(As of 12:01 AM)

BCHL: (Mainland Division semi-final)

Prince George Spruce Kings  4  Coquitlam Express  2

Spruce Kings win the first round series 4-1 to advance to the Mainland Division best-of-seven final against Langley or Chilliwack.

Ben Poisson scored twice as Prince George built up a 4-0 lead in the third period to the delight of 1,220 fans at the RMCA.

The Spruce Kings have won 11 straight on home ice and 16 of their last 18 games overall.

Tickets for Round 2 will go on sale Monday.

Coquitlam-Prince George results: (Spruce Kings home games in bold)

Game 1 – Friday March 1st – Coquitlam @ Prince George –  SK WON 3-1
Game 2 – Saturday March 2nd – Coquitlam @ Prince George – SK WON 3-2 (OT)

Game 3 – Monday March 4th – Prince George @ Coquitlam – SK WON 5-2
Game 4 – Tuesday March 5th – Prince George @ Coquitlam – EXPRESS WON 3-0
Game 5 – Thursday March 7th – Coquitlam @ Prince George – SK WON 4-2

In the other Mainland Division semi-final series, the Chilliwack Chiefs beat the Langley Rivermen 2-1 but the Rivermen still lead the series 3-2 with game six tonight in Langley.

The BCHL playoff brackets are right here.


WHL: 

The Prince George Cougars host the Portland Winterhawks tonight and Saturday on the second last weekend of the WHL regular season.

The Cougars will conclude with a home and home against the Blazers; March 15th in Kamloops and the 16th at CN Centre.

The (38-19-3-3) Winterhawks are second in the U.S. Division, five points ahead of Spokane.

The 17-39-5-3 Cougars have lost five straight and 22 of their last 23.

Prince George has dropped its last 12 home games.

The Cats are 1-9-1-1 since general manager Mark Lamb took over as interim head coach.

The Cougars are 19th out of 22 teams in the WHL, three points ahead of Regina.

The standings are right here.

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


BC MAJOR MIDGET LEAGUE: 

The Cariboo Cougars will conclude their regular season on the road this weekend.

The Major Midget Cougars visit the 6th place Vancouver North West Hawks Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday morning at 10:45 in North Vancouver.

The 25-8-5  Cougars are in 3rd place in the 11-team league with two regular season games left, just one point back of both the (25-7-4-2) Vancouver NE Chiefs and the (27-9-1-1) Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

Fraser Valley will host 10th place North Island while the NE Chiefs entertain the 5th place Thompson Blazers on Saturday and Sunday.

BC MINOR MIDGET LEAGUE:

The Cariboo Minor Midget Cougars will visit the second place Fraser Valley Minor Midget Thunderbirds in the best of three semi-final.

Games are scheduled for tonight at 8:30, Saturday afternoon at 1:30 and if needed, Sunday afternoon at 12:45.

The Cariboo 15-year-olds beat the Greater Vancouver Canadians 5-4 and 5-4 to win the best of three quarter-final series 2-0.


NHL: 

Edmonton  3  Vancouver  2

The 28-31-9 Canucks host (37-26-5) Vegas on Saturday.

The Canucks are nine points behind Minnesota for the final wild-card playoff spot with just 14 games remaining (10 home and 4 away).

The standings are right here.

There are four NHL games tonight: Montreal at Anaheim, Winnipeg at Carolina, Minnesota at Florida and New Jersey at Washington.


HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PROVINCIALS:

The provincial boys high school basketball championships are on the court this week in Langley.

The fourth-ranked Duchess Park 3A boys beat G.W. Graham 72-64 to advance to the semi-finals tonight (Friday) at 5:15 against #9 North Delta.

Schedule and results can be found right here.

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The second-ranked D.P. Todd 2A boys lost 91-74 to #7 George Elloit in the quarter-finals.

D.P. Todd will finish anywhere from 5th to 8th with its next game tonight at 5:15 against Langley Christian.

Schedule and results can be found right here.

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Cedars Christian of Prince George, Northside Christian of Vanderhoof and McBride are all competing at the 1A boys.

#7 Cedars Christian lost 77-43 in the quarter-finals to Kelowna Christian.

Tonight at 7, Cedars will meet Similkameen.

Northside Christian is 1-1 and McBride 0-2.

Schedule and results can be found right here.

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The 16-team B.C. girls 1A basketball championship is taking place in Chilliwack.

Nechako Valley of Vanderhoof whipped St. Andrew’s Regional 63-32 to advance to the semi-finals tonight at 8:15 against Unity Christian.

Bulkley Valley Christian of Smithers is 1-1 after a 58-28 loss to Kelowna Christian in the quarter-finals.

Today at 11:30 AM, Bulkley Valley Christian meets Charles Bloom.

Schedule and results can be found right here.

 

RINGETTE:

Prince George is hosting the Ringette BC provincial  A and B championships this weekend at the Kin Centre.

A total of 38 teams are competing with six of them from host PG.

Playoffs start Saturday night with medal games on Sunday.

Some of the division winners will advance to the Western Canadian Championships March 27-30 in St. Albert, Alberta.

 

CURLING:

Jim Cotter of B.C. is 4-5 and out of the running for a playoff spot at the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon.

B.C. lost a pair of games on Thursday; 11-5 to Northern Ontario and 8-3 to Wild Card.

With two draws remaining, Alberta leads the Championship Pool at 9-0 followed by Northern Ontario and Canada at 8-1.

Wild Card is fourth at 7-2 with Ontario still in contention at 6-3.

The Championship Pool standings are right here.

The top four teams advance to the Page playoffs.

B.C. will conclude play against (4-5) Manitoba today at noon and vs. (4-5) Saskatchewan tonight at 5:00.

 

NBA:

The Toronto Raptors visit the (30-37) New Orleans Pelicans tonight and the (30-34) Miami Heat Sunday.

The (46-19) Raptors are second in the NBA Eastern Conference, 3 games behind the (49-16) Milwaukee Bucks.

The standings are right here.

 

NFL:

There is a report that the Denver Broncos have agreed to trade 31-year-old quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins for a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

The deal will not become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday.