(As of 12:01AM) WEEKEND WRAP

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS: (BCHL)

Victoria Grizzlies  3  Prince George Spruce Kings  0 (Sunday)

Kurtis Chapman made 37 saves for the shutout as P.G. outshot Victoria 37-29.

The Spruce Kings picked up just one out of a possible six points on their weekend road trip.

The 25-11-2-2 Spruce Kings are tied with the (27-11) Chilliwack Chiefs for first place in the Mainland Division although the Chiefs have two games in hand.

The Spruce Kings host (11-25-4-1) Cowichan on Friday.

Cowichan Valley Capitals  5  Prince George Spruce Kings  2 (Saturday)

Ben Poisson scored both goals for the Spruce Kings.

Merritt Centennials  3  Prince George Spruce Kings  2 (Shootout Friday)

 

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS:

Prince George Cougars  2  Kelowna Rockets  1  (Shootout Friday)

Prince George won the shootout 2-1 with Tyson Upper notching the shootout winner.

Winning goaltender Taylor Gauthier made 26 saves with five of them in overtime.

The Cougars visit the (20-14-1-1) Tri-City Americans Tuesday and the (22-13-2-2) Spokane Chiefs Wednesday to complete a stretch of 11 consecutive games on the road.

Prince George has lost nine of its last 11 road games and 11 of 14 overall.

The 13-21-1-2 Cougars are four points behind the (15-19-2-1) Kamloops Blazers for the second and final wild-card spot. Both teams have played 37 games.

The Blazers lost 5-1 Sunday night in Everett.

Prince George is also one point ahead of the last place (12-20-4) Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Conference.

The Thunderbirds beat Regina 6-3 on Sunday.

The Cougars host the (17-18-3-1) Kelowna Rockets Friday and Saturday to begin a six-game homestand.

 

NHL: (Canadian teams went 2-1 on Sunday)

Edmonton  4  Anaheim  0
Winnipeg  5  Dallas  1
Carolina  5  Ottawa  4

The 20-21-4 Vancouver Canucks finished 3-3 on a six-game road trip after Saturday’s 5-0 loss in Toronto.

Elias Pettersson did not play because of an injured right knee (slight sprain in his MCL).

In 38 games, the 20-year-old rookie has 42 points, including 22 goals.

The Canucks will entertain Arizona Thursday to start a six-game homestand that will conclude their January schedule.

There are five Monday games in the NHL with three of them involving Canadian teams: Nashville at Toronto, Minnesota at Montreal and Calgary at Chicago.

The other two match-ups have St. Louis at Philadelphia and LA at San Jose.

 

WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP:

(Gold medal game Saturday in Vancouver)

Finland  3  USA  2

The victory gives Finland gold in three of the last six years (2014, 2016, 2019).

(Bronze medal game)

Russia  5  Switzerland  2

Canada finished sixth after a 2-1 loss to Finland in overtime in the quarterfinals.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES: 

(Canada West women’s basketball)

UNBC Timberwolves  79  TRU Wolfpack (Kamloops)  49 (Saturday)

UNBC Timberwolves  78  TRU Wolfpack (Kamloops)  55 (Friday)

(Canada West men’s basketball)

TRU Wolfpack (Kamloops)  82  UNBC Timberwolves  78 (OT Saturday)

UNBC Timberwolves  90  TRU Wolfpack (Kamloops)  81 (Friday)

Both UNBC basketball teams are in 7th place out of 17 teams, although the UNBC women are 8-4 while the men have a 7-5 record with eight regular season games left.

The Timberwolves host the Manitoba Bisons Friday and Saturday.

Manitoba is 5-7 (women) and 3-9 (men).

 

PETTIS:

PG motocross racer Jess Pettis placed 10th (Saturday) in the 250SX class at the AMA Western Regional Supercross in Anaheim.

There were 40 riders in the field, with 22 advancing to the main event.

The 21-year-old Pettis is 10th and top Canadian in the Championship Standings.

 

NFL: (Wildcard weekend) Visitors won three of the four games

Philadelphia  16  Chicago  15 (Sunday)
LA Chargers  23  Baltimore  17  (Sunday)

Dallas  24  Seattle  22 (Saturday)
Indianapolis  21  Houston  7 (Saturday)

The NFL Conference semi-finals this weekend have Indianapolis at Kansas City (1:35 p.m.) and Dallas at the LA Rams (5:15 p.m.) on Saturday followed by the LA Chargers at New England (10:05 a.m.) and Philadelphia at New Orleans (1:40 p.m.) Sunday.

NCAA FOOTBALL:

The U.S. College Football Playoff National Championship game will be played tonight in Santa Clara, California between No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 2 Clemson Tigers. Both teams are 14-0.

The Crimson Tide are playing in their fourth straight title game and seventh over the past 10 seasons.

Alabama is 5-1 in its past six appearances — the lone loss coming to Clemson.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is looking for his record-setting seventh national title.

NBA:

Toronto  121  Indiana  105

The 30-12 Raptors lead the Eastern Conference by a game over the (27-11) Milwaukee Bucks.

The Raptors host (12-27) Atlanta Tuesday and Brooklyn Friday before playing at Washington on Sunday.