The Swift Current Broncos open a stretch of three games over four days tonight when they face the Regina Pats in the Queen City.

The Broncos have won three of their four meetings with the Pats so far and are coming off a 4-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Swift Current remains two points ahead of Brandon for fifth place in the Eastern Conference after the Wheat Kings lost 4-2 in Moose Jaw on Thursday night.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00pm from the Brandt Centre and you can hear it on Country 94.1 with Redhead Equipment Case IH Broncos Hockey starting at 6:45pm. 

The Broncos will host the Pats on Saturday night at 7:00pm from Innovationplex and then welcome the Moose Jaw Warriors for an early 5:00pm face-off on Monday.

U18 AA Broncos fall in OT to Warriors

The Southwest Sports Excellence U18 AA Broncos dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Moose Jaw Warriors last night in the Friendly City. Brett Stusrud had the lone goal for Swift Current, who visit the Prairie Storm in their only game of the long weekend tomorrow in Emerald Park.

Minor hockey action this weekend has the Innovation Federal Credit Union Wildcats heading to Prince Albert to face the Bears this weekend, the Full Line Ag U18 Wildcats will wrap up the regular season against the Regina Rebels on Saturday at 12:45pm from Innovationplex, the Graphic Edge U15 Wildcats visit the Lumsden Bethune Lynx tonight and then host the Parkland Fire on Sunday at 1:45pm from Innovationplex, and the WW Smith U13 Wildcats will also wrap up their regular season tonight in Rosetown against the Western Prairie Thunder.

In junior female hockey, the Southwest CMX Impact host the Regina Rebels Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:15pm in Gull Lake.

Local minor hockey teams in provincial playoffs this weekend

Provincial playoffs start for the Swift Current U15 A Broncos as they host Martensville in game one of a best-of-three series Sunday at 6:45pm from S3 Arenas. Meanwhile, the Shaunavon Badgers trail their best-of-three U18 B playoff series with Indian Head 1-0 as they host game two on Saturday at 4:30pm, while Maple Creek visits the Prairie Storm on Saturday needing a win to stay alive in their U18 B series, and the Gull Lake Greyhounds need a win in Dinsmore on Sunday to keep their U13 D provincial run alive.

The Kyle Elks open a best-of-three Senior C provincial series with the Davidson Cyclones on Saturday with game two on February 24 in Kyle and game three, if needed, in Davidson on February 25. The Elks will also play game one of the best-of-five SVHL semi-final on Sunday in Dinsmore against the Dynamos.

Leafs hang on to beat Flyers in OT

Auston Matthews scored a natural hat trick in the second period and William Nylander scored 54 seconds into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. 

Meanwhile, Elias Lindholm scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 for their third straight win. In other NHL action, Anaheim beat Ottawa 5-1, the New York Rangers beat Montreal 7-4, St. Louis doubled up Edmonton 6-3 and San Jose beat Calgary 6-3. 

Scotties gets underway tonight in Calgary

The Scotties Tournament of Hearts opens tonight at Calgary's Winsport Arena with Kerri Einarson and her rink from Gimli, Manitoba, looking a record fifth consecutive championship.

Skylar Ackerman and her team from the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon will represent Saskatchewan and will face Jane DiCarlo and Team PEI in tonight's opening draw.

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