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

WHL: (PG Cougars)

Winnipeg Ice  5  Prince George Cougars  1

The Cougars scored on their first shot, two minutes into the game from Majid Kakkoura, before the Ice responded with five consecutive goals, in front of 1,621 fans at the Wayne Fleming Arena in Winnipeg.

Prince George fell to 1-1-1-1 through four games on its six-game eastern road swing.

Winnipeg native Tyler Brennan suffered the loss in net, yielding five goals on 34 shots.

Isaac Johnson notched two goals (two minutes apart in the second period) and two assists for the East-Division leading (26-15-1) Ice.

The game summary and highlights are right here.

The (11-23-3-4) Cougars play tonight in Brandon before concluding the trip Friday in Moose Jaw.

The (21-17-1-2) Wheat Kings are third in the East Division

Prince George is 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 (14-20-4-1) Tri-City Americans.

The P.G. Cougars schedule/results right here.

The WHL standings are right here.

 

BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings)

The Prince George Spruce Kings visit the (22-18-1-1) Salmon Arm Silverbacks tonight before hosting the Langley Rivermen Friday.

The Friday game, with 600 seats left, will be Mohawks night at the RMCA.

Although the Spruce Kings have struggled at home this season, they have won their last three road games.

With 16 regular-season games remaining, 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 BCHL standings are right here.

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

 

NHL: (11 Tuesday games)

Winnipeg Jets  4  Vancouver Canucks  0

Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and 18th of his career, a franchise record.

The Jets ended a six-game home losing streak.

The (25-18-4) Canucks finished 2-3 on a five-game road trip.

Vancouver is tied with Vegas for fourth in the tight Pacific Division, only a point behind Calgary and Edmonton and three back of Arizona.

The Canucks host the Coyotes Thursday to begin a three-game homestand.

There are just two NHL games tonight: Chicago at Montreal and Philadelphia at St. Louis.

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.

 

BCMML: (Cariboo Cougars)

The Cariboo 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.

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.

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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.

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

 

Canada West Basketball: (UNBC Timberwolves)

The UNBC Timberwolves visit the UBC Okanagan Heat Friday and Saturday in Canada West basketball in Kelowna.

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.

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

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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.

 

MLB:

Alex Cora is out as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Cora, who guided the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series, has been linked this offseason to two sign-stealing schemes, including one when he was a bench coach with the Houston Astros in 2017.

The 44-year-old Cora is awaiting discipline from MLB.

 

NFL:

The NFL Conference Finals take to the field 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.

Both the Chiefs and 49’ers are favoured by 7 1/2 points.

The NFL odds are right here.

 

NBA:

The (25-14) Toronto Raptors play tonight (5:00 p.m. PT) in Oklahoma City against the (23-17) Thunder.

Toronto is 4th in the Eastern Conference.

The NBA standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule/results right here.