Marner extends point streak, Maple Leafs beat Penguins 4-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Marner extended his point streak to 16 games with a goal and an assist, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Saturday night.

Auston Matthews became the seventh player in team history with 200 career even-strength goals, William Nylander scored his 12th of the season and Pontus Holmberg his second for the Maple Leafs, who have points in eight straight games and 14 of their last 16 overall. Marner’s goal was his sixth of the season.

Toronto has won three straight games and nine of its last 13 overall. The Maple Leafs are 5-0 on the road in November.

The Maple Leafs are missing four regulars on defense, including top defenseman Morgan Rielly, but they held a 41-26 advantage in shots. Erik Kallgren made 25 saves for his third win of the season.

Rickard Rakell scored his ninth for the Penguins, whose five-game win streak ended. Casey DeSmith stopped 37 shots.

Marner needed 40 seconds to extend his point streak after he caught Pittsburgh in a bad line change and beat DeSmith on a breakaway. Marner has factored in Toronto’s first goal in each of the team’s last six games. Toronto is 7-3-2 when it scores first.

Toronto dominated play and outshot Pittsburgh 24-6 at one point, yet still held a 1-0 lead. Pittsburgh appeared to tie the game at 7:58 of the second when the puck squeezed through Kallgren’s equipment. Rakell battled behind Kallgren to backhand a shot across the line, but the play was deemed dead when the referee lost sight of the puck, and the goal was waved off.

Less than two minutes later, Holmberg gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead with a wrist shot from the slot to the glove side. Nylander scored from the top of the crease 55 seconds later, increasing the lead to three goals.

Nylander scored his 149th career goal, surpassing Hockey Hall of Famer Borje Salming for second-most by a Swedish player in Maple Leafs’ history. Salming, who was living with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, died Thursday at 71.

MARNER’S STREAKING

Marner is tied with Dave Andreychuk (1993-94), Babe Dye (1921-22) and John Anderson (1983-84) for the third-longest single-season point streak in franchise history. Darryl Sittler (1977-78) and Ed Olczyk (1989-90) share the Maple Leafs’ single-season point-streak record of 18 games.

Marner has five goals and 22 points during his 16-game run.

FAMILIAR FOES

The teams met for the third time in 15 days. Both won by multiple goals on the road and Maple Leafs took Saturday’s series finale.

Toronto’s last regulation loss came Nov. 11 in Pittsburgh.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Close a four-game trip Monday at Detroit.

Penguins: Continue a five-game homestand Tuesday against Carolina.

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Kyiv expects heavy snow as millions live with scarce electricity, heating

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Heavy snowfall was expected in Kyiv starting on Sunday, with temperatures dropping below freezing day and night, while millions of people who still live in and around the Ukrainian capital remain with little electricity and heat.

Grid operator Ukrenergo said on Saturday that electricity producers were able to cover only three-quarters of consumption needs, necessitating restrictions and blackouts across the country.

Sergey Kovalenko, chief operating officer of YASNO, which provides energy to Kyiv, said the situation in the city has improved but still remained “quite difficult.” He indicated that residents should have at least four hours of power per day.

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“If you haven’t had at least four hours of electricity in the past day, write to DTEK Kyiv Electric Networks, colleagues will help you figure out what the problem is,” Kovalenko wrote on his Facebook page.

YASNO is the retail branch of DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy provider.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that 6 million people were without power on Friday after the latest Russian bombardment last week, which inflicted the worst damage so far on Ukraine, leaving millions of people with no light, water or heat.

Russia says it does not target the civilian population, while the Kremlin said that Moscow’s strikes on energy infrastructure are a consequence of Kyiv being unwilling to negotiate.

In a rare public spat involving Ukrainian leaders, Zelenskyy on Friday criticized the mayor of Kyiv for doing what he said was a poor job setting up emergency shelters to help those without power and heat after Russian attacks.

Ukrenergo said that blackouts will continue and urged limited use of power.

“We would like to remind you that now every Ukrainian whose home has had electricity restored can help restore it to others faster, simply by consuming electricity sparingly,” it said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.

Snow is expected to continue in Kyiv, a city that had 2.8 million residents before the war, until midweek while temperatures are forecast to stay below freezing.

 

(Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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Ukrainian refugees in Okanagan brace for Christmas away from home

As Ukrainian refugees settle into their new homes in the Okanagan, some are also bracing to spend this holiday season away from their loved ones, in their first Christmas away from home since the war began. Victoria Femia reports.

For Ukrainians who fled their war-torn country, the days leading up to Christmas will look and feel different.

“Men who can serve in the army, they’re not allowed to leave the country, so there are a lot of single ladies with kids here, so obviously they miss their husbands and fathers,” said Denys Storozhuk, the Kelowna Stands with Ukraine President.

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Some refugees who fled Ukraine did so without their families, making this Christmas a tough one to celebrate.

