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Flames Burn Jets in Second Period Burst

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

 Ondrej Pavelec - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) stops Calgary Flames forward Brandon Bollig (25) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Mason Raymond - Winnipeg Jets
Calgary Flames forward Mason Raymond (21) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It only took seven minutes for the Calgary Flames to do the damage they needed to hand the struggling Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 loss — their fourth-consecutive — in front of a sold-out 15,016 at MTS Centre Sunday night.

In a span of just 6:42 in the second period, the Flames found the back of the net via Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mason Raymond to go up 3-1 and conclude their six-game, 11-day road drip on a high note. Raymond added two assists to complete his impressive outing.

The Jets, meanwhile, have now gone four games with only two goals to their name, with shutout losses at the hands of San Jose and Nashville, and 4-1 defeats to Los Angeles and now Calgary. The lack of any sustained scoring punch has Winnipeg at 1-4-0 and at the bottom of the Central Division standings.

“Everyone keeps saying it’s only October, but I mean we’re going to do everything we can to change this right away,” said Jets centreman Bryan Little, whose three tallies this season lead the goal-starved club. “We know that it’s never good losing four games in a row, and especially to start the season. I think if anything it’s just a confidence thing and a mental thing. The confidence is a little low right now.”

The home side came out of the gate strong outshooting the Flames 13-6 in a high pressure first period, heading into intermission leading 1-0 on a smooth three-way passing play originating from Mathieu Perreault behind the net that Blake Wheeler slid cross-crease to Mark Scheifele who buried his first of the year.

“They were on the body and we weren’t. That’s the main thing,” said Scheifele. “We needed to stick to the game plan we had in the first and we stray wed from that.”

“It definitely felt good to put one in,” added the 21-year-old sophomore of his first marker of the season. “But when the team doesn’t win it’s not a very good feeling, and I know everyone doesn’t want to lose.”

Calgary went ahead by three early in the third as TJ Brodie jumped on a dribbling rebound in front of Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

Pavelec stopped 25 while dropping his record to 1-3-0 on the season.

Winnipeg’s five-game home stand concludes with games against Carolina, Tampa Bay, and Colorado on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Cyclocross Rider Geoff Kabush Anxious to Compete in Winnipeg

By David Klassen

Geoff Kabush
Geoff Kabush tackles the 2013 Canadian Cyclocross Championship men’s elite race.
(DOUG BRONS PHOTO)

Shimano Canadian Cyclocross ChampionshipsWhen Winnipeg hosts the 2014 Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships next weekend, five-time Canadian champ Geoff Kabush will be one of the top competitors to watch.

Kabush is looking to bounce back after falling ill at a championship in Norway in September and coming up short to repeat his 2013 podium performance at CrossVegas. Since then he’s squeezed in some off-season fun and rest while home in North Vancouver.

“I did a road trip to my family cabin on Hornby Island, visited my sister in Victoria, a little bit of hiking and time off. But now I’m looking forward to getting back into some steady riding,” Kabush said.

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Boy Hit by Taxicab in Fort Garry

Winnipeg Police CrestA seven-year-old boy was struck by a taxicab Saturday evening while leaving the Winnipeg Blue Bombers game.

The collision happened in the 1100 block of Markham Road when the boy was hit by a westbound Toyota Prius at around 9:30 p.m.

He was taken to the Victoria Hospital with serious injuries, but is listed in stable condition.

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Harstone Road to Close for Railway Crossing Repair

City of WinnipegHarstone Road between Rannock Avenue and Wilkes Avenue will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic beginning Tuesday.

The city says the closure is for a CN railway crossing reconstruction project.

The roadway will close at 9 a.m. on October 21 and reopen Friday, October 24 at 6 a.m.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

– Staff

Spiralling Bombers Give Surging Stamps a Run for Their Money

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Calgary Stampeders
Anthony Parker (86) gets tackled by a swarm of Winnipeg Blue Bombers in CFL action at Investors Group Field on Saturday, October 18, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Calgary Stampeders
Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Joe West (85) makes a touchdown catch against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Investors Group Field, on Saturday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Even with all the odds stacked against them, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gave the class of the CFL a serious run for their money Saturday night before ultimately falling 33-23 to the Calgary Stampeders in front of 22,320 at Investors Group Field.

