Sports Update - Wednesday, November 9th

Thomas Goldwin Smith, who was instrumental in the organization of Little League Baseball in Steinbach back in the mid-1950's, will be inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2023. T.G. Smith coached, organized fundraisers, took players to out-of-town games and tournaments and constantly reinforced the values of sportsmanship and team play. Initially in 1955 there were three teams in the community and by 1966 there were seven.  Also heading into the Hall are Keith Carriere, Laurie Langrell and Jeff Bouchard of Winnipeg, Corey Billaney and Junior Brake of Boissevain, Patti Hacault of Holland and Todd Smith of Hamiota who will also be inducted posthumously. The four teams to be inducted are the 2006-2015 Minnedosa Mavericks who won ten straight Santa Clara Baseball League championships; the 2009-2013 Reston Rockets who were Manitoba Senior Baseball League champions in 2011 & 2013 and captured the MSBL pennant in 2010 & 2011; the 1966 Western Canadian Juvenile champion Hamiota Royals and the Norwood Community Club baseball teams who captured the Provincial Juvenile championship in 1953 and the Greater Winnipeg & District Junior Championship in 1955 & 1956. The 25th Induction Banquet will be held June 3rd at the Access Event Centre in Morden which is the home of the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. 

The top two teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's East Division are in the Canadian Junior Hockey League's Top 20 Rankings. The Steinbach Pistons (15-2) moved up four spots from seven to three. The Portage Terriers (15-3) stayed at number six. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Battlefords North Stars (17-0-1-1) are the number one nationally ranked team for the third week in a row. 

The Niverville Nighthawks are winless in November. The Nighthawks dropped a 5-2 decison to Sekirk. Lucas Brennan had a hat trick for the hometown Steelers. Evan Bortis had both goals for Niverville on the power play. The Nighthawks have lost three straight and host the Steinbach Pistons tonight. 

Merrick Hurcal scored the lone goal for the Beausejour Comets in their 6-1 loss to North Winnipeg at the Billy Mosienko Arena. Satelites goaltender Alex Pauls made 39 saves.

Remi Laurencelle scored the go-ahead goal with 6;14 remaining in the third period as the Winkler Royals defeated the Carman Beavers 5-4 in the lone SEMHL game. Phil Letkeman, Stephen Grahn, Mark Hildebrand and Mitch Doell also scored for the Royals. Tanner Mole had a pair of goals for the hometown Beavers. The rest went to Ben Dalke and Scott Atkins. Carman lead 2-1 after the first period and trailed 4-3 after 40 minutes.

Ben Zlotny scored a power play goal 8:21 into the first period and Matthew Savoie potted a shorthanded goal 13 seconds into the third as the Winnipeg Ice defeated the Red Deer Rebels 3-1. Skylar Bruce also scored for the Ice who handed the Rebels their first loss. Red Deer had reeled off 15 wins to start the season. 

Mark Scheifele scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves as the Winnipeg Jets wrapped up their three-game homestand with a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars at Canada Life Centre. Mason Appelton, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Saku Maenalanen also scored for Winnipeg. Kyle Connor chipped in with three assists. The Jets (8-3-1), who extended their points streak to seven games, will play road games against the Calgary Flames on Saturday and the Seattle Kraken on Sunday. 

Corey Chambers along with third Lisa McLeod, second Nigel Milnes and lead Jolene Callum of the Miami Curling Club have a 1 and 3 round robin record heading into day four of the 2022 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Prince Albert. 

Thomas Goldwin Smith will be inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2023. T.G. Smith's son Bob will join Clayton Dreger on Sportsbeat which airs Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.