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Friday, January 31, 2014

MMA comes to Kamloops Feb. 22 Kamloops’ first-ever sanctioned mixed martial arts (MMA) event, UCL 20: Ascension, is coming to the Tournament Capital Centre on Feb. 22. “We are very proud and excited to be the first fight promotion to host a premium MMA event in Kamloops,” exclaimed Unified Combat League (UCL) president, Jesse Eller. “Fight fans in Kamloops have been waiting for MMA to come to their city for a very long time. Words cannot express how excited we are to finally be able to make it happen!” UCL was in negotiations with the City of Kamloops before the city gave the go-ahead for the event. “They were on the fence with regards to the sport in general so convincing them of the safety of the sport and its impeccable track record was the first thing we had to do,” Eller related. “As an outsider looking in, the sport appears to be very violent and dangerous, and I think to some degree that’s part of the appeal. When you dig a little deeper though, what you find is that the sport of MMA is actually safer than all other contact sports. It is a contact sport so it’s obviously not 100 per cent safe but when set side by side with other major sports like hockey, football, basketball and baseball it’s actually dramatically safer.” In fact, said Eller, a 20-year study by the National Institute for

ARMBAR SUBMISSION. Despite being on the bottom, Mikel Dupont transitions Michael Heppner into an armbar, snapping Heppner’s arm, to win the match in 33 seconds. Their rematch is set for UCL 20 at the TCC on Feb. 22. Judi Dupont photo

Sports Safety found that there are actually more serious injuries in competitive ping pong than there are in MMA! UCL hosted three very successful MMA events in Merritt over the past two years, and continued to pursue the opportunity in Kamloops, and that persistence paid off. When the BC Athletic Commission took over sanctioning in Kamloops in the fall last year, Kam-

loops City Council revisited the issue and UCL was finally given the green light. “Getting approval to host MMA events in Kamloops is a huge victory for us and for the fans!” Eller related. “We put together a stellar card for this event. UCL 20 Ascension is stacked with local fan favourites and elite U.S. contenders. The fans will not be disappointed!”

The Pro/Amateur fight card is stacked with elite professional and amateur fighters from Canada and the U.S. UCL 20 Ascension, which is UCL’s first event of 2014, will feature four professional bouts and seven high level amateur bouts. The pro card is set up “battle of the border”’ style, pitting B.C. fighters against American, and a few Canadian, challengers. On the amateur portion of the card, local fighters will take on opponents from Chase, Merritt, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Campbell River and Calgary. WSOF lightweight Myles “The Cowboy” Merola and Season 9 Ultimate Fighter alum Richie “Hellboy” Whitson will headline the historic event. Merola, from Vancouver, has a 10/7 fight record while Whitson, from Coeur d’Alene, ID, is 12/4. The co-main event will feature Kamloops’ own Morgan “Mad Dog” Littlechild and Josh Gow from Spokane. Littlechild is 2/0 while Gow is 3/0 in the cage. Also on the main card are Chilliwack’s Jamie Siraj (0/0) against Jordan Mackin (1/2), from Coeur d’Alene; and Trail’s CJ Bagg (3/2) going up against Edmonton’s Andrew Bard (2/4). On the amateur undercard will be a large contingent of fighters from

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February 3 - February 9, 2014 It’s difficult to establish situations with others, as you would prefer them to be. You seem to be coming under their control rather than them coming under yours. This can generate a sense of rebellion in you. You need to find some quiet time to yourself for thinking & reflecting. It’s the only way to eventually gain answers. Think about what you’ve learned about yourself since Sept/12, mainly from situations that seemed to slip away. As a result your priorities have likely changed. This may also now include reconnecting with people that have formed part of a group in the past. Your long-term view can begin a favourable transformation. Focus on any obligations that are either not clear, or you’re not sure about wanting to proceed or continue with. This’ll likely involve family but may also have something to do with your home. It’s not the time to act quickly one way or the other. You need to let things float, as this allows unknown facts to surface. Don’t ignore impressions you get about the long-term direction a situation is likely to take. It can encourage you to review what personal development now means to you & how life can improve as a result. The position other people take & in some instances, the control they want to have can mean you have to bide your time. Where other people are concerned there are many hidden factors. It can be difficult to tell truth from fiction. You may be easily drawn in, but this won’t result in creating clarity. You like to have control of your circumstances but this is one time when remaining passive will work best. Limit comments no matter how difficult. Being certain of where you stand with somebody else can be confusing. You need to let your feelings surface. This’ll occur more easily if you drop any analysis for now. This is all about stages & once you gain an impression you’ll then have something to investigate. This’ll hone your natural skills of putting facts together. Your health is sensitive; you need to be mindful of pushing yourself at any time when you’re lacking in energy. This is unlikely to be voluntary but more expected of you. If you go against your better judgement you may come down with something that’ll prove difficult to shift to early-April & perhaps July.

