After a late season surge, the Portage Collegiate Institute Saints suddenly look like the team to beat in the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League B Division.

Bailey Grantham netted a hat trick and Haley Swidnicki was perfect in net, as the PCI Saints shut out the Garden City Gophers 4-0 Thursday at the BDO Centre in Portage la Prairie. The Saints won their ninth straight game, clinching the B Division title to head to the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

“The girls were excited,” says Saints head coach Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie. “It was a frustrating game ... but I like how we battled and the girls did a lot of things well with the puck tonight.”

Kiera Shwaluk also scored for PCI.

The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Grantham scoring twice. After a scoreless second, PCI added to its lead in the third. Grantham sent the hats twirling and made it 3-0 for the hosts early on, then Shwaluk tacked on a goal late in regulation.

The WWHSHL playoffs begin the week of Feb. 20. The Saints will look to ride their late season surge to a first-ever WWHSHL B Division championship for the program – or appearance in the final for that matter. The last time a Saints team finished atop its division came back in the 2014-15 season, when the Lorette Scorpions bounced them from the playoffs in the semi-finals.

Many holdovers from that team remain on this roster, and it could finally be time for a breakthrough.

“Things are going well and I'm sure we have a target on our back now,” says Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie. “...But we have some pretty focused girls and I'm sure they'll come ready to play and handle it well.”

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SCOREBOARD

Monday, June 26th

Santa Clara Baseball League
Neepawa Cubs at Portage Padres, 7 p.m.

Portage Toyota and RV Senior Men's Open
@ Portage Golf Club
12 p.m. Tee-Off

Major League Baseball
American League
Minnesota at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Texas at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
New York at Chicago, 7:10 p.m.

National League
Philadelphia at Arizona, 2:40 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 3:15 p.m.
Chicago at Washington, 6:05 p.m.
Colorado at San Francisco, 9:08 p.m.

Interleague
L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 25th

Santa Clara Baseball League
Portage Padres 5 Dauphin Brewers 4 (Game 1)
Portage Padres 5 Dauphin Brewers 4 (Game 2)

CFL
Toronto 32 Hamilton 15

Manitoba Ladies Super Softball League
U14
Central Energy 16 Southwest Jays 3
Central Energy 12 Southwest Jays 2

American Baseball Association
St. Paul 5 Winnipeg 4 (11 innings)

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 8 Kansas City 2
Baltimore 8 Tampa Bay 5
Minnesota 4 Cleveland 0
Los Angeles 4 Boston 2
Texas 7 New York 6
Oakland 5 Chicago 3
Houston 8 Seattle 2

National League
Miami 4 Chicago 2
Cincinnati 6 Washington 2
Milwaukee 7 Atlanta 0
New York 8 San Francisco 2
Arizona 2 Philadelphia 1 (11 innings)
Los Angeles 12 Colorado 6
St. Louis 8 Pittsburgh 4

Interleague
Detroit 7 San Diego 5

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