the Morden Bombers 6-2.
JJ Oke and Alex VanDeynze each had a hat trick and Maddox Shindle chipped in with three assists as the defending Zone 4 High School Hockey League champion PCI Trojans bounced Northlands Parkway 11-1 at Stride Place. Carter Unger had the lone goal for the Nighthawks.
Marek Miller scored the go-ahead goal 14 seconds into the third period as Pembina Valley downed the Norman Northstars 4-2. Sebastien Stone had a pair of goals for the Hawks including the insurance marker with 5:47 left in regulation. Liam Goertzen had the other Pembina Valley goal. Bryson Yaschyshyn made 18 saves.
Pembina Valley lost 2-0 to the Yellowhead Chiefs. Hawks netminder Kaylee Franz made 28 saves. It’s the fifth time the Hawks have been shutout this season.
The Pembina Valley Twisters scored three times in the second period and added four more in the third in a 7-1 victory over the St. Boniface Riels. Slade Sotheran had a hat trick for the Twisters while singles went to Riley Goertzen, Jacob Carels, Anthony Lehmann and Mike Heppner. Pembina Valley’s Matt Grysiuk stopped 38 shots including all 17 he faced in the first period.
Zach Benson scored twice and Matthew Savoie had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Ice downed the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-3 at the Wayne Fleming Arena on the campus of the University of Manitoba. Conor Geekie and Skyler Bruce had power play goals for the Ice who scored six unanswered goals. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period. Rylen Roersma had a pair of goals for the Wheat Kings. Nolan Ritchie had the other Brandon goal.
The Winnipeg Jets seven-game points streak came to an end Saturday night in Calgary. Former Jet Trevor Lewis scored a shorthanded breakaway goal at 18:31 of the second period and that proved to be the winner as the Flames edged Winnipeg 3-2. Neal Pionk and Pierre-Luc Dubois did the goal scoring for the Jets.
Felix Asselin along with vice-skip Laurie St. Georges, second Emile Asselin and lead Emily Riley defeated Trevor Bonot of Northern Ontario 10-3 in the final of the 2022 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Prince Albert. It’s the third consecutive Canadian Mixed Championship for the province of Quebec.