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Mommyisms When I was seven years old, my parents signed my brother and me up for skiing lessons, through our school. And each year after, we continued skiing lessons, and acquired the love of gliding down the slopes with grace. There were many fun times, wipeouts, bushwacking, terrifying chairlift rides, and only a couple trips to the hospital. (Some for me, some for friends.) Year after year, my love of skiing grew, and I couldn’t wait for that fresh, morning air to kiss my

You need to keep your own counsel & play the game of casting doubt if that’s necessary to fend off any prying people. There’s much for you to enjoy, even if it’s in your own mind or by utilising your imagination. These ideas can eventually be turned into some sort of solid reality. It’s not always obvious to begin with though. Think about all the things you need to get planned & organised. What’s been done in the past can help in some way or may be useful to implement again. This may not prove to be as difficult as you imagine, to deal with. The more relaxed you can be, the more matters will have a way of falling into place when the time is right. Take a second look at anything you haven’t been able to fully comprehend or understand in the past. You’ve now reached a more balanced point personally that’ll enable you to move forward with a greater sense of peace. You may realise you’ve come to know much more than you’ve given yourself credit for. Money may seem to go nowhere. This is mainly because you haven’t been paying enough attention to all your spending. Be sure you’re not doubling up in some way. It’s by breaking things down that you can discover what you can leave behind. You have a natural ability to move on when it’s obvious that change is necessary. You can feel you’re back where you started in some way. This isn’t exactly the same because you’ve been through a cycle that hasn’t existed previously. This has increased your knowledge & perhaps understanding of where you stand & what you’re looking for from your life. Be patient – there’ll be more to come.

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cheeks, the sound of the chair skirting across the lift poles, and the glide of my skis across the snow. My first year of college, I became a part of Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) team and skied every weekend, as much as I could – to the point that I could ski a doublediamond run without difficulty. (Although, I was terrified!) You would think that when I moved to Whistler, a ski-lover like myself would be on the slopes as much as possible. But, I only hit the slopes one time. (And have a fond memory of my husband’s reaction when I zipped past him flying down the run – when it can be assumed he thought I exaggerated my ski skills!) That was the last time I was on a pair of skis . . . in 1999. I have tried to plan a few ski trips since, but some sort of medical emergency stood in my way each time. This weekend, I make another attempt to jump on my pair of neglected skis. My boots have been vacuumed (for spiders), and I have squeezed into my custommade ski pants (for CSPS). Let’s see if I can make it to the slopes. To be continued . . . SKI SCHOOL REVISITED. (Left) Lizsa, her cousin, Freddie, and brother Steven, ride the chairlift at Harper Mountain. (Bottom). Lizsa, Steven, little brother Mikel, and Freddie pose in front of the ski school sign after their lessons. Judi Dupont photos

Kamloops represented well in UCL 20 the Mata-Leao MMA & Fitness gym in Kamloops: Mikel Dupont (1/1) will take on Merritt’s Michael Heppner (2/1) in a rematch after their first matchup in September 2012 saw Dupont take only 33 seconds to break Heppner’s arm with an armbar; Derek Apps (1/1) vs Campbell River’s Herb Moon (3/4); Walter Barrios (2/2) vs Calgary’s Patrick Ward (4/2); Laine Keyes from Chase (2/0) vs Devon Brown (1/2) from Merritt; Matthew Blair (1/0) vs Delton Mosley(1/1) from Merritt; Jaxson Stead (0/0) vs Bryan Janzen (0/0) from Vernon; and Mitch Burke from Penticton (0/1/1) vs Kenny Pope (0/0) from Vernon. *Card is subject to change. “The local fighters are tough as nails,” Eller stated. “I’m confident a lot of these guys will do very well just due to the fact that many of them are already doing well when they’re competing in enemy territory. Their work’s cut out for them for sure because we’ve brought in top level fighters from all over Western Canada and the Northwest US but I think they’re all excited to put on a great show for their hometown crowd.” Eller anticipates a very successful first event in Kamloops. As of press time, cage-side seats were already all but sold out, and UCL hasn’t even begun its advertising campaign, according to Eller. “Everyone we’ve spoken with has been stoked to not only finally have not only an MMA show in town but a televised PRO/AM MMA show,” Eller said, explain-

