(As of 12:01 a.m.) by Hartley Miller

WHL: (PG Cougars on the road)

Prince George Cougars  4  Saskatoon Blades  1

Josh Maser opened the scoring on a power play early in the second period and added an empty-net goal in the final minute of the third.

Maser’s two goals were his first in six games.

Jonny Hooker scored his second goal in as many games in a P.G. uniform, and it turned out to be the winner at 7:19 of third.

Connor Bowie also tallied for the Cats while Vladislav Mikhalchuk chipped in with three assists before 3,831 fans in Saskatoon.

First star Taylor Gauthier made 29 saves as the Blades outshot the Cougars 30-21.

Stats and game highlights are right here.

Prince George is 1-0-1-1 on a six-game East Division road trip that continues Tuesday in Winnipeg, Wednesday in Brandon and concludes Friday in Moose Jaw.

The (11-22-3-4) Cougars are eight points behind the (17-20-2-1) Seattle Thunderbirds for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.

P.G. is also four points back of the (14-19-4-1) Tri-City Americans.

 

Prince Albert Raiders  2  Prince George Cougars  1  (OT)

Matthew Culling scored at 3:34 of overtime to give the Raiders just second win in their last 11 games before 2,580 fans at the Art Hauser Centre.

In his first game in a P.G. uniform, Jonny Hooker scored his ninth of the season on a power play at 2:07 of the third to tie the game at 1.

The 18-year-old Hooker was acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings for 19-year-old forward Reid Perepeluk in one of two deals the Cougars made Thursday night prior to the January 10th trade deadline.

Taylor Gauthier made 38 saves as Prince Albert outshot Prince George 40-21, including 20-3 in the third and overtime.

The Cougars have gone beyond regulation time eight times this season, but only have one victory to show for it (1-3-4).

The PG Cougars schedule/results right here.

The WHL standings are right here.

 

BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings at RMCA)

Surrey Eagles  4  Prince George Spruce Kings  1  (Saturday)

Reece Klassen made 27 saves as P.G. outshot Surrey 28-19 before 761 fans.

The Eagles won all four games this season in Prince George.

Surrey Eagles  4  Prince George Spruce Kings  3  (Friday)

The Eagles scored all four of their goals in the second period in front of 862 fans in PG.

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The (14-23-2-3) Spruce Kings are last in the Mainland Division, seven points behind (17-19-2-4) Surrey and eight back of (19-19-1-1-1) Langley.

The Spruce Kings visit (22-17-1-1) Salmon Arm Wednesday and host Langley Friday.

The BCHL standings are right here.

The Spruce Kings 2019-20 schedule/results right here.

 

BCMML: (Cariboo Cougars in Kelowna)

Okanagan Rockets  8  Cariboo Cougars  5  (Sunday)
Okanagan Rockets  4  Cariboo Cougars  1  (Saturday)

The (17-7-1-1) Cougars are in fifth place in the 11-team BCMML, two points behind the Vancouver NE Chiefs, four points back of the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, five behind the Vancouver NW Hawks and 10 back of the (22-2-1-1) Okanagan Rockets.

The Cougars host the (20-7-0-1) Vancouver NW Hawks in the Winter Classic Saturday and Sunday in Fort St. James.

The Major Midget League schedule/results/standings right here.

 

NHL: (11 Saturday games)

Vancouver Canucks  6  Buffalo Sabres  3

Brock Boeser scored twice for the (24-17-4)  Canucks who are 1-2 on a five-game road trip that continues today in Minnesota (1:00 p.m. PT) & wraps up Tuesday in Winnipeg  (5:00 p.m. PT).

The Canucks are 5th in the Pacific Division, but only one point behind Edmonton, two back of Vegas and Arizona and three points behind division-leading Calgary.

The NHL schedule is right here.

The Canucks schedule is right here.

The NHL standings are right here.

The NHL scoring leaders are right here.

 

Canada West Basketball: (UNBC Timberwolves at Northern Sport Centre)

(Men’s action)

Fraser Valley Cascades  87  UNBC Timberwolves  58  (Saturday)

Fraser Valley Cascades  87  UNBC Timberwolves  72  (Friday)

(Women’s action)

Fraser Valley Cascades  75  UNBC Timberwolves  71  (Saturday)

Fraser Valley Cascades  79  UNBC Timberwolves  67  (Friday)

The Cascades are 6-6 (men) and 8-4 (women).

The 4-8 UNBC men are 11th out of 17 teams.

The 3-9 UNBC women are 13th.

The top 12 will advance to the playoffs.

The Timberwolves visit the UBC Okanagan Heat Friday and Saturday.

UBCO is 1-13 (men) and 2-13 (women).

The Canada West men’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West men’s basketball standings are right here.

The Canada West women’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West women’s basketball standings are right here.

 

High School Basketball:

No. 2-ranked Duchess Park Condors whipped No. 1-ranked G.W. Graham Grizzlies of Chilliwack 108-88 in the final of the St. Thomas More Collegiate senior boys basketball tournament in Burnaby.

6-foot-4 Grade 11 guard Caleb Lyons was named MVP after he hooped 35 points, including six triples for the Triple-A Condors in the championship game.

 

NFL: (Conference semifinals)

(Saturday)

Tennessee  28  Baltimore  12
San Francisco  27  Minnesota  10

The Titans (AFC) and 49’ers (NFC) advance to the Conference Finals on January 19th.

(Today)

Kansas City  51  Houston  31
Seattle  at  Green Bay (3:40 p.m.)

The NFL odds are right here.

 

Tennis:

U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a knee injury.

The tournament, the first major of the tennis season, begins Jan. 20 (Australian time) in Melbourne.

 

NBA:

The Toronto Raptors host the (16-21) San Antonio Spurs today (3:00 p.m. PT).

The (25-13) Raptors are 4th in the Eastern Conference.

The NBA standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule/results right here.