Sports by Hartley Friday, March 10th as of 12:05 a.m.
It is the third last weekend of the WHL regular season
The (31-24-5) Prince George Cougars visit the (15-39-6-1) Victoria Royals tonight (Friday) and Saturday and battle the (24-28-5-2) Vancouver Giants Sunday at 4:00 in Langley.
The Cougars are 4th in the Western Conference, four points ahead of both the (30-27-2-1) Everett Silvertips and the (28-25-5-2) Tri-City Americans.
P.G., Everett, and Tri-City all have eight games left.
The Cougars are coming off Wednesday’s 6-2 victory over the Rockets in Kelowna.
The box score and game highlights are right here.
.@PGCougars powerplay feasts on undisciplined Rockets, Heidt sets new Cougars single-season assist record | https://t.co/hN17hJrxZG #cityofpg #PrinceGeorge #northernbc #sports pic.twitter.com/qBnvFgAhiA
— My Prince George Now (@mypgnow) March 9, 2023
Cat Scan podcast:
In part 2 of the Jim Playfair @PGCougars Cat Scan #podcast, the ex #NHL coach talks about his surprise firing from #CalgaryFlames, high expectations for the Cougars, spending time with the PG players & watching their tendencies, growing up in FS James, the success of his 3 sons. https://t.co/pHDTx8MTUg
— Hartley Miller (@Hartley_Miller) March 8, 2023
HART ATTACK: @Hartley_Miller touches on the @PGCougars chances of having home ice advantage in @TheWHL playoffs this year | https://t.co/8lGGX2LiuL #cityofpg #PrinceGeorge #northernbc #sports pic.twitter.com/k6j9REAQaw
— My Prince George Now (@mypgnow) March 10, 2023
Edmonton police: Incident non-criminal in nature . . . WHL not commenting . . . Another Blazers skater gets NHL deal https://t.co/qwJPrsyiW1
— Gregg Drinnan (@gdrinnan) March 10, 2023
Update at 12:30 PM
The Western Hockey League announced today sanctions pertaining to the Moose Jaw Warriors following the completion of an independent investigation into violations of team rules and WHL Standard of Conduct policies.
DETAILS | https://t.co/XefoCt6h1w pic.twitter.com/oUm246f1k9
— The WHL (@TheWHL) March 10, 2023
The (24-19-4-1) Prince George Spruce Kings visit the (26-17-5) West Kelowna Warriors tonight and the (22-20-2-4) Vernon Vipers on Saturday.
The Spruce Kings have just six regular-season games left with two of them at home.
(PG will host Salmon Arm on March 18th and 19th and close with a doubleheader in Cranbrook on March 24th and 25th)
Prince George is 5th in the 9-team Interior Division while West Kelowna is 3rd and Vernon 7th.
The Spruce Kings schedule can be found here.
The BCHL standings can be found here.
BC Elite Hockey League: (BCEHL)
Both the Under-18 and U-17 Cariboo Cougars have playoff games against the Okanagan Rockets starting today in Kelowna.
They will also meet Saturday, with if necessary games in the best-of-three series on Sunday.
It is the U-17 semifinals and the U-18 quarterfinals.
(The U-18 games are scheduled for tonight at 7:00, Saturday night at 6:45, and if needed Sunday morning at 9:45)
(U-17 games will go this afternoon at 3:00, Saturday afternoon at 3:30, and if needed Sunday morning at 10:45)
The (9-19-4) Northern Capitals female U-18 hockey team starts its playoffs at home against the (5-25-2) Greater Vancouver Comets.
They face off tonight at 6:00, Saturday night at 5:45, and if needed Sunday morning at 8:45 with all games at Kin 2.
The Caps finished 4th and the Comets 5th (last) in the regular season.
The winner advances to play the first-place (30-2) Fraser Valley Rush in the semifinals.
The league scores, standings, and stats for all BCEHL divisions can be found here.
NHL: (11 Thursday games with 3 Canadian teams in action)
Edmonton 3 Boston 2
Ottawa 5 Seattle 4
New York Rangers 4 Montreal 3 (SO)
The @Senators earned a third-period comeback win to move within four points of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.#NHLStats: https://t.co/42V9cYoppH pic.twitter.com/OPWpqRE8tp
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 10, 2023
The (27-32-5) Vancouver Canucks put a three-game win streak on the line when they host the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at 7:00.
Vancouver is 25th in the overall standings.
There are just two Friday games in the NHL: Anaheim at Calgary and Chicago at Florida.
The Canucks regular season schedule/results are right here.
High School Basketball:
College Heights is 1-1 in 3A Boys at the provincial high school basketball championships in Langley.
College Heights lost its quarterfinal game 69-59 to North Delta.
In 1A Boys, Cedars Christian fell to 1-1 after a 96-57 loss to #1 Unity Christian in the quarterfinals.
Northside Christian of Vanderhoof is 0-2.
In 2A Boys, Nechako Valley is 0-2.
In 4A Boys, PGSS is 0-2.
The (32-35) Toronto Raptors are 1-3 on a 5-game road trip that will conclude tonight at 7:30 against the (32-34) Lakers in LA.
The Toronto Raptors schedule can be found right here.
B.C. (Gauthier) missed the playoffs with a 3-5 record at the Tim Hortons Brier in London, Ontario.
Manitoba (Dunstone) topped Pool A with an 8-0 record while Canada (Gushue) came first in Pool B at 7-1.
Other teams in the hunt play an elimination game today (10 AM PT) as Ontario (McEwen) faces Alberta (Koe) and Northern Ontario (Horgan) meets Wild Card #1 (Bottcher).
The standings can be found here.
Draw results can be found here.