The Southwest Sports Excellence U18 AA Broncos dropped a 3-2 decision to the Estevan Bruins in the opening game of the playoffs on the road Wednesday night. 

Carter Tuplin and Brett Stusrud scored for Swift Current, who face a must-win situation in game two of the best-of-three series tonight at 7:15 p.m. from S3 Arenas. Game three, if needed, is in Estevan on Saturday. 

Meanwhile, the Full Line Ag U18 AA Wildcats fell 2-1 in overtime to the Regina Rebels at home on Wednesday in the opening game of the South Final. The Wildcats head to the Queen City on Friday needing a win to force a third game in Swift Current on Sunday. 

The Pure Chem U15 Broncos open their South semi-final series against the Sask East Oilers on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. in Gull Lake. Game two is on Sunday in Theodore with game three, if necessary, in Swift Current on Tuesday.

The SWT U13 Broncos will start their South semi-final series against the Regina Buffalos tonight at 6:45 p.m. from S3 Arenas. Game two is in Regina on Saturday with game three, if needed, back in Swift Current on Tuesday.

In U18 AAA hockey, the Home Hardware Legionnaires host the Regina Pat Canadians in the second game of the best-of-five SMAAAHL semi-final tonight at 7:15 p.m. from Innovationplex. The Pat-C's won 6-2 on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Oilers roll past Caps

Zach Hyman had a natural hat trick and Leon Draisaitl added a goal and three assists as the Edmonton Oilers cruised past the Washington Capitals 7-2 at Rogers Place on Wednesday. The Oilers have now won seven of their last nine games.

Meanwhile, Valeri Nichushkin scored an early overtime winner to lift the Colorado Avalanche past the Vancouver Canucks 4-3. Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and an assists as the Avs came back from down 3-0 in the second period to force OT. In other NHL action, Gustav Nyquist had a goal and an assist to help the Nashville Predators double up the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.

There are 12 games in the NHL tonight with Ottawa visiting Columbus, Montreal hosting Boston, Toronto travelling to Philadelphia and the Calgary Flames hosting Vegas.

Raptors lose to lowly Pistons

Jalen Duren had 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 113-104 win over the Toronto Raptors as the 11-53 Pistons won three of four games for the first time in nearly two years.

Immanuel Quickly scored 25 points for the Raptors, who have lost a season-high five straight games.

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