Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for March 11, 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 - Tkachuk gets hat trick as Flames beat Knights

The Calgary Flames snapped their four-game losing streak last night in a big way, beating the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3. In the process, the Flames snapped the Knights' six-game winning streak, and jumped the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division. One of the things I'm most looking forward to in the playoffs is for the Flames, Sharks and Knights to battle it out in the first two rounds. All three teams are really good and have a good chance at coming out of the West. Matthew Tkachuk was the star of the game for the Flames, recording his first-career hat trick. 

Second Base - Raptors tie franchise record for 3's in a game in win over Heat

The Toronto Raptors played the Miami Heat last night, without Kawhi Leonard, and had their second blowout win of the weekend. They won 125-104, which comes on the heels of a 127-104 win over New Orleans on Friday. Tonight, Monday, March 11, the Raptors play the Cleveland Cavaliers, and another huge win is likely. The Raptors made 21 3-pointers, tying the franchise record for most in a game. Danny Green had five of them, while Kyle Lowry had six, and led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists. 

Third Base - Huskies shutout Navigators in Game 7

The Fort St. John Huskies played one of their best games in the series last night, shutting out the North Peace Navigators 3-0 to win the semi-final 4-3 and advance to the NWJHL Final for the second straight season. The Huskies had 51 shots in the game, while Jonathan Bateman faced only 15. That was one day after the Huskies went into Peace River and won 3-2 in Game 6, and the team is playing its best hockey right now heading into the final. The Huskies will play the County of Grande Prairie Kings, who shocked the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks in their own Game 7 last night, a 5-1 Game 7 win. 

Home Base - Kevin Koe wins fourth Brier title

Kevin Koe of Team Alberta beat Team Wildcard, skipped by Brendan Bottcher (also of Alberta) 4-3 last night in a very strategic and interesting Brier final. It was Koe's fourth time winning the Canadian championship, and first since 2016. More importantly, he wins it a year after placing out of the medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Koe didn't lose a game all week, becoming the first team to do that at the Brier since Kevin Martin's Alberta team ran the table in 2009. For Bottcher, it was a bittersweet end to the tournament, as he loses in the Brier final for the secodn straight year. Still, he's just 27 years old, and has a really bright future ahead of him. For comparison, though Koe now has four titles, the 44-year old didn't win his first Brier until 2010 when he was 35.

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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