“It’s very difficult to be away from home, of course, every day I’m thinking about home because part of my family stays in Ukraine,” said Yuliia Garrdokozachuk, who moved to Kelowna from Ukraine two weeks ago.

“Sometimes I feel guilty because I’m in a warm space with light and everything and so many people stay without lights, without food.”

For Ukrainian refugee, Tina Danylova, who moved to Kelowna one month ago, these days have been difficult for her, with her family still in Kyiv and conditions only getting worse.

“There was kind of breakdown for me lately since (the war) escalated a little bit more, so, for a couple of days, there was a total blackout with no water, no electricity, no connections,” said Danylova.

“But (my parents) are okay now and I wish they were here with me.”

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The Kelowna Stands with Ukraine organization is urging the community to support Ukrainians in any way they can, because it will not only support refugees in the Okanagan but also those in Ukraine.

“People in Ukraine will really appreciate it. I know the stories when people sleep in the snow because their house is bombed out and so, it’s very difficult,” said Storozhuk.

The Kelowna Stands with Ukraine organization plans to hold a celebration in January, which will be open to the community. They are also holding a toy drive every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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AHS to add additional waiting areas to ease stress of patient influx at Alberta Children's Hospital

Alberta Health Services has added additional waiting areas to help ease the stress of patient influx at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

As the number of respiratory illnesses in Alberta’s youth continue to climb, so does the strain on the health-care system.

AHS said there’s been an increase of 20 to 30 per cent in daily visits to its emergency department. On Nov. 25, both the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and Edmonton’s Stollery “were at or above 100 per cent inpatient capacity.”

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“The hospitals are able to accommodate patients over 100 per cent of normal capacity at peak times,” said Kerry Williamson, an AHS spokesperson in a statement to Global News on Saturday. “Our care teams are doing all they can to see and treat patients as efficiently as possible during this time.

Due to the increased volume of patients, AHS said a “fast-track area” has been activated to expedite treatment for emergency department patients with less serious conditions. Care areas are also being opened and staffed whenever possible to help deal with the surge.

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“ACH has added additional waiting area space to be utilized during periods when the hospital’s emergency department is at capacity,” Williamson noted. “A heated trailer will be located beside the emergency department to provide additional sheltered waiting space when required.

“This additional space is a comfort measure to help with crowding and weather conditions and will not be used as a primary treatment area.

This added space is expected to be operational in early December.

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High school sports: Okanagan to host B.C. volleyball championships

The field is set, and B.C.’s best volleyball teams will be crowned in the Okanagan next week.

Kelowna Secondary School is hosting next week’s B.C. boys 3A championship, which is slated to run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

The Owls are the defending provincial champions, and are on a roll, having won every tournament they’ve entered this season.

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The 16-team tournament is divided into four groups of four, with KSS in Pool A, along with McMath of Richmond, Claremont of Victoria and Sa-hali of Kamloops.

The Owls have a tall lineup, with only one player under six feet in height. However, KSS doesn’t have the tallest player, with two other schools (Elgin Park of Surrey and Kitsilano) each having a player listed at 6-foot-8.

Okanagan Mission is also in the tournament and will compete in Pool C, along with Mt. Baker of Cranbrook, Moscrop of Burnaby and Steveston-London.

Tournament play continues Thursday and Friday, with the spike competition also taking place Friday at 5:30 p.m.

The medal games are slated for Saturday, with the championship game scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The tournament schedule is available online.

Elsewhere in B.C., Duncan will host the boys 1A volleyball championship, with Victoria hosting the boys 2A championship.

The girls volleyball championships will run Dec. 1-3, with Prince George hosting the 1A tournament and Merritt hosting the 2A tournament.

The 3A tournament will take place in Lake Country at George Elliot Secondary and Okanagan Mission in Kelowna hosting the 4A tournament.

Locally, the 3A tournament will feature W.L. Seaton of Vernon and host George Elliot, while the 4A tournament will feature three area teams: host Okanagan Mission, Mount Boucherie of West Kelowna and KSS.

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Family of missing Kelowna, B.C. man offering $10K reward

The sister of a Kelowna man last seen in Kamloops is speaking out, in hopes that anyone with information on her brother's disappearance comes forward. Joe Driscoll has been missing since November 11, but his family is still holding out hope. Jayden Wasney reports.

The family of a missing Kelowna man last seen in Kamloops on November 11 is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who can provide information to the Kamloops RCMP that leads to a safe return home.

“It would mean everything to us if we knew that Joe was safe,” said Emma Driscoll, Joe’s sister.

“We’re begging anyone that has any information to come forward, and we will provide them with $10,000.”

42-year-old Joe Driscoll is described by his sister as a people person, who loves being around others. He’s hasn’t been seen or heard from since around midnight on Nov. 11, after attending a concert in Kamloops the evening prior.

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“He does have demons, and you know, these may have come out the day of the 11th,” described Emma.

