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Ducks Outlast Jets, Take 3-0 Series Stranglehold with 5-4 OT Win

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Lee Stempniak - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets right wing Lee Stempniak (20) bests Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) for the Jets first playoff goal in 19 years in NHL playoff action at MTS Centre on Monday, April 20, 2015.
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Winnipeg Jets Whiteout
Winnipeg Jets fans create a ‘whiteout’ at MTS Centre in game action against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Anaheim Ducks made it three straight comeback wins Monday night, breaking hearts across Winnipeg with a 5-4 overtime win. The loss spells disaster for the Winnipeg Jets, as they now trail their first round series 3-0. The Ducks will look to move on to the second round on Wednesday at MTS Centre.

That MTS Centre, by the way, was impossibly raucous as 15,016 fans celebrated the first playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996. They helped their team get out of the gate strong, with sustained zone time and an opening goal.

“That’s as good a building as I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “We had the jump, the legs because of it… and we needed it, we used it to full effect.”

“It was an unbelievable experience in the building,” said Lee Stempniak, who opened the scoring for the Jets halfway through the first. “I personally haven’t had anything like that before and we certainly played off the energy.”

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Crescent Drive Golf Course Open for the Season

Shooters Family Golf Centre
(CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Crescent Drive Golf Course is open for the season beginning today.

Golfers can make reservations online at DriveTheBall.com or by calling 311 or the clubhouse at (204) 986-5911.

Other golf courses are also opening, including:

· John Blumberg Golf Course, 4540 Portage Avenue, 27 holes

– Reserve online using the seven-day advance reservation system (beginning at 7 a.m.) at johnblumberggolfcourse.com, or contact the clubhouse directly for reservations at (204) 986-3490

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Former Blue Bomber Doug Brown Leading KidSport Camp

By Brian Schultz

Doug Brown (DARRIN BAUMING / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Doug Brown (DARRIN BAUMING / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber great Doug Brown is leading the sixth annual KidSport football camp on May 23.

Brown, along with a number of current and retired CFL players, will be taking kids through all the elements of a football combine, as well as position-specific fundamental drills and exercises.

“KidSport is a grassroots organization whose mandate is as critical as it is simple: “So All Kids Can Play, said Brown. “All athletes recognize the immeasurable benefits that sports and team activities have on today’s youth.”

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Goldeyes Re-Acquire Pitcher Matt Jackson

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have re-acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Jackson from the Laredo Lemurs for future considerations.

Manager Rick Forney says the is pleased to have Jackson join the team again for the 2015 season.

“We’ve been working really hard to add another starting pitcher to our already deep starting rotation. Matt’s coming off a really big season for us last year and we’re going to need him to give us a repeat performance,” Forney said.

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Bisons Open 2015 Football Season vs. Sask. Huskies

University of Manitoba BisonsThe Manitoba Bisons football team will begin their 2015 Canada West season on the road to face the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday, September 4.

The full season schedule was released Tuesday, outlining the four home and away games the Bisons will play this season.

The Bisons home opener will occur in week two on Friday, September 11 against the Calgary Dinos at 7 p.m. CT at Investors Group Field.

The Bisons will then play two more home games over the next three weeks of the schedule before the conference bye on the Thanksgiving weekend. Manitoba will host UBC on Saturday, September 19 at 6 p.m. and host Regina on Friday, October 2 at 7 p.m. before ending their home regular season schedule on Friday, October 23 vs. Alberta at 7 p.m.

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Four Bisons Named to East West Bowl Roster

University of Manitoba BisonsFour Manitoba University of Manitoba football players have been selected to the 2015 East West Bowl.

Receiver Dustin Pedersen, offensive lineman Alex McKay, defensive lineman David Onyemata and linebacker DJ Lalama will suit up for the 13th edition of the bowl.

Bisons head coach Brian Dobie will also be in Montreal on May 9, as he has been named the head coach of the West team.

The East West Bowl showcases future CFL stars to CFL scouts, coaches and fans through a week of practice, testing and evaluation. It culminates in the East West Bowl game where the players get to compete on a national stage against the CIS’s best.

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Playoff-Bound Jets Roast Flames in Finalé

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG — Call Saturday’s game at MTS Centre a victory lap.

With a Stanley Cup Playoff spot safely secured and nothing to be lost or gained in their regular season finalé, the Winnipeg Jets rested several veterans and dressed a skeleton crew for their 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

With the likes of Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Mark Stuart, and Ondrej Pavelec among others getting the day off, it allowed the club’s black aces to play and rookies Connor Hellebuyck and Andrew Copp to dress for their first NHL games.

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Winnipeg Jets Playoff Tickets on Sale Tuesday

WINNIPEG — Hockey fans in Winnipeg are planning where they’ll be watching their hometown team when the 2015 NHL playoffs begin next week.

The Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff spot Thursday night thanks to Calgary’s win over Los Angeles and despite their own 1-0 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on the road.

Fans were quick to descend to the downtown intersection of Portage and Main into the wee hours of Friday morning to celebrate.

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Blue Bombers Sign Winnipeg Receiver Jordan Reaves

Jordan Reaves
Blue Bombers receiver Jordan Reaves (CANADAWESTHOOPS.COM)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers didn’t have to look far to find their newest receiver.

The club has signed Winnipeg native Jordan Reaves, who is best known for his basketball career as a student-athlete at Brandon University from 2009-2014.

Reaves, 6’5″ and 220 lbs., attempted to play professionally by spending two months in Slovenia and France. He played football prior to his move to basketball and is the son of Bomber legend Willard Reaves.

“We’ve seen him work twice now, once here and once in Edmonton, and he’s a tremendous athlete,” said Bombers general manager Kyle Walters. “All of his measurable qualities were really remarkable, and he did not look out of place even with his limited football background. He’s a very intriguing prospect for the future.”

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Jets Flag Flies at Winnipeg City Hall

Winnipeg Jets Home Opener
The Winnipeg Jets play the Colorado Avalanche tonight on the road in hopes of clinching a playoff spot. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA FILE)

With a playoff spot in close reach for the Winnipeg Jets, City Hall is getting behind the team by flying their colours on Main Street.

The team’s flag was raised on a flagpole Thursday outside Mayor Brian Bowman’s office. Bowman’s Twitter account tweeted a photo of the flag, which had more than 65 retweets by mid-morning.

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