The Winnipeg Jets are back in action tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at MTS Centre, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV. Meanwhile, the OCN Blizzard came from behind and beat Swan Valley 3-1 to take 2-0 lead in that best-of-seven MJHL series; the John Taylor Pipers beat the Oak Park Raiders 3-1 last night to win the provincial high school hockey championship; and the provincial male and female teams that will be off to the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships were announced.
Let’s start with the Jets preparations for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the rest of the National Hockey League last night…
It’s Hockey Night in Winnipeg. Tonight, the Winnipeg Jets, who are ninth in the East, two points behind the eighth-place New York Rangers and three points behind first-place Carolina in the Southeast Division get back out onto the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. at MTS Centre, on TSN Jets TV.
Yesterday, Winnipeg Jets No. 1 draft pick and University of Michigan defenseman, Jacob Trouba, was named to the CCHA all-rookie team. That’s good news for the Jets, but he still doesn’t play for the Jets. Meanwhile, Shaquille Merasty, the former Portage Terriers and NAHC Team Manitoba star from Minnedosa who now plays at Adrian College in Michigan was named to the MCHA all-star team.
There were two games in the NHL last night:
Boston 3 Ottawa 2 (SO)
David Krejci scored the winner in the shootout.
Los Angeles 3 Calgary 1
Calgary went 0-for-3 on a road trip through California and was outscored 13-3. The Kings are 9-0-1 in its last 10 at home.
There was one game in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s best-of-seven quarterfinal series last night: Nathan Bruyere, Wilson Dumais and TJ Constant all scored unanswered goals in the third period as the OCN Blizzard came back and beat the Swan Valley Stampeders 3-1 in Swan Valley to take a 2-0 lead in the series. There is one game tonight: Waywayseecappo is at Dauphin. That series is tied 1-1.
Yesterday, the MJHL named Justin Dalebozik, of the Steinbach Pistons the Recycle Everywhere Player of the Week. The product of Treherne scored a hat-trick and had six points in two playoff games for the Pistons. The runners up were forward Mitch Van Teeling of the Dauphin Kings and goaltender Corey Koop of the Steinbach Pistons.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
The 22-39-4-4 last-place Brandon Wheat Kings, return to action tomorrow night against the Prince Albert Raiders, 7 p.m. at Westman Place.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night and there are no games tonight, but there is one game tomorrow night: the Thrashers are at Brandon.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playoffs last night, but there are four tonight: Charleswood is at St. Vital; the Raiders are at St. Boniface; the Twins are at River East; and Pembina Valley is at St. James.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night, but one tonight as Arborg, leading 2-1 in the series, plays in Selkirk. St. Malo, trailing 2-0, plays at Peguis on Friday night.
Christian Vallance scored the game-winner with 2:13 left to play in regulation as the John Taylor Pipers beat the Oak Park Raiders 3-1 last night to win the provincial high school hockey championship last night. The Pipers are the third school in history to win both the city and provincial title sin the same year.
Manitoba’s male and female teams that will represent the province at the 2013 National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Kahnawake, Que., this May were officially named yesterday. The men’s team includes Waywayseecappo Wolverines players Robert Briem and Montana Tanner, OCN Blizzard forward Camacho Lathlin, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Ethan Williams and forward Kamerin Nault of the Winnipeg Blues. On the women’s team, two former athletes of the year, Julie Desrochers and Alyssa Bertholet along with veterans such as Abby Constant-Bercier from OCN, Nicole Poker from Norway House and Aprel Assiniboine from Long Plain.