WINNIPEG — Midway through the second period of Sunday’s matinee between the Jets and Avalanche, Dustin Byfuglien careened wildly into the corner of the offensive zone, put a forearm to knock Tyson Barrie into the boards, then turned to John Mitchell next to him and gave him a hearty shove to the ice.
Helmets went flying, bodies piled up and the MTS Centre went wild. Those ten seconds were the thesis of a physical 2-1 overtime win by Winnipeg.
Colorado, a team that thrives on their offensive speed, was mostly kept to the corners by Winnipeg — the line of Byfuglien, Adam Lowry and Chris Thorburn was especially effective, amassing 13 hits in regulation.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers can essentially pack the 2014 season up, even with a game to play, as they dropped their eighth-consecutive game 28-23 to the B.C. Lions Saturday night to officially eliminate them from playoff contention for a third-straight season.
24,223 came to see the Blue and Gold work to avoid their tenth loss in 11 games in the club’s final home date at Investors Group Field, and while the home club scored to take a 17-13 lead in the third quarter, three critical turnovers and an astonishing 10 sacks allowed secured the 9-7 Lions’ place in the CFL post-season.
The three-day event, which began Friday, is happening at The Forks.
Racing continues on Sunday with the Manitoba Grand Prix of Cyclocross, an international UCI C2 race open to professional and amateur athletes. The Kick Cancer Cyclocross Derby also launched this weekend, with a series of fun races and educational opportunities for riders of all abilities to benefit the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets came out firing Friday night looking to string together consecutive victories for the first time this season, but the Tampa Bay Lightning took advantage of the few chances they were given, scoring three times on just six shots in the second frame to beat the struggling Jets 4-2 at MTS Centre.
Winnipeg peppered Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop with 30 shots through the first two periods — and Bryan Little was able to record his team-leading fourth goal of the season while snapping Winnipeg’s 22-attempt power-play drought — but Tampa’s Ondrej Palat notched a goal and an assist in the period to take a 4-1 stranglehold and chase goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the game. The Jets’ fifth-year starter allowed all four Lightning goals on 18 shots.
WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team is warming up for the season with a set of charity games this weekend.
The team will host the eighth annual Shoot for the Cure invitational at Investors Group Athletic Centre tonight through Sunday to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).
Hockey Winnipeg has partnered with an Alberta organization to bring new resources to players and coaches.
A free coaching and playing development platform offered through TheDrillBook.com will deliver cutting edge on-ice programming, coaching assistance, and practice planning tools.
“This partnership is a great opportunity for our volunteer coaches throughout Winnipeg. We want to provide our coaches high quality resources and information to assist them in the growth and development of our great game,” said Monte Miller, executive director of Hockey Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG — A statue honouring Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ legend Bud Grant has been unveiled at Investors Group Field.
The football club on Thursday pulled back the curtain on the 7’6″ bronze statue representing Grant, the team’s most winningest head coach of all time. Grant was at the helm of the Bombers from 1957 to 1966.
“This is not me,” a humble Grant said of the statue, crafted by MST Bronze Limited. “It may be a likeness of me, but it doesn’t represent me. It represents everybody that played for the Bombers, not only in my time, but all time. It’s a great tribute.”