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

WHL: (PG Cougars)

Brandon Wheat Kings  4  Prince George Cougars  0  (Wednesday)

It is the sixth time in 42 games this season that the Cougars have been blanked.

Jiri Patera earned the shutout with 21 saves before 2,506 fans in Brandon.

Taylor Gauthier took the loss, blocking 37 of 41 shots.

The (22-17-1-2) Wheat Kings extended their win streak to seven games.

Brandon scored once in the first, on the power play, and added three more goals in the first 10 minutes of the third, two of them 31 seconds apart.

Prince George defenceman Cole Moberg left the game and did not return after blocking a shot.

The (11-24-3-4) Cougars are 1-2-1-1 on a six-game East Division road trip that concludes Friday in Moose Jaw against the (11-25-2) Warriors.

Moose Jaw is 19 points out of a playoff berth.

Prince George is eight points behind the (17-20-2-1) Seattle Thunderbirds for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.

The Cougars are also four points back of the (14-21-4-1) Tri-City Americans.

Winnipeg Ice  5  Prince George Cougars  1  (Tuesday)

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

The WHL standings are right here.

 

BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks  6  Prince George Spruce Kings  2

The Spruce Kings suffered their third straight loss overall and they also had a three-game road win streak come to an end.

The (23-18-1-1) Silverbacks scored five goals on the power play.

The game summary is right here.

The Spruce Kings host the Langley Rivermen Friday night with less than 600 seats left on Mohawks night at the RMCA.

Prince George has lost its last seven home games but the Spruce Kings are 5-0 this season against the Rivermen.

With 15 regular-season games remaining, the (14-24-2-3) Spruce Kings are last in the Mainland Division, seven points behind the (17-20-2-4) Surrey Eagles and eight back of the (19-20-1-1-1) Langley Rivermen.

The BCHL standings are right here.

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

 

NHL: (2 Wednesday games)

Chicago  4  Montreal  1
Philadelphia  4  St. Louis  3  (OT)

The Vancouver Canucks host the Arizona Coyotes in one of 13 NHL games tonight.

Edmonton and Winnipeg are the only Canadian teams idle.

The (26-18-5) Coyotes lead the Pacific Division, but they are only two points ahead of Calgary and Edmonton and three in front of Vancouver and Vegas.

The Flames visit Toronto this evening.

The (25-18-4) Canucks are starting a three-game homestand.

Vancouver will also entertain San Jose Saturday and St. Louis Monday.

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The Vegas Golden Knights are the 7th NHL team to make a head coaching change this season (2019-20).

The Golden Knights sacked Gerard Gallant and replaced him with Peter DeBoer.  Vegas is
24-19-6 and in a virtual tie for the last wild-card spot.  DeBoer was fired by the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 11.

Other teams besides Vegas and San Jose to replace their coach include: Toronto, New Jersey, Calgary, Dallas and Nashville.

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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.

 

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, located on Nak’azdli Whut’en territory, 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 Sunday outdoor game will be a first for the Capitals.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan is scheduled to attend both outdoor games

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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).

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.

NBA:

Toronto Raptors  130  Oklahoma City Thunder  121

The (26-14) Raptors are 4th in the Eastern Conference with their next game Friday at home against the (13-27) Washington Wizards.

The NBA standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule/results right here.

 

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.