(As of 14:01 p.m.) by Hartley Miller

WHL: (PG Cougars)

The Prince George Cougars are 13 points behind the Seattle Thunderbirds for the last WHL Western Conference wild-card spot after the Thunderbirds beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 Saturday night.

The (16-31-3-4) Cougars, who have lost their last five, visit the (23-28-3-3) Thunderbirds tonight (Sunday) at 5:00.

Prince George has 14 games left (including six at home) and Seattle has 11 left (including six at home).

The Cougars host the (25-26-2-3) Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Everett Silvertips  4  Prince George Cougars  2  (Friday)

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

The WHL standings are right here.

BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings)

Coquitlam Express  4  Prince George Spruce Kings  3  (Shootout-Saturday)

The Spruce Kings erased a 3-1 third period deficit to earn a point before 1,611 fans at the RMCA.



Coquitlam Express  4  Prince George Spruce Kings  2 
(Friday)

The (18-32-3-5) Spruce Kings finished last in the Mainland Division and 15th out of 17 in the overall BCHL standings.

Prince George will play the (36-17-2-2-1) Trail Smoke Eaters in the first round of the playoffs.

The Smoke Eaters placed second in the Interior Division.

The best of seven series will feature a 2-3-2 format starting in Trail on Friday and Saturday with games three and four in P.G. on Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd.

The Schedule for the series is as follows:

Game 1 – Friday, February 28th  – Prince George @ Trail – 7 PM
Game 2 – Saturday, February 29th  – Prince George @ Trail – 7 PM
Game 3 – Monday, March 2nd  – Trail @ Prince George – 7 PM
Game 4 – Tuesday, March 3rd  – Trail @ Prince George – 7 PM
Game 5 – Thursday, March 5th  – Trail @ Prince George – 7 PM (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Saturday, March 7th  – Prince George @ Trail – 7 PM (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Sunday, March 8th  – Prince George @ Trail – 7 PM (If Necessary)
           PRINCE GEORGE HOME GAMES IN BOLD

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Forward Nick Poisson of the PG Spruce Kings is one of three finalists for the BCHlL Most Sportsmanlike award.

Poisson has 47 points and 20 penalty minutes in 49 games this season.

Winners of the 2019-20 BCHL awards will be announced just prior to the start of the playoffs.

The BCHL standings are right here.

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

 

BCMML: (Cariboo Cougars at Kin 1)

Cariboo Cougars  5  Fraser Valley Thunderbirds  2  (Sunday)
(The Major Midget Cougars extended their unbeaten streak to eight games)

Cariboo Cougars  3  Fraser Valley Thunderbirds  3  (Tie-Saturday)
(The tie ended the Cougars six-game winning streak)

The (25-10-2-1) Cougars are in 5th place in the 11-team league, a point behind the Vancouver NE Chiefs, two back of Fraser Valley, and three behind the second-place Vancouver NW Hawks.

Cariboo will host the eighth-place North Island Silvertips Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Kin 1 to conclude its regular season.

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

 

NHL: (11 Saturday games) Canadian teams went 2-3

Vancouver Canucks  9  Boston Bruins  3

Tyler Toffoli scored twice and added an assist in his second game with Vancouver.

The (33-22-6) Canucks finished 3-2-1 on a six-game homestand.

Vancouver is 2nd in the Pacific Division, two points behind Vegas, one point ahead of Edmonton, two in front of  Arizona and four up on Calgary.

The Canucks play their next four on the road in the East: Tuesday at Montreal, Thursday at Ottawa, Saturday at Toronto and Sunday, March 1st at Columbus.

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Alex Ovechkin scored his 700th goal, the 8th NHL player to reach that mark, in the Washington Capitals 3-2 Saturday loss to the New Jersey Devils.

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The Nashville Predators have acquired defenceman Ben Harpur from Toronto in return for forward Miikka Salomaki.

The NHL trade deadline is Monday (Noon PT).

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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.

Curling:

Manitoba’s Kerri Einarson beat Team Wild Card’s Jennifer Jones 6-4 in the 1 vs. 2 game at the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw.

Manitoba will play in the final today (4 p.m. PT) against the Ontario’s Rachel Homan.

Ontario beat Wild Card today 8-3 in the semifinal, a day after eliminating Northern Ontario 9-5 in the 3 vs. 4 Page playoff game.

The Canadian champ will advance to the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George March 14th-22nd.

The draw/results right here.

Wild Card, Manitoba and Ontario all finished 9-2 in the Championship Pool followed by Northern Ontario at 8-3.

B.C. (Corryn Brown of Kamloops) ended up 6th with a 5-6 record.

The Championship Pool standings are right here.

 

BC Winter Games:

The BC Winter Games concluded today in Fort St. John.

Cariboo-North East athletes finished 4th out of 8 in medals with 53 and third in gold with 21.

North-West ended up last with 10 medals, including one gold.

More than 1,000 athletes between the ages of 9 and 17 years were entered in 15 different sports.

 

Jr. Basketball Provincials:

The PGSS Polars are 1-2 after three games at the Jr. Boys basketball provincials in Langley.

The Polars lost 77-53 to Enver Creek and then rebounded for a 75-44 victory over Charles Hayes on Saturday.

PGSS fell 78-54 to Oak Bay today.

The Polars have a consolation side game Monday afternoon at 12:30 against Belmont.

32 teams are competing with the final on Tuesday.

The schedule and results right here.

The Langley Events Centre is also the site for Jr. Girls basketball provincials which will begin Wednesday and continue until Saturday.

24 teams, including College Heights and Duchess Park, are entered.

 

NBA:

Toronto Raptors  127  Indiana Pacers  81  (Sunday)

The (42-15) Raptors have won 17 of their last 18 games and are second in the NBA Eastern Conference

Toronto will host the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday (4:30 PT).

The NBA standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule/results right here.