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

WHL: (PG Cougars on the road)

The PG Cougars have picked up four out of a possible six points on their 6-game East Division road trip with three games left.

The Cougars won 4-1 (Saturday) in Saskatoon after dropping a 2-1 overtime decision (Friday) in Prince Albert.

Prince George Cougars  4  Saskatoon Blades  1  (Saturday)

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 against the East-Division leading (25-15-1) Ice.

The Cats also play Wednesday in Brandon and 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)

The Prince George Spruce Kings lost both of their home weekend games against Surrey.

The Eagles beat the Spruce Kings 4-3 (Friday) and 4-1 (Saturday) to sweep all four games they played this season in Prince George.

Surrey Eagles  4  Prince George Spruce Kings  1  (Saturday)

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

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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With 16 regular-season games left, 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 (19-20-1-1-1) Langley.

The Spruce Kings visit (22-18-1-1) 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)

The Cariboo Cougars lost both of their games to the Okanagan Rockets in Kelowna.

The Major Midget leading Rockets outscored the Cougars 4-1 (Saturday) and 8-5 (Sunday).

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 second annual Winter Classic in Fort St. James.

The doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday night at 5:30 on outdoor ice at Ernie Sam Memorial Arena and Sunday afternoon at 12:30 at the Fort Forum.

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The Northern Capitals of the B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League will also participate in the Winter Classic.

The (10-7-2) Capitals will play three games against the (16-1) Greater Vancouver Comets – on Friday in Vanderhoof (7 p.m.), Saturday at the Fort Forum (2 p.m.) and Sunday at Ernie Sam Memorial Arena (9 a.m.).

The outdoor game will be a first for the Capitals, who are coming off a 1-1-1 weekend in Coquitlam.

They battled the Fraser Valley Rush to a 1-1 deadlock on Friday, fell 4-1 to the Comets on Saturday and downed the Thompson Okanagan Lakers 3-0 on Sunday.

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

 

NHL: (5 Sunday games)

Vancouver Canucks  4  Minnesota Wild  1

Bo Horvat scored twice for the Canucks, who are 2-2 on a five-game road trip that concludes Tuesday in Winnipeg (5:00 p.m. PT) against the (24-18-4) Jets.

The (25-17-4) Canucks are tied with Vegas for third in the tight Pacific Division, only a point behind Calgary and Arizona and only a point ahead of Edmonton.

Just two points separate the top five teams in the Pacific.

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Brett Connolly of Prince George had two assists for Florida in the Panthers 8-4 Sunday victory over Toronto.

The 27-year-old Connolly has 27 points (16 goals) in 44 games.

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Vancouver Canucks  6  Buffalo Sabres  3  (Saturday)

Brock Boeser scored twice for the Canucks.

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The New Jersey Devils have fired general manager Ray Shero after four-plus years on the job.

Devils owner Josh Harris said assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald would handle Shero’s duties with the help of Devils goaltending great Martin Brodeur.

The change comes a little more than a month after Shero sacked the team’s head coach John Hynes.

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There are five NHL games tonight, including Calgary at Montreal.

Elsewhere, Anaheim at St. Louis, Carolina at Washington, Boston at Philadelphia and NY Islanders at NY Rangers.

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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)

The UNBC Timberwolves lost a pair of home games in Canada West basketball to Fraser Valley in both men’s and women’s action.

It was the second straight weekend in 2020 the Timberwolves dropped in a pair of games in both divisions.

(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)

(Sunday)

Green Bay  28  Seattle  23
Kansas City  51  Houston  31

(Saturday)

Tennessee  28  Baltimore  12
San Francisco  27  Minnesota  10

The NFL Conference Finals will be played on Sunday.

Tennessee visits Kansas City (12:05 p.m. PT) in the AFC followed by Green Bay at San Francisco (3:40 p.m.) in the NFC.

The winners advance to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2nd in Miami.

The NFL odds are right here.

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has been hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Stefanski replaces Freddie Kitchens who was fired after just one year on the job.

He is the Browns 10th head coach since 1999.

 

U.S. College Football:

The U.S. College Football championship game will be played tonight (5:00 p.m. PT) in New Orleans.

No. 1 seed LSU Tigers will battle the No. 3 seed Clemson Tigers.

 

NBA:

San Antonio  105  Toronto  104

DeMar DeRozan scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half for the (17-21) Spurs against his former team.

The (25-14) Raptors play Wednesday (5:00 p.m. PT) in Oklahoma City against the (22-17) Thunder.

Toronto is 4th in the Eastern Conference, two games back of Boston and Miami.

The NBA standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule/results 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 Sunday (PST) in Melbourne.