Cole Topham scored the go-ahead goal shorthanded 7:17 into the third period as the Steinbach Huskies defeated the Red River Mudbugs 4-3 at the T.G. Smith Centre in game one of the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League's best-of-seven final. Mark Plett, Ethan Unger and Ian Friesen also scored for the Huskies. Andrew Dyck, Dawson Friesen and Ethan Kroeker replied for the Mudbugs. Game two goes Friday in St. Jean.
Dominik Wasik made 31 saves and Dawson Milliken scored the go-ahead goal 9:19 into the third period as the Steinbach Pistons shaded the Flyers 2-1 in Winkler. Landon Roberts also scored for the Pistons who will face the Flyers in round one of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playoffs. Braden Panzer scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Niverville Nighthawks past the Portage Terriers 3-2 at Stride Place. The Nighthawks will take on the Terriers in round one.
The Morden Bombers are one win away from capturing the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League championship. Morden scored five unanswered first period goals en route to a 9-3 victory over the Ste. Anne Aces. Jaden Townsend had a hat trick for the Bombers who lead the best-of-seven final three games to none. Mike Rey and Jory Mullin added two each while the rest went to Tyler Peers and Jay Fehr. William Cruise, Keith Grondin and Owen Blocker replied for the Aces. Game four goes Friday in Ste. Anne.
The Brandon Wheat Kings lost 6-3 to Regina. Connor Bedard and Tanner Howe had two goals each for the hometown Pats. Zakhar Polshakov, Nolan Ritchie and Joby Baumuller did the goal scoring for the Wheat Kings who have four games left and trail the Calgary Hitmen by two points in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference.
The Manitoba Moose lost 4-3 to Rockford. Rocco Grimaldi potted the winner 2:09 into overtime for the IceHogs. Henri Nikkanen, Dominic Toninato and Jansen Harkins scored for the Moose.
It's day one of the Provincial High School Varsity Basketball championships. The Ross L. Gray Raiders of Sprague are at the A girls championship in Gilbert Plains. Pinawa and Ross L Gray are at the A boys championship in Grandview. Gabrielle Roy and Green Valley are at the AA boys championship in Virden.
Steinbach has two games left in the regular season schedule. Head coach Paul Dyck will join Clayton Dreger on the Pistons Report which airs Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.