NCI Sports – Friday, October 11

National Hockey League

The Winnipeg Jets were 2-1 losers in one of ten games last night in the NHL.

The Jets had very little offensive pressure getting through to Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding.  He faced just 15 shots in the whole game, allowing only one goal which came on a 5-on-3 power play in the second period and was scored by Bryan Little.

Minnesota had goals from Matt Cooke and Jonas Brodin as the Wild pick up their first victory of the season.  In all, Minnesota managed 30 shots on Ondrej Pavlec.

The Jets have now lost two in a row and sit at 2-2 on the season.  They will be back home for their next six games, including a match tonight against Dallas.  Puck drops at 7:00 pm at the MTS Centre.

Elsewhere, the Vancouver Canucks are still unable to solve the San Jose Sharks.  Yesterday’s 4-1 loss is now the ninth win in a row for San Jose.

The Sharks spread out their scoring with goals from Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Matt Pelech, Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns.  Vancouver’s lone goal came from a shot Mike Santorelli deflected past Antti Niemi.

There were three shutouts among the other games played last night.  Colorado is still unbeaten under new coach Patrick Roy with the Avalanche blanking the Boston Bruins 2-0.  Toronto found their way back into the win column with a 4-0 performance over Nashville and the New York Rangers continue to struggle, they lost 6-0 to the Anaheim Ducks.

In other action, Columbus beat Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals by a final of 3-2, Phoenix doubled up on Detroit 4-2, the Tampa Bay Lightning blitzed their state-rival Florida Panthers 7-2, the Buffalo Sabres are still winless after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal visited Edmonton and the Canadiens walked away with a 4-1 win over the Oilers.

There are a half dozen games on the schedule for tonight:

  • Phoenix Coyotes @ Philadelphia Flyers
  • Los Angeles Kings @ Carolina Hurricanes
  • Pittsburgh Penguins @ Florida Panthers
  • New York Islanders @ Chicago Blackhawks
  • Dallas Stars @ Winnipeg Jets (2-2)
  • New Jersey Devils @ Calgary Flames

 

Manitoba Junior Hockey League

Just one game last night in the MJHL and with it came a win for the Winnipeg Blues.

They shut out the struggling Neepawa Natives 3-0 with Brett Brooks picked up two of the goals, Channing Bresciani had the third.

Byron Spriggs picked up the shutout for the Blues as he was good on all 21 shots he faced.  Michael Gudmandson saw significantly more work at the other end of the ice, 46 shots in all came his way.

Games on the schedule tonight are:

  • Steinbach Pistons @ Dauphin Kings
  • Portage Terriers @ Virden Oil Capitals
  • Selkirk Steelers @ Winkler Flyers
  • Waywayseecappo Wolverines @ Neepawa Natives

 

Major League Baseball

Detroit is through to the American League Championship Series after shutting down the A’s in Oakland 3-0.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera opened the scoring in the top of the fourth when he popped a two run homer off of Sonny Gray fastball.  Victor Martinez scored in the sixth off a ball hit into the infield by Omar Infante.

Backing up the offence was Justin Verlander who didn’t allow the A’s a hit until the seventh inning.  He pitched eight innings of shutout ball, Joaquin Benoit came in for the ninth and picked up the save.

The win means the Tigers move on to their third straight ALCS.  Game one of their upcoming series with the Red Sox will be played in Boston on Saturday.

Tonight, the NLCS gets underway with St. Louis hosting the L.A. Dodgers.  Former AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke gets the start for the Dodgers, Joe Kelly will be on the mound for the Cardinals.

 

National Football League

The New York Giants lost again last night, their sixth of the season.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning tossed three interceptions to help the Chicago Bears snap a losing skid of their own.  The Bears emerged as 27-21 winners last in Thursday night NFL football.

Brandon Marshall caught two touchdown passes from Chicago QB Jay Cutler.  He finished with 262 yards passing on 24 completions from 36 tosses.

The Giants’ offensive standout was running back Brandon Jacobs who had two touchdowns as he rushed 22 times to put up 106 yards on the ground.

 

Canadian Football League

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a do-or-die situation ahead of them as the CFL heads into its Thanksgiving Day weekend matchups.

If the Bombers want to have any hope of making the post season, they will have to beat the Alouettes when they are in Monteral on Monday.

And they will have to keep winning and hope the Alouettes keep losing as there is no other hope now for Winnipeg to have any shot at the Grey Cup this season.

The first game of the weekend is tonight as the B.C. Lions travel to Calgary to take on the league-leading Stampeders.

Other matchups this weekend are Edmonton in Saskatchewan tomorrow and Toronto visiting Guelph to take on the Hamilton Ti-Cats in the other game on Monday.

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