(As of 12:01 AM)

WHL: 

Kamloops Blazers  5  Spokane Chiefs  1

The Blazers move within two points of the Kelowna Rockets for 3rd place in the BC Division and a playoff spot. Both teams have three games left.

The Blazers host the Victoria Royals tonight before a season-ending home-and-home against the Prince George Cougars, Friday in Kamloops and Saturday at CN Centre.

The Rockets entertain Spokane tonight before concluding with a home-and-home against the first place Vancouver Giants, Friday in Langley and Saturday in Kelowna.

The standings are right here.

Vancouver Giants  5  Seattle Thunderbirds  1

The Giants move two points in front of the Everett Silvertips for top spot in the Western Conference with two games remaining each.

The Silvertips, who lost 4-1 Tuesday in Portland, play at Victoria Friday and host the Royals on Saturday.

The Thunderbirds, who play at Tri-city tonight, still need a win or a Kamloops regulation loss to secure a post-season berth.

PG COUGARS:

With the Blazers battling for a playoff spot, the Prince George Cougars will try to play the role of spoilers when the two teams meet, Friday in Kamloops and Saturday at CN Centre.

The Saturday season-ending game will be Fan Appreciation Night.

The Blazers have won six of the seven meetings between the two teams this season.

The 18-40-5-3 Cougars have just two victories in their last 25 games, one against Kamloops and the other Saturday vs. Portland.

Prince George is 2-10-1-1 since general manager Mark Lamb took over as interim head coach.

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

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

 

BCHL:

The Prince George Spruce Kings visit the Chilliwack Chiefs Friday and Saturday in the first two games of the Mainland Division final.

The best-of-seven series will shift to the RMCA Monday and Tuesday.

The Spruce Kings won five of the eight regular season meetings between the two teams, including all four in Prince George.

Two of the three Chilliwack wins came in a shootout and all three were by one goal.

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

The other BCHL second-round matchups will also begin on Friday: Powell River at Victoria, Trail at Vernon and Cowichan Valley at Wenatchee.

Prince George-Chilliwack Schedule: (Spruce Kings home games in bold)

Game 1 – Friday March 15th – Prince George @ Chilliwack – 7 PM
Game 2 – Saturday March 16th – Prince George @ Chilliwack – 7 PM
Game 3 – Monday March 18th – Chilliwack @ Prince George – 7 PM
Game 4 – Tuesday March 19th – Chilliwack @ Prince George – 7 PM
Game 5 – Thursday March 21st – Prince George @ Chilliwack – 7 PM (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Saturday March 23rd – Chilliwack @ Prince George – 7 PM (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Monday March 25th – Prince George @ Chilliwack – 7 PM (If Necessary)

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 put a six-game win streak on the line when they host the 7th place
(18-16-4-2) Greater Vancouver Canadians in the best-of-three BCMML quarter-finals.

Games will be played at Kin 1 Friday night at 5:30, Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and if needed, Sunday morning at 10:00.

The 27-8-5 Cougars finished in second place, just one point back of the (29-9-1-1) Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

The league schedule and standings are right here.

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NHL: (8 Tuesday games)

Montreal Canadiens  3  Detroit Red Wings  1

Carey Price made 20 saves to become the winningest goalie in franchise history.

The 31-year-old Price, from Anahim Lake, has 315 victories one more than the former record holder Jacques Plante set in 1963.

Montreal is tied with Columbus for the last wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, just two points behind Carolina.

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The 28-32-9 Vancouver Canucks host the (28-28-13) New York Rangers tonight.

The Canucks have lost five of six and eight of their last 10.

Vancouver is 13th in the Western Conference, 10 points behind Arizona for the final wild-card playoff spot with just 13 games remaining (9 home and 4 away).

The Rangers are 12 points out of a wild-card spot in the East.

The standings are right here.

The Vancouver schedule is right here.

Just two other Wednesday games in the NHL: New Jersey at Edmonton and Chicago at Toronto.

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The NHL has determined Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly did not direct a homophobic slur at an official during Monday’s game.

Television cameras picked up what sounded like a slur late in the 2nd period against Tampa.

The league started an investigation into the alleged incident when clips began appearing on social media.


NFL:

In a major NFL trade, the New York Giants are sending Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round pick this year (No. 17 overall), a third-round pick (95th overall) and safety Jabrill Peppers.

The 26-year-old Beckham signed a five-year megadeal with the Giants in August (2018) worth up to $98.5 million, making him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL at the time.

With the Browns, Beckham will be reunited with receiver Jarvis Landry, a teammate at LSU.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets.

The deal includes a reported $35 million guaranteed.

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Former B.C. Lions DE Cameron Wake is leaving the Miami Dolphins.

The 37-year-old Wake intends to sign a three-year, $23 million deal, that includes $10 million guaranteed, with the Tennessee Titans.

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NFL free agency officially opens today.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, and their new starting quarterback Nick Foles, have agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal, which includes $50 million in guaranteed money.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES:


NBA:  

The Toronto Raptors host the (31-36) LA Lakers Thursday.

The (48-20) Raptors are second in the NBA Eastern Conference, 3 games behind the (51-17) Milwaukee Bucks with 14 to play.

The standings are right here.

The Raptors schedule is right here.


RINGETTE:

The Prince George 18+A and U16 B teams will compete at the Western Canadian Ringette Championships March 27-30 in St. Albert, Alberta.

Both won gold in the Ringette Provincial A and B Championships at the Kin Centre.

The PG U14 B team captured silver (finishing behind Terrace).

 

SWIMMING:

The Prince George Barracudas competed at the 2019 Winter Provincial Long Course Championships in Kamloops.

100% best times:

Eryn Isaac
Liberty Vaughan
Chloe Vertue

 

JUDO:

The Prince George Judo Club and Hart Judo Academy combined to win several medals at the Edmonton international meet.

Results in the U14 and older divisions.

Gold medals:

Carl Van Zyl U14 girls -36 kgs (Hart)

Silver medals:

Tami Goto – U21 women -48kgs (PG)
Jeremy Thompson – Vetran Men -90kgs (PG)
Sarah Chisan – U14 girls -63kgs (PG)
Davin Greenwood U21 men -66 kgs (Hart)

Bronze medals:

Tami Goto – Senior women -48kgs (PG)
Corbin Hilman – U16 boys -42kgs  (PG)
Linus Frizzell U14 boys -34 kgs (Hart)
Asher Young U16 boys -55 kgs (Hart)
Linus Frizzell U16 boys -34 kgs (Hart)
Kimiko Kamstra U21 women -48 kgs (Hart)

Tami Goto (PG) and Koen and Koen Heightman (Hart Judo) will compete in the U18 European Tour in Germany and Portugal on March 16 and March 23.

The Prince George Open regional competition will be held April 6th at Duchess Park.

 

HALL OF FAME:

Tickets are on sale for the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame 12th Annual Induction Dinner on Saturday, March 30th at the Hart Community Centre.

There are three new inductees – Cliff Hucul, Brian Martinson, and Elisha Williams to bring the PG Sports Hall of Fame total to 78.

In addition, 12 Prince George Youth will receive Excellence awards.

They are: Jonah Brittons, Ben Hendrickson, Kimoko Kamstra, Natasha Kozlowski, Anna MacDonald, Eric Orlowsky, Colburn Pearce, Derian Potskin, Ainslee Rushton, Matthew Shand, Zenze Stanley-Jones, Jordan Vertue.

Tickets at $45.00 each are available until March 22nd at Northern Food Equipment, 814 – 5th Avenue.