The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will meet the B.C. Lions in the CFL’s West Division final next Saturday at IG Field. Vernon Adams Jr. ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as B.C. defeated the Calgary Stampeders 41-30 in the West semifinal. The Bombers took two of three from the Lions in the regular season. Cody Fajardo threw two touchdown passes and ran for 62 yards in the Montreal Alouettes 27-12 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Alouettes will face the Toronto Argonauts in the East final at BMO Field.
Dawson McCann scored the go-ahead goal 3:20 into the third period as the Steinbach Pistons shaded the Swan Valley Stampeders 2-1 at HyLife Centre in La Broquerie. Jackson Kostiuk also scored for the defending Manitoba Junior Hockey League champions while Cole Plowman stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced. Michael Tanchak scored Niverville’s lone goal in the Nighthawks 2-1 loss to the Steelers in Selkirk.
The Steinbach Huskies, Lorette Comets and Niverville Clippers were winners in the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League. Cole Topham scored four times and Brandon Thiessen had five helpers as the defending champion Huskies defeated the Landmark Blues 10-2. Liam Foster scored in overtime to lift the Comets past the Red River Mudbugs 8-7. Teo Lambert had two goals and two assists as the Clippers beat the St. Clements Gators 5-2.
Mario Gagnon found the back of the net three times, Calyb Moore had a goal and three assists and Samuel Fontaine made 41 saves in the Eastman Selects 6-1 victory over the Southwest Cougars at the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour. Hayden Kochen and Cameron Sylvester also scored for the Selects.
The Ste. Anne Aces, Ile des Chenes Northstars, Warren Mercs, Ile des Chenes Northstars and Morden Bombers were winners in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League. Brenden Walker had a goal and three helpers as the defending champion Aces beat the Red River Wild 4-2. Justin Dumontier, Josh Beauchemin and Braeden Binda scored third period goals in the Northstars 5-1 victory over the Altona Maroons. Dexter Kuczek had three goals and an assist as the Mercs downed the Portage Islanders 8-5. The Bombers won their game with the Winkler Royals by forfeit. Winkler did not have a goaltender available Saturday night. The two teams agreed to allowed Morden backup goaltender Brady Klassen to suit up for the Royals on an emergency basis, but he suffered a lower-body injury seven minutes into the first period. Winkler was leading 2-0 when the game was forfeited to the Bombers.
The Winnipeg Jets three-game losing skid came to an end Saturday afternoon in Arizona. Nino Niederreiter had a hat trick and Branden Dillon had two goals and an assist as the Jets downed the Coyotes 5-3. Arizona lead 2-0 and 3-2 before Winnipeg scored three unanswered. Connor Hellebuyck made 23 saves for the Jets who wrap up their three-game road trip Tuesday against St. Louis Blues.
The Manitoba Moose dropped a 4-3 decision to the Rockford IceHogs at Canada Life Centre. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Brad Lambert and Nikita Chibrikov did the goal scoring for the Moose.
Brad Gushue won gold at the 2023 Pan Continental Championships at the Kelowna Curling Club. Gushue, vice-skip Mark Nichols, second E.J Harnden and lead Geoff Walker defeated Jongduk Park of South Korea 8-3 in the men’s final. Canada’s spot in the 2024 World Men’s Curling Championship in Schaffhausen, Switzerland was confirmed at Team Gushue’s performance in Kelowna. The top five countries in the event - Canada, South Korea, Japan, the United States and New Zealand – qualified for the world championships later this season.
The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team shutdown Mexico 7-0 in the bronze medal game on the second last day of competition at the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile. Boissevain’s Zoe Hicks drilled a two-run single in Team Canada’s four-run third inning. Canadian athletes have won 160 medals including 46 gold, 52 silver and 62 bronze.