Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for April 18, 2019

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The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.

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First Base - Guerrero Jr. hits ball out of park

Vlad Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays' star prospect and the hope that Toronto fans are clinging to, continues to live up to the hype. Last night, he hit a home run out of McCoy Stadium and into the parking lot. Granted, the wall is at 325 feet and the home run in total distance probably wasn't an insane amount, but that doesn't matter. Hitting a home run out of the stadium is the coolest thing you can do, and the Jays need to call Vlad up to the majors as soon as possible. For what it's worth, GM Ross Atkins says Guerrero will be called up "sooner rather than later," whatever that means. 

Second Base - NHL playoff games tonight

There are three NHL games tonight, two of which could dictate the future of their series, and one that could see an elimination. The Washington Capitals are up 2-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes, but are coming off a 5-0 loss in Game 3 and can't afford to let the Hurricanes even up this series. At 5:30 p.m., the Blues and Jets faceoff in Winnipeg with the series tied 2-2. Every road team has won so far, but it sems the Jets have wrestled back control of the series. This is the closest first round series, so tonight's game is extremely important. Lastly, the Vegas Golden Knights can put the San Jose Sharks out of their misery, as the Knights have a 3-1 series lead, and Sharks goalie Martin Jones has been as bad as predicted. Take Vegas in this one. 

Third Base - Dougie Lambert rewarded for years of water boy service with NPHL championship

The Fort St. John Huskies and Senior Flyers have had plenty of success the past two years. One stable factor is the presence of Dougie Lambert, the long-time water boy for both teams. Lambert was awarded the President's Trophy by Huskies' President Michael Bacso. 

"My understanding is that he’s the longest standing member of the current Huskies organization,” said Bacso.

“I just like to help out and I love being the waterboy. I do a good job, I do a really awesome job,” Lambert said.

Home Base - Aves spoil Mike Smith's unreal game, Flames on brink of elimination

The Calgary Flames had no choice to be better in Game 4 against Colorado after losing 6-2 in Game 3. The Flames were much better, and had a 1-0 lead going into the third period, making it 2-0 shortly into the final frame. However, the Avalanche continued to play extremely well. Flames goalie Mike Smith was the only reason his team was winning, as he at one point had 35 saves with no goals allowed. Unfortunately, the Avalanche never stopped coming, while the Flames appeared to fizzle out. Colorady eventually found a way to score on Smith, and on a powerplay with three minutes left, scored again to take the game in overtime, where they won on Mikko Rantanen's second goal of the game. Smith made 49 saves, but his team let him down, and the Flames, the best team in the Western Conference, are down 3-1 in the series to Colorado. 

Around the Bases runs Monday through Friday. If you have a news tip or story to share, email Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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