(As of 12:01AM)
PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS:
Prince George Cougars 7 Calgary Hitmen 1
Kody McDonald notched a hat trick while line-mate Jared Bethune added a goal and two assists.
The Cougars exploded with four goals in the second and three more in the third for their first home win of the season.
They finished with two on the power play and two shorthanded before 2,577 fans at CN Centre.
Taylor Gauthier made 16 saves for his first WHL win.
The PG Cougars got down to the WHL limit of three 20-year-olds by placing overage defenceman Shane Collins on waivers.
Collins, who played three seasons with Prince George, is now a free agent.
The Cougars roster sits at 25; three goalies, seven defencemen and 15 forwards.
They have also recalled affiliate defenceman Peter Kope due to injuries to Josh Anderson and Jonas Harkins.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 Vancouver Giants 2 (Shootout)
Victoria Royals 8 Tri-City Americans 2
BC DIVISION STANDINGS:
Victoria, 7 games = 7-0 (14 points)
Kelowna, 6 games = 4-1-0-1 (9 points)
Prince George, 8 games = 3-3-2 (8 points)
Vancouver, 6 games = 2-3-0-1 (5 points)
Kamloops, 8 games = 0-8 (0 points)
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS:
The 6-3-1-1 Prince George Spruce Kings host the 3-7 Merritt Centennials tonight.
The teams split their first two meetings this season.
18-year-old defenseman Luc Salem, acquired from the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL in return for future considerations, will make his debut on the PG blue-line.
MAINLAND DIVISION STANDINGS:
Prince George, 11 games = 6-3-1-1 (14 points)
Langley, 11 games = 4-2-5 (13 points)
Chilliwack, 10 games = 3-5-1-1 (8 points)
Surrey, 12 games = 3-7-1-1 (8 points)
Coquitlam, 11 games = 2-7-1-1 (6 points)
The 3-2-1 Cariboo Cougars will host the 2-3-1 North Island Silvertips Saturday at 4PM and Sunday at 10AM at Kin 1.
Ottawa Senators 3 Vancouver Canucks 2 (Shootout)
Chicago Blackhawks 3 Montreal Canadiens 1
Vegas Golden Knights 5 Arizona Coyotes 2
Golden Knights won their home opener to improve to 3-0.
The 4-5-5 UNBC Timberwolves men’s soccer team will host the 4-6-2 Fraser Valley Cascades Friday and Saturday at 7PM in their final regular season games.
The UNBC men are in fifth place in the Canada West Pacific Division where the top four teams advance to the playoffs.
Meanwhile, The 2-7-1 UNBC women play soccer games on the road this weekend.
The Lady Timberwolves visit 3-4-3 Manitoba Friday and 1-7-2 Winnipeg Saturday before closing their regular season at Thompson Rivers Saturday, October 21st and at UBC Okanagan Sunday, October 22nd.
The UNBC women are tied with Thompson Rivers for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division.
Six of the eight teams advance to the post-season.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
(Fourth game in the best-of-five NLDS)
Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs (Postponed by Rain)
Game Four has been rescheduled for this afternoon at 1:08PM PDT with the Cubs leading 2-1.
The winner of the NLDS takes on the Dodgers in the next round, set to begin Saturday in Los Angeles.
In the American League, the New York Yankees visit the Cleveland Indians tonight in the fifth and deciding game with the winner to play the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series.
The New Orleans Saints traded running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick next year.
The Carolina Panthers host the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday to start the sixth week of the NFL season.
Both teams are 4-1.
The 6-8 BC Lions play Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg against the 10-4 Blue Bombers.
With four games to go, the Lions are last in the West Division, four points behind both the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos.