Brendan Lee had a hat trick as the Medicine Hat Tigers routed the Edmonton Oil Kings 8-2 in Wednesday night's WHL action at Co-op Place. Elsewhere, Keegan Slaney scored the game-winner with 8:44 left in the third period as the Calgary Hitmen edged Lethbridge 3-2. 

Wednesday’s results leave the Swift Current Broncos three points behind the Tigers for eighth in the Eastern Conference and four points behind the seventh-place Hitmen with two games remaining for all three teams. 

The Broncos face the Tigers Friday night at InnovationPlex needing to win to stay in playoff contention. The two teams play again Saturday in Medicine Hat to wrap up the regular season, and Calgary faces the Oil Kings on Saturday and Sunday. 

Ardens open HOOPLA this afternoon

The SCCHS Ardens are the lone southwest team taking part in the HOOPLA provincial high school basketball championship this weekend in Prince Albert.

Their opening game in the 5A girls' bracket sees the Ardens face Prince Albert St. Mary's in a rematch of last weekend's regional final, which the Ardens won 76-44.

Swift Current wins U15 A provincial final opener

Swift Current defeated Martensville 6-2 at S3 Arenas on Wednesday in game one of the Hockey Saskatchewan U15 A provincial final. Game two of the series is on Saturday in Martensville.

Meanwhile, the Shaunavon Badgers welcome Kerrobert for the opening game of the U15 D provincial final tonight at 7:00pm from the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre. Game two will be in Kerrobert on Saturday.

McDavid hits 60-goal mark in dramatic fashion

Connor McDavid scored his second goal of the game and 60th of the season in overtime as the Edmonton Oilers beat Arizona 4-3 at Rogers Place Wednesday night. At 72 games, McDavid is the fastest player to hit 60 goals since Mario Lemieux, who scored 60 goals in 62 games in the 95/96 season. 

Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby tied Lemieux for the most 30-goal seasons in Penguins history as he scored in the second period in Pittsburgh’s 5-2 win over Colorado. It’s the 11th year that Crosby has scored 30 or more goals in a season as Pittsburgh moved into the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Six Canadian NHL teams hit the ice tonight as Toronto visits Florida, Montreal heads to Boston, Ottawa welcomes Tampa Bay, Calgary entertains Vegas, Vancouver hosts San Jose and Winnipeg travels to Anaheim.

Canada splits Wednesday games at World Women's Curling

Kerri Einarson and Team Canada are at 6-3 as round-robin play starts to wind down at the World Women's Curling Championship in Sweden.

Daniela Jentsch scored four in the eighth end to lift Germany past Canada 8-3 on Wednesday morning before the team from Gimli, Manitoba rebounded with a hard-fought 8-6 win over South Korea.

Canada is second behind unbeaten Switzerland in the standings with the top six teams making the playoffs. They'll face Japan in their lone game of the day this morning and then wrap up round-robin against Türkiye and Denmark on Friday.

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