Events for the MNP Prairie Classic in Portage are getting underway today with curling action starting tomorrow.    For more information visit:

One of the favourites is re-vitalized Kerry Burtnyk who retired after the 2005 season only to return with a new rink this year. Burtnyk notes his team is entering the classic with confidence. Though Burtnyk knows how tough the field is at Portage's premier curling bonspiel. Burtnyk is a two time Brier Champion and Former World Champion.


Yesterday evening in Provincial High School volleyball the Portage Collegiate Trojans swept Grant Park 3-0 by scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-17. In girls action the Saints also swept Grant Park 3-0 by finals of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-12. Both PCI teams are back on the court this evening when they host Sanford.


In the only game in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last night, Winkler knocked off Southeast in a 5-4 final. The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, on goals from Ken Mott and Jon Johnson, but then Marlon Gardner and Dustin Kimber each replied twice for the Blades giving the visiting team a 4-2 lead. However, Winkler owned the 3rd period, with Johnson finding the back of the net once again mid-way through the frame, and with less than a minute remaining in the contest Aaron Lewadniuk and Donovan Chow sealed the Blades' fate, scoring their 7th and 3rd goals of the year respectively. Flyers' head coach, Daryl Einarson, says it was fantastic comeback, on the part of his club, trailing 4-2 heading into the game's final 20 minutes, noting the draw won by Mike Favell to get the puck to Travis Kornelson and the pass from Kornelson to Lewadniuk to tie the game was all inspired hockey. He adds overall it was just a great win for the Winkler Flyers. Other notables from the game include a four point night for Dustin Kimber and a three point outing for Marlon Gardner. In the lone match-up this evening the Winnipeg South Blues will host the Selkirk Steelers at 7:30.


The PCI boys hockey team is gearing up for the upcoming season. Head Coach Blaine Boyle explains they have played two pre-season games against two tough opponents. They won their first game 2-1 over Altona who were league champs last season and lost their second game 7-1 to Winkler who were last season's Provincial Champs. Having a first year team in Zone 4, Boyle is looking to his grade 12 players for leadership. The Trojans open their season on November 1st against Morden. Boyle says Morden finished third last season so he expects a strong test. That game will be at the Centennial Arena at 8 o'clock.


Last night in the Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League there were two games on the schedule; Eastman downed Kenora 6-2 and Pembina Valley tripped up the Winnipeg Wild 4-1. Central Plains will next play on Saturday when they head to Norman.


In the WHL last night the Brandon Wheat Kings were dropped 3-2 in a shootout by the Giants in Vancouver. Scoring for the Wheat Kings were Jeff Topilko and Andrew Clark, while Tyler Plante suffered the loss in goal. Brandon will next see action tomorrow night when they travel to Chilliwack to face the Bruins.


This evening in the American Hockey League as one of three games on the schedule, the Manitoba Moose will be looking to build on Tuesday's success in Chicago when they host Wilkes-Barre at the MTS Centre beginning at 7:30. In the other two games, Iowa is at Omaha and San Antonio hosts Peoria.