The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have lost for just the second time this season. Dane Evans threw five touchdown passes as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the two-time defending Grey Cup champions 48-31 Saturday at Tim Horton’s Field. Winnipeg quarterback Zach Collaros tossed touchdown passes to Rasheed Bailey and Nick Demski but was intercepted twice. Early in the second quarter Collaros fumbled the ball while being sacked by Ti-Cats defensive end Malik Carney who scooped up the ball and went 22 yards for a major. Both Blue Bombers losses took place before the start of their bye week. Winnipeg’s next game is Friday, September 30th against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at IG Field. The Bombers lead the CFL West Division with a 12-2 record. The B.C. Lions are next at 9-3.

Mike Svenson had a five-point night with as the Winkler Flyers won their home opener 7-2 over the Winnipeg Blues Saturday at the Centennial Arena. The 18-year-old Ile des Chenes native had four goals and an assist. Brody Beauchemin, Dayton Kiesman and Jayce Legaarden also scored for the Flyers who won their MJHL season opener 5-3 over the Winnipeg Freeze Friday night at Bell MTS Iceplex. Winkler netminder Malachi Klassen made 27 saves in the victory over the Blues.

The Pembina Valley Hawks recorded three losses and a tie at the Firestarter Female U18 Hockey Tournament in Calgary. The Hawks lost their tournament finale 1-0 to the Thompson Okanagan Lakers on Saturday. Hawks goaltender Kasia Rakowski made 26 saves.

The Brandon Wheat Kings and Winnipeg Ice wrapped up their pre-season schedules Saturday night. Nolan Ritchie scored twice, Nate Danielson had two assists as Brandon defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-0 at Westoba Place. Wheat Kings netminders Carson Bjarnason and Nicholas Jones combined to stop 26 shots. Winnipeg lost 4-3 to Regina. Parker Berge had a hat-trick for the Pats. Aiden Oiring had two goals and an assist for the Ice. Brandon will host Winnipeg next Saturday to open the 2022-23 Western Hockey League season.

The Winnipeg Jets face the Vancouver Canucks Sunday at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton. The Jets, who will also face the Calgary Flames on Monday, lost 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.