Tough road conditions on Thursday led to some postponements for local minor hockey teams.
The Innovation Federal Credit Union Wildcats were to take on the Rebels in Regina, but that game was called off with Highway 1 closed for much of the day. The Wildcats will head to Saskatoon to face the Stars on Saturday and Sunday.
The Southwest Sports Excellence U18 Broncos also had their game in Regina against the Capitals postponed, and the Full Line Ag U18 AA Wildcats game in Wilcox against the Notre Dame Hounds was also called off. The Broncos head to Wilcox on Saturday while the Wildcats have road games in Kindersley and Saskatoon this weekend.
Other minor hockey this weekend has the Home Hardware Legionnaires visiting the Battlefords Stars for a pair of games. The Pure Chem U15 AA Broncos host the Regina Aces Saturday at 12:30pm from Innovationplex and the Prairie Storm on Sunday at 3:00pm from S3 Arenas. The Graphic Edge U15 Wildcats travel to Prince Albert on Saturday and then host the Northwest Sharks on Sunday at 3:15 from S3 Arenas. The SWT U13 Broncos visit the Regina Royals on Saturday and the Regina Tigers on Sunday, and the WW Smith U13 Wildcats host the Northwest Sharks in the only game of the weekend on Sunday at 1:30pm from Innovationplex.
In Senior Hockey, the Eston Ramblers picked up a 2-1 victory over the Kyle Elks in game two of a best-of-three SVHL playoff series. The series is tied at a game apiece with the deciding game in Kyle on Tuesday. The Elks will host the Grenfell Spitfires in game two of their Senior C provincial series on Saturday night, leading the best-of-three set 1-0. Game three, if needed, will be in Kyle on Sunday.
Bruins blank Canucks in battle of NHL's top teams
Brad Marchand and Danton Heinen scored shorthanded goals in the first period as the Boston Bruins blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in a matchup between the top two teams in the NHL. Linus Ullmark made 17 saves for the shutout as the Bruins tied the Canucks for first place in the overall league standings.
Meanwhile, Andrei Kuzmenko scored the game-winner as the Calgary Flames picked up their third-straight victory in a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils, and Travis Konecny had a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick"... a goal, an assist and a fight... as the Philadelphia Flyers beat Winnipeg 4-1 to hand the Jets their fifth-straight loss.
Three games are in the NHL tonight including the Edmonton Oilers looking to build a new winning streak when they visit the Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers fell 3-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday to snap a 16-game winning streak, one short of tying the all-time record longest winning streak held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.
In women's hockey, Canada faces the United States for game six of the Rivalry Series tonight at the Brandt Centre in Regina. Canada rallied for a 4-2 win in Saskatoon on Wednesday to cut the Americans' lead in the seven-game series to 3-2. Game seven will be in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sunday.
Raptors host Houston after busy trade deadline
The Toronto Raptors start a five-game homestand when they welcome the Houston Rockets to Scotiabank Arena tonight a day after making moves at the NBA's trade deadline. The Raptors picked up Canadian Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbadji from the Utah Jazz and sent Otto Porter Jr., Thaddeus Young and Dennis Schroder to new teams.
Former Raptor Fred Van Vleet, who signed with the Rockets as a free agent in the off-season, is out tonight with an injury.
Rush head to Vancouver in NLL action
The Saskatchewan Rush head west to Vancouver to take on the Warriors on Saturday night. The Rush are coming off a 10-9 home win over Panther City last Saturday and lost 11-9 to the Warriors in their last meeting in Saskatoon on January 20.
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