Griffin Hildebrand had a goal and two assists as the Miller Aces defeated the Carman Cougars 5-1. Braison Penner, Kenyon Hildebrandt, Darby Friesen and Ziko Pankratz also scored for the visiting Aces who moved within two points of the Zone 4 High School Hockey League leading Morden Thunder. Griffin Carnelley had the lone goal for the Cougars. Miller netminder Logan Krahn made 28 saves while Carman's Zander Cox faced 57 shots.
The Steinbach Pistons, Winkler Flyers and Virden Oil Capitals remain in the top 10 of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s weekly Top 20 rankings. The MJHL's East Division leading Pistons (31-4-3) remain at number four; the Flyers (28-5-2-2) jumped from number eight to six. The West Division leading Oil Capitals (27-6-2-3) fell from number six to number 10. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Flin Flon Bombers (32-2-2) are the number one ranked team in the country for the 12th week in a row.
The Winnipeg Jets dropped a 4-1 decision to Boston. Strathclair's Morgan Geekie had a pair of assists for the Bruins who extended their winning streak to five games. Vladislav Namestnikov had the lone goal for the Jets whose streak of allowing three goals or fewer ended at 34 games. Winnipeg will wrap up its three-game road trip Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Manitoba Moose have recalled goaltender Thomas Milic from the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals. Milic, 20, has appeared in four games for the Moose and posted a 1-1-0 record along with a 3.74 goals-against average and a .877 save percentage. The netminder recorded his first AHL victory on Nov. 17/23 in Belleville on the strength of 26 stops. In 18 games for Norfolk, Milic owns an 11-3-3 record along with a 2.45 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and two shutouts. Milic was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week from Oct. 23-29 and participated in the 2024 ECHL All-Star Game. Milic was a fifth round selection, 151st overall, of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2023 NHL Draft.
All 12 teams have practice sessions this afternoon at the Access Event Centre in Morden. The 2024 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts begins Wednesday morning. The opening draw is at 8:30 a.m.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms on a two-year extension with receiver Drew Wolitarsky. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month. The 28-year-old California native returns in 2024 for his seventh season with the Blue Bombers after originally being selected by the club as a supplemental pick in the 2017 CFL Draft. The 2023 season was Wolitarsky’s best of his six years with the Blue Bombers as he set career highs in receptions (47), receiving yards (668) and touchdowns (six) while suiting up for all 18 regular season games as well as the Western Final and Grey Cup. In his more than 86 CFL games, he has 194 receptions for 2,551 yards and 17 career touchdowns.
Former Canada captain Christine Sinclair has signed a one-year contract with the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. The 40-year-old from Burnaby, retired from her storied international career last year, but said at that time she wanted to play another season with the Thorns. Sinclair has scored a club record 62 goals in 176 appearances during her 11 seasons with Portland.