The Winnipeg Jets were beaten 4-1 by the Ottawa Senators, but the 15-12-2 Jets remained in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Dauphin Kings blew away Waywayseecappo while the OCN Blizzard came from behind to beat Swan Valley. Dauphin and OCN have moved on to the MJHL semifinals. The Wild-Thrashers Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League playoffs started on Sunday and the Peguis Juniors won again. And the NCAA women’s Frozen Four starts Friday night in Minneapolis. The Mercyhurst-Boston U. game will feature six Manitobans. It was a tremendous hockey weekend in Manitoba.
Let’s start with the Jets loss in Ottawa and the other games from the National Hockey League last night…
The Ottawa Senators kept winning at home. Zach Bogosian scored Winnipeg’s only goal as the Jets three-game winning streak came to an end as the Senators beat the Jets 4-1 in Ottawa yesterday. The Senators have lost only one game in regulation time at home this season. They’re now 10-1-3 at home. Jakub Silfverberg scored twice for Ottawa as Winnipeg fell to 15-12-2 on the season, but despite the loss, the Jets remain in first place in the Southeast Division and third overall in the Eastern Conference.
The Jets return home to play four straight games in Winnipeg. Tomorrow night they face the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV; Thursday and Friday they’ll meet Washington in back-to-back games at MTS Centre, 7 p.m. on Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday, that one is on CBC TV. And then on Sunday, they’ll meet Tampa at 7 p.m. against, on TSN Jets TV.
There were three other games in the NHL yesterday and last night:
Pittsburgh 2 Boston 1
22-9-0 Pittsburgh took over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference as Sidney Crosby and Joe Vitale scored and Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves to get the win. However, the Pens lost the league’s top scoring defenseman, Kris Letang, to a serious leg injury in the first period. No word as to how long he’ll be out.
Washington 5 Buffalo 3
Alex Ovechkin scored his 11th of the season for the Caps who are coming to Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday.
Edmonton 3 Nashville 2
Jordan Eberle scored the winner and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves to get the win.
There are seven games in the NHL tonight: Carolina is at the Rangers; Philadelphia is at Tampa on TSN at 6:30; Calgary is at Dallas at 7:30 on SportsNet West; Chicago is at Colorado; Minnesota is at Vancouver. San Jose is at Anaheim; and Phoenix is at Los Angeles.
There were four games in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s best-of-seven quarterfinal series last night:
Despite being outshot 47-17, Brett Klassen scored the winner in overtime as the Winkler Flyers knocked off the Winnipeg Blues 2-1 in a thriller at MTS Iceplex. Winkler cut the Blues series lead to 3-2.
Myles Nykoluk scored twice and Corey Koop made 28 saves as the Steinbach Pistons beat the defending champion Portage Terriers 3-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.
OCN came from behind and eliminated Swan Valley from the playoffs. The Stampeders led 3-1 after two periods but Nathan Bruyere and Garick Gray scored in the third and Gray’s second of the night was the winner in overtime as OCN won 4-3 to take out Swan Valley in five games.
And first star Guillaume Naud had two goals and two assists as the Dauphin Kings whipped the Waywayseecappo Wolverines 6-1 to win that series 4-2.
No games tonight, but two tomorrow, Steinbach is at Portage and the Blues are in Winkler.
This Friday, the NCAA women’s Frozen Four hockey tournament opens in Minneapolis with Minnesota against Boston College and Mercyhurst against Boston University. Mercyhurst has three Manitobans, Shelby Bram from Ste. Anne, Christine Bestland from Brunkild and former National Aboriginal Hockey Championship gold medalist Kristine Grenier from St. Leon. Boston U also has three Manitobans: Britt Hergesheimer from East St. Paul and Janelle Kohanchuk and Alexis Woloschuk from Winnipeg
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
Nick Buonassisi scored the only goal of the shootout as the Brandon Wheat Kings won their final game of the season, a 2-1 victory over Moose Jaw on Saturday night. The Wheaties finished the season with a record of 24-40-4-4: Last in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
The Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League best-of-five championship final began yesterday afternoon as Braden Purtill scored his second goal of the game in overtime and the Winnipeg Thrashers beat the Winnipeg Wild 3-2 at MTS Iceplex. Game 2 in the series goes Wednesday night, 7:30 at Gateway Arena.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There was one game in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League playoffs last night: The Twins whipped River East 4-1 to even that series at 3-3. Game seven goes tomorrow night Century Arena.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
And there were two games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals this weekend: Dwight Sutherland had a hat-trick while Presley Kirkness had two goals and two assists as the Peguis Juniors whipped St. Malo 9-0 to take a 3-0 lead in that series while Trevor Paradoski scored twice as Selkirk beat Arborg 5-3 to take a 3-2 lead in that series. The next game goes tomorrow night with Peguis at St. Malo.