Despite their noticeable improvement, the Providence Pilots men’s basketball team lost twice to the Oak Hills Christian College Wolfpack last weekend, in two neck-and-neck matches.

While the game did feature numerous lead changes, head coach Pierre Dubreuil says his team made a few too many errors.

Sunday’s re-match was even closer, with Providence seemingly in control late in the fourth quarter before the Wolfpack forced overtime. The hosts ended up prevailing 99-91 after the extra frame. Lawson once again led the way for Providence with 27 points, and first-time starter Eric Klassen added an impressive 15.

“We put up a tough fight this weekend and made some improvements in the second game,” analyzed Pilots’ first-year centre Waedon Dueck. “We fought hard, so we’ll just have to fight even harder as we move forward with the rest of our season.”

On the volleyball court, both Pilots teams dropped Friday matches at home to the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers and Saturday encounters in Winnipeg against Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface.

The women’s side, yet to win this season, dropped all three sets in Otterburne but bounced back with a narrow 3-2 defeat at USB. Danella Alvaro and Maddie Fehr each executed 22 kills over the two matches.

“It was tough to see our team fight so hard in the comeback effort against USB only to end up losing a tight fifth set,” said head coach Kyle Guenther. “We will try to build off the aggressive game we brought on the weekend and send ourselves into the Christmas break on a high note.”

The men’s team failed to win a set on the weekend, although Brett Foley performed well, scoring 13 points and adding five blocks. Trey Friesen contributed nine kills, 2 digs and an ace.

“In these two games we weren’t able to connect as well as we have in the past,” analyzed Friesen, a first-year left side from Rosenort. “But we’re looking to get back on track in our coming games.”

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Monday, February 18th

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Springfield vs Mitchell
@ Oakbank, 7 p.m.
(Mohawks lead best of 5 series 2-0)

MJHL
Winkler at Steinbach, 2:30 p.m.
Neepawa at Selkirk, 4 p.m.
Virden at Portage, 4:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Wayway, 6 p.m.

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Norway House at Ste. Anne, 6:30 p.m.
(best of 3 semifinal tied 1-1)

WHL
Swift Current at Brandon, 2:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Milwaukee
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

NHL
Arizona at Calgary, 3 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Boston at San Jose, 9 p.m.
Washington at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 17th

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Steinbach 7 St. Adolphe 6
(Huskies lead best of 5 series 2-1)
Lorette 12 Grunthal 3
(Comets lead series 2-0)

MFMHL
Wpg Ice 2 Eastman 0
(Ice win best of 5 quarterfinal 3-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Kenora 2 Eastman 1
Southwest 8 Interlake 0
Brandon 8 Norman 2
Wpg Wild 10 Parkland 0
Wpg Bruins 4 Central Plains 2
Yellowhead 10 Pembina Valley 0

U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Eastman 2 Wpg Sharks 2 (tie)

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Norway House 3 Ste. Anne 2
(best of 3 semifinal tied 1-1)

AHL
Milwaukee 6 Manitoba 5

NHL
Pittsburgh 6 N.Y. Rangers 5
St. Louis 4 Minnesota 0
New Jersey 4 Buffalo 1
Philadelphia 3 Detroit 1
Florida 6 Montreal 3
Anaheim 5 Washington 2

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