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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Altercation leaves one man dead Kamloops RCMP are investigating the city’s fourth confirmed homicide of 2016 after a 42-year-old man died after an apparent street fight on the city’s North Shore. Police were called just before 3 a.m. on Dec. 30 near Tranquille Road and Wood Street after reports of a fight in progress. When police arrived, they found 42-yearold Sean Patrick Dunn unconscious on the ground. Paramedics were called in to provide medical treatment, but Dunn died of his injuries before they were able to rush him to hospital. Police are looking for a man believed to have been involved in the fight as well as any witnesses that may have seen something or been involved. “RCMP investigators do not believe there is an outstanding safety concern for the general public. Investigators are in the process of determining exactly what happened,” said Cpl. Jody Neuls. “The event appears to have stemmed from an argument between two individuals who possibly became acquainted earlier that night.” It’s believed the man met the suspect at a local pub. The killing marks the city’s fourth homicide of 2016. The Kamloops Serious Crimes Unit is investigating the case. Police are asking anyone that may have seen something or who has information to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or to call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

MURDER SCENE. Wood Street on the North Shore was behind police tape as officers investigated the death of a 42-year-old man, Kamloops’ fourth murder victim of 2016. Submitted photo

Police seek driver after motorized wheelchair hit, damaged Kamloops RCMP are looking for the driver of a silver van after a collision with a motorized wheelchair downtown last week. At around 3 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 5, the silver van hit the motorized wheelchair while backing up in the 300 block of Seymour Street near the back of Thrift City. While the person in the wheelchair was uninjured, the motorized wheelchair sustained serious damage according to Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “The driver of the van got out and spoke to

the driver of the scooter but left before sharing his name or vehicle insurance information,” she said. Police are now looking for the driver of the van to clarify details of what happened in the incident. If you know who the driver of the silver van was or if you are the driver, you are asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-8283000.


Operation Red Nose Kamloops provides most rides in BC during 2016 campaign The 20th Operation Red Nose campaign in Kamloops finished a successful season by providing 1,241 rides over 15 nights of service and raising around $30,000 in donations. In 2015 Operation Red Nose provided 1,211 rides over 10 nights and raised the same amount at around $30,000. Kamloops finished first in the province by providing the most rides out of the 12 host communities. Prince George finished with 872 rides and Langley/Surrey finished with 492 rides (Ed. Early on in the campaign, Langley/ Surrey had a lack of volunteers, which resulted in the cancellation of the safe ride home program one weekend). Kamloops also finished 18th in Canada out of 100 host communities. New Year’s Eve was a busy night for the 17 volunteer teams that drove party goers safely

home after the New Year was celebrated. They braved the snowy and icy roads to help Operation Red Nose provide 153 rides and raise close to $3,900 in donations. The 2016 Operation Red Nose campaign in Kamloops saw the addition of Thursday nights to nights of operation. While they were slower than anticipated, Kamloops will continue this service in the future. Kamloops provided four rides on the first Thursday, Dec. 1, nine rides the following Thursday, Dec. 8, and 20 rides the last Thurs, Dec. 15. Kamloops also added Fri. Dec. 23, as a night of operation last minute that saw 59 rides provided. The success of the campaign would have not been possible without the support of the volunteers. Operation Red Nose had 235 volunteers fill over 560 volun-

teer positions over the 15 nights of service. There were many new volunteers this year that helped in keeping the streets safe this holiday season. These volunteers drove 23,408 kilometers over the 15 nights to get clients and their vehicles home safely. The donations raised from the campaign go to PacificSport Interior BC. All proceeds will go toward developing services and programs for amateur sport in the Kamloops region. PacificSport is a “not for profit” society, and a legacy of the 1993 Canada Summer Games. Since starting in Kamloops in 1997, PacificSport has given almost $280,000 has been given to 548 athletes for travel support to National Championships, $42,000 in coach travel support and a variety of equipment bought to help support athletes and their training.

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• Kamloops Track & Field Track Rascal group winter session Wed. Jan. 11 – March 1. This group is only available to those athletes who will be 6 – 8 years old as of Dec. 31, 2017. Register online at kamtrack.ca/club-registration. html.

