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

Curling:

32-year-old Kerri Einarson and her Manitoba team from the Gimli Curling Club will represent Canada at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George March 14-22.

Manitoba beat Ontario’s Rachel Homan in the final of the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw 8-7 in an extra end.

Ontario trailed 7-3 before scoring two in the 9th and stealing two more in the 10th.

It is the 11th time Manitoba has won the Scotties tying Saskatchewan for most all-time.

Homan beat Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg wild-card team 8-3 in the semifinal.

The linescores right here.

WHL: (PG Cougars)

Prince George Cougars  2  Seattle Thunderbirds  1  (OT) Sunday

Captain Josh Maser scored at 4:41 of overtime as the Cougars ended a 5-game losing streak before 3,064 fans in Kent, Washington.

Taylor Gauthier, with 25 saves, was named the first star as Prince George outshot Seattle 32-26.

The (17-31-3-4) Cougars are 12 points behind the (23-28-4-3) Thunderbirds for the last WHL Western Conference wild-card spot.

Prince George has 13 games remaining (including six at home) and Seattle has 10 left (including five at home).

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

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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)

The Prince George Spruce Kings ended their regular season with a pair of home losses against the first place Coquitlam Express: 4-2 Friday and 4-3 in a shootout Saturday.

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)

The Cariboo Cougars posted a 3-3 tie and a 5-2 victory against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games.

Cariboo Cougars  5  Fraser Valley Thunderbirds  2  (Sunday)
Cariboo Cougars  3  Fraser Valley Thunderbirds  3  (Tie-Saturday)

The (25-10-2-1) Cougars are in 5th place in the 11-team league, a point behind the (27-9) Vancouver NE Chiefs, two back of (26-9-1-2) Fraser Valley, and three behind the second-place (27-9-1-1) 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.

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Saturday’s game marked the 10th edition of Jameson Jones night, an annual Cougars fundraiser. Jones, who fought and beat childhood cancer, was on hand to drop the puck. Saturday’s 50/50 draw was supported by Lo Elliott Orthodontics, which contributed $1,000. The winner took home $1,157 and the other half of the pot will go to B.C. Children’s Hospital. In total, the game raised $2,314 for the cause.

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In other weekend action, the second-place Northern Capitals of the B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League swept a three-game series with the host Vancouver Island Seals. The Capitals won 6-1 on Friday, 4-0 on Saturday and 4-0 on Sunday to improve their record to 17-10-2-0.

 

NHL: (8 Sunday games) Canadian teams went

Edmonton  4  Los Angeles  2
(Connor McDavid scored a goal and added two assists in his return to the Oilers lineup)
Calgary  4  Detroit  2
Buffalo  2  Winnipeg  1
Vegas  6  Anaheim  5  (OT)
St. Louis  4  Minnesota  1

Dallas  2  Chicago  1
NY Islanders  4  San Jose  1
Washington  5  Pittsburgh  3

The (33-22-6) Vancouver Canucks finished 3-2-1 on a six-game homestand after Saturday’s 9-3 victory over Boston.

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

The Canucks are 3rd in the Pacific Division, one point behind Edmonton, four back of Vegas and two ahead of Calgary and Arizona.

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

The only NHL game tonight has Ottawa 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 Montreal Canadiens have dealt forward Ilya Kovalchuk to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a third-round draft pick this week.

The NHL trade deadline is today (Noon PT).

The TSN Trade Tracker is right here.

The Sportsnet Trade Tracker is right here.

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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.

BC Winter Games:

Cariboo-North East athletes finished 4th out of 8 in medals with 53 and third in gold with 21 at the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John.

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

More than 1,000 athletes between the ages of 9 and 17 years competed 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 on Sunday.

The Polars have a consolation side game this 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

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 (48-8) Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday (4:30 PT).

The NBA standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule/results right here.