Seth Bergman had a hat trick and Cooper Penner had three assists as Steinbach Regional downed the River East Kodiaks 11-1 at the Gateway Arena. Mark Plett, Lewis Hartung and Cody Neufeld added two goals each for the SRSS while the rest went to Theoren Koop and Colton Wiebe. The Sabres have 13 wins, five regulation losses, two overtime losses and a shootout loss in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League’s Platinum Promotions Division.
The Notre Dame Hawks, Morden Bombers and Warren Mercs were winners in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Thursday night. Sean Christensen scored the shootout winner as the Hawks edged Red River 5-4. Justin Baudry had a pair of goals for the Wild. Adam Hughesman scored five times as the Bombers defeated the Altona Maroons 11-2. The defending champion Mercs downed Carman 9-5. That loss eliminated the Beavers from playoff contention.
The Winnipeg Jets opened their five-game homestand with a 3-2 loss to Buffalo. Nate Schmidt and Pierre-Luc Dubois did the goal scoring for the Jets who trailed 3-0 midway through the third period. Former Jets netminder Eric Comrie made 19 saves in net for the Sabres.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to a one-year contract extension with linebacker Shayne Gauthier. He was scheduled to become a free agent next month. The 30-year-old Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec native returns for a seventh season with the football club in 2023. A fourth-round selection by the Blue Bombers in in the 2016 CFL Draft, Gauthier has suited up for 81 games with the team over six years and has not missed a contest in the last three seasons. He posted career-high numbers in defensive tackles in 2021 and 2022 recording 28 tackles last season.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes resigned catcher Hidekel Gonzalez, signed catcher Jackson Smith and dealt centre fielder Reggie Pruitt Jr. to the Milwaukee Milkmen to complete an earlier deal. Gonzalez hit .189 with 12 doubles and a career high nine home runs for the Fish last season. Smith played for the Gary SouthShore RailCats in three of the past four seasons, including the 2019 and 2021 campaigns under new Goldeyes manager Greg Tagert. Pruitt hit .259 with 13 homer runs, 41 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 80 games with Winnipeg in 2022. The transaction completes the January 6th trade in which the Goldeyes acquired first baseman David Washington from the Milkmen in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tyler Smith and player to be named later.
The Macdonald Swarm have four games left in the regular season schedule. Swarm manager Brad Day will join Clayton Dreger on the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League Report which airs Fridays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.