The Swift Current Innovation Federal Credit Union Wildcats will embark on a six-game season-ending road swing when they face the league-leading Regina Rebels tonight in the Queen City.
The Wildcats (7-13-1-3) are a point behind the fourth-place Battlefords Sharks and are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Rebels in their last home game of the season last Wednesday. All six games in the month of February for Swift Current are on the road, and they won't be back home until playoffs begin in mid-March.
Other minor hockey has the Southwest Sports Excellence U18 AA Broncos also heading to Regina to face the Capitals, while the Full Line Ag U18 AA Wildcats head to Wilcox to face the Notre Dame Hounds.
Wheat Kings move back into tie with Broncos after win over Oil Kings
Nolan Flamand and Dominik Petr had two goals each as the Brandon Wheat Kings routed the Edmonton Oil Kings 7-2 in WHL action on Wednesday night. The win moved Brandon back into a tie with the Swift Current Broncos for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
In other games last night, Tanner Howe had a goal and two assists as the Regina Pats beat Calgary 5-3 and Max Hildebrand stopped all 18 shots he faced as Prince Albert blanked Lethbridge 3-0.
The Broncos host the Oil Kings in their next game on Friday.
Leafs hang on for 5-4 win over Stars
William Nylander had two goals and an assist for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena. Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and John Tavares also scored for the Leafs.
Seven games are on the NHL schedule tonight, including a matchup of the top two teams in the league as Vancouver visits the Boston Bruins, who trail the Canucks by two points for the overall lead. Elsewhere, the Calgary Flames take on the Devils in New Jersey and the Winnipeg Jets visit the Philadelphia Flyers.
In women's hockey, Renata Fast scored the game-winner as Canada rallied past the United States 4-2 in the Rivalry Series at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon on Wednesday. Ashton Bell and Lauren Stacy also scored as part of a run of three unanswered goals for Canada in the third period, and Brianne Jenner had a goal in the second. The US leads the seven-game series 3-2 with game six at the Brandt Centre in Regina on Friday night.
Raptors beat Hornets despite 45-point game from Bridges
RJ Barrett scored 23 points the lead the Toronto Raptors to a 123-117 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Miles Bridges scored a career-high 45 points but it wasn't enough as the Hornets dropped their ninth-straight game. Scottie Barnes picked up 18 points for the Raptors hours after finding out he'll play in his first NBA All-Star Game as an injury replacement.
Vladdy wins record arbitration hearing over Blue Jays
Vladimir Gurrero Jr. will make $19.9 million next season after winning his arbitration case against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. That is highest salary awarded in arbitration since it began in Major League Baseball in 1974. The Blue Jays filed at $18.05 million for Gurrero, who is set to become a free agent after the 2025 season.
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