(As of 12:01AM)

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS: (WHL)

The Prince George Cougars open a six-game homestand tonight against the Kelowna, the first of a doubleheader against the (17-19-3-1) Rockets.

It is the Cats first game at CN Centre since December 2nd.

Prince George has won four of the first six head-to-head meetings against Kelowna this season.

The Cougars are coming off Wednesday’s 4-2 loss in Spokane, which ended a string of 11 consecutive road games (that saw the team go 3-8).

The game highlights are right here.

The 14-22-1-2 Cougars are two points behind the (15-20-2-1) Kamloops Blazers for the second and final wild-card spot.

They are also seven points back of the Rockets, who sit third in the B.C. Division.

Prince George is also one point ahead of the last place (13-21-4) Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Conference.

The Cougars did not make a deal on the  WHL trade deadline day.

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS: (BCHL)

The Prince George Spruce Kings host the (11-25-4-1) Cowichan Valley Capitals tonight.

The Capitals, the last place team in the Island Division, beat Prince George 5-2 Saturday in Duncan.

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, with 18 regular season games remaining, visit Chilliwack Sunday afternoon.

On the BCHL trade deadline, the Spruce Kings added two forwards, including Lucas Vanroboys who had 14 points in 27 games with Cowichan Valley.

NHL: (Calgary the only Canadian team idle Thursday)

Arizona  4  Vancouver  3  (OT)

Richard Panik scored his second goal of the game at 4:10 of overtime; Sven Baertschi tallied twice for Vancouver, including the 3-3 goal with 4:25 left in the 3rd.

The 20-21-5 Canucks host Florida Sunday; they also entertain, Edmonton Wednesday, Buffalo Friday (18th), Detroit Sunday (20th), and Carolina Wednesday (23rd) before having a 10-day break.

Edmonton  4  Florida  3  (SO)
Minnesota  3  Winnipeg  2
Toronto  4  New Jersey  2
St. Louis  4  Montreal  1
Ottawa  4  LA  1

There are four Friday NHL games: Florida at Calgary, Detroit at Winnipeg, Pittsburgh at Anaheim and Buffalo at Carolina.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES:

(Canada West basketball)

The UNBC Timberwolves host the Manitoba Bisons in Canada West basketball at the Northern Sport Centre.

Games tip off tonight at 6:00 and 8:00 and Saturday night at 5:00 and 7:00.

The Timberwolves are 8-4 in the women’s standings and 7-5 in the men’s division, good for seventh place out of 17 teams.

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

NFL:

The NFL Conference semi-finals begin on Saturday with Indianapolis at Kansas City (1:35 p.m.) followed by Dallas at the LA Rams (5:15 p.m.).

The two Sunday games feature the LA Chargers at New England (10:05 a.m.) and Philadelphia at New Orleans (1:40 p.m.)

Home teams are favoured in each game; Patriots by 4, Chiefs by 5 1/2, Rams by 7 and Saints by 8.

 

NBA:

The Toronto Raptors host the (21-22) Brooklyn Nets tonight before playing the (17-25) Wizards Sunday in Washington.

The 31-12 Raptors lead the Eastern Conference by half-a-game over the (29-11) Milwaukee Bucks.

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LeBron James will miss at least three more games due to a nagging groin injury.

The LA Lakers are 3-5 in James’ absence.

 

JUDO:

Four Prince George judo athletes are in Montreal for the Judo Canada Elite 8 Championships Saturday and Sunday.

The participants are:

Asher Young, -50 (Hart Judo)
Koen Heitman, -66 (Hart Judo)
Lochlan Young, -73 (Hart Judo)
Tami Goto, -48 (PG Judo)

All four are ranked in the top eight of their U-18 weight divisions in Canada.