Sports Update – Friday, December 9th – PembinaValleyOnline.com
Morden’s Trent Crane will compete in the 2022 World Junior A Hockey Challenge, which begins Sunday in Cornwall, Ontario. The Summerside Western Capitals forward, who has 13 goals and 24 assists in 20 games this season, was called up to Team Canada East’s 22-man roster after the conclusion of Wednesday’s selection camp. Winkler Flyers bench chief Justin Falk is the head coach of Team Canada West.
The Morden bombers and Ste. Anne Aces were winners in Thursday night’s SEMHL. Adam Hughesman had a hat-trick and Jory Mullin had two goals and two assists as Morden defeated Ile des Chenes 7-2. Mike Rey and Jaden Townsend also scored for the Bombers. Matthew Osadick and Josh Beauchemin answered for the North Stars. Keith Grondin had a hat-trick and Joey Moggach had a goal and four assists as Ste. Anne beat Carman 8-4. Tanner Harms added two goals for the first-place aces while the rest went to Miguel Rondeau and Burke Heide. Nathan Karlowsky, Tanner Mole, AJ Nychuk and Scott Atkins scored the goals for the Beavers.
JJ Oke and Carson Inman each scored twice as Portage Collegiate defeated Carman 9-1. Kade Maryniuk, Logan Budz, Brandon Patterson, Maddox Shindle and Alex Van Deynze also scored for the defending Zone 4 High School Hockey League Trojans champion. Rowan Peters contributed four assists. Josh Hiebert had the only goal for the Cougars.
Pierre-Luc Dubois had two goals and an assist, and Mark Scheifele scored his 600th NHL point as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Blues 5-2 in St. Louis. Kyle Connor, Blake Wheeler and Cole Perfetti also scored for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves.
Canada’s world junior team starts camp today after another big push from the NHL. Hockey Canada said the Seattle Kraken loaned forward Shane Wright to the team for the upcoming World Junior Championships ahead of the start of selection camp in Moncton, New Brunswick. Wright was on Canada’s team at the 2022 World Junior Championships, which was postponed due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. He did not play in the rescheduled tournament in August in Edmonton.
Mike O’Shea has signed a three-year contract extension that will see him lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers into the 2025 Canadian Football League season. O’Shea, a consecutive winner of the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL’s top coach in 2021 and 2022, ranks for the third career win in Blue Bombers franchise history at 82, behind only Bud Grant (102) and Cal Murphy ( 86). ). He is currently the CFL’s longest-serving head coach, having managed the Blue Bombers for eight years since accepting the role in December 2013.
Manitoba champions Randy Neufeld, Dean Moxham, Peter Nicholls and Dale Michie have secured a playoff spot at the 2022 Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championship in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Neufeld has an 8-0 record and will close out the championship pool game today with two games against BC’s Wes Craig and Nova Scotia’s Glen MacLeod.