This Week In Sports
On Wednesday night the Toronto Maple Leafs came to Joe Louis Arena to face off against the Detroit Red Wings. The Leafs came to play, shutting the Red Wings down 4-0. This puts the Red Wings in last place in the Eastern Conference. The loss jeopardizes their shot at making the playoffs, breaking their 25 year post-season streak. This also gives the Maple Leafs a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Maple Leafs currently sit at ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 23-14-9 record.
The Toronto Maple Leafs also played on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. The Flyers held the Leafs to one goal while scoring two for themselves, winning the game 2-1.
This past Sunday the Major League Baseball association said goodbye to two young players. Yordano “Ace” Ventura (25) was one of Kansas City Royals’ top pitchers. Ventura was on the roster for Kansas City’s World Series win in 2015 and went to the All-Star game twice.
Andy Marte (33) was a free agent and former third-baseman for the Cleveland Indians. Marte hit 21 career home runs and played with the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks then finally joined the Cleveland Indians’ roster. Marte was rated ninth best prospect in 2005 by Baseball America. He died in his home country of the Dominican Republic in a car crash.
Within the last four years, the MLB has had to face the tragic deaths of seven players. Andy Marte and Yordano “Ace” Ventura join Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, Victor Sanchez of the Seattle Mariners, Yorman Landa of the Minnesota Twins and Tommy Hanson of the San Francisco Giants on the list of players that died young.
The Superbowl is now only days away and Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are getting set to meet Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. For the Patriots, this could be their fifth Superbowl win in 15 years. For the Falcons, this will be their first time in going to the Superbowl since 1999 and could be their first Superbowl win ever.
The Toronto Raptors spent the night in the FedEx Forum taking on the Memphis Grizzlies. The game was close fought but the Grizzlies were able to take control and win the game 101-99.
The Detroit Pistons took on the Sacramento Kings this past Monday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons took charge for the first two quarters but the Kings came back hard winning 109-104. This puts the Pistons’ record at 21-25 and the Kings’ record at 17-27.
The Windsor Lancers men’s hockey team was in London on Wednesday facing off against the Western Mustangs. Unfortunately they couldn’t come out with a win, losing 3-1. The Lancers will be playing their final game against the Brock Badgers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. where they will be honouring their senior graduates.
The Windsor Lancers women’s hockey team was in St. Catherines, up against the Brock Badgers on Sunday afternoon. The ladies team was able to pull away with a 2-1 victory, going 2-0 for the weekend. The women’s team is now on hiatus until Feb. 10 and 11 where they will face off against the Queen’s Gaels, followed by the Toronto Ridgebacks on Feb. 11.