Sports by Hartley Friday, March 17th as of 12:05 a.m.
The Prince George Cougars need just one more win to clinch 4th place in the WHL Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The (34-24-6) Cougars host the (15-42-6-1) Victoria Royals tonight (Friday) at 7:00 and Saturday night at 6:00.
PG is 7-0 against Victoria this season, outscoring them by a total of 46-17.
The Cougars are riding a seven-game point streak (5-0-2) while the Royals have lost 11 straight (0-10-1).
Prince George is eight points ahead of the (29-26-5-3) Tri-City Americans and nine in front of the (31-29-2-1) Everett Silvertips.
Tri-City and Everett have just five games remaining.
P.G. is coming off Wednesday’s 6-3 victory over the Kelowna Rockets.
The box score is right here.
— My Prince George Now (@mypgnow) March 16, 2023
The schedule for the Cougars can be found here.
The WHL standings can be found here.
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The (25-20-4-1) Prince George Spruce Kings have their final regular season home games this weekend.
They entertain the (26-17-4-2) Salmon Arm Silverbacks tonight and Saturday before closing with a doubleheader in Cranbrook against the (34-13-1-2) Bucks on March 24th and 25th.
Prince George is 5th in the 9-team Interior Division, one point behind West Kelowna, three back of Salmon Arm and just one ahead of Vernon, and two in front of Wenatchee.
Cranbrook has clinched second behind the (45-3-0-1) Penticton Vees.
The Spruce Kings schedule can be found here.
The BCHL standings can be found here.
NHL: (11 Thursday games with Toronto the only Canadian team idle)
Arizona 3 Vancouver 2
The loss snapped the Vancouver 5-game winning streak.
The box score is right here.
The (29-33-5) Canucks face off Saturday night at 7:00 in LA and Sunday at 5 PM in Anaheim.
Calgary 7 Vegas 2
Edmonton 4 Dallas 1
Boston 3 Winnipeg 0
Colorado 5 Ottawa 4
Florida 9 Montreal 5
The @LAKings capped off tonight’s 11-game slate by recording their first home point streak of at least nine games since 2003-04 and moving within one point of the Golden Knights for top spot in the Pacific Division.#NHLStats: https://t.co/yGG0q9B7FZ pic.twitter.com/9cxkW0coh9
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 17, 2023
The Canucks regular season schedule/results are right here.
— UNBC Athletics (@UNBCATHLETICS) March 17, 2023
Toronto Raptors 128 Oklahoma City Thunder 111
The (34-36) Raptors, with just 12 games left, host the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday (4 PM PT).
The Raptors are 9th in the Eastern Conference.
The Toronto Raptors schedule can be found right here.