Dallas Stars forward Jason Robertson celebrates his game-winning goal during overtime NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 18, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
By Donna Spencer in Calgary
Jason Robertson scored the overtime winner for his second goal of the game in the Dallas Stars’ 6-5 win over the host Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Robertson ended it with 12 seconds remaining in OT by cutting in front of the net going from his forehand to his backhand.
Joe Pavelski, Wyatt Johnston Radek Faksa, Jason Robertson and Jani Hakanpaa also scored for Dallas (38-19-13) atop the Central Division. Roope Hintz chipped in with two assists and Jake Oettinger stopped 33 shots for the win.
Rasmus Andersson and Mackenzie Weegar each had a goal and two assists for Calgary (31-25-14), sitting four points back of the Winnipeg Jets holding down the Western Conference’s last wild-card playoff spot.
Elias Lindholm had a goal and an assist, while Blake Coleman and Nick Ritchie also scored for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom stopped 20 shots in the see-saw battle at the Saddledome.
The Stars scored twice in the first two minutes of the game.
Calgary scored three unanswered goals in a span of six minutes 38 seconds in the second period to briefly lead 4-3, but Robertson pulled the Stars even before the end of the period.
Oettinger seemed to lose track of Andersson’s shot from the blue line that gave the Flames a 5-4 lead at 9:53 of the third.
But the visitors drew even again at 12:09 when a loose puck flew out to Hakanpaa. His shot deflected off Markstom and into the net.
After two long-range Dallas attempts, Robertson converted the second rebound from the slot at 18:20 of the second period to knot the score 4-4.
The 23-year-old reached the 40-goal mark for a second straight season with his first goal of the game.
The hosts led when Ritchie took Andersson’s stretch pass and beat Oettinger on a breakaway with a backhand between the pads at 16:58.
Coleman had pulled Calgary even at 13:56. Andersson’s shot squeezed through Oettinger’s pads and Coleman dove to sweep the puck in.
Weegar sparked Calgary’s three-goal run at 10:20.
The puck deflecting off Pavelski’s skate at the top of the zone gave Weegar time to collect it, drive the net and beat Oettinger short side.
Dallas led by two goals less than two minutes after the opening faceoff, but the Flames scored at the three-minute mark.
Johnston made it 3-1 for Dallas at 16:08.
After Jamie Benn won the offensive zone draw, Johnston tipped in Miro Heiskanen’s shot from the blue line for the 19-year-old’s fourth goal in as many games.
A rebound off Andrew Mangiapane’s shot from the slot bounced out to Lindholm, who beat Oettingers with a low, sharp-angled shot at 3:01.
Markstrom’s clearing attempt along the boards hit an official and stayed in the zone. Calgary’s goalie made an initial stop on Hintz, but Faksa potted the rebound at 1:58.
The visitors scored 65 seconds into the game in a goalmouth scramble. Markstrom couldn’t get his glove on the puck and Pavelski shovelled it over the outstretched goalie.
Heiskanen assisting on two goals Saturday extended the longest point streak of his career to 10 straight games with three goals and 14 assists in that span.
Johnston’s goal gave the Toronto teenager points in 10 of his last 12 games with seven goals and four assists.
Milan Lucic was a Flames’ scratch Saturday … Dallas was minus veteran centre Tyler Seguin a fifth straight game because of his leg injury … Calgary’s Andersson has two goals and six assists in his last four games.
The Flames play back-to-back nights in California starting Monday against Los Angeles, followed by Anaheim.
After a 4-2 road trip, the Stars open a three-game homestand Tuesday against the Seattle Kraken.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 18, 2023.
Aurora Cannabis to raise $33.8M in share offering, plans to repay convertible debt
EDMONTON — Shares of Aurora Cannabis Inc. were down more than 10 per cent after the cannabis company announced plans to raise $33.8 million in a share offering.
The company says Canaccord Genuity has agreed to buy, on a bought deal basis, 46,250,000 shares of the company at a price of 73 cents per share.
It has also granted Canaccord Genuity an over-allotment option for up to an additional 6,937,500 shares on the same terms. If the over-allotment option is exercised in full, the offering will total $38.8 million.
Aurora says it plans to use the money raised to repay the remainder of its outstanding convertible senior notes at or prior to maturity.
The company says the remainder, if any, will be used for strategic purposes, including potential acquisitions.
Aurora’s stock price was down 13 per cent at 79 cents per share in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2023.
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Running Reins Ranch in Red Deer County picks up $250,000 grant from province
Running Reins Ranch partners with members of the local Indigenous community to set-up teepee accommodations and host regular cultural programming for guests.
Tourism investment fuels growth in rural Alberta
Alberta’s government continues to support regional tourism opportunities across the province, generating jobs and new tourism destinations for locals and visitors alike.
Ahead of World Tourism Day 2023, Minister of Tourism and Sport Joseph Schow visited Running Reins Ranch to see first-hand how tourism investment grants are making a difference in the lives of Albertans.
“Alberta’s government is proud to invest in growing visitor destinations like Running Reins Ranch that celebrate the richness and diversity of Alberta’s rural destinations and provide a sustainable tourism experience for visitors to enjoy.”
As part of the Tourism Investment Program, Running Reins Ranch received a $250,000 grant from Travel Alberta.
“Our investment will support the building of additional unique accommodations at the ranch that will triple their capacity, emphasize their year-round offerings and create five new full-time jobs. This investment in Running Reins Ranch is a perfect example of how Travel Alberta is driving tourism growth in rural communities across the province.”
Running Reins is located east of Innisfail, offering cabin and teepee accommodations and a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors looking to combine the beauty of the Prairies with farm experiences for a one-of-a-kind getaway.
Right to Left: Minister of Tourism and Sport Joseph Schow, Owners of Running Reins Ranch Terry and Janice Scott, and team member Grace Finlan.
“This funding is a game-changer for us and our business. We are excited to bring our vision to life and provide visitors with unforgettable experiences while supporting the economic growth of the surrounding community.”
Tourism is Alberta’s No. 1 service export sector. In 2019, Alberta welcomed 34.6 million visitors, generating $10.1 billion in expenditures and supporting more than 80,000 full-time jobs. The Tourism Investment Program is Travel Alberta’s commitment to investing $15 million annually with communities and operators to develop the province’s tourism sector. Developing Alberta’s rural and agri-tourism sector is an essential component of the government’s efforts to grow Alberta’s tourism economy to more than $20 billion by 2035.
- In 2022-23, Travel Alberta funded 166 projects across 73 communities – about 75 per cent of the projects and 70 per cent of the funding were in smaller urban and rural areas of the province.
- In December 2022, Alberta’s government released its Economic Development in Rural Alberta Plan, with supporting initiatives that demonstrate the government’s commitment to building healthy and prosperous communities across rural Alberta and Indigenous communities.
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