Last chance to recycle your Christmas trees this season This is the last weekend to recycle your Christmas trees at city drop-off locations. Ensure your tree is clean of any wires, tinsel, decorations, or plastic. Drop off your Christmas tree at these locations: Albert McGowan Park, 2025 Summit Dr.; Barnhartvale Yard Waste Depot, at the end of Eliza Road; Brocklehurst Park, 2470 Fleetwood Ave.; Cinnamon Ridge Compost Facility, 4.5 km past Airport on Tranquille Road; Dallas Fire Hall (#6), 5300 Dallas Dr.; Juniper Park, on Qu’Appelle Boulevard; Len Haughton Park, on Lister Road in Heffley Creek; McArthur Island, 1665 Island Parkway, east of Sports Centre; McGill Rd Yard Waste Depot, on Bunker Road; Rae-Mor Park, on Arab Run Road in Rayleigh; Westsyde Park, on Franklin Road; and Yacht Club, 1140 River St. During the holiday season last year, the City of Kamloops received 3,383 Christmas trees at the numerous drop off locations to be recycled. To date, Kamloops has recycled close to 150,000 trees! Deadline to recycle you trees at any of these locations is Jan. 15.

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Horoscopes January 15 - January 21, 2017 Sun – Thurs you’re in “ambition mode.” Thurs p.m. begins a month of joy, popularity, optimism, flirtation, good luck. Tackle chores or seek employment Sun/Mon. Relationships tease, excite Tues – Thurs p.m. Thurs eve – Sat brings secrets, health, lifestyle changes, financial opportunities –everything’s lucky! So invest, seek intimacy etc. Sun/Mon are very romantic, but challenging. Tackle chores Tues – Thurs p.m. Stick to routine chores – don’t try anything too adventurous, be careful with both electricity, chemicals. Thurs p.m. – Sat brings relationships, exciting meetings. After a scrappy Sun – Wed, your luck now turns strongly upward. To succeed, cooperate rather than compete. Focus on your home, family Sun/Mon. Mon eve brings success, cooperation between the sexes. Romance, creativity, beauty, pleasure, risk-taking fill Tues – Thurs p.m. Your luck is mixed here so don’t push anyone. Love may bloom Wed eve. Plunge into your work Thurs p.m. – Sat – all aspects are good, so charge ahead, even tackle chores that might intimidate you. Errands, short trips, casual contacts Sun/Mon. Act after 4 p.m. both days. Head for home (in your thoughts) Tues – Thurs p.m. Careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings, esp. Wed. An idea or information that comes to you late Wed eve may be the key to future home fortune. Thurs p.m. – Sat blesses you with luck n romance, pleasure, creativity. Every hour is lucky & affectionate – so charge ahead! Cautiously chase money, Sun/Mon. Both eves help you toward success. Errands, communications, paperwork, short trips, casual acquaintances fill Tues – Thurs p.m. Step carefully, double check messages. A bright message or hope for love arrives Wed eve. Turn toward home Thurs p.m. – Sat – good luck prevails. You’re successful in home reno projects, etc. Your charisma, energy, clout are at a monthly high Sun/Mon. Carefully chase money, Tues –Thurs p.m. Spend only on routine items. You’re going to make a lot of money now – Oct. Late Wed eve may open the door to this source of money. Errands, communications, casual friends, short trips, paperwork Thurs eve – Sat. Now every aspect favours you, so charge ahead. Retreat, rest, contemplate, plan Sun/Mon. Both eves promise success. Your energy, charisma, effectiveness, clout surge Tues – Thurs p.m. – solve domestic problems. Chase money Thurs p.m. – Sat. Be adventurous, bold – luck rides with you this entire interval. Thurs p.m. begins a month of happiness, pleasure, love, travel, intellectual awakening, creativity, games, risk, profit. A light romance appears Sun/Mon – there’ll be much better times to pursue it. Both Sun/Mon eves offer attraction, social delights, success. Retreat, rest, contemplate, plan, deal with management types, etc., Tues – Thurs noon. Your luck is mixed. Don’t risk your money on love. Your energy, charisma, effectiveness soar Thurs eve – Sat. You’ll ride a wave of luck & can accomplish much. Sun/Mon focus on career, worldly standing. Ease, success come both eves. Your hopes rise Tues – Thurs p.m. Avoid an argument with someone you love. A glimmer late Wed eve – be hopeful, wishful! Retreat late Thurs p.m. – Sat. You have the healing touch right now (Fri/Sat). Thurs begins a month errands, communications. You’ll be busy but happy. Higher learning, legal affairs, far travel, profound thoughts will come easily Sun/Mon; act both eves, when luck favours you. Be ambitious Tues – Thurs p.m. – show your skills, soothe a higherup’s temper, etc. Don’t expect much Sun – Thurs. But Thurs eve – Sat is packed with good luck. A wish may come true! Thurs begins a fortunate month of increased money flow, etc. Your assets, lifestyle changes, health plans, sexual desires, finances are highlighted Sun/Mon. Both eves offer success. Tues – Thurs p.m. are mellow. Best late Wed eve. Your career, worldly standing, ambitions, prestige s are all in focus Thurs eve – Sat – good fortune rides with you. Charge ahead! Thurs begins a month of heightened energy, charisma, clout, effectiveness – go after what/who you want. Sun/Mon offers relationships, fresh opportunities. Mysteries, secrets, heightened intuition, lust for power, sexual yearning fill Tues –Thurs p.m. Sun –Thurs, don’t oppose a boss or parent. Thurs begins a month of weariness. Thurs eve – Sat are great for gentle love, intellect, far travel, publishing, culture, legal – jump in, start something!

