Hartley's Sports ShortsSports HARTLEY’S SPORTS SHORTS: SATURDAY, MARCH 9th SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Saturday, Mar. 9th, 2019 (As of 12:01 AM) WHL: Portland Winterhawks 3 Prince George Cougars 2 The (39-19-3-3) Winterhawks erased a 2-0 deficit by scoring three power play goals, two of them in the third period. Joachim Blichfeld tallied the winner, his league high 53rd goal, with 5:09 remaining. The 17-40-5-3 Cougars suffered their 6th straight loss and their 13th consecutive home loss before 3,391 fans. Prince George has dropped 23 of its last 24 games and sit 1-10-1-1 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. Same teams meet again tonight at CN Centre. The Cougars will conclude with a home and home against the Blazers; March 15th in Kamloops and the 16th in Prince George. The standings are right here. #WHLScores SC 0 PA 8 MJ 3 REG 1 BDN 3 RD 5 EDM 5 CGY 1 MH 2 LET 5 KEL 1 KAM 2 (SO) POR 3 PG 2 VAN 1 SPO 4 EVT 3 TC 0 VIC 1 SEA 2 👉 https://t.co/NHRTK8ru9s 👈 — The WHL (@TheWHL) March 9, 2019 LISTEN: @Hartley_Miller‘s Cat Scan – March 7th, 2019…. featuring longtime @PGCougars Equipment Manager Chico Dhanjal | https://t.co/T56PIMnBgD #cityofpg #Sports pic.twitter.com/s9ihCwtmXD — My Prince George Now (@mypgnow) March 8, 2019 (All of the PG Cougars Cat Scan Podcasts can be found right here) BCHL: (Mainland Division semi-finals) Chilliwack Chiefs 3 Langley Rivermen 2 (OT) Best of seven series tied 3-3 with the 7th and deciding game Sunday night at 7 in Chilliwack. The winner will face the Prince George Spruce Kings in the Mainland Division final. It was a massive night in the Chevrolet #BCHLPlayoffs! The Chilliwack Chiefs force a game seven, the West Kelowna Warriors take the series lead, and both Vernon and Trail are moving on to the second round. Check out the highlights in #BCHLin60! pic.twitter.com/Y7aNoZX9et — BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) March 9, 2019 Prince George Spruce Kings 4 Coquitlam Express 2 (Thursday) Spruce Kings win the first round series 4-1. 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 The BCHL playoff brackets are right here. BC MAJOR MIDGET LEAGUE: The Cariboo Cougars will conclude their regular season this weekend on the road. The Major Midget Cougars visit the 6th place Vancouver North West Hawks tonight 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 games remaining, 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 today and Sunday. BC MINOR MIDGET LEAGUE: Cariboo Minor Midget Cougars 5 Fraser Valley Minor Midget Thunderbirds 4 (OT) The Cariboo 15-year-olds lead the best of three semi-final 1-0 with game two this afternoon at 1:30 and a third game, if needed, Sunday afternoon at 12:45 in Abbotsford. GAME ONE IS OURS!!!!!! A 5-4 win in OT! GWG from Merritt!!!!! Goals from Merritt (2), Cowan, Brown, Brienen, Underhill Assists: Underhill, Brown, Brienen, Merritt, Palfreyman, Cousins, Cowan (probably missed some) Game 2 at 1:30 PM tomorrow!!! — Cariboo Cougars Minor Midget Hockey Club (@CC_MinorMidget) March 9, 2019 NHL: #NHLScores FLA 6 – MIN 2 WSH 3 – NJD 0 WPG 8 – CAR 1 ANA 8 – MTL 2 Via @Discover: https://t.co/k4xRfpTQaQ pic.twitter.com/SUAvk3XZfu — NHL (@NHL) March 9, 2019 The 28-31-9 Vancouver Canucks host the (37-26-5) Vegas Golden Knights this evening. 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. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PROVINCIALS: Duchess Park lost 62-61 to North Delta in the semi-finals at the B.C. 3A boys high school basketball championship in Langley. UPDATE AT NOON: Duchess Park, ranked 4th entering the tournament, won bronze today after a 75-54 win today over A.R. MacNeill. Schedule and results can be found right here. Final: @NDHuskies defeats Duchess Park, sinking a game-winning three with seconds left. They’ll play @VernonSecondary in tomorrow’s 3A Final pic.twitter.com/xGi5bxBtFx — BC 3A Boys Basketball (@BC3ABoysBBall) March 9, 2019 # UPDATE AT 1:30: D.P. Todd beat Westsyde today 68-59 to finish 7th at the provincial 2A boys basketball championship in Langley. D.P. Todd lost 77-55 to Langley Christian on Friday. Schedule and results can be found right here. # UPDATE AT NOON: Cedars Christian lost to Vernon Christian 70-53 today to place 8th at the B.C. 1A boys basketball championship in Langley. Cedars lost to Similkameen 102 – 73 on Friday. Northside Christian of Vanderhoof ended up 9th and McBride 14th in the 16-team tournament. Schedule and results can be found right here. # Nechako Valley of Vanderhoof plays Kelowna Christian tonight at 5:00 in the 3rd/4th place game at the B.C. girls 1A basketball championship in Chilliwack. Nechako Valley lost 69-44 to host Unity Christian in the semi-finals. Bulkley Valley Christian of Smithers will battle St. Andrew’s Regional at 3:15 today for 5th and 6th in the 16 team tournament. Bulkley Valley Christian beat Charles Bloom 58-55 Friday to improve its record to 2-1. 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, including six from P.G., are competing in seven divisions. Playoffs start tonight with medal games on Sunday. Division winners in some of the age groups will advance to the Western Canadian Championships March 27-30 in St. Albert, Alberta. CURLING: Alberta finished a perfect 11-0 in the Championship Pool at the Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon. Northern Ontario and Canada were next at 9-2 followed by Wild Card at 8-3. Jim Cotter of B.C. ended up eighth at 4-7. UPDATE at 2:30 Wild Card beat Canada 7-2 today in the three-four game. Alberta meets Northern Ontario in the one-two game tonight at 5:00. The semi-final (between Wild Card and the loser of the Alberta/Northern Ontario game) is scheduled for Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and the Gold Medal game Sunday at 5:00. The Championship Pool standings are right here. Advantage @TeamKevinKoe and @TeamGushue. The teams picked up victories on Friday night to earn hammers in critical Page playoff rematches on Saturday. Read our Friday night recap here: https://t.co/WtDmkcxMYU #Brier2019 pic.twitter.com/YgLHMsO1WX — Curling Canada (@CurlingCanada) March 9, 2019 NBA: Toronto Raptors 127 New Orleans Pelicans 104 The (47-19) Raptors are second in the NBA Eastern Conference, 2 1/2 games behind the (49-16) Milwaukee Bucks. The standings are right here. The Raptors visit the (31-34) Miami Heat Sunday afternoon and the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night.