Steinbach Regional scored two goals in each period en route to a 6-1 victory over the J.H. Bruns Broncos Wednesday at the T.G. Smith Centre. Colton Wiebe, Mark Plett, Cody Neufeld, Preston Perreault, Theoren Koop and Lucas Jolicoeur did the goal scoring for the SRSS. The Sabres are in fourth place in the Winnipeg High School Hockey League’s Platinum Promotions Division with 14 wins, five regulation losses, three overtime losses and a shootout loss. Steinbach Regional will play its regular season finale Friday at home against the first place Garden City Fighting Gophers.
Dylan Kizlik stopped 49 shots including 19 in the third period as the Springfield Xtreme shutout the Steinbach Huskies 2-0. Ky Stewart and Cayden St. Laurent scored for the Xtreme who moved into a tie with the Red River Mudbugs for second place in the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League. Springfield and Red River have 32 points each and will meet Friday night in St. Jean in the regular season finale for both teams. The first place Huskies are 20-2 and will host the Lorette Comets and Macdonald Swarm this weekend.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League/Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Showcase wrapped up Wednesday at the Seven Oaks Sportsplex in Winnipeg. Steinbach Pistons netminder Dominik Wasik made 35 saves as MJHL 20U Red defeated SJHL 20U White 4-2. Brett Tatryn of the Niverville Nighthawks, Hayden Stocks of the Neepawa Titans, Mathew Gough of the Dauphin Kings and Hayden Lacquette of the Portage Terriers scored for 20U Red. SJHL 20U Gold shutdown MJHL 20U Black 6-0 and SJHL 18U Blue downed MJHL 18U White 8-2. Nolan Chastko of the Virden Oil Capitals and Brody Beauchemin of the Winkler Flyers scored third period goals for 18U White.
Haiden Willis scored the tying goal 3:12 into the third period and Luc De Gagne potted the go-ahead goal three minutes and 43 seconds later as the Eastman Selects rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Interlake Lightning at the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour. Mason Hopper had the other two Eastman goals. Francois Gagnon made 44 saves in net for the Selects (20-16-0-1) who moved with two points of the Winnipeg Thrashers who hold down sixth place in the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League. Eastman has two games in hand on the Thrashers.
Matt Jacobucci scored 3:03 into overtime to lift the Warren Mercs past the Winkler Royals 5-4. Braydon MacDonald had a pair of goals in regulation for the Mercs who moved one point ahead of the Ste. Anne Aces and into sole possession of second place in the SEMHL. Mark Hildebrand, Phil Letkeman, Jordan Wall and Brett Harder replied for the Royals. Winkler is three points back of the seventh place Ile des Chenes Northstars. Both teams have two games left.
Zach Benson and Connor McClennon scored two goals each as the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Saskatoon Blades 5-3. Zack Ostapchuk also scored for the Ice who received a 26-save performance from Daniel Hauser.
Throughout the month of February, the Winnipeg Jets will celebrate Black History Month along with the NHL. As part of the NHL’s larger Hockey is for Everyone initiative, Black History Month celebrates diversity in hockey, past and current players and helps to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities. This year’s campaign honours Winnipeg Jets alumnus Ray Neufeld, who will participate in a special ceremonial puck drop on Feb. 28, the game recognized as Black History Night. Following his achievements with the Winnipeg Jets and in the NHL, Neufeld remained active in hockey, including as an MJHL coach, and as a current contributor to the NHL’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He remains an active member of the Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends, participating in many community and charitable events, as well as serving on the board.
John Herdman is staying put as coach of Canada's men's soccer team. Herdman said in a statement that he has received several jobs offers in recent months, including one from New Zealand Football, but has turned them down.
Steinbach will play a home-and-home with the Neepawa Titans this weekend. Head coach Paul Dyck will join Clayton Dreger on the Pistons Report which airs Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.