Sylar Ackerman and Team Saskatchewan will miss the playoffs at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.

The team finished with a 4-4 record in round-robin and wound up in a five-way tie for the third and final playoff spot in Pool A, but Manitoba’s Kaitlyn Lawes won the tiebreaker based on her results in the last shot draw. 

Saskatchewan last won the Scotties in 2011. 

The playoff games this afternoon have Alberta’s Selena Sturmay facing Jennifer Jones while unbeaten Rachel Homan takes on defending champion Kerri Einarson. The winners advance to tomorrow's 1 vs. 2 Page Playoff game while the losers face Lawes and Manitoba’s Kate Cameron tonight to set up the 3 vs. 4 game.

Playoffs begin for female AA teams

The Graphic Edge U15 AA Wildcats will start their playoff run this weekend when they host Regina Rebels Black on Sunday afternoon at 3:45pm from S3 Arenas. Game two of the best-of-three series will be in Regina on Thursday with game three, if needed, in Swift Current next Sunday.

The WW Smith U13 Wildcats will start a best-of-three series with the Southeast Gold Wings on Saturday afternoon in Estevan with game two next Saturday at S3 Arenas. Game three, if necessary, will be in Weyburn next Sunday.

The Full Line Ag U18 Wildcats earned a bye in the first round of playoffs after finishing first in the South Division and will resume play in early March.

Meanwhile, regular season play continues for Swift Current's male AA teams, with the Southwest Sports Excellence U18 Broncos hosting Moose Jaw on Saturday and Sunday at S3 Arenas. The Pure Chem U15 Broncos visit the Regina Pat Blues for their only game of the weekend on Saturday, and the SWT U13 Broncos have road games in Regina, Yorkton and Melville this weekend.

Other local hockey has the Innovation Federal Credit Union Wildcats visiting the Battlefords Sharks on Sunday and the Southwest CMX Impact will host the Saskatoon Prairie Blaze on Saturday night in Gull Lake.

Leafs get sixth in a row in Vegas

Auston Matthews scored his 52nd goal of the season and Max Domi added two more as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Vegas Golden Knights 7-3 for their sixth straight win.

Meanwhile, Jared McCann had a goal and three assists and Jordan Eberle added two goals as the Seattle Kraken handed the league-leading Vancouver Canucks their fourth straight loss with a 5-2 victory in the Emerald City.

In other NHL action, Ottawa beat Dallas 4-1, Pittsburgh beat Montreal 4-1 and Calgary edged Boston 3-2 in overtime. Winnipeg visits Chicago and Edmonton hosts Minnesota tonight.

Rush host T-Birds in NLL action this weekend

The Saskatchewan Rush are riding a two-game winning streak into a home game against the Halifax Thunderbirds on Saturday at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. The Rush are coming off a 13-10 win over the Vancouver Warriors on February 10 and sit 10th in the league standings with a 3-4 record.

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