Hartley's Sports ShortsSports HARTLEY’S SPORTS SHORTS: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 2019 (As of 12:01 AM) by Hartley Miller Updated 12:01 p.m. WHL: (PG Cougars) 44 WHL players, including PG Cougars defenceman Rhett Rhinehart, have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2020 NHL Draft. Rhinehart has a ‘C’ rating which indicates a fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round candidate. NEWS | Rhett Rhinehart named to @NHLCentralScout Players to Watch List.#NorthernUprising #WHL ? https://t.co/OZh7Vw99lp pic.twitter.com/FQ8JOpho5r — PG Cougars (@PGCougars) October 7, 2019 Four WHL players were given ‘A’ ratings, including Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Kaiden Guhle, Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt, Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Braden Schneider, and Vancouver Giants forward Justin Sourdif. The ‘A’ rating indicates a first-round candidate. # The PG Cougars play three of their next four games against the (3-2-1) Spokane Chiefs. The two teams meet Friday in Spokane plus Oct. 18th and 19th at CN Centre. The (1-4-0-1) Cougars also visit the (3-3) Tri-City Americans on Saturday. The PG Cougars schedule/results right here. The WHL standings are right here. Wunderbar!?? Here’s your first look at our Oktoberfest-themed jerseys for Oktoberfest night coming up on October 19th! #NorthernUprising #WHL pic.twitter.com/on6WxWdquc — PG Cougars (@PGCougars) October 7, 2019 BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings) The Prince George Spruce Kings play their next four on home ice. The (4-5-2) Spruce Kings host the (6-3-0-1) Nanaimo Clippers Friday and the (8-2-1) Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday. Prince George is tied with the (5-6) Langley Rivermen for 3rd in the Mainland Division, five points behind the (7-4-0-1) Chilliwack Chiefs and six back of the (8-2) Coquitlam Express. The Spruce Kings schedule/results right here. The BCHL standings are right here. BCHL announces Cranbrook Bucks as the league’s 18th franchise. MEDIA RELEASE: https://t.co/q3XYW34OXX pic.twitter.com/0p5mjIMu9a — BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) October 8, 2019 BC Major Midget League: (Cariboo Cougars) The (3-0-0-1) Cariboo Cougars visit the (0-3-1) Valley West Giants Saturday (11:15 a.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m.) in Abbotsford. The Major Midget Cougars are in 5th place but have two games in hand on the four teams ahead of them. The Major Midget League schedule/results/standings right here. NHL: (2 Monday games) St. Louis 3 Toronto 2 Columbus 4 Buffalo 3 (OT) There are eight on the NHL slate tonight with three Canadian teams in action. Calgary is home against LA, Edmonton visits the NY Islanders and Winnipeg is at Pittsburgh. The (0-2) Vancouver Canucks have their home opener Wednesday against the LA. In a minor league deal, the Vancouver Canucks acquired forward David Pope from the Detroit Red Wings for defenceman Alex Biega. The NHL schedule is right here. The Canucks schedule is right here. # Pittsburgh Penguins sniper Evgeni Malkin has a long-term lower-body injury that he suffered in Saturday’s 7-2 victory over Columbus. Coach Mike Sullivan said it’s not a season-ending injury but otherwise provided little information. Canada West Women’s Soccer: (UNBC Timberwolves) The (3-3-4) UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team has four regular-season games left, all on the road. UNBC will visit the (8-0-2) Calgary Dinos Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. PT both days). The Timberwolves are 5th out of eight in the Canada West Pacific Division where the top six teams advance to the playoffs. The UNBC women close at Victoria on Oct. 18th and UBC on the 19th. VIDEO: On Sunday, the trio of @juliababicz, Ash Volk, and Jenna Wild played the final games of their @UNBCWSoccer career. Hear from them, and join us in thanking them for their amazing @CanadaWest careers in @UNBC colours. #foreveratimberwolf pic.twitter.com/RTWawugK3R — UNBC Athletics (@UNBCATHLETICS) October 8, 2019 The UNBC women’s soccer schedule/results right here. The Canada West women’s soccer standings are right here. Canada West Men’s Soccer: (in Langley) The (4-6-3) UNBC men’s soccer team has two regular-season games remaining, both against the (3-5-4) Thompson Rivers WolfPack on October 19th and 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Masich Place. It does not appear that the Timberwolves will advance to the Canada West playoffs. The UNBC men are 6th out seven in the Prairie Division, where just the top four move on to the quarterfinals. The UNBC men’s soccer schedule/results right here. The Canada West men’s soccer standings are right here. MLB: (Best-of-five League Division Series) American League: NY Yankees 5 Minnesota 1 (Yanks sweep the series 3-0 to advance to the American League Championship Series) The Twins have lost 16 consecutive post-season outings, which ties the Chicago Blackhawks of the late 1970s for the longest playoff futility streak among clubs in the four major North American sports. Minnesota has also lost 13 straight playoff games to the Yankees. Tampa Bay 10 Houston 3 (Astros lead ALDS 2-1 with game four tonight (4:07 (PT) in Tampa Bay) # National League: Washington 6 LA Dodgers 1 (The NLDS is tied 2-2 with the 5th and deciding game Wednesday (5:37 p.m.) in LA) St. Louis 5 Atlanta 4 (10 innings) (The NLDS is tied 2-2 with the 5th and deciding game Wednesday (2:02 p.m. PT) in Atlanta) The MLB playoff schedule/results right here. The MLB standings are right here. # NFL: (Final game in week five) San Francisco 31 Cleveland 3 The 4-0 49’ers and the 5-0 New England Patriots are the only unbeaten teams in the NFL. Teams at 4-1 are Seattle, New Orleans, Green Bay, Kansas City and Buffalo. Four teams are winless: Cincinnati and Washington at 0-5 plus Miami and the New York Jets at 0-4. # The Washington Redskins have sacked head coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins posted an overall record of 35-49-1 in five-plus seasons under Gruden. The team’s offensive line coach Bill Callahan has taken over on an interim basis. Callahan is a former head coach of the Oakland Raiders. The NFL schedule/results right here. The NFL standings are right here. # CFL: (Week 18) Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons has taken over as general manager of the Toronto Argos. The Argos fired Jim Popp after the team’s 2-12 start, which is worst in the CFL. # Just four weekends remain in the CFL regular season. The (5-10) BC Lions put a four-game win streak on the line when they visit the (7-8) Edmonton Eskimos Saturday (4 p.m. PT). The Lions need a victory to keep their slim cross-over playoff hopes alive. A key game Friday night (6:30 PT) has (10-4) Saskatchewan at (9-5) Calgary. The Riders lead the West Division by two points over the Stampeders and Blue Bombers. Elsewhere, (8-6) Montreal is at (9-6) Winnipeg Saturday (1:00 p.m. PT) and (3-11) Ottawa is at (2-12) Toronto Friday (4:00 PT). The CFL standings are right here. The 2019 schedule/results right here. NBA: The Toronto Raptors and guard Kyle Lowry have agreed to a one-year, $31 million extension. The 33-year-old Lowry was previously scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.