Steinbach Pistons forward Travis Hensrud and defenseman Warren Clark are Manitoba Junior Hockey League All-Stars. Hensrud was named a Second Team All-Star while Clark was selected a Rookie Team All-Star.
Nicholas Jones recorded his first career Western Hockey League shutout Wednesday night at Westoba Place. The 18-year-old Calgary native stopped all 26 shots he faced as the Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 2-0. Zakhar Polshakov and Nolan Ritchie into an empty net did the goal scoring for Brandon. The Wheat Kings have seven games left and are three points back of the Tigers who hold down seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Brandon is one point behind the eighth place Swift Current Broncos.
The Winnipeg Jets wrapped up their three-game homestand with a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Canada Life Centre. Marcus Foligno had a goal and an assist for the Wild who received a 46-save performance from Marc-Andre Fleury. Logan Stanley and Nino Niederreiter replied for the Jets. Winnipeg has lost seven of its last eight games and will face the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
The Manitoba Moose fell 3-2 to Abbotsford. Kyle Rau potted the winner on the power play 3:12 into overtime for the Canucks. Leon Gawanke and Wyatt Bongiovanni did the goal scoring for the Moose.
It's day one of the Provincial Junior Varsity Basketball Championships. Ross L. Gray of Sprague is at the A/AA girls championship in The Pas. Gabrielle Roy is at the A/AA boys championship in Cranberry Portage. The Lorette Scorpions are at the AAA girls championship in Winnipeg.
The Providence University College Pilots lost to Camosun in the quarterfinals of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Volleyball National Championship in Toronto. The Chargers beat the Pilots 19-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20. Providence will face the Briercrest Clippers today in the consolation quarterfinals.
Matt Dunstone has a 7-0 record and has clinched a playoff spot at the Brier in London, Ontario. Dunstone defeated Nathan Young of Newfoundland & Labrador 13-3 and then beat Kevin Koe of Alberta 9-5. Dunstone, B.J. Neufeld, Colton Lott and Ryan Harnden will play their final round robin game against Tanner Horgan of Northern Ontario on the 1 p.m. draw. The Manitoba champions will clinch first place in Pool A if Horgan, who is 5-1, losses to Matthew Manuel of Nova Scotia this morning. Reid Carruthers won a pair of games Wednesday, 6-2 over Matthew Manuel and 8-4 over Jake Higgs of Nunavut. Carruthers, Derek Samagalski, Connor Njegovan and Rob Gordon are 4-3 and still in the playoff hunt. Carruthers will meet Kelly Knapp of Saskatchewan at 1 p.m.
Steinbach will play road games against the Swan Valley Stampeders and OCN Blizzard 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.