The Winnipeg Blue Bombers face the Montreal Alouettes in the 110th Grey Cup today at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. Receiver Dalton Schoen and linebacker Adam Bighill are game time decisions. Neither has practiced this week. Schoen missed Winnipeg’s last three games with an ankle injury. Bighill suffered a calf injury in the West Division final against the B.C. Lions. The Blue Bomber are the first CFL team to advance to consecutive Grey Cups since the Edmonton Eskimos played in five in a row from 1978-82.
The MHSAA hosted 16 varsity volleyball qualifiers Saturday. The Pointe des Chenes Cavaliers earned a berth at the Provincial A boys championship in Fisher River. The Green Valley Pirates and Gabrielle Roys Les Roys advance to the Provincial AA girls championship in Lac du Bonnet. The Landmark 96’ers have a spot at the Provincial AA boys championship in Ile des Chenes hosted by Gabrielle Roy.
The Steinbach Pistons winning streak has reached eight games. Parker Jasper and Brandon Funk scored 39 seconds apart in the third period as the defending Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions defeated the OCN Blizzard 3-1. Funk had two goals on the night and Cole Plowman stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced.
The Springfield Xtreme and Red River Mudbugs were winners in the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League. Braden Rebeck had two goals and three assists as the first place Xtreme downed the Macdonald Swarm 8-3. Mudbugs captain Bryson Loewen had three goals and two helpers as Red River beat St. Clements 9-1. Luke Tyslau had the lone goal for the Gators.
The Eastman Selects gave up six goals in the second period and lost 10-5 to the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League leading Brandon Wheat Kings 10-5 at the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour. Kasen Mateychuk had two goals and an assist for the Selects. Job Peters, Calyb Moore and Mario Gagnon also scored for Eastman.
The Eastman Selects dropped a 3-2 decision to the Westman Wildcats in Hartney. Mackenzie Waddell and Sophia Heidinger did the goal scoring for the Selects.
Eli Carels had a three-point night with two goals and an assist and Chris Lesage made 37 saves as the Notre Dame Hawks held on for a 5-4 victory over the Ile des Chenes Northstars in the lone South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League game. Sean Christensen, Nico Vigier and Geoff Maloney also scored for the Hawks who lead 4-1 after 40 minutes. Justin Metcalf had a pair of goals for the Northstars while the rest went to Josh Beauchemin and Tyler Pilon.
The Brandon Wheat Kings lost 3-2 to the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference leading Medicine Hat Tigers at Westoba Place. Nate Danielson and Jayden Wiens did the goal scoring for the Wheat Kings who begin a four-game road trip next Wednesday against the Oil Kings in Edmonton.
The Winnipeg Jets wrapped up their five-game homestand with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists for the Jets who have won six of their last seven games. Josh Morrissey, Vladislav Namestnikov, Mason Appleton and Kyle Connor with his 14th of the season also scored for Winnipeg. Jets netminder Laurent Brossoit made 16 saves.
The Manitoba Moose lost 7-2 to the Toronto Marlies. Parker Ford and Nikita Chibrikov scored for the Moose. The Marlies lead 3-2 and 5-2 at the period breaks.