The Stamps’ win clinches top spot in the West for the 13-2 club, while the 6-10 Bombers — who remain mathematically alive in the chase for a playoff spot — suffer their seventh-consecutive loss and ninth in their last 10 games.

It’s quite a far cry from the 5-1 start head coach Mike O’Shea‘s club enjoyed through June and July.

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Woman Charged After Truck Rolls on Lagimodiere

Winnipeg Police CrestA 44-year-old woman has been charged after the truck she was driving lost control and rolled early Saturday morning.

Winnipeg police say a white Toyota Tacoma was travelling southbound on Lagimodiere Boulevard near Paterson Street at around 1:25 a.m. when the driver lost control and rolled off the road.

A 23-year-old male passenger was taken to hospital in serious, but stable condition.

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Winnipeg’s ‘Bargain Brothers’ Star in New Reality Show

By Raegan Hedley (@raegjules)

Ride Time
The MacIver family make up the Ride Time team. ‘Bargain Brothers’ premieres on BNN October 21. (BELL MEDIA)
Andrew and Doug MacIver - Ride Time
Andrew and Doug MacIver, the ‘Bargain Brothers’ and owners of Ride Time. (BELL MEDIA)

WINNIPEG — A new reality TV series premiering on Business News Network (BNN) is putting a local family into the national spotlight for their used car dealership business.

“Bargain Brothers” is the story of Ride Time, a third-generation, family-owned dealership launching during the network’s small business week.

Doug MacIver, 33, and his younger brother Andrew, 29, are the faces of the inherited enterprise.

“When the opportunity was presented in front of us, we sat down, and like anything in our business, we analyzed it and looked at it. Ultimately, we made the decision that no matter what happens, this is going to be a great experience,” said Doug MacIver, in a phone interview from Las Vegas.

“In all reality, it was tough sometimes to get customers to come and have them agree to be on camera and have that process be as natural as you’d like it to be,” said Andrew MacIver.

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Weeding Through the Fray of Halloween

By Roger Currie

Apologies to my 10-year-old grandson, but every year seems to bring more reasons to dread that ancient ritual called Halloween. I was an enthusiastic trick-or-treater for a few years as a youngster, but it ended for me just about the time that Bud Grant won his last Grey Cup as coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Ronny Lancaster was preparing to move his family from Ottawa to Regina.

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Goal-Starved Jets Shutout by Predators

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Mark Stuart - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Mart Stuart (5) attempts to stop a shot from former Jet and Nashville Predators’ centre Olli Jokinen at MTS Centre on Friday, October 17, 2014. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)
Winnipeg Jets Home Opener
The Winnipeg Jets fell 2-0 to the Nashville Predators in their home opener at MTS Centre on Friday night. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets ran into one of the best goaltenders on Earth Friday night as they opened their regular season home schedule with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators.

Rinne’s 31 saves earned the perennial all-star his first shutout of the season while clogging up Winnipeg’s opportunity to snap a two-game slide and a serious scoring drought after opening their season with a 6-2 win in Glendale over the Arizona Coyotes. With just one goal scored in their subsequent losses in San Jose and Los Angeles, the 1-3-0 Jets have now gone nine periods with just the one marker for.

It begs the question; why has the offence dried up after a six-goal splurge to start the season eight days ago?

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Manitoba Bisons Keep Football Playoff Hopes Alive

By Shawn Coates (@shawncoates)

Nic Demski - Manitoba Bisons
Manitoba Bison receiver Nic Demski (9) returns a punt for a touchdown in CIS football action against the Saskatchewan Huskies at Investors Group Field on Friday, October 17, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Kienan LaFrance - Manitoba Bisons
Manitoba Bison runningback Kienan LaFrance (27) gains a first down against the Saskatchewan Huskies at Investors Group on Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons improved their chances of making post-season play by destroying the No. 8-ranked Saskatchewan Huskies 41-8 in Canada West football action at Investors Group Field Friday night.

The Bisons led 38-1 after three quarters and cruised to the victory thanks to a superb rushing effort by Kienan LaFrance and excellent special teams play by Nic Demski.

“It was a next to a must-win for us,” said Bisons head coach Brian Dobie. “Not only did we get a win that we really, really needed, we did it in a methodical way I thought it was the best all-around win since the Vanier Cup win in 2007.”

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