DuBois, Laurie Don Maple Leaf at the Men’s World Hockey Championship

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The Winnipeg Jets will be able to continue their hockey seasons as Pierre-Luc Dubois and Adam Lowry had hoped.

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Team Canada selected both to be part of the IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship roster in Finland.

It will be Dubois’ third World Championship appearance. He played for Canada in 2018 and 2019, scoring 14 points in 17 matches.

Dubois is coming off a career season with 28 goals, his 60 points shy of one of his best total in the NHL.

Before leaving town, the 23-year-old said he’d like to get used to playing at this time of year, suggesting he could use international experience to train himself for Stanley Cup hockey on the road.

For Laurie, this will be his first time wearing a Maple Leaf. The 29-year-old pulls off a campaign of 13 goals and 21 points.

“It would be great,” he said, of joining Team Canada, in his interview at the end of the season. “I’ve never done that before, so it would be an honor for me.”

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Gates striker Nick Eilers and defender Nate Schmidt had previously been nominated for the Finnish and American teams, respectively.

The Canadian team, defending the gold medalists, will also feature several Manitoba men, including Winnipeg-born guard Chris Dredger of the Seattle Kraken.

Also on the team are Defensemen Zach Whitecloud of Brandon (Vegas) and Travis Sanheim of Elkhorn (Philadelphia), as well as forward Morgan Geekie of Strathclair (Seattle).

The tournament opened on Friday, with Canada facing Germany.

cleaning the face

Moose Manitoba will try to keep the AHL season alive when they host Milwaukee in Game 3 of the first round, best of five series on Wednesday.

Moose lost his first two games 3-2 and 2-1, losing match 2 on goal with only 46 seconds in regulation time.

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Morgan Barron tied the match in favor of Manitoba 43 seconds ago.

“We are not in depression,” coach Mark Morrison said after training on Monday. “We played some good hockey. We are trying to find a way to beat the goalkeeper.”

The Moose fired a total of 86 shots at Admiral goalkeeper Devin Cooley in games 1 and 2.

“Anytime you get 86 shots in two games, you’re doing a lot of things right,” said striker Jeff Mallot. “But those high-quality areas, we can take on a little bit more… If you have it in the slot, hit the net.

“It’s just a matter of breaking that code and scoring goals.”

Barron’s goal came with an empty Manitoba net.

“Since that month with the Jets, he has had a lot of confidence,” Mallot said. “He is a big, solid body to play against. He is someone who would be a huge piece for us.”

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Manitoba called up ECHL’s Trois-Rivieres defensive man Hayden Shaw on Monday.

The 25-year-old has played four AHL games this season, scoring one assist.

Hot red snow hits the road

The Winnipeg Ice in the second round of the Western Hockey League resume their series against Moose Jaw on the road, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The ice tops the seven best teams, 2-0, after 6-1 and 7-0 on the ice at home, on Friday and Saturday.

The series returns to Winnipeg for Game 5, if necessary, on Friday.

Ice striker Owen Pederson has been named WHL Player of the Week, after scoring once and adding four assists in the two wins over Moose Jaw.

Fri fish, anyone?

The Winnipeg Goldeyes continues their pre-season by hosting the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks on Tuesday.

The Fish opens the regular season at home against rival Redhawks on Friday night.

Winnipeg beat the Black Sox baseball club, 6-4, on Sunday.

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