The Steinbach Pistons dropped a 2-1 decision to the Winkler Flyers in game one of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s best-of-seven final for the Turnbull Cup Friday night in Niverville. Isaiah Peters and Trent Penner scored late in the second period for the Flyers who have won five straight road games. Penner notched his sixth of the post-season which turned out to be the eventual game winner with just one second left in the middle frame. Steinbach captain Leo Chambers had the lone goal for the Pistons with 2:28 remaining in the third period. The defending champions had a chance to tie the game late in regulation on the power play. Winkler forward Nich McKee was assessed a tripping penalty with 76 seconds left. Steinbach head coach Paul Dyck then pulled goaltender Cole Plowman for an extra attacker but the Pistons, with the 6-on-4 man advantage, couldn’t put the equalizer past Flyers netminder Malachi Klassen. Winkler out-shot Steinbach 40-28 in the series opener. Game two goes Sunday night at the Centennial Arena in Winkler.

Kristian Reichel scored twice and Ville Heinola had a goal and four assists as the Manitoba Moose bounced the Texas Stars 8-3. The Moose play their regular season finale tonight against the Stars in Texas.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, B.C. Lions and Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been fined by the Canadian Football League for exceeding the salary cap which was $5.45 million in 2023. Hamilton went over the cap by $2,654; Winnipeg was over by $25,947 while B.C. went over by $85,979. All three teams were fined the amount they exceeded the cap. The 2024 salary cap is set at $5.525 million.

Manitoba and Canadian champions Kadriana & Colton Lott play their round robin opener today (8 a.m.) against Courtney Smith & Anton Hood of New Zealand at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Oestersund, Sweden.