The 2023-24 South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League's regular season schedule came to an end Tuesday night in Notre Dame. Gavin Froese scored twice and Daniel Taillefer had a goal and two assists as Red River defeated the Hawks 5-3. Drayden Kurbatoff and Riley Hunter also scored for the Wild. Richard Lesage had a pair of goals for Notre Dame. Jeff Michiels had the other Hawks goal. The best-of-five quarterfinal series feature the defending champion Ste. Anne Aces against the Ile des Chenes Northstars, the Warren Mercs meet Notre Dame, Red River will take on the Winkler Royals and the Portage Islanders face the Morden Bombers.
Bryson Penner potted the winner in overtime to lift the Garden Valley Zodiacs past the Miller Aces 3-2 at the Centennial Arena. Phillip Franz and Ketema Wall scored in regulation for the Zodiacs. Eli Bergman and Kenyon Hildebrandt replied for the Aces who lead the Mountain Mustangs by two points in the race for first place in the Zone 4 High School Hockey League. The regular season schedule ends tonight with three games. The Mustangs face the Pembina Tigers in Manitou; the defending champion Morden Thunder meet the Cougars in Carman and the Morris Mavericks host Portage Collegiate.
The Winnipeg Jets fell 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their first game back from the NHL All-Star break. Tristan Jarry made 23 saves in recording his league leading sixth shutout of the season. The Jets, who have lost a season-high four straight games, face the Flyers in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Shaela Hayward of Carman has a 4-1 round robin record; Rylan Campbell of Altona is 3-2 and Nash Sugden of Morden is 2-3 at the Canadian U18 Curling Championships in Ottawa. Team Hayward defeated Cassidy Blades of Nova Scotia 6-3.Team Campbell downed Riley Winters of Northern Ontario 10-2 in six ends and Team Sugden beat Kaiden Beck of British Columbia 7-4.
The 2024 Viterra Provincial Men's Curling Championship begins today at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Stonewall. The top five seeds are Reid Carruthers of the Granite, Ryan Wiebe & Braden Calvert of Fort Rouge and Jordon McDonald & Brett Walter of Assiniboine Memorial. Sunday's winner will represent our province at the Brier in Regina in early March, joining the reigning Manitoba champion Matt Dunstone team (CTRS #4) who have already pre-qualified.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed running back Brady Oliveira to a two-year contract and receiver Dalton Schoen to a one-year deal. Both players were scheduled to become free agents on February 13th. Oliveira rushed for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named the CFL's Outstanding Canadian in 2023. The 26-year-old Winnipeg native recorded 2,014 all-purpose yards. Schoen is coming off his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. The 27-year-old Overland Park, Kansas native had 71 receptions and 10 touchdowns in 2023. He was the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2022.