ing that UCL 20: Ascension will be televised on the Fight Network across Canada, Asia and Europe, as well as in the USA and South America. Eller went on to say, there will definitely more MMA events to come for the Tournament City. “Yes, we’ll be back to Kamloops at least once per year for a large televised event,” he said. “Our goal is to provide these guys with the biggest spring board we possibly can. International television exposure, tough match ups and an avenue that will hopefully eventually lead to the same path that GSP (Georges St. Pierre) followed.” As well, Eller will continue to host more fights in Merritt – where it all started for him in B.C. – Merritt will be a spring board for less experienced fighters to gain access into the larger more experienced Kamloops cards, he said. UCL 20: Ascension takes place Sat., Feb 22, at the TCC. Doors open at 6 p.m. with fights beginning at 7:30 p.m. Weigh ins take place Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Sports Centre Lounge, 1430 Summit Dr. Tickets are available on the Unified Combat League’s website, tickets.html and Ticket Web locations, $40/ general admission; $70/floor seating; $100/cage side seating. You can also try to win tickets by liking the UCL Facebook fan page, or by heading up to the Sports Centre Lounge this weekend and next weekend.

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AROUND TOWN • FUN LAUGHTER FRIENDS, a new social group for couples and singles. The next event will be a Potato Bake Brunch, Sun. Feb. 2. FMI, contact Wendy, 250-376-4707, • THE BIG LITTLE SCIENCE CENTRE, 655 Holt St. (Happyvale School), open Tues – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily hands-on fun in the exploration rooms & interactive science shows Sat. at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25: Magnetism Show, Exciting hands-on construction fun using Lego, Megablocks & more. Materials will be out in different locations for children & families to create their own amazing forms. Robotics Club & Girls only Robotics Club, Register at the centre or mail registration with payment to BLSC, Box 882 Stn. Main, Kamloops, V2C 5M8. Call 250-554-2572. • ART EXHIBIT. Drawing with Lines, a print, mixed media and drawing exhibit by Melanie Todd, at Wilson House Gallery, 115 Tranquille Rd., Jan. 7 – Feb. 6 (Mon. – Fri. 1:30 – 5 p.m.). • TRU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Jan. 31, 6 p.m. vs. University of Manitoba at the Tournament Capital Centre. Feb. 14, 6 p.m. vs. University of BC Okanagan at TRU Gym. • AT THE BLUE GROTTO, 1 – 319 Victoria St., Jan. 31 – Feb. 1: Earthbound. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9 p.m. Admission: $5. Call 250-372-9901. • Western Canada Theatre presents BLIND DATE at the Sagebrush Theatre, last night, Feb. 1. • The Kamloops Symphony presents SULTANS OF STRING at Sagebrush Theatre, Feb. 7 – 8. A global sonic tapestry of Spanish flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, foot-stomping Celtic & French Gypsyjazz in a celebration of musical fusion & human creativity. Tickets: Kamloops Live! Box Office 250-374-5483, or at the door. • Sabrina Weeks will be hosting REFLECTIONS OF BOB SEGER, Feb. 8, featuring Renea Denis, Dave Coalmine, Matt Stanley, Mike Hilliard, & Dodie Goldney. Tickets: $25/show only or $30/show &s an appie. Tickets from the Plaza front desk or • AT CHANCES BARSIDE LOUNGE & GRILL, 1250 Halston Ave. (7 – 10 p.m. No cover charge. 19+ events): Jan. 31: Pauline Kyllonen. • BC ICE RACING SERIES at Stake Lake: Feb. 2; Feb. 9: Rain Date; Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. Call River City Cycle, 250-377-4320, or RTR Performance, 250-374-3141. • Brock Central Lions Club annual COOPERS FOOD LOTTERY. Eight prizes totalling $2,300 in food certificates. Only 4,800 tickets printed. Tickets are $5/3 from Brock Lions Club members, Coopers stores or by calling Victor, 250-554-8031. • LEARN TO ICE FISH DAY with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Sat. Feb. 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Edith Lake (Highway 5A to Knutsford, turn right onto Long Lake Road, turn right onto Edith Lake Road). All ice fishing equipment is provided. Anglers 16 & older will require a valid BC Freshwater Fishing Licence; kids 15 & younger can fish without a licence. • CINEPLEX FAMILY FAVOURITES. $2.50 movies (taxes included) Saturday mornings: Feb. 1: The Land Before Time. Feb. 8: A Cinderella Story. • COMEDIAN BRENT BUTT will be at Sagebrush Theatre Sun. Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., for the Almost a Movie Star comedy tour. Tickets at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483, • The Rotary Club of Kamloops is once again hosting FAMILY DINNERS for less fortunate families at NorKam Secondary school Feb. 12, 25, March 12, 25, April 16, 30, May 14 & 27, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. • Can-Ital Ladies Society VALENTINE’S DINNER & DANCE, Sat. Feb. 8, at the Colombo Lodge, 814 Lorne St. Doors/Cocktails: 6 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Music by AM Entertainment. Door prizes & raffles. Tickets: $40 from Danielle’s Silver & Gold (Sahali Mall), 155 – 945 W Columbia St.; Viva Bridal, 353 Victoria St.; Mary. 250-320-2020; or Bertha, 250-376-4669.

