Sports by Hartley Miller as of 12:05 a.m. Monday, January 10th

(Updated at 11:00 a.m.)

Baseball:

One of the best athletes to call Prince George home has passed away.

Amanda Asay, the longest-serving member of the Baseball Canada Women’s National Team program, succumbed to her injuries following a skiing accident on Friday in Nelson.

She was just 33.

Asay, a top-notch pitcher and first baseman, was a player on the national team for 16 years.

She also excelled in hockey and in school as she attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island for three seasons (2006-2009) while earning a Bachelor’s in Science.

She continued her studies at UBC where she attained a master’s in science and a Ph.D. in forestry.

 

BCHL:

The Prince George Spruce Kings took three out of a possible four points from their two-weekend games against the Bucks in Cranbrook.

The Spruce Kings lost 1-0 in overtime to the Bucks on Friday before coming back with a 5-0 victory on Saturday.

The (15-9-2-1) Spruce Kings are 5th in points in the Interior Division, one point behind the (16-11-2) Bucks, although P.G. has two games in hand.

Prince George is scheduled to host the (19-10) West Kelowna Warriors Wednesday night at 7:00.

The Spruce Kings regular season schedule is right here.

The BCHL standings are right here.

 

Prince George Spruce Kings  5  Cranbrook Bucks  0  (Saturday)

Cranbrook Bucks  1  Prince George Spruce Kings  0  (Friday OT)

 

WHL:

Portland Winterhawks  3  Kelowna Rockets  1  (Saturday)

Ex PG Cougar Taylor Gauthier made his debut in the Winterhawks net and stopped 38 of 39 shots.

The Prince George Cougars home games against the Kelowna Rockets scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday have been postponed.

15 WHL teams, including the Cougars, have recently paused team activities as a result of multiple players and staff being added to the WHL COVID-19 Protocol List due to exhibiting symptoms or having tested positive for COVID-19.

The WHL standings are right here.

The PG Cougars regular season schedule is right here.

 

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NHL: (2 Sunday games)

St. Louis  2  Dallas  1

Anaheim  4  Detroit  3  (Shootout)

There are 3 NHL games tonight (Monday): Boston at Washington, Seattle at Colorado, and New York Rangers at LA.

The (16-15-3) Vancouver Canucks, who are 8-0-1 under head coach Bruce Boudreau, begin a 5-game road trip Tuesday against the Panthers in Florida.

The Canucks schedule is right here or here.

The NHL schedule is right here.

The NHL standings are right here.

 

BC Elite Hockey League: (AAA)

The U-18 Cariboo Cougars are hoping to return to action on Saturday, Jan 15th (5:15 PM) and Sunday the 16th (10 AM) against the (8-7-1-2) Okanagan Rockets in Kelowna.

The (9-9-1-1) U-18 Cougars are in fifth place in the 10-team division while the Rockets are 6th.

The U-18 Cariboo Cougars schedule is right here.

 

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NFL: (Week 18)

The final game of the regular season

Las Vegas Raiders  35  Los Angeles Chargers  32  (OT)

The Raiders victory allowed Las Vegas and the Pittsburgh Steelers to advance to the playoffs while the loss eliminated the Chargers.

The wild-card round begins Saturday with a pair of games: Las Vegas at Cincinnati (1:30 PM PT) followed by New England at Buffalo (5:15).

The three games on Sunday feature Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (10 AM), San Francisco at Dallas (1:30), and Pittsburgh at Kansas City (5:15).

On Monday night, January 17th, Arizona will visit the LA Rams (5:15).

Today, the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins all fired their head coach.

The NFL standings are right here.

The NFL regular season schedule is right here.

NFL odds are right here.

 

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NBA:

Toronto Raptors  105  New Orleans Pelicans  101

It was the 6th straight victory for the (20-17) Raptors, who will host the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday (4:30 PT).

The Raptors’ schedule is right here.

The NBA standings are right here.