Janmark scores twice as Edmonton Oilers skate past Dallas Stars 4-1
Dallas Stars goalie Jake Oettinger (29) makes the save as Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) and Colin Miller (6) battle for the rebound during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Thursday March 16, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
By Shane Jones in Edmonton
Mattias Janmark scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers earned their second straight win, a 4-1 decision over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist while Warren Foegele also scored for the Oilers (38-23-8) who have won six of their last eight games overall.
Wyatt Johnston replied for the Stars (37-19-13) who suffered a second straight loss.
Edmonton opened the scoring 12:12 into the first period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made a pretty feed through the crease to Foegele, who registered his 14th goal of the season Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger going the other way.
The Stars came close to scoring on a power play during a mad scramble in front of Edmonton goaltender Stuart Skinner. But defender Vincent Desharnais was able to clear a loose puck in front and send it up ice to McDavid, who then dished it to Janmark for his seventh while shorthanded.
McDavid picked up his 130th point of the season and extended his home game points streak to a career-high 15 games.
After a scoreless second, Dallas finally got on the board midway through the third period. Johnston capped a wild flurry in Edmonton’s end with his 19th of the season.
Edmonton got that back a couple of minutes later on the power play. Leon Draisaitl found McDavid in the slot and the Oilers captain picked the top corner for his league-leading 57th goal.
The Oilers got some insurance with just under three minutes to play. Janmark scored his second of the game into an empty net shortly after teammate Nick Bjugstad rang one off the post.
The Oilers were without Zach Hyman (undisclosed), Ryan McLeod (upper body) and Ryan Murray (back). Hyman did take the morning skate… Out with injuries for the Stars were Tyler Seguin (lower body), Mason Marchment (lower body) and Scott Wedgewood (lower body)… Dallas forward Roope Hintz played his 300th NHL game… The Stars have been in the top six in faceoff percentages for the last six and came into the contest leading the league in that category at 54.9 per cent… Dallas is one of four NHL teams with a goal differential of plus-50 or greater. Edmonton ranked sixth at plus-38… With Draisaitl joining McDavid by hitting the 100 point mark on the season Tuesday, it was the second time in NHL history that teammates were the first two players to 100 points in consecutive seasons, joining Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins in 1973-74 and 1974-75… The Oilers held a moment of silence before the game to honour two Edmonton policemen killed in the line of duty earlier Thursday.
Both teams are back in action Saturday.
The Oilers make a brief trip to Seattle to face the Kraken in an important Pacific Division tilt.
The Stars conclude their six-game road trip in Calgary against the Flames.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 16, 2023.
United Conservatives jump out to early lead in tight Alberta election
By Dean Bennett
Alberta’s United Conservative Party jumped out to a lead over the NDP in early returns Monday in what was forecast to be a tight race in the provincial election.
Danielle Smith’s UCP was holding strong in its traditional rural strongholds while Rachel Notley’s NDP was faring well in Edmonton, where it won all but one seat in 2019.
Early results were still mixed in the key battleground of Calgary.
The UCP is seeking a second mandate while the NDP is fighting to regain the majority government it lost to the UCP in 2019.
Polling have suggested a close contest between the two parties, with support for smaller parties falling off.
Advance polls set a record of 758,540 votes cast, eclipsing the previous record of more than 700,000 in 2019.
The campaign has taken place alongside a record-breaking spring for wildfires in Alberta. Ten communities were under evacuation orders Monday.
Elections Alberta set up alternate voting locations for those displaced. Evacuation was added as an eligible reason to vote by special ballot and mobile voting stations were placed in evacuation centres.
Calgary has been seen as the campaign’s battleground and half of the top 10 advance polling stations were in that city. Two were in Edmonton suburbs.
To win, the NDP would have to continue its dominance in Edmonton, flip the majority in Calgary and hope for some help in smaller cities, while defeating scores of UCP incumbents including cabinet ministers.
The NDP needs to swing 20 seats in the 87-seat legislature.
The UCP won 63 seats under then-leader Jason Kenney in 2019 to 24 for Notley’s NDP.
Polls suggest the UCP should continue its near total domination in rural areas and smaller centres, giving it a cushion of up to 40 or so seats to reach the 44 needed to form a majority government.
The month-long campaign has been dominated by the economy and health care.
Albertans are struggling with high costs for consumer goods, a shortage of family doctors and long waits in emergency rooms.
Smith has promised to keep Alberta the lowest-tax regime in Canada.
Her government, she says, would introduce a law to mandate a referendum before any personal or corporate income tax hikes. There would also be tax changes to benefit those making more than $60,000 a year, at a cost of $1 billion annually to the treasury.
The NDP promised to maintain Alberta’s status as Canada’s lowest tax regime. It pledged to end the tax on small businesses and raise the corporate income tax to 11 per cent from eight per cent, which it says would help pay for investments in health and education while keeping the books balanced and maintaining the lowest corporate rate in Canada.
The NDP also promised legislation to counteract UCP policies that hiked the cost of utilities, auto insurance, a range of fees and tuition.
Both leaders promised to preserve the publicly funded health system while creating more primary care teams — physicians accompanied by related specialists such as nurses and therapists — so more Albertans are able to access a family doctor and not clog emergency wards for care.
Polls showed trust was a key issue, with Notley viewed more favourably than her party and vice versa for Smith.
Smith was dogged during the campaign by past comments she made comparing those who took the COVID-19 vaccine to credulous followers of Adolf Hitler. A report also came out mid-campaign from the province’s ethics commissioner that concluded Smith undermined the rule of law by pressuring her justice minister to end the criminal court case of a COVID-19 protester.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2023.
Police looking for these 3 suspects after Super 8 Motel in Innisfail robbed early Monday morning
Innisfail RCMP investigate robbery
Innisfail Ala. – On May 29, 2023, at approximately 4:10 a.m., the Super 8 motel in Innisfail was the victim of an armed robbery. Three male suspects entered the hotel, two of which had firearms. Money was demanded from the manager. All three left the motel in a vehicle which is described as:
- Chevrolet Dura Max truck
The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: Caucasian male, tall and muscular. Wearing jeans and a grey Under Armour hoody. He was carrying a pistol.
Suspect #2: Caucasian male, short. Wearing all black. He was carrying a sawed off shotgun
Suspect #3: Caucasian male tall with a chubby belly. He was wearing a grey hoody, jeans and a black ball hat.
If you have information about this incident, please call the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3341 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet atwww.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).
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