Squirrel chocolate bar thieves driving shop owner nuts

FURRY CHOCOLATE BAR THIEF. A black squirrel snatches a Crunchie bar from the bottom shelf of a Toronto convenience store. Submitted photo A chocolate bar thief is driving the owner of Toronto convenience store near Broadview Station a little squirrelly. Because, well – the bandit is a squirrel. The store’s owner said the shop doors typically stay open because it gets “stuffy and hot” inside. And, for more than seven years, it’s never led to problems. “Until the squirrel started showing up,” the owner said. And there’s more: The owner later learned the thefts – at least six so far – could be the work of an entire ring of furry thieves, or at least two critters. “A black one (or more) and a light brown/grey one (or more).” But there’s hope! The two, three, or more furry criminals – it’s not totally clear – have now been caught on camera swiping candy bars from a bottom shelf. In one video, a squirrel sneaks into the store, snags a Crunchie bar, and dashes outside – then scampers across the street. • JMNEWS CLASSIFIEDS. Have an item to sell? Looking for an item? Having a craft fair or bake sale? Place your ad in the Java Mountain News Classifieds section for only $15/week (up to 30 words). Send your information and payment to Java Mountain News, 273 Nelson Ave. Kamloops, B.C. V2B 1M4 or call 250-819-6272 at least one complete week before the event. Pre-payment is required.

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A"-/%0 T-'% • ART EXHIBIT at Arnica Artist-run Centre, Jan. 7 – Feb. 18, featuring Kelsie Balehowsky C••••••• • I"••#•••$, & Xiao Han T%• O$•, Opening night event, Jan. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • K#&•••'" S(&'%•$( presents the MAGIC OF VIENNA, Jan. 14 – 15, at Sagebrush Theatre. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. Combine the stunning voice & sparkling personality of Melina Moore with the brilliant music of Strauss, Lehar & Lloyd Webber. Enjoy the resulting blend of glorious melodies & songs from Vienna to Broadway. • BARNHARTVALE COFFEE HOUSE A•• O'•$ M•• N•)%•, Jan. 21. Doors: 7 p.m. Music: 7:30 p.m. Guaranteed 3 tunes. Audience votes for their favourite act. Chosen performer(s) will be offered the Feature Act spot for a date of their choice in the 2017-18 season. Winner announced at the Feb. 18 coffee house. • ART EXHIBIT. Kamloops Museum & Archives presents, Morris Lum R•: R•••*+•$) C%•$•"• H•"••*••", a new project featuring Mississauga–based artist, Morris Lum, Sept. 9 – Jan. 21. • THE BIG LITTLE SCIENCE CENTRE, 655 Holt St., open for public drop-ins Tues – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with daily hands-on fun in the exploration rooms; interactive science shows at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 14: S•-$+ . W# •" S%•/. Sound is made with waves & vibrations. Good vibrations make music! Explore & discover sound, waves & music during this interactive show. Expect to try out some unusual musical instruments. 250-554-2572. • C%•&•*# T%•#•*• MONTHLY IMPROVE SHOWS, 8 p.m., at the Stage House Theatre, 422 Tranquille Rd. Doors: 7:30 p.m. Schedule: Jan. 14: M#* •• " DC (Battle Royale); Feb. 18: D-$)••$" . D*#)•$" (Mission Improvable); March 18: M#*•• P#*•( (All-Star!); April 15: S•*•' ‘$’ S•' (Battle Royale); May 20: P•0•&•$ I&'*• ! (Long Form). Tickets: $15 (cash only) at the door. • T%•&'"•$ V#•••( A••• ••( . S•••#• C•-1 (TVASC) presents LET’S DANCE, U!"#$%$#% N&' Y&#"’( D$%%&" ) D#%*&, Jan. 14. Roast beef dinner including perogies, cabbage rolls, & cornmeal prepared by Ukrainian ladies. Doors: 5:30; dinner: 6:30; dance: 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (doors for dance only: 7:45 p.m.), at Brock Activity Centre, 9A – 1800 Tranquille Rd. Music by M•+$•)%• D#$••*. Advance tickets (dinner) must be purchased by Jan. 4: $25/members; $35/non-members; $10/dance only, from Francoise, 778-220-8010, Norma, 250-299-7221, or Zonia, 250-372-0091. Info line: 250-5715111; email: tvasclub@gmail.com; website: www.tvasc.ca. • AUDITIONS, CASTING CALL. The Laughing Stock Theatre Society is auditioning for Monk Ferris’s hilarious, fast-paced comedy, Let’s Murder Marsha!, Fri. Jan. 27, 6 – 8 p.m. & Sat. Jan. 28, 1 – 3 p.m. at Kamloops Conference Centre Theatre, 1250 Rogers Way. Auditions on a first come first served basis. No previous experience required. Everyone ages 16 & up welcome. Bring a resume & head shot (if available – if not, they’ll take one). Non-equity production. Rehearsals begin March 7. Productions dates: April 20 – 22. FMI: thelaughingstock.ca/auditions.

