WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons are looking to do better than their fifth place finish last season in this weekend’s 2015 Canada West Track and Field Championship.
Manitoba has home track advantage at the Max Bell Fieldhouse and will have 29 athletes competing against universities from Western Canada.
“I believe we have a realistic goal to finish Top 3 for the men’s team. We feel that we have a chance to medal in several events and if the team performs to their levels and reach their rankings during the weekend,” head coach Claude Berube said.
WINNIPEG — In a veritable chess match between the Central Division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues battled in a physical and defensive showdown at MTS Centre with the Blues coming away with a 2-1 shootout victory following 65 minutes of deadlock hockey.
With roughly 20 games remaining in each club’s regular season schedules, Thursday night was the first of four remaining meetings between the two teams who could quite likely meet in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The physical tone was apparent early.
“Because both teams can,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of the physicality. “Both teams can skate. And that’s their game. That’s the way they play when they play well, and that’s the way we play when we play well.And the energy was right from the start.”
WINNIPEG — Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made his fourth start in Winnipeg’s last five games Tuesday night, and the rookie kept his team’s point streak alive with him between the pipes as the Winnipeg Jets shot down the Dallas Stars 4-2 at MTS Centre.
Hutchinson weathered a second period storm of Dallas opportunities to finish with 26 saves for his 18th victory of the season. The win keeps the Jets (31-20-11) in the top Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 73 points.
“I thought we came out and had a great start to the game,” said the 24-year-old Hutchinson. “We knew Dallas has a lot of offensive skill… They had a big push in the second period and we were just fortunate that we didn’t get running around too much. We blocked some key shots, and whenever they did get chances I was fortunate enough I was able to get there.”
Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele has been named a Team KidSport Athlete Ambassador for KidSport Winnipeg.
The new role will see the Kitchener native more active in the community, appearing at a number of upcoming fundraising events.
“Growing up, sports were a huge part of my life; I made so many good friends, learned so much and sports kept me active and healthy,” Scheifele said. “To be able to be a part of KidSport Winnipeg is very important to me.”
The Manitoba Bisons have recruited defensive end Mike West for the 2015 football season.
The 17-year-old comes from New Westminster, B.C. and is completing his high school playing career with the Terry Fox Secondary Ravens in Port Coquitlam.
With the Ravens, West rushed for 350 yards on 47 attempts for 7.4 rush average and seven rush TDs in the 2014 season. In addition, he caught 18 passes for 549 receiving yards for a 30.5 avg. and five receiving TDs.
“Mike is undoubtedly one of the top players in the class of 2015,” said Bisons head coach Brian Dobie. “A dominant force at Terry Fox, playing six different positions on both offense and defence (QB, RB, WR, DE, LB, DB), he projects as an elite defensive lineman in the CIS.”