InnovationPlex will be packed to the rafters as the Swift Current Broncos host Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats for the final time in the regular season.
The team announced Thursday that tonight’s game is sold out as the Broncos get set to face the league’s leading scorer and presumptive first-overall pick at this summer’s NHL Draft. Swift Current is coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday but have won nine of their last 11 games.
This will be the last home game for the Broncos until February 10 as they will visit the Pats and Tigers this weekend and then head out on a two-week long US road swing starting in Portland next Friday.
Tonight's game starts at 7:00pm and you can hear it on the Eagle 94.1 FM with Living Sky Casino Broncos Hockey starting with the pre-game show at 6:30pm.
Saskatoon hosts Prince Albert, Calgary hosts Brandon, Red Deer welcomes Prince George and Lethbridge visits Seattle in tonight's other WHL action.
Legionnaires host Blazers while Wildcats visit Stars
The Home Hardware Legionnaires host the league-leading Saskatoon Blazers for a pair of games Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 1:45pm from InnovationPlex.
The Innovation Credit Union Wildcats visit the Saskatoon Stars for a two-game road swing with game one in Martensville as part of the community's Hockey Day in Saskatchewan festivities on Saturday. Game two on Sunday will be at Merlis Belsher Place on the USask campus.
In AA hockey, the Source for Sports U18 Broncos host the Regina Capitals on Saturday at 7:45pm and the Melville Millionaires Sunday at 1:15pm from S3 Arenas, and the Full Line Ag U18 Wildcats welcome the Notre Dame Hounds Saturday at 5:15pm, also at S3 Arenas.
The SWT U13 Broncos head to Yorkton and Melville and the Graphic Edge U15 Wildcats host the Regina Rebels for two games this weekend.
Leafs and Oilers pick up wins
Auston Matthews scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 in NHL action on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Zach Hyman had a pair of goals of his own as the Edmonton Oilers beat Tampa Bay 5-3, and Matthew Tkachuk scored twice as part of a five-goal second period for the Florida Panthers in a 6-2 win over Montreal.
Ottawa visits Pittsburgh and Vancouver hosts Colorado tonight, then all seven Canadian teams will be in action for Hockey Day in Canada on Saturday with Calgary hosting Tampa Bay, Ottawa welcoming Winnipeg, the Leafs visiting the Habs and the Canucks hosting the Oilers.
Raptors suffer 4th quarter collapse in loss to T-Wolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit in a 128-126 win over the Toronto Raptors Thursday night.
Scottie Barnes had a season-high 29 points and Fred VanVleet added 25 for the Raptors, who face the league-leading Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Felix moves on at Aussie Open, Shapo's rally falls short
Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime moved on to the round of 16 at the Australian Open with a four-set win over Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo late Thursday night. The sixth seed will face Jiri Lehecka of Czechia in his next match.
Meanwhile, Richmond Hill’s Denis Shapovalov rallied from two sets down, but fell to Poland’s Hubert Hurkaczv in five sets this morning.
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