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AROUND TOWN • YOUNG GUNS TOUR featuring Brett Kissel & One More Girl, Thurs. Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. at Cactus Jacks Night Club, 130 Fifth Ave. Tickets at the Horse Barn, Kamloops Harley Davidson, online or at the club during normal business hours. $30/general admission; $40/early entry plus complimentary beverage (only available online). • LOCARNO in concert, Thurs. Feb. 13, at Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way, at 7:30 p.m. Doors: 7 p.m. Locarno is part Mexican with strong doses of Cuban son, folk music, pop and funk with threads of Son Jarocho and salsa blended and more edgy and contemporary styles. Tickets are $28/adults, $20/youth from Kamloops Live Box Office,, 250-374-5483. • VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER & DANCE at The Rainbow’s Roost, Feb. 14. Come out to the Rainbow’s Roost this Valentine’s Day & enjoy a plated dinner & live entertainment. $80/couple. • THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION RIO CARNIVAL GALA at TRU Grand Hall, Feb 15. Cocktails: 6 p.m. Dinner: 7 p.m. Tickets: $225. To reserve a table or seats, call 250-8285264 or • BROCK CENTRAL LIONS CLUB meets the first & third Wednesday of the month (Feb. 5 & 19) at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagles club, 755 Tranquille Rd. New members always welcome • Thompson Valley Activity & Social Club (TVASC) presents LET’S DANCE, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. – midnight, at Kamloops Curling Club, 700 Victoria St. Music by McIvor in Motion DJ Services. Tickets: $10 from Carole, 250-554-7078, Francoise, 250-372-3782, Zonia, 250-372-0091. • AT THE BC WILDLIFE PARK: Professional Development/Inservice Day Kids Camp, Feb. 21; Register now for Furs, Feathers & Talons. Learn about a variety of animals at the park, discover how furs, feathers & talons help animals survive, and encounter a bird of prey up close! Call 250-573-3242. • KAMLOOPS OLD TIME FIDDLERS DANCE, March 1, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. Members: $6, nonmembers:$7. Everyone welcome. • 2014 TIM HORTONS BRIER at the Interior Savings Centre, March 1 – 9. • VAN DJANGO, an acoustic string quartet ensemble playing punchy, driving & rhythmically inventive beats, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz, will make a much-awaited return to Kamloops for a performance March 20 at St Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour St. Doors: 7 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets from Kamloops Live Box Office, 250-374-5483, • FLORIDA-GEORGIA LINE, with special guests Dallas Smith and Chris Lane, will be at the ISC on Fri. April 11. Tickets from TicketMaster. • GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS meetings Thurs, 10 a.m. at Desert Gardens, 540 Seymour St. Call Wally, 250-679-7877, or Sunny, 250-374-9165. • UNPLUGGED ACOUSTIC JAM SESSIONS, on the 1st & 3rd Monday of the month (Jan. 20), hosted by Jim Marshall at the Alano Club, 171 Leigh Rd., 8 – 10:30 p.m. All acoustic musicians are encouraged to join in; song selections will rotate. Call 250-376-5115. • AT THE NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY CENTRE, 730 Cottonwood Ave.: Flea Markets, Sundays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission by donation. For information or to book a vendor table, call 250-376-4777. •KAMLOOPS QUIT SMOKING support group meets every Thurs at Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St. Call Ken, 250-579-8574. • RUBE BAND practises most Mondays, 7:30 p.m., at the Old Yacht Club, 1140 Rivers St. New members welcome. Call Bob Eley, 250-377-3209. KAMLOOPS FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY meets the fourth Thurs of each month at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St., 7 to 9 p.m. Guests & new members welcome. Call 250-579-2078.

• HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS at TCC, Feb 12. • MOUNT PAUL UNITED CHURCH THRIFT SHOP, 140 Laburnum St., open Tues & Thurs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. • 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. • KAMLOOPS BURLESQUE monthly Showcase, ADDICTED TO LOVE SHOW, at the Blue Grotto on a special night, Wed. Feb. 12, featuring sassy local acts Miss Coco Creme, Lizzie Borden, Melvyn Felske , Miss Crimson Clover, Humphrey Cockburn, Ron Rococo, Kyleena Moon, Miss Annaphylactic Shock, Coco’s Cream Puffs, and music by The Sexy Men, as well as newcomers to the Kamloops Burlesque stage, the Singing Stripsation, Nicky Ninedoors. Dress up in your favourite finery to win special prizes in the Best Dressed contest! Get leied for your birthday! Join the cast members onstage for their preshow and get your photo taken on the runway! As always, this show is 19-plus. Tickets: $5 at the door. VIP tickets: $10 at Instinct Adornment, 319 Victoria St. VIP tickets get you early entrance to the show and exclusive floor seating, you must arrive by 9 p.m. to take advantage of this special seating. Doors: 8 p.m. Show: 9:30 p.m.




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Storm alumni help raise more than $1,500 for Heart & Stroke

Former Chicago Blackhawks and Kamloops Blazer goalie Steve Passmore put on the pads in the First Kamloops Storm vs their coaches and friends alumni game last Sunday at the Sports Centre. Passmore coached the Storm seven years ago. He and his friends helped to raise over 1500 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A great time was had by all as the friends, which included Mike Brown and Scott Ferguson, beat the Storm alumni 6-3. Special thanks to the Chase

Heat who allowed the game within a game. Next year’s game is already in the planning stages with hopes to raise a lot more. The Storm regular game was another Domino pizza night as the Storm beat the Heat 5-2. The game was the last regular season game between the Storm and the Heat who plan to meet again in the playoffs. The Heat got on the scoreboard first on the power play while Stefan Wood was off for roughing, with 2:10 remaining in the first period. Spencer Schoech tied it up 66 seconds later to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes. Josh Rasmussen gave the Storm a 2-1 lead with a power play goal 3:49 into the middle frame, then Felix Larouche gave the Storm a two-goal lead halfway through the period to make it 3-1 after 40. Ryan Keis scored on the power play and Rourke O’Briain scored an even-strength goal in the third before Chase was able to pot a

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power play goal of their own while Marc Dumont was in the sin bin for tripping with 5:04 remaining to make it a 5-2 game in favour of the hometown Storm. The game ended with a bit of excitement as Chase’s Stuart Beckett too exception to Monty Chisholm’s goaltender interference with 29 seconds left on the clock. After the dust had settled, Becker was off for two minutes for roughing after the whistle while Chisholm was give two minutes and a game misconduct. The night before, on Sat. Jan. 25, the Storm hosted the Osoyoos Coyotes, and despite the two teams have almost identical shots on goal, the Storm made their shots count, outscoring the Coyotes 6-1. Keis opened the scoring 1:02 into the game. Ten minutes later, Josh Rasmussen added to the Storm’s lead, then O’Briain gave the Storm a 3-0 lead before the Coyotes got their only goal of the game with 1:23 left in the first to make it 3-1 after 20. Austin Braid and Stefan Wood added to the Storm’s lead in the second period to make it 5-2 after 40. Max James rounded out the scoring with the only goal in the third period to give Kamloops the 6-1 win. The Keis, Rasmussen, O’Briain line had a hand in every one of the Storm’s goals on the night. It was a rough hard-hitting

