It came down to the wire, but a pair of Janarion Grant return TDs scored a win for the Bombers in his CFL debut.
The Stamps (5-3) made a game of it in the fourth quarter and had the ball at midfield with 90-odd seconds to play, but ultimately came up short against a stifling Winnipeg (6-2) defence.
Though they would never outright say it, Calgary management must be happy with where they stand — tied for second in the West, a game out of first — as they likely welcome Bo Levi Mitchell back next week against Montreal.
Winnipeg now faces a run of four-straight divisional games, and it will be interesting to see how QB Matt Nichols navigates the next month after throwing for 177 yards, no TDs and no interceptions vs. Calgary.
Saskatchewan 17, Montreal 10
HC Craig Dickenson said it was going to be ugly, and he wasn’t wrong.
The Riders (5-3) ground out a 17-10, weather-shortened win in Montreal on Friday night and kept pace in the West in the process.
Don’t look now, but Cody Fajardo and the Riders are tied for second in the West
Saskatchewan’s defence is rounding into form, and limited the Als to just 141 yards in 42-plus minutes of play before the lightning wrapped up the result for the visitors.