In Basketball, the X-Men won their home opener 72-71 over the UPEI Panthers in a close game on Coach K Court. Justin Andrew, with 29 seconds remaining, nailed a long-range jumper to give the X-Men the win. The X-Women did not fare as well, as the UPEI Panthers got the victory 73-60. For the X-Women, freshman forward Briar MacDonald of Antigonish scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
UPEI and St FX meet again on Coach K Court tonight – the women at 6, the men at 8.
In Men’s Hockey, the X-Men doubled UPEI 6-3 in Charlottetown. Tonight, the X-Women hockey squad host UNB at the Keating Centre at 7.
The X-Women & X-Men Cross Country teams are in Kingston, Ontario for the USPORTS Championships this afternoon.
The AA Munro Junior B Bulldogs fell 4-2 to the Pictou County Scotians at the Antigonish Arena. The Strait Pirates were edged out 4-3 by the Cumberland County Blues. Today, the Bulldogs are in Brookfield to play the Elks at 4.
In the Maritime Junior Hockey League, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers shut out Campbellton 4-0 on Friday night. Tonight, the Crushers continue their New Brunswick road trip with a visit to Miramichi tonight at 7.
In Major Midget Hockey, the Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of games against the Sydney Misubishi Rush on Saturday night at 7 and 1 p.m. in Sydney.
The Cape Breton West Islanders host the Kohltech Valley Wildcats at 6 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon Sunday.
In Major Bantam Hockey, the Novas Host the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm at 5 p.m. Saturday and Truro at 12 noon Sunday.
In the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League, the Northern Subway Selects play a home-and-home series with the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers, 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Keating Centre and 3 p.m. Sunday in Membertou.
At the Grand Slam of Curling at the Pictou County Wellness Centre: Team Brad Gushue are all tuned up for the KIOTI Tractor Tour Challenge playoffs after nabbing the No. 1 seed for today’s quarterfinals. Gushue completed a 4-0 round-robin run with an 8-4 victory over world No. 1 Team John Epping of Toronto during Friday evening’s pool play finale. Epping was eliminated with a 1-3 record. Edmonton’s Team Brendan Bottcher also posted a perfect 4-0 record, however, Gushue’s superior draw-to-the-button efforts scored the top seed. Both await tiebreaker winners this morning between Scotland’s Team Bruce Mouat vs. Winnipeg’s Team Mike McEwen and Team Niklas Edin of Sweden vs. Winnipeg’s Team Jason Gunnlaugson. Elsewhere, Team John Shuster of the United States beat Calgary’s Kevin Koe 6-3 to hand the reigning Brier champions their first loss of the tournament. Both clubs finished with 3-1 round-robin records and will face off again in the quarterfinals this afternoon at 4:30. Team Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Team Glenn Howard of Penetanguishene, Ont., also qualified with 3-1 records and square off in the quarterfinals.
On the women’s side, Winnipeg’s Team Jennifer Jones and Team Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., advanced out of the tiebreakers. Jones scored two in the eighth and stole the extra end from Ottawa’s Team Rachel Homan 6-5 while Einarson ousted Team Robyn Silvernagle 6-3. Jones will play Team Nina Roth of the United States and Einarson goes up against Switzerland’s Team Silvana Tirinzoni in the quarterfinals at 12:30 p.m. The other matches see Sweden’s Team Anna Hasselborg against Edmonton’s Team Kelsey Rocque and Masters champions Team Tracy Fleury of East St. Paul, Man., facing Japan’s Team Satsuki Fujisawa. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday evening at 8:30, with the finals set for Sunday.
Leon Draisaitl continues to get it done for Edmonton. Draisaitl scored and Mikko Koskinen made 26 saves for the shutout as the Oilers snapped a two-game losing skid with a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Place. Draisaitl’s goal was his 14th of the year and extended his point streak to eight games.
Speed was the name of the game for the Winnipeg Jets. Kyle Connor and his teammates cited quick feet as a key reason the Jets handed the Vancouver Canucks their third straight loss with a 4-1 victory at home. Connor had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg beat Vancouver for the ninth time in a row.
Pascal Siakam made up for his team missing two big names for most of the night. Siakam matched his career high with 44 points, and the Raptors beat the Pelicans 122-104 in New Orleans. Siakam attempted a career-high 10 3-pointers, making five. Toronto used a 45-point second quarter to take control of the game.
Tampa Bay 3 Buffalo 2
Detroit 4 Boston 2
Winnipeg 4 Vancouver 1
Edmonton 4 New Jersey 0
Cleveland 113 Washington 100
Indiana 112 Detroit 106
Orlando 118 Memphis 86
Sacramento 121 Atlanta 109
Minnesota 125 Golden State 119 (OT)
Toronto 122 New Orleans 104
New York 106 Dallas 102
Denver 100 Philadelphia 97
Utah 103 Milwaukee 100
Brooklyn 119 Portland 115
L.A. Lakers 95 Miami 80
Saturday’s games – All Times Eastern
Florida at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Buffalo vs. Tampa Bay at Stockholm, 1 p.m.
Los Angeles at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Vegas at Washington, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m.
St. Louis at Calgary, 10 p.m.
Nashville at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
Boston at San Antonio, 5 p.m.
New Orleans at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Houston at Chicago, 8 p.m.