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By: Tyler Crayston
Posted: January 3, 2014 07:34

Travis Sanheim

- The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped a 4-1 decision to the Calgary Hitmen on Thursday night. Elkhorn's Travis Sanheim had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen while Peter Quenneville scored the lone goal for the Wheat Kings. Brandon GM and coach Kelly McCrimmon said they need to take their game to the next level against a quality team like Calgary...
 Curtis Honey finished with 31 saves for Brandon who return home to face the Regina Pats on Saturday. For more on the Wheat Kings, visit Bruce Luebke's blog at http://luberslounge.blogspot.ca/. - Team Canada has advanced to the semifinals at the World Junior Hockey Championship following their 4-1 quarter-final win over Switzerland. Griffin Reinhart recorded a goal and an assist while Anthony Mantha, Curtis Lazar and Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Canadians. Canada will face Finland on Saturday. - Team West dropped a 4-1 decision against Quebec at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge to finish the round-robin with one win in four games. Wheat Kings' forward Jesse Gabrielle had an assist for Team West who play for ninth-place Friday against Germany. Meanwhile, Wheat Kings' forward Braylon Shmyr and Team Pacific have secured top spot in their group. Shmyr and the squad closed out their round-robin with a 3-1 victory against Sweden and will take on Russia in the semifinals Friday. - The league-leading Brandon 'AAA' Midget Wheat Kings had four players earn all-star honours. Duncan Campbell, Tanner Kaspick and James Shearer were named to the first-team while Jordy Stallard was selected as a second-team all-star. Meanwhile, the Yellowhead Chiefs had a pair of players recognized. Tanner Kyle was placed on the first team while Morgan Geekie made the grade on the second squad. - The Winnipeg Jets had their three-game winning snapped with a 4-3 loss against the Ottawa Senators. Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets. Kane says they had their chances to get the right result...
 Al Montoya made 25 saves for Winnipeg who saw their record slip to 19-19-5. - The Minnedosa Bombers are in sole possession of top spot in the North Central Hockey League. Michael Birch and Shane Jury had two goals each as the Bombers beat the McCreary Mustangs 7-1. Minnedosa improves to 10-1 on the season and sit two points ahead of the Miniota-Elkhorn C'Hawks, who have a game in hand.  - Chelsea Carey is ranked #1 going into the Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Virden. Carey lost a tiebreaker at the Roar of the Rings last month and feels that experience can help her cause...
 Barb Spencer, Michelle Montford, Darcy Robertson and Kerri Einarson round out the top five seeds. The playdowns run next Wednesday to Sunday at Tundra Oil and Gas Place. Jennifer Jones is off to the Olympics and won't be taking part. - The Brandon University women's volleyball team will play for a bronze medal at the VolleyBarbados Winter Championships. The Lady 'Cats got nine kills from Shanlee McLennan in a five set loss against Montreal in Thursday night's semifinal. - Sam Tuivai scored 12 kills to lead the Brandon Bobcats to a straight sets win against the Regina Cougars in their opening match of the Saskathewan Huskies Invitational men's volleyball tournament on Thursday night. Dan Boutwell had 11 kills for BU. - The Brandon University women's basketball team is ringing in 2014 by hosting the first annual New Year's Basketball Classic. Coach Novell Thomas says they're looking forward to it...
 The tournament runs Friday through Saturday with varsity girls' and JV teams taking part including Vincent Massey, Crocus, Neelin, Virden, Boissevain and Souris.

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