• W•"••*$ C#$#+# T%•#•*• welcomes the New Year with hearty laughs to fill the cold night air with its production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, William Shakespeare’s craziest comedy, Jan. 26 – Feb. 4, at Sagebrush Theatre, 821 Munro St. Tickets at Kamloops Live! Box Office, 1025 Lorne St., www.kamloopslive.com or 250-374-5483. • SABRINA WEEKS & MIKE HILLIARD #" R(#$7 schedule: Jan. 20 & 21: Cascades Casino, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Feb. 4: R•2••••••$" •2 B•1 S•)•*, at the Kamloops Coast Hotel Theatre, 1250 Rogers Way. Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 8 p.m. Tickets at sabrinaweeks. com/buy_tickets:_reflections_of__bob_seger/ • 5•% #$$-#• FAMILY DAY FESTIVAL, a free festival for kids of all ages, Mon. Feb. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Tournament Capital Centre. Bring the family for tea parties, theatre, live music, sports, & arts & crafts of all kinds. CALL FOR BOOTHS. Your business or organization will be creative & interactive (static booths need not apply) where you can share your ideas, products, initiatives, or programs with dozens of families (over 1,600 people attended last year). Please make sure you design your booth in a way that will catch the attention of kids aged 3 – 12. FMI: Alex de Chantal, adechantal@kamloops.ca. • K#&•••'" F••& S•••••( WINTER FILM SERIES every Thurs at 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, Victoria St. beginning Jan. 19 with M•#"-*• •2 # M#$. Tickets from MovieMart, 444 St. Paul St., online, or at the door. Schedule: Jan. 17: M•#"-*• •2 # M#$; Jan. 26: T%• M•++••*; Feb. 2: TBA; Feb. 9: T%• E#)•• H-$•*•""; Feb. 16: TBA; Feb. 23: T%•$)" •• C•&•. • C%•&•*# T%•#•*• presents its mainstage production of the season, the debut production of MOCKUS, by George M. Johnson, Feb. 8 – 11 at the Pavilion Theatre, 1025 Lorne St. (Dr. Johnson is a local playwright & current professor & chair of the English & Modern Languages department at Thompson Rivers University). FMI: Andrew G. Cooper, artistic director, 250-574-8171, or andrew@chimeratheatre.com. • BROCK CENTRAL LIONS CLUB meets the 1st & 3rd Thurs of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Brock Centre for Seniors Information, 9A – 1800 Tranquille Rd. New members always welcome. Call Victor, 250-554-8031. • KAMLOOPS TRAVEL CLUB, an informal group that gets together regularly for weekly meetings to talk about travel at The Art We Are. Call James, 250-879-0873. • KAMLOOPS ARTISAN MARKET, every Sat, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sahali Mall through April 29. Artisan vendors wanted: artists, crafters, home-based businesses, musicians, performers, psychics, astrologers, etc. Karla, 778-220-2032 or www.kamloopsartisanmarket.com. • SHAMBHALA MEDITATION GROUP offers meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Sat, drop-in 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Mon, 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Thurs., 7 – 9 p.m. with available meditation instructions. 433B Lansdowne St. Call Liz, 250-376-4224. • FIRST SATURDAYS GUIDED TOURS at Kamloops Art Gallery, 101 – 465 Victoria St., first Sat of each month, 1 p.m. in Central Galleries. Explore & engage with KAG exhibitions, ask questions & learn about the stories behind the art work. Led by local artist & art instructor Emily Dundas Oke. Free admission; open to all ages.