second and third period game (there were no penalties in the first period) with O’Briain and Coyotes’ Joey Marcy going off with two-minute match penalties for roughing and interference respectively with 3:53 remaining in the middle frame. Less than a minute and a half later, Max James and Aaron Azevedo got into each other’s face with the final result being each receiving two minute minors – roughing for James, checking from behind for Azevedo; James also received a 10-minute major while Azevedo was shown the gate to the dressing room for the remainder of the game. In the third period, with 6:26 remaining in the period, the gloves came off between the Storm’s Brett Watkinson and Coyotes’ Brock Anderson after Anderson upended Storm goaltender Wade Moyls. Also in the fray were Brock McDonald of the Coyotes and Ian Chrystal of the Storm. When the players were finally separated, Chrystal and McDonald each received 10-minute majors while Watkinson received five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct, and Anderson received two for goaltender interference, five for fighting and three game misconducts for his part in the melee.

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Blazers lose Grist, Clouston to injuries

The Kamloops Blazers were dropped 7-2 by the Victoria Royals at home last Friday night. The game started out well for the Blazers as Josh Connolly put the home team on the scoreboard first. He waited patiently to find an opening on the power play and scored his 10th of the season to make it 1-0 for the Blazers 6:19 into the game. The Royals tied it up less than two minutes later. The Royals added two more goals to make it 3-1 for the Royals. The Blazers came back as Collin Shirley set up Chase Souto on an odd man rush to make it 3-2. With 2.7 seconds left on the clock, the Royals made it 4-2 after the first period. Bolton Pouliot was pulled in favour of 16-year-old Cole Kehler to start the second period. The Blazers looked to cut into the lead early and had a great chance on the power play, but Souto’s shot was turned aside by a post. The Royals came down shortly after on the power play batting a puck out of midair and past Kehler off the rush to make it 5-2. Victoria scored at the midway mark of the period on the power play and added another to give the Royals a 7-2 lead through two periods. The Blazers changed the game plan in the third period and focused on defending. Despite being outshot 14-3 in the period, the Blazers played well limiting

the Royals scoring chances as the game finished a 7-2 victory for the Royals. Pouliot took the loss in goal stopping 10 of 14 shots. Kehler came in relief to stop 25 of 28 shots. The Blazers were shut out 4-0 by the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night. The Blazers and Tigers played to a scoreless first period. The Tigers outshot the Blazers 9-4 in the period and failed to score on two power plays. The Blazers were solid in their own end as the game carried on to the second period. The Tigers took advantage of one of the first mistakes the Blazers made in the second period to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead 8:45 into the period. The Blazers continued to try and chip away, but 16-year-old goaltender Nick Schneider was solid for the Tigers. The Tigers outshot the Blazers 8-6 in the period and led 1-0 after two periods. An early goal for the Tigers in the third period was exactly what they needed as they finished off a nice play 36 seconds into the third period to make it 2-0 Tigers. The Blazers had their chance to get back into it as Cole Ully had a breakaway but was denied by Schneider. The Tigers added two more goals in the third period and went on to beat the Blazers 4-0 on home ice. Pouliot stopped 30 of 34 shots, while Schneider earned the shutout with 19 saves. The Blazers closed out their home stand on Tuesday night when they hosted the Spokane Chiefs. The Chiefs took advantage on special teams scoring two shorthanded goals and another on the power play as they beat the Blazers 6-3. The Blazers, who are already ravaged with five injured players on the roster, added to the injury list

early in the game after the Chiefs’ Mike Aviani hit Sam Grist from behind. Grist needed help getting off the ice and didn’t return; to make matters worse, there was no penalty called on the play. The Chiefs opened the scoring late in the first period taking advantage of a 5-on-3 power play for a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs made it 2-0 a second after a power play expired sliding one five-hole past Pouliot. The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead into the second period. The Blazers picked up their game in the second period and outshot the Chiefs 17-6. Matt Revel put the Blazers on the scoreboard tipping home a shot from Ully to cut the lead to 2-1 early in the second period. The Chiefs came back and scored a goal playing 4-on4. The Blazers had their chance to get back into it as they were awarded a five-minute power play after Aviani delivered a high hit to defenseman Connor Clouston in the head. Clouston was lost for the rest of the game on the play, leaving the Blazers with only 16 healthy skaters. The Chiefs would score twice while shorthanded, once on a penalty shot and once on a breakaway. Ully got his 20th goal of the season on the power play, but the Blazers trailed 5-2 through two periods. In the third period, the Blazers scored another power play goal

