Steinbach Regional will meet the St. Paul’s Crusaders and the Garden City Fighting Gophers will face the Westwood Warriors at the Provincial AAAA High School Hockey Championship in Winnipeg. The semifinals were delayed a day because of a snowfall warning that was issued for all of southern Manitoba.
Dawson Milliken scored the shootout winner and Cole Plowman made 33 saves as the Steinbach Pistons defeated the OCN Blizzard 1-0. Niverville lost 6-1 to the Swan Valley Stampeders. The Nighthawks are four points ahead of Selkirk in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's East Division. Niverville and Selkirk both have three games left.
The Brandon Wheat Kings scored six third period goals en route to a 10-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings at Westoba Place. Rylen Roersma and Dawson Pasternak had two goals each for the Wheat Kings while the rest went to Nolan Ritchie, Evan Groening, Nolan Flamand, Zakhar Polshakov, Caleb Hadland and Joby Baumuller with his first career Western Hockey League goal.
Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the game with 29 seconds left in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets past the Florida Panthers 5-4. Vladislav Namestnikov also scored twice for the Jets who received a 44-save performance from Connor Hellebuyck. Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey left the game early in the third period with a lower body injury and did not return.
The Manitoba Moose fell 5-2 to the Iowa Wild. Alex Limoges had both goals for the Moose.
The Lorette Scorpions dropped a 40-30 decision to the Garden Valley Zodiacs in the final of the Provincial AAA Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Championship at Gray Academy in Winnipeg. Kianna McDonald and Addison Turski of the Scorpions were named tournament All-Stars. Gabrielle Roy lost 56-37 to Margaret Barbour of The Pas in the third place game at the A/AA boys championship in Cranberry Portage.
Matt Dunstone will face Brendan Bottcher of Calgary Sunday morning in the semifinal at the Brier in London, Ontario. Dunstone, B.J. Neufeld, Colton Lott and Ryan Harnden saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end with a 5-4 loss to defending champion Brad Gushue in the 1-2 Page Playoff game. Gushue, who stole the winning point in the 10th end, earned a spot in the final. Bottcher downed Mike McEwen of Ontario 6-3 in the 3-4 Page Playoff game.