The Winnipeg Blue Bombers leave for Hamilton today. The CFL’s West Division champions will meet the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday at Tim Hortons Field in the 110th Grey Cup. The Bombers, who will play in their fourth consecutive Grey Cup game, defeated the B.C. Lions 24-13 in the West final this past Saturday at IG Field. The Alouettes bounced the Toronto Argonauts 38-17 in the East final.
The Steinbach Pistons winning streak has reached six games. Samuel Noad had two goals and an assist as the defending Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions beat the Portage Terriers 6-1 at Stride Place. Grady Hoffman, Connor Paronuzzi, Noah Szabo and Brandon Funk also scored for the Pistons. Steinbach netminder Cole Plowman gave up a power play goal to Tayem Gislason 54 seconds into the game and then shut the door the rest of the way. Plowman finished the night with 17 saves.
The St. Malo Warriors dropped a 3-2 decision to the defending Capital Region Junior Hockey League champion Selkirk Fishermen. Rylan Keck and Damon Johnson did the goal scoring for the Warriors who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Eastman Selects gave up four power play goals and fell 10-3 to the Yellowhead Chiefs in Shoal Lake. Eric Cote had a pair of goals for the Selects while Job Peters had the other. The Chiefs lead 2-0 after the first period and 7-1 after forty minutes.
Ginger Fast, Sophia Heidinger and Danyel Heppner did the goal scoring in the Eastman Selects 3-1 victory over the Interlake Lightning in Niverville. Orienna Kennedy made 27 saves in net for the Selects.
The Winkler Royals, Red River Wild and Warren Mercs were winners in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League. Keith Grondin had two goals and an assist as the Royals defeated Notre Dame 9-4. Eli Carels had a pair of goals for the Hawks. TJ Matuszewski had two goals and three assists in the Wild’s 11-5 victory over Altona. Justin Augert had a goal and two helpers for the Maroons who lead 1-0 after the first period but trailed 5-2 after forty minutes. Dexter Kuczek had five goals and two assists as the Mercs won their fourth straight game to start the season 11-5 over Ile des Chenes 11-5. Justin Dumontier had two goals and an assist for the Northstars.
The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped a 4-2 decision to the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre. Rylen Roersma and Roger McQueen with his 13th of the season did the goal scoring for the Wheat Kings. Tanner Howe had a pair of power play goals for the Pats including the go-ahead goal with eight minutes left in the third period.
The Manitoba Moose lost 6-2 to the Laval Rocket at Canada Life Centre. Jeff Malott had both goals for the Moose who gave up two power play goals and a shorthanded marker to Laval.
Joel Retornaz of Italy and Eun-Ji Gim of South Korea won the Grand Slam of Curling’s National in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Retornaz defeated Niklas Edin of Sweden 6-5 in the men’s final. Gim beat Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 7-6 in the women’s final. Kerri Einarson and Jennifer Jones both lost in the quarterfinals. Einarson fell 7-4 to Homan and Jones dropped an 11-4 decision to Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.