(As of 12:01AM)

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS: (WHL)

Prince George Cougars  7  Kelowna Rockets  2

The Cougars put the game away early with four unanswered goals in the opening period.

The line of Ethan Browne (1 + 2), Vladislav Mikhalchuk (0 + 3) and Josh Maser (2 + 0) combined for eight points.

Defenceman Cole Moberg scored twice and added an assist before 2,577 fans.

In all 12 Cougars recorded at least a single point.

The Cats scored as many goals in Friday’s game as they had in the last five games combined.

The same teams meet again tonight at CN Centre as PG continues a six-game homestand.

The 15-22-1-2 Cougars are tied with the (15-21-2-1) Kamloops Blazers for the second and final Western Conference wild-card spot, five points behind the (17-20-3-1) Rockets and just one point ahead of the last place (14-21-4) Seattle Thunderbirds.

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

The PG Cougars have cut 16-year-old defenceman Tyson Phare.

He has been assigned to the Delta Hockey Academy in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL).

The Cougars have also announced that have decided to keep defenceman Cole Beamin (17) with the team for the remainder of the season.

 

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS: (BCHL)

Prince George Spruce Kings  3  Cowichan Valley Capitals  0

Logan Neaton earned the shutout as Prince George outshot Cowichan 38-22 before 1,110 fans at the RMCA.

The 26-11-2-2 Spruce Kings are in first place in the Mainland Division by a point over the (27-11-1) Chilliwack Chiefs.

The two teams meet Sunday afternoon in Chilliwack.

NHL: (4 Friday games)

Calgary  4  Florida  3
Winnipeg  4  Detroit  2
Pittsburgh  7  Anaheim  4
Carolina  4  Buffalo  3

There are a dozen Saturday NHL games with four of them involving Canadian teams: Arizona at Edmonton, Boston at Toronto, Colorado at Montreal and Ottawa at San Jose.

The 20-21-5 Vancouver Canucks host Florida Sunday.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES:

(Canada West women’s basketball)

Manitoba Bisons  76  UNBC Timberwolves  69

(Canada West men’s basketball)

Manitoba Bisons  66  UNBC Timberwolves  63

The same teams meet again tonight at 5:00 and 7:00 at the Northern Sport Centre.

The Timberwolves are 8-5 in the women’s standings and 7-6 in the men’s division.

Manitoba is 6-7 (women) and 4-9 (men).

NFL:

The NFL Conference semi-finals kick off today 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:

Toronto Raptors  122 Brooklyn Nets  105

The 32-12 Raptors lead the Eastern Conference by 1 1/2 games over the (29-12) Milwaukee Bucks.

The Raptors visit the (18-25) Wizards Sunday in Washington.