NCI Sports – Friday, October 4

National Hockey League

The eight game on the NHL schedule last night had two Canadian teams in action and neither could find the win column.

Despite an early 3-0 lead, Calgary eventually lost to the Washington Capitals 5-4 in a shootout.  Alex Ovechkin had two goals for the Caps in regulation and one more in the shootout.

The Vancouver Canucks fell 4-1 to the San Jose Sharks.  Roberto Luongo was in goal for the Canucks and saw 35 shots come his way.

The Canucks offence only tested Antti Niemi 22 times with Jason Garrison getting the lone Vancouver goal on a first period power play.  The Sudin twins each picked up an assist.

Other results from last night:

Tampa Bay Lightning 1 – Boston Bruins 3
New Jersey Devils 0 – Pittsburgh Penguins 3
strong>Los Angeles 3 – Minnesota Wild 2 (SO)
Nashville Predators 2 – St. Louis Blues 4
Florida Panthers 4 – Dallas Stars 2
New York Rangers 1 – Phoenix Coyotes 4

Tonight, the Winnipeg Jets have their home opener.  They welcome the L.A. Kings to the MTS Centre.

Both the Jets and the Kings are coming off wins, though the Kings might be tired after a 3-2 shootout win last night in Minnesota.

It’s the first of two game at home of the Jets.  They’ll play again Sunday night when the Anaheim Ducks pay a visit.


Manitoba Junior Hockey League

The puck dropped on the MJHL talent showcase at Winnipeg’s MTS Iceplex last night and it had the Portage Terriers topping the Swan Valley Stampeders 4-3.

Brayden MacDonald had two of Swan Valley’s goals, both on the power play and both with assists from Justin Valentino and Nic Erb.  MJHL player on the month for September, Mitch Deacon, had the other goal for the Stampeders.

And it was Clay Van Diest who stood out for the Terriers.  He had one goal and assists on the other three last night.  Shawn and Brad Bowles each had one and Jordan Boyd had the eventual game winner.

The talent showcase continues today and tomorrow.

Today’s Games:

  • 1:00 OCN Blizzard vs Winkler Flyers
  • 3:00 Virden Oil Capitals vs Selkirk Steelers
  • 4:00 Waywayseecappo Wolverines vs Steinbach Pistons
  • 6:00 Neepawa Natives vs Swan Valley Stampeders
  • 7:00 Dauphin Kings vs Winnipeg Blues

Saturday’s Games:

  • 1:00 Portage Terriers vs Virden Oil Capitals
  • 3:00 Winkler Flyers vs Waywayseecappo Wolverines
  • 4:00 Selkirk Steelers vs OCN Blizzard
  • 6:00 Steinbach Pistons vs Dauphin Kings
  • 7:00 Winnipeg Blues vs Neepawa Natives


Canadian Football League

Friday night football is a double header tonight with Hamilton heading to Toronto to take on the Argonauts and then the Saskatchewan Roughriders try to snap their four game losing skid with a visit to B.C.

The Tiger Cats can give themselves a bit of breathing room for second place in the east with a win tonight.  A win for the Argos guarantees them a home playoff game.

For Saskatchewan, they can lock up a playoff spot and get a huge monkey off their back.  Darian Durant and the rest of the Riders appear to be a broken team since suffering a loss to Winnipeg in the Banjo Bowl.

For the Lions, they will hope to keep the ‘Riders in that tail spin and ruin the return of Geroy Simon to B.C. Place where he played as a Lion for the past 12 seasons before being traded away to Saskatchewan this past off-season.

It’s a travel day for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, they’ll play Calgary tomorrow.  The Bombers are heavy underdogs – odds-makers have the Stamps as 16 point favourites.

Edmonton and Montreal match up in the fourth game this weekend.  That also goes Saturday and will be played in Edmonton.


Major League Baseball

The division series in the National League got underway last night and neither result was close.

St. Louis hammered the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals walk away from game one with a 9-1 win in part thanks to a dominating performance from their pitching staff that struck out the Pirates 11 times.

Game two in that series is tonight with Gerrit Cole being trusted to take the mound for the Bucs.  He was the top draft pick in 2011 and only played his first MLB game this past June.  He’s up against Lance Lynn for the Cardinals.

The other series had the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers roll into Atlanta and act like the owned the place, coming out as 6-1 winners.

Clayton Kershaw stymied the Braves for 12 strikeouts, Kenley Jansen got three more as he closed out the game.  Tonight has Zach Greinke getting the start for the Dodgers and Mike Minor for Atlanta.

The American League Division Series will be on tonight.  Matt Moore will get the start for the Tampa Bay Rays as they head into Boston for yet another game on the road.  The Red Sox counter with John Lester.

And in the Detroit-Oakland matchup, the visiting Tigers send Cy Young-contender Max Scherzer in to face against Bartolo Colon.  Game one promises to be a real pitcher’s duel as Scherzer has a 2.28 ERA in games outside of Detroit while Colon has an ERA of 1.16 in the last month of the season.

Both game twos in the ALDS will be Saturday.  The NL will take tomorrow off for travel and resume those series on Sunday.

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