The Eastman Selects gave up three goals in a 91-second span of the second period and lost 7-4 to the Winnipeg Thrashers Wednesday night in their home opener at the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour. Mario Gagnon, Luc De Gagne, Kailen Penner and Steele Jowett did the goal-scoring for the Selects who lead 1-0 after the first period but trailed 4-3 after 40 minutes. The Thrashers put the game away with three unanswered third-period goals. Eastman goaltenders Jaxon Loewen and Francois Gagnon combined to make 30 saves. The two teams wrap up their home-and-home series Friday night at the Gateway Arena in Winnipeg.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League's East Division co-leaders are in the Canadian Junior Hockey League's Top 20 Rankings. The 7-0 Steinbach Pistons remain at number two while the 7-1 Portage Terriers are ranked 13th. The Ontario Junior Hockey League's Collingwood Blues are number one nationally for the second week in a row.
The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped a 3-1 decision to Regina. Alexander Suzdalev had a pair of goals for the Pats who received a 51-save performance from goaltender Matthew Kieper. Ben Thornton had the lone Brandon goal. The Wheat Kings will wrap up their season-opening four-game homestand Friday when they face the Saskatoon Blades at Westoba Place and then begin a season-high eight-game road trip Thanksgiving Monday against the Hitmen in Calgary.
Kyle Connor scored twice and David Rittich made 37 saves as the Winnipeg Jets shut out the Calgary Flames 5-0 at Canada Life Centre. Mark Scheifele, Dominic Toninato and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg. Sam Gagner chipped in with a pair of assists for the Jets who wrap up their six-game exhibition schedule Friday in Calgary. Winnipeg will open the 2022-23 National Hockey League season Friday, October 14th at home against the New York Rangers.
The 2022 Major League Baseball regular season schedule is over. The Toronto Blue Jays split a doubleheader with Baltimore Wednesday afternoon. The Orioles won the opener 5-4 while the Jays took the second game 5-1. Toronto finished in second place in the American League's East Division with a record of 92-70. The Blue Jays host the Seattle Mariners Friday in game one of the AL's best-of-three Wild Card Series.