The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-2) have lost for just the second time this season. Dane Evans threw five touchdown passes as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the two-time defending Grey Cup champions 48-31 Saturday at Tim Horton’s Field. Winnipeg quarterback Zach Collaros tossed touchdown passes to Rasheed Bailey and Nick Demski but was intercepted twice. Early in the second quarter Collaros fumbled the ball while being sacked by Ti-Cats defensive end Malik Carney who scooped up the ball and went 22 yards for a major. Both Blue Bombers losses took place before the start of their bye week. Winnipeg’s next game is Friday, September 30th against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at IG Field. The Bombers lead the CFL West Division with a 12-2 record. The B.C. Lions are next at 9-3.
The Steinbach Pistons completed a home-and-home weekend sweep of the Niverville Nighthawks. Cole Plowman stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced as Steinbach defeated the Nighthawks 4-1 Saturday night in Niverville. Davis Fry, Travis Hensrud, Leo Chambers and Nicholas Mikan did the goal scoring for the Pistons who defeated the Nighthawks 6-4 Friday at the T.G. Smith Centre on the MJHL’s opening night. Carson Reed scored Niverville’s lone goal.
The Eastman Selects lost 6-0 to the Winnipeg Ice and 2-1 to the Weyburn Goldwings at the Central Plains Capitals Female U18 AAA Pre-season Showcase Saturday in Portage. The Selects will play their tournament finale Sunday against Pilot Mound Hockey Academy.
The Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Ice wrapped up their pre-season schedules Saturday night. Nolan Ritchie scored twice, Nate Danielson had two assists as Brandon defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-0 at Westoba Place. Wheat Kings netminders Carson Bjarnason and Nicholas Jones combined to stop 26 shots. Winnipeg lost 4-3 to Regina. Parker Berge had a hat-trick for the Pats. Aiden Oiring had two goals and an assist for the Ice. Brandon will host Winnipeg next Saturday to open the 2022-23 Western Hockey League season.
The Winnipeg Jets face the Vancouver Canucks Sunday at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton. The Jets, who will also face the Calgary Flames on Monday, lost 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.