St. Rose 18th in Canada Games race

Keenan St. Rose finished 18th and his Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating clubmate Craig Miller posted a 30th-place result Thursday in the Canada Winter Games 1,000-metre short track event in Red Deer.

Miller was coming off a 20th-place result in Wednesday's 500m event, while St. Rose was 27th. Earlier in the week, St. Rose placed 10th in the 1,500m while Hanson was 53rd. They'll be back on the short-track ice today for the final events of the Games, the 3,000m points race and the 3,000m team relay.

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In long-track speed skating, Blizzard club member Eric Orlowsky finished 10th in the mass start sprint Thursday. Kieran Hanson of Prince George did not finish the race.

In wheelchair basketball, Joel Ewert of Prince George helped B.C. to a 56-38 win over Manitoba in a placement game Thursday.

Meanwhile, in men's hockey, Ontario and Quebec will meet for gold Saturday night in Red Deer. In Thursday's semifinals, Quebec beat Saskatchewan 6-3 and Ontario shut out Alberta 6-0.

In a placement game Thursday, Manitoba beat New Brunswick 6-2. Defenceman Hudson Thornton, a second-round pick of the Cougars in 2018, scored Manitoba's first goal on a power play late in the first period. Tyler Brennan, the Cougars' 21st overall pick in 2018, stopped 11 of 12 shots he faced in 21 minutes of game action.

Craig Armstrong, the Cougars' first-round pick in 2018 (ninth overall) was held off the scoreboard in Alberta's loss to Ontario and will play Saskatchewan for bronze Friday afternoon.

Steve O'Rourke, the Prince George Cougars associate coach, is in Red Deer as head coach of Team B.C. The B.C. boys went 2-2 in round-robin play and lost a quarterfinal playoff 7-3 on Wednesday to Quebec. They took on Nova Scotia in a placement game Thursday night.

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