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Storm look to move past Wranglers on the road

• The KIJHL Kamloops Storm returned from the Christmas break with a pair of losses last weekend. The first game back was at the Revelstoke Forum Fri. Jan. 6, when the Storm took on the Grizzlies and came away with one point, losing 2-1 in double overtime. Dallas Otto opened the scor-

ing for the Storm just 14 seconds into the game to take an early 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 for the remainder of the period and the entire second period before the Grizzlies got on the scoreboard 1:09 into the third period to tie the game 1-01 and send the game into OT. It took two OT period before the Grizzlies managed to get one past Storm goalie Jason Sandhu, who stopped 42 of 44 shots he faced in 68:18 minutes of action. Shots on goal were virtually even as the Storm outshot the Grizzlies 45-44 in the loss. The Storm’s first home game after the holiday break took place Sun. Jan. 8, against the 100 Mile House Wranglers, who at the time trailed the Storm by one point. After a scoreless first period

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that saw the Storm outshoot the Wranglers 10-6, Garrett Ewert scored the Storm’s only goal, on the power play, just 2:27 into the middle frame to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. But the Wranglers owned the third period, scoring all three of their goals in the first half of the period, a period that saw the Wranglers also outshoot the Storm 13-7. The first goal was scored 34 seconds into the frame to tie the game 1-1. Then 3:14 later, the Wranglers took the lead ono the power play. They got the insurance goal 5:12 later to take the 3-1 win. The Shots on goal were almost even as the Storm outshot the Wranglers 2928 in the loss. The Wranglers now have a solid two-game – four-point – lead over the Storm just three points behind the division-leading Chase

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Ferguson stellar in Blazers net

The Kamloops Blazers came back from the Christmas break with a 3-2 loss in Kelowna on Dec. 27. Collin Shirley scored the game’s first goal on a great feed from Deven Sideroff to make it 1-0 Blazers 2:12 into the game. Goaltender Dylan Ferguson was tested early and came up with some big saves for the Blazers. Kole Lind tied the game up late in the first period on a 5-on-3 power play. He took a feed off the rush and scored his 20th of the season to make it 1-1 through the first period. The Rockets took the lead on a power play in the second period. Nolan Foote got his own rebound to make it 2-1 for the Rockets through two periods. The Blazers came out flying in the third period with plenty of chances, but they couldn’t find the back of the net. Conner Bruggen-Cate eventually scored into the empty net for a 3-1 lead with 43 seconds to play.

The Blazers never gave up as they scored off the faceoff as Erik Miller put a backhand past goaltender Michael Herringer to make it 3-2 with 24 seconds left. The Blazers ran out of time, as they fell 3-2. The Blazers finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Rockets were 2-for-6. The Rockets outshot the Blazers 33-32. Ferguson continued his strong play with 46 saves in goal to help the Blazers to a 5-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets at the Sandman Centre Dec. 28. Garrett Pilon scored twice for the Blazers, including the game winning goal in the second period. Foote had the lone goal for the Rockets on the power play in the second period. Goals from Jermaine Loewen, Sideroff and Travis Walton in the third period contributed to the win for the Blazers. Nic Holowko had a solid home debut for the Blazers and recorded two assists. The Blazers and the Rockets were both 1-for-6 on the power play. The Rockets outshot the Blazers 47-25. With the win, the Blazers improve to 22-14-1-1 on the season. Quinn Benjafield and Pilon each had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Giants in Langley Fri. Dec. 30. The Giants had a late push as they scored on the power play with 3:33 to play and scored an-

