The Winnipeg Blue Bombers face the B.C. Lions (3:30 p.m.) at IG Field with a spot in next Sunday’s Grey Cup in Regina on the line. It’s the second year in a row the two-time defending Grey Cup champions are hosting the CFL’s West Division final. The Blue Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-17 last November. The Lions hold a 7-3 advantage all time in playoff meetings between the two teams. The last time the Bombers and B.C. met in a playoff game in Winnipeg was in 2002. The Blue Bombers beat the Lions 30-3 in the West semifinal.
Neo Kiemeney, Davin Griffin and Dawson Milliken scored power play goals in the Steinbach Pistons 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Freeze at Bell MTS Iceplex. Milliken finished the night with a pair of goals while the rest went to Leo Chambers and Davis Fry.
The Steinbach Huskies, Landmark Blues and Macdonald Swarm were winners in the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League. Ian Friesen had three goals and an assist as Steinbach defeated the Red River Mudbugs 8-5. Ethan Plett and Brandon Thiessen chipped in with three assists each for the first place Huskies who have won seven in a row to start the season. Jackson Reimer scored his second goal of the game with 1:43 left in the third period to lift the Blues past the Springfield Xtreme 4-3. Max Holness made 40 saves as the Swarm shaded the defending champion Lorette Comets 5-4 for their first win of the season.
The St. Malo Warriors dropped a 4-3 decision to Lundar. Liam Russell scored the tying goal with 48 seconds left in regulation and Cody Proctor potted the winner in overtime for the Falcons. Teagan Fillion, Jack Toews and Brady Gregoire replied for the Warriors.
The Eastman Selects losing streak has reached six games. The Selects were outshot 27-10 and fell 4-2 to the Winnipeg Bruins at the Southdale Arena. Mason Hopper and Luc De Gagne did the goal scoring for the Selects.
The Ste. Anne Aces, Red River Wild, Winkler Royals and Portage Islanders were winners on a busy Saturday in the SEMHL. Keith Grondin scored twice and Caleb Paisley had three helpers as the Aces downed the Notre Dame Hawks 6-4. TJ Matuszewski had two goals and two assists as the Wild defeated the Morden Bombers 6-2. Remi Laurencelle had a four-point night with three goals and an assist as the Royals downed the Altona Maroons 6-2 and Zack Waldvogel and Jens Meilleur scored two goals each as the Islanders beat the Carman Beavers 7-3.
Zach Benson scored twice and Matthew Savoie had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Ice downed the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-3 at the Wayne Fleming Arena on the campus of the University of Manitoba. Conor Geekie and Skyler Bruce had power play goals for the Ice who scored six unanswered goals. The game was tied 2-2 after the first period. Rylen Roersma had a pair of goals for the Wheat Kings. Nolan Ritchie had the other Brandon goal.
The Winnipeg Jets seven-game points streak came to an end Saturday night in Calgary. Former Jet Trevor Lewis scored a shorthanded breakaway goal at 18:31 of the second period and that proved to be the winner as the Flames edged Winnipeg 3-2. Neal Pionk and Pierre-Luc Dubois did the goal scoring for the Jets.
Felix Asselin along with vice-skip Laurie St. Georges, second Emile Asselin and lead Emily Riley defeated Trevor Bonot of Northern Ontario 10-3 in the final of the 2022 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Prince Albert. It’s the third consecutive Canadian Mixed Championship for the province of Quebec.