Sunday, January 6, 2013
Braden Christoffer scored twice, including his first Western Hockey League goal, as the Regina Pats downed the host Prince Albert Raiders 5-2 on Saturday. Dyson Stevenson had a goal and an assist for the Pats (17-21-4), who have won four games in a row, and Lane Scheidl and Morgan Klimchuk each scored once. Dakota Conroy scored both goals for the Raiders (24-14-3), who are winless in three outings.
Teagan Sacher made 30 saves for the win as Luke Siemens stopped 15-of-20 shots in a losing cause. Regina went 0 for 3 on the power play while Prince Albert scored once on five chances with the man advantage. The Pats host Brandon Sunday at 6 pm on 620 CKRM (Press Box Sports Bar Pregame Show at 5:35).
Talks between the NHL and the players' association stretched deep into the night after the sides stayed apart for most of the previous two days. Once the mediator convinced the fighting factions to resume face-to-face negotiations Saturday afternoon, they were able to make progress. While no one will comment publicly on what's been accomplished so far, it was reported headway is being made on key issues such as the pension plan and salary cap limits.
Canada's coach and players were blunt after their bronze-medal loss to Russia at the world junior hockey championship, calling their fourth-place finish "unacceptable.'' It's the first time since 1998 that a Canadian team left the tournament without a medal. A motivated Russian team, which hosted the tournament for the first time since 2001, defeated Canada 6-5 in overtime. The US won gold with a 3-1 victory over Sweden.
The Green Bay Packers overwhelmed the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close. The Packers go on to play the San Francisco 49ers. Earlier, the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 in an AFC wild-card playoff game. The Texans will play the New England Patriots in the next round.
The Chicago Bears are going international with their coaching search. The NFL Network says the Bears are to interview Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman about their vacancy. Cleveland is awaiting a second meeting with University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly. The offensive mastermind earlier met with the Buffalo Bills, and decided to keep a scheduled interview with the Philadelphia Eagles
The Portland Blazers matched a franchise record with 16 three-pointers in a 102-97 win over Minnesota. Only hours earlier, the Timberwolves learned they lost star forward Kevin Love to a broken right hand for the second time this season. The T-Wolves dressed only 10 players, and also played without point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out with back spasms.
The Dallas Mavericks first game of the season with Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup ended on a down note. Eric Gordon completed a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left in overtime and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Mavericks 99-96. Nowitzki had 20 points in 34 minutes in his most extensive action of the season.
(The Canadian Press)