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other goal with their goaltender pulled with 1:31 to play to make it 3-2 late in the game. Dallas Valentine scored the game’s first goal and Shirley gave the Blazers insurance with an empty net goal with 39 seconds to play to make it a 4-2 final. Luc Smith recorded his first point with the Blazers assisting on Shirley’s empty net marker. Ferguson continued his strong play in goal with 39 saves for his ninth win of the season. The Blazers were outshot 41-30 on the night, both teams finished 1-for-5 on the power play. The Blazers finished off the year on a sour note as they went down to defeat 6-1 to the Victoria Royals on home ice. The Royals opened the scoring with 2:29 left in the first frame to take an early 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Royals scored the gamewinning goal 0:42 into the middle frame then added a shorthanded insurance goal halfway through the period, and another one3:05 later to make it 4-0 Victoria after 40. The Royals kept the heat on, scoring 1:00 into the third period and chasing Blazers starting goalie, Ferguson from the net in favour of Max Palaga, who stopped six of seven shots he faced. The Royals added their sixth goal of the game 6:57 into the period. Nick Chyzowski scored the Blazers’ only goal of the game with 1:13 remaining in the

game to make it 6-1 Victoria for the win. The Blazers got another stellar performance from Ferguson, who made 36 saves to help the Blazers to a 5-2 win over the TriCity Americans Jan. 3. Earlier in the day, Ferguson was named WHL Goaltender of the Month of December. The Blazers got off to a quick start scoring three times in the first 8:22 of the game. Travis Walton opened the scoring 2:05 into the game on a nice feed from Nic Holowko. Shirley followed Walton’s goal up and Jermaine Loewen made it 3-0 tipping a puck home on the power play. The Americans battled back to make it 3-1 by the end of the first period. The Blazers and Americans traded second period goals as Chyzowski scored his 11th goal of the season and the Blazers led 4-2 going into the third period. Ferguson was at his best in the third period as he stopped all 15 shots he faced and Sideroff scored an empty net goal to make it a 5-2 final for the Blazers. The Blazers were 1-for-1 on the power play, while the Americans finished 0-for-2. The Americans outshot the Blazers 38-24. The Blazers got a terrific effort on home ice in a 3-1 win over the

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Blazers suffer OT loss to Rockets Kelowna Rockets last Friday night to move three points ahead of the Rockets in the WHL standings and improve to 25-15-1-1 on the season. The win gave head coach, Don Hay, his 700th career victory in the WHL. Hay is only the second coach to ever record 700 wins in the WHL and trails Ken Hodge who has 742 career wins. Jermaine Loewen scored the game’s first goal late in the first period for a 1-0 lead. Rudolfs Balcers made it 2-0 on a great feed from Deven Sideroff on a rush in the second period. The Rockets lone goal came on the power play off the stick of Dillon Dube. Luc Smith iced the game with his first goal as a Blazer and his seventh of the season in a 3-1 win over the Rockets. Dylan Ferguson continued his strong play in goal as he stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced. The Blazers had a great outing in Kelowna, but fell 3-2 in a shootout last Saturday night. The Rockets opened the scoring on the power play in the first period. Nick Merkley scored on a rebound to make it 1-0. The Blazers battled back with a solid second period. Balcers scored his 22nd of the season on a partial break to make it 1-1. Nick Chyzowski gave the Blazers the lead on a penalty shot with less than a second left in the period. The Blazers had a chance to extend their 2-1 lead on a power play in the third period, but instead gave up a shorthanded marker to Reid Gardner as the game was tied at 2-2. Overtime solved nothing and it took six rounds to end the shootout. Kole Lind ended up with the shootout winner for the Rockets as they defeated the Blazers 3-2. Ferguson had another outstanding night in goal with 34 saves. Brodan Salmond was solid in the Rockets net stopping 26 shots. The Blazers were scheduled to play Sunday night in Portland, but a severe weather warning in the Portland area has postponed the game.

B•••••• !••"• #$"•!• The Kamloops Blazers have traded 19-year-old forward Spencer Bast to the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for an eighth round pick in 2018. Bast, who is from Macklin, SK, has 10 goals, 13 assists and 23 points in 93 career games with the Blazers. The Portland Winterhawks have claimed 20-year-old forward Matt Revel on WHL waivers from the Blazers. Revel, who was in his fourth season with the Blazers and fifth season in the WHL, suffered an upper body injury on Dec. 10 that will keep him out of the line-up until late-February. The Blazers roster is now set at 23 players with two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 14 forwards.

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