Steinbach Regional will face the Miles Macdonell Buckeyes today (4:15 pm.) at the T.G. Smith Centre in game one of Winnipeg High School Hockey League's best-of-three Platinum Promotions Division opening round series. The Sabres defeated the Buckeyes 7-0 and 5-3 during the regular season schedule.
The Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League playoffs begin tonight with the Niverville Clippers hosting the defending champion Lorette Comets in game one of their best-of-five opening round series. The other two series begin Saturday as the Red River Mudbugs will take on the Macdonald Swarm in St Jean and the Springfield Xtreme meet the Landmark Blues in Oakbank. The first place Steinbach Huskies have a bye to the semifinals.
The St. Malo Warriors have lost back-to-back games for the first time since mid-November. St. Malo dropped a 5-3 decision to the defending Capital Region Junior Hockey League champion Selkirk Fishermen. Jeremie Collette, Brady Gregoire and Radek Merasty did the goal scoring for the Warriors.
The Manitoba Moose released forward Brayden Burke from his professional tryout. The 26-year-old Edmonton native suited up in 10 games for Manitoba and recorded six points (2G, 4A) along with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. The forward has 202 games of AHL experience under his belt with 135 points (44G, 91A) split between Tucson, Milwaukee, Ontario and Manitoba.
Joshua Armstrong of the Providence University College Pilots is the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference's Male Athlete of the Week. The Mississauga native had two big performances in a weekend sweep of the Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges last weekend. Armstrong poured in a game-high 20 points in a 66-60 road win over Les Rouges. The next night, the fourth year small forward added a game-high 34 points along with five assists, two steals plus two rebounds during the Pilots 79-47 home victory.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms with American defensive back Alden Darby, Jr. on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent on February 14th. Darby, Jr. returns in 2023 for what will be his third stint with the Blue Bombers. The California native is a veteran of 66 regular season games in the CFL, including 43 with the Toronto Argonauts, 10 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and 13 and counting with the Blue Bombers. Winnipeg has twice traded for Darby, Jr. in two years, most recently acquiring him from the Tiger-Cats at the trade deadline last October. He was first acquired by the Bombers in a trade with Toronto in July of 2021 and found a place in the Blue Bombers starting defence while being named a West Division All-Star that year.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes announced the signings of infielder/outfielder Jordan Howard, outfielder Javeyan Williams, and infielder Dayson Croes. Howard saw limited action in 2022, splitting the season between the Amarillo Sod Poodles, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Double-A Texas League affiliate and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League. In 2021 the native of Stockbridge, Georgia hit .268 with eight home runs and 31 runs batted in with Southern Maryland and the Gastonia Honey Hunters – also of the Atlantic League. Williams appeared in 38 games for the American Association’s Gary SouthShore RailCats last season, batting .175 with one home run and seven RBIs. The 25-year-old was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 22nd round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). Croes is a native of Noord, Aruba and will be making his professional debut with the Goldeyes. He played three seasons at Quincy University (Quincy, Illinois) batting .388 with 20 home runs and 120 RBIs in 119 career games. The 23-year-old batted .343 with ten long balls and 62 driven in in 2022.
2023 Canadian U18 Curling Championships
@ Timmons, Ontario
Dayna Wahl 7 Mia Toner, Northern Ontario 3
Marlise Carter, New Brunswick 6 Grace Beaudry 2
Jace Freeman 7 Phillipe Jauron, Quebec 5
Ronan Peterson 6 Nick Mosher, Nova Scotia 1
Freeman (3-2) Peterson (3-2)
Anne-Sophie Gionest, Quebec 11 Wahl 2
Beaudry 5 Claire Dubinsky, Northern Ontario 3
Beaudry (3-2) Wahl (1-4)
The 2023 Canada Winter Games begins February 18th with the opening ceremonies. Team Manitoba Chef de Mission Drew Todd will join Clayton Dreger on Sportsbeat which airs Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.