with Souto notching his 20th of the season as the Blazers trailed 5-3 with nine minutes to play. The Chiefs sealed it with a shot deflected off a stick and in to give the Chiefs a 6-3 win over the Blazers. The Blazers are back at it Wednesday as they travel to Vancouver to face the Giants at the Pacific Coliseum. Following the game, the Blazers announced the addition of 16-year-old defenseman Cameron Reagan to the roster. Reagan made his WHL in Vancouver Wednesday night. The effort was there, but the result was not as the Blazers lost 5-4 to the Giants in Vancouver Wednesday. It was an exciting night for two Blazers’ prospects as 15-year-old forward Quinn Benjafield and 16-year-old defenseman Cameron Reagan made their WHL debuts. Benjafield was the Blazers’ first round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft and Reagan was selected by the Blazers in the fourth round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. The Giants scored first as 16-year-old goaltender Cole Kehler, who was making his second career WHL start, left the net

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Kung Hei FatmonthChoi! And ring in the Year of the Horse! intervenes). In traditional are put away on the first day so hair on New Year is considered

Jan. 31 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year - the year 4712 in the Chinese calendar. Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year. In the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, a date between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. In the Chinese calendar, winter solstice must occur in the 11th month, which means that Chinese New Year usually falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice (rarely the third if an intercalary

Chinese Culture, lichun is a solar term marking the start of spring, which occurs about Feb. 4. Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. On the days immediately before the New Year celebration, Chinese families give their home a thorough cleaning. It is believed the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes their homes ready for good luck. Brooms and dust pans


that the newly arrived good luck cannot be swept away. Some people give their homes, doors and window-frames a new coat of red paint. Homes are often decorated with paper cut-outs of Chinese auspicious phrases and couplets. Purchasing new clothing and shoes also symbolize a new start. Any haircuts need to be completed before the New Year, as cutting

bad luck due to the homonymic nature of the word “hair” (fa) and the word for “prosperity.” Businesses are expected to pay off all the debts outstanding for the year before the new year’s eve, extending to debts of gratitude. Thus it is a common practice to send gifts and rice to close business associates, and extended family members.

Storm lead league with one month remaining in regular season

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The Storm wrap up the month at home Fri. Jan. 31, when they host the Sicamous Eagles. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Then, begin the month of February on the road ad they travel to Revelstoke to take on the Grizzlies Sat. Feb. 1. The Storm wrap up the month sitting atop the league standings with 71 points, two points ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and the Nelson Leafs, the only two teams to have clinched a playoff spot in the Neil Murdoch division of the Kootenay conference. In the Eddie Mountain division, three teams have clinched spots in the plays: Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Fernie Ghostriders, and Kimberley Dynamiters. Clinching playoff spots in the Okanagan/Shuswap conference, along with the Storm in the Doug Birks division are the 100 Mile House Wranglers and Chase Heat. In the Okanagan division, it’s the Kelowna Chiefs and the Summerland Steam heading to the playoffs.

Blazers play five straight home game next week






from page 7 to stop a puck. The puck bounced over his stick and a quick shot on goal went in before Kehler could recover giving the Giants a 1-0 lead 4:16 into the game. After Kehler denied Travis McEvoy on a penalty shot, the Giants scored two more goals in the period for a 3-0 Giants lead late in the first period. Ully scored for the Blazers, finishing off a play from his line mates Matt Revel and Souto to cut the Giants lead to 3-1 after the first period. The Blazers continued to hang around in the game as they had four affiliate players in the lineup due to injuries to seven regular players on the roster. Ully got the Blazers within one as he scored off a faceoff with both Revel and Souto picking up assists again to

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make it 3-2 with just over two minutes to play in the period. The Giants added a late power play goal off the rush to make it 4-2. Again, the Blazers continued to hang around and scored to make it a one-goal game. Collin Shirley won a race to a loose puck and roofed his eighth goal of the year with 6:20 to play to make it a 4-3 game. The Giants came back and did it again to the Blazers scoring a goal 1:09 later as they went on to win 5-3 over the Blazers. The Blazers return home to host the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night, before finishing off a busy week with a game in Kelowna on Saturday night. Following this week, the Blazers will play five straight home games, including three next week, before playing 10 straight on the road.

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