(As of 12:01 AM) Happy Valentine’s Day

NHL: (2 games Wednesday)

Anaheim Ducks  1  Vancouver Canucks  0

In his first NHL start, 26-year-old Kevin Boyle made 35 saves for the shutout.

The Ducks ended a seven-game losing streak in their first game since general manager Bob Murray replaced Randy Carlyle as head coach.

The (25-26-7) Canucks are 9th in the Western Conference, two points behind the (27-25-5) Minnesota Wild who hold down the final wild-card spot.

Vancouver is just two points ahead of Arizona, Chicago and Colorado.

Pittsburgh Penguins  3  Edmonton Oilers  1

There are 11 games tonight in the NHL including Vancouver at L.A., the Canucks second stop on their three game California swing.

Edmonton is the only Canadian team idle.

Winnipeg hosts Colorado, Calgary visits Florida, Toronto plays at Vegas, Montreal is at Nashville and Ottawa faces off in Detroit.


WHL: (PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS)

The Prince George Cougars host the (27-23-1-2) Victoria Royals Friday and Saturday and the Western Conference leading (38-13-1-1) Everett Silvertips Monday and Tuesday.

The Royals took it on the chin losing 6-1 Wednesday night to the Kamloops Blazers.

The Cougars are riding a 13-game losing skid (0-10-3), the longest streak in the WHL this season.

They are 0-2 since general manager Mark Lamb replaced Richard Matvichuk as head coach.

The 16-32-4-2 Cougars are last in the Western Conference, nine points behind the (21-27-4-1) Kamloops Blazers and 10 back of the (21-27-5-1) Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds hold down the final wild-card playoff spot.

Prince George has 14 games left, including nine at CN Centre.

The Cougars play Victoria four times, Everett and Kamloops three times each and Spokane and Portland twice each.

(All of the PG Cougars Cat Scan Podcasts can be found right here)

 

BCHL: (PG SPRUCE KINGS)

The Prince George Spruce Kings put an eight-game win streak on the line when they host the (27-25-0-1) West Kelowna Warriors tonight.

The 35-12-1-5 Spruce Kings are second in the Mainland Division, seven points behind the (41-12-1) Chilliwack Chiefs.

The Chiefs won their ninth in a row Wednesday night 5-2 over the Silverbacks in Salmon Arm.

Prince George has five regular season games left, including three Chilliwack.

The Chiefs host Nanaimo Saturday before closing with the three against the Spruce Kings.

Spruce Kings remaining schedule: (5 games)

Feb. 14 West Kelowna  at  Prince George
Feb. 17 Prince George  at  Chilliwack
Feb. 18 Prince George  at  Surrey
Feb. 22 Chilliwack  at   Prince George
Feb. 23 Chilliwack  at   Prince George

 

BCMML: (CARIBOO COUGARS)

The Cariboo Cougars entertain the 9th place South Island Royals Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Kin 1.

The 20-7-5 Major Midget Cougars are tied with (21-10-1-2) Okanagan for 3rd place in the 11-team league.

They are three points back of the (21-7-4-2) Vancouver NE Chiefs and five behind the (24-6-1-1) Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

CANADA WEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The UNBC Timberwolves visit the Calgary Dinos in the best of three Canada West women’s basketball quarterfinals.

Games will be played Friday and Saturday and if needed on Sunday.

Calgary had the first round bye after finishing the regular season 17-3 and on a 15-game win streak.

The Timberwolves are coming off their first Canada West women’s basketball playoff victory in program history, 80-78 over the Trinity Western Spartans in Langley.

Maria Mongomo of the UNBC Timberwolves is the Canada West women’s third star of the week.

Mongomo scored a conference-high 29 points and added five rebounds aganst TWU.

UNBC SOCCER:

The UNBC women’s soccer team has added striker Claire Turner to its roster for the 2019 Canada West season.

The 17-year-old Turner is the second commitment to the TWolves from Fort St. John this winter, joining her teammate Kenzie Chilcott.

The Grade 12 student at North Peace Secondary School will enroll in Biomedical Studies at UNBC, with aspirations of working in obstetrics.


PARA NORDIC SKIING:

The World Para Nordic Skiing Championships begin with the Opening Ceremonies Friday night at 7:00 at the Prince George Civic Centre.

Competition runs from Saturday to February 24th at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club on Otway Road.

118 men and women athletes from 19 countries (including 14 from Canada) compete in four cross-country skiing and four biathlon events.

The athletes are grouped into three classes: sitting, standing, and visually impaired.


CANADA WINTER GAMES:

The Canada Winter Games will be held in Red Deer starting with Opening Ceremonies on Friday.

Closing Ceremonies are scheduled for March 2nd.

Nine Prince George athletes compete.


CURLING:

The National Scotties Tournament of Hearts will begin Saturday and run through until February 24th in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

B.C. is represented by skip Sarah Wark of Abbotsford and her rink that has ties to Prince George.

Third Kristen Fewster Pilote is a former Prince George resident who now lives in Squamish.

Her sister Jen Rusnell of P.G. is the lead.

Rick Fewster of Prince George (dad of Pilote and Rusnell) is the coach.

The Wark team qualified after winning provincials in Quesnel.

B.C. will play its first game Saturday against Nova Scotia.


NFL:

The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly agreed to send quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos.

Trades cannot be processed until the new NFL league year begins March 13. 


CFL:

Former BC Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings has signed a one-year contract with the Ottawa Redblacks for a reported $250,000 plus incentives.

The move came after former Ottawa QB Trevor Harris signed with the Edmonton Eskimos.

The 26-year-old Jennings spent the last four seasons with the Lions.

 

NBA:

Toronto Raptors  129  Washington Wizards  120

The 43-16 Raptors enter their All-Star break on a six-game win streak.

They have the second best record in the Eastern Conference (and NBA), one game behind the (43-14) Milwaukee Bucks.

The Raptors don’t play again until February 22nd when they host the (33-26) San Antonio Spurs.

 

PG LACROSSE:

The Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association is holding its Annual General Meeting Sunday from Noon to 4:00
downstairs at the Masonic Hall, 480 Vancouver Street.

The league is asking all players, coaches, officials and team executives to attend.

The Draft of Graduating Midget Players will follow the AGM.