The Winnipeg Jets return to action tonight as the Washington Capitals come to town. Memories of the AHL — the Jets and Capitals play back-to-back on Thursday and Friday. Last night, the Steinbach Pistons eliminated the defending MJHL champion Portage Terriers with an 8-2 rout in Steinbach. Paul Soubry was the hero again as the Wild beat the Thrashers in the all-Winnipeg Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League championship series. And all the local playoffs return to the ice on Friday night.
Let’s start with the Jets and Capitals tonight at MTS Centre plus the five games in the National Hockey League last night…
It’s Hockey Night in Winnipeg. The 16-12-2 Winnipeg Jets, the first place team in the Southeast Division, third in the Eastern Conference, will take on a divisional rival tonight as the 12-16-1 Washington Capitals invade MTS Centre. The Caps are fourth in the Division, 14th in the Conference and seven points behind the Jets. They are desperate.
Tonight it’s the Jets and Caps at 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV and then tomorrow night at 6 p.m. the Jets meet the Caps again on CBC TV. On Sunday, Winnipeg will wrap up this four-game homestand against Tampa, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV.
There were five games in the NHL last night…
Toronto 4 Tampa Bay 2
Joffrey Lupul had a goal and an assist while Nazem Kadri had three assists and Morweena Manitoba’s James Reimer made 26 saves to get the win.
Minnesota 4 Detroit 1
Devin Setoguchi had two goals to lead the Wild, who have won four straight and six of the past seven.
San Jose 4 Edmonton 3 (OT)
Logan Couture had two goals and Dan Boyle scored the shootout winner.
Anaheim 4 Chicago 2
Teemu Selanne’s seventh of the year was the winner as Anaheim scored three unanswered in the third to come back and win. Jonathan Toews scored his 15th of the year for Chicago.
Colorado 4 Dallas 3
Chuck Kobasew had a goal and an assist including the winner as Colorado scored two unanswered in the third to win it.
There was one Big Game 7 in the Addison Division of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League quarterfinals last night and it was a rout: Trent Genyk had two goals and four assists, Richard Olson had two goals and three assists and Myles Nykoluk a goal and four assists as the Steinbach Pistons scored four unanswered goals in the first period and went to rip the defending MJHL champion Portage Terriers 8-2. Steinbach will now face the Winnipeg Blues in the Addison Division final. Meanwhile, the Sher-Wood Division final opens tomorrow night with OCN at Dauphin.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET
Game 2 in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League’s best-of-five championship final was played last night at Gateway Arena and Paul Soubry scored the only goal of the game as the Winnipeg Wild beat the Winnipeg Thrashers 1-0 to even the series at a win apiece. Game 3 goes tomorrow night at MTS Iceplex.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League semifinals begin tomorrow night as the Pembina Valley Twisters play the Raiders at Winnipeg’s Billy Moisienko Arena and the River East Royal Knights take on the Charleswood Hawks at Eric Coy Arena.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
There were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League semifinals last night, but one tonight as Arborg, trailing 3-2, takes on the Selkirk Fishermen at the Selkirk Rec Centre. The winner of that series will take on Peguis in the final.
The 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships is brought to by the 2013 Keystone Cup Host Committee and the St. Malo Junior B Warriors, April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena. The tournament will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Day and weekend passes are available and the kickoff fundraiser goes April 6 at the Community Hall in St.Malo. Check out keystonecup.ca.
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.