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Teams Come Together for World Partner-Carry Games

By Sarah Taylor (@sarahrtaylor)

World Partner-Carry Games
Ace Burpee, Tim Hague Sr. and race directors Rick Shone and John Ford pose with the World Partner-Carry Games (WPG) top two teams before the final race on Saturday, October 18, 2014 (KELLY MORTON / SWAMPDONKEYAR.COM)
World Partner-Carry Games
Ace Burpee of 103.1 Virgin Radio and Tim Hague Sr. from “The Amazing Race Canada” teamed up to race in the 1st World Partner-Carry Games held at The Forks on Saturday. (KELLY MORTON / SWAMPDONKEYAR.COM)

WINNIPEG — The Forks saw a vigorous and entertaining competition on Saturday with the first of the World Partner-Carry Games.

“I think it was better and more hilarious than we thought,” said Virgin Radio host and event organizer Ace Burpee.

The idea came from the World Wife Carrying Championships in Europe and had a little tweaking to the name before starting up in Winnipeg.

“I always thought the World Wife Carrying championships sounded a bit old. Partner is where it’s at, anyone can carry anyone,” said Burpee.

The event brought out 13 teams of two who came to participate in an obstacle course while carrying their partner to win their weight in beer.

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Bisons’ Pischke Breaks North American Coaching Record

WINNIPEG — You can call Garth Pischke the most “winningest” coach of all-time after two wins against the Regina Cougars over the weekend.

Pischke — in his 33rd year of coaching the Manitoba Bison men’s volleyball team — set a historic record by accomplishing his 1,240th victory.

“There’s an emotional component to it. Winning at home in front of your family, it’s great,” said Pischke. “There’s a lot of great memories, a lot of great players have played for me.”

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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.

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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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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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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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Pischke Staring Down All-Time Coaching Record

Garth Pischke
U of M Bison men’s volleyball head coach Garth Pischke (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — University of Manitoba Bisons volleyball coach Garth Pischke is just two wins away from breaking an all-time coaching record.

The head of the men’s squad will look to break the North American match record this weekend when Regina visits Winnipeg on Friday and Saturday.

Pischke currently sits at 1,238 wins and is in his 33rd year at the Bisons’ helm. He is closing in on the coaching win record recently set by UCLA coach Al Scates, when he completed his 50-year coaching career in the 2012 season with a stunning mark of 1,239-290 (.810).

However, Pischke already holds the record for most overall coaching wins by a CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) head coach in history.

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Top-Ranked Mount Royal Meet Bisons This Weekend

University of Manitoba BisonsThe first place Mount Royal Cougars pay a visit to the Manitoba Bisons this weekend for a two-game set.

The Bison men’s hockey team is ranked eighth in the conference and meet the Cougars for the first time this season.

In the conference standings, Mount Royal is tied for first place with Alberta at 5-1-0 record while the Bisons are in a three-way tie for third by sporting a 4-2-0 mark.

The Bisons’ Shaquille Merasty is tied for fourth with eight points (three goals, five assists) while Jordan DePape (5g, 2a) is tied for seventh place at seven points and Aaron Lewadniuk (4g, 2a) is tied for ninth at six.

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Bisons’ Brittany Habing Named CIS Academic All-Canadian

Brittany Habing
U of M Bisons setter Brittany Habing (CHRISD.CA FILE)

University of Manitoba Bisons volleyball player Brittany Habing has been named one of the Top 8 Academic All-Canadians by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

The East St. Paul, Man. student-athlete maintains an academic average of 80 percent or higher in her science studies and was recognized by the Canadian West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) for her accomplishments.

“Brittany is such an outstanding representative of our program, our conference and our university,” said Bisons head coach Ken Bentley. “We are all so proud of her accomplishments in the classroom and on the court.”

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