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Bisons Eye Podium at Weekend’s Track & Field Championships

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.

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Blues Battle to Shootout Win Over Jets

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) during the shootout in NHL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, February 26, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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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.”

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Cold Weather Knocks Out Racing Feeds at Assiniboia Downs

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Assiniboia Downs broadcast manager Mitch Janzen troubleshoots downed satellite feeds for live horse racing on Saturday, February 21, 2015. (ASD / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Just blame it on Old Man Winter.

Horse racing fans at Assiniboia Downs were out of luck last Saturday while watching satellite feeds from other North American tracks when the signal went down.

Races from Woodbine, Delta, Sam Houston and Australia suddenly disappeared from screens just after 10 p.m. At the time, the wind chill was hovering close to -46.

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Rachel Cockrell Named CIS Volleyball Player of the Year

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Rachel Cockrell has been named the 2014-15 CIS women’s volleyball player of the year.

The Manitoba Bisons athlete is the recipient of the Mary Lyons Award and a 2014-15 CIS First Team All-Canadian.

The 22-year-old right side hitter is a three-time team captain and was first in the country in kills per set (5.06), total kills (471), total points (535.5) and points per set (5.8).

“Everyone who saw Rachel play this year, be it the fans, the opposition, or our own team, knew they were seeing a pretty special athlete at her very best,” said head coach Ken Bentley.

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Rookies Rise to the Occasion as Jets Beat Stars 4-2

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Ladd (16), Michael Frolik (67) and Bryan Little (18) celebrate after Frolik scored. Dallas Stars’ Jason Spezza (90) and John Klingberg (3) look on, during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 24, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

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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.”

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Jets’ Mark Scheifele Named KidSport Athlete Ambassador

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Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates his second goal of the game in NHL action against the Buffalo Sabres at MTS Centre on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

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.”

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Bisons Recruit B.C. Defensive End Mike West

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The Manitoba Bisons have recruited British Columbia native Mike West for the 2015 football season. (PNG PHOTO)

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.”

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Bisons’ Jon Rempel Named Coach of the Year

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Manitoba Bison women’s hockey head coach Jon Rempel (TWITTER)

Top league honours have been earned by Jon Rempel, head coach of the University of Manitoba women’s hockey team.

Rempel has been named 2014-15 Canada West coach of the year after guiding his squad to a 14-5-7-2 conference regular season record, despite having 10 rookies in his lineup.

Rempel, in his 11th season at Manitoba, has led the Bisons to seven Canada West Finals, and five trips to the national championships as the head coach at Manitoba.

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Winnipeg Goldeyes Shake Up Player Roster

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes shook up their roster on Friday, making a number of player moves.

Manager Rick Forney dealt right-handed pitcher Matt Jackson to the Laredo Lemurs in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

Catcher Jordan Guida has been traded to the Amarillo Thunderheads in exchange for future considerations.

Right-handed pitchers Ethan Hollingsworth, Chris Kissock and Taylor Sewitt, infielder Tyler Kuhn and outfielder Donnie Webb have retired from professional baseball and been released.

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Blue Bombers Hire Former CFL Player Knox as LB Coach

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoThe Winnipeg Blue Bombers have hired Greg Knox as their new linebackers coach.

The former CFL all-star comes from the McMaster Marauders, where he was the team’s defensive coordinator for nine seasons split between a stint at the University of Toronto in the same role in 2013.

Knox spent seven seasons in the CFL as a defensive back, winning two Grey Cups with Calgary, and was a two-time CFL all-star.

– Staff

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