Emma was one of the last people to be in contact with Joe. She says at some point on Nov. 11 Joe was stopped by police. He was in his vehicle, a 2016 black Ford F-350, with another person. RCMP impounded the truck, but did not make an arrest.

“What we do know is that when he was walking down Frontage Road, he was unwell, and that was around midnight.”

According to Emma, Joe works remotely in Northern B.C. as an electrician, and is very passionate about his job. He’s also been in recovery for substance abuse for the last two years, but she believes he may have relapsed. He missed his flight back to work on Thursday.

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“He’s a good man. He owns a home. He has a mortgage,” explained Emma. “No matter what happened that day, I just want him to know that his family loves him, his family is proud of him, and his family wants him to come home.”

The Driscoll family is continuing to hold out hope that Joe will return home safe. They’re asking anyone with dashcam or surveillance footage from Frontage Road in Kamloops around midnight on the night he went missing to contact police.

“I just want to tell him that I love him, and I’m very proud of him,” Emma expressed

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“I just miss him so much. We were supposed to spend Christmas together and I just want him to be home.”

Authorities describe Joe as 5’10 tall, 166 lbs, bald and with green eyes. He also has a tribal tattoo on his neck, a skull tattoo on his left forearm, and a tribal tattoo on his upper back.

If you see Joe or know of his whereabouts, you are urged to contact Kamloops City RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Joe was reported missing on Nov. 17.

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Huskies fall short in Vanier Cup for second consecutive season

It’s a feeling returning members of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team have felt before, but one that doesn’t come any easier.

For the second straight year, the Huskies found themselves on the losing end of Canada’s largest prize in university football, dropping a 30-24 decision in the 57th Vanier Cup to the Laval Rouge de Or on Saturday afternoon in London, Ontario.

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Tied 17-17 at halftime, the Huskies struggled to contain Laval’s offence, which carved up field for several long drives including a trick pivotal touchdown pass by Hec Crighton Trophy winner and Laval receiver Kevin Matel to David Dallaire early in the fourth quarter.

Saskatchewan registered the first touchdown of the day in the opening minutes of the second quarter, as fifth-year quarterback Mason Nyhus went for it on third and goal, and was able to find Everett Iverson in the end zone to jump ahead 10-3.

That lead was short-lived for the Huskies, however, with the Rouge et Or answering immediately courtesy of running back Kalenga Muganda scampering in to tie the game.

Following a 68-yard carry by Ted Kubongo to set up the Huskies deep in Laval territory, Nyhus threw his second touchdown of the game with 8:36 remaining in the first half to Rhett Vavra to re-take the lead 17-11.

Laval was able to pick up a pair of field goals from Vincent Blanchard before halftime to tie the score again, including a 49-yard attempt that became the second-longest successful field goal in Vanier Cup history.

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A go-ahead touchdown for the Huskies was called back in the third quarter after a muffed punt return by Laval, however the Canada West champions were flagged for a no-yards penalty, negating the special teams score.

In his final game in a Saskatchewan uniform, Nyhus threw his final U Sports touchdown to Daniel Wiebe, with five minutes remaining in the game, to pull the Huskies within three points of the Rouge et Or.

Another Blanchard field goal and a stop on third and long in the game’s final seconds was enough to seal it for Laval, earning the team a record 11th Vanier Cup title on Saturday.

Still searching for their first Vanier Cup since 1998, the Huskies have lost each of their last six appearances in the U Sports championship game dating back to 2002.

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Depleted Raptors beat Dallas Mavericks 105-100

TORONTO – O.G. Anunoby scored eight of the Toronto Raptors’ final dozen points on Saturday, all but single-handedly wrestling the win out of the Mavericks’ clutches.

“He wanted ’em to go in so bad, he started willing those ones in,” coach Nick Nurse said of Anunoby’s late baskets.

Anunoby finished with 26 points and nine rebounds — and played great defence on Luka Doncic — while Fred VanVleet bounced back from an illness to score 26 points, and the depleted Raptors beat Dallas 105-100 on Saturday.

“I think (Anunoby) is gonna sleep good tonight, he was at a lot of minutes (43), a lot of work,” Nurse said. “It was good to let him go toe-to-toe with one of the league’s best and good that he could make the plays at the other end, at the same time.”

Doncic led the Mavericks (9-9) with 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Chris Boucher finished with 22 points, including a big basket in the dying seconds, for Toronto (10-9). Juancho Hernangomez scored 10 points.

If there’s a silver lining to the absence of Raptors all-star Pascal Siakam (strained adductor), it’s the emergence of Anunoby as one of the team’s most reliable players.

“He’s been kind of our primary guy for the last week, two weeks and we’re going to need him to have that same aggressiveness even when Pascal gets back so it gives us different threats,” VanVleet said. “I just love his approach to the game and just laying everything out there on the line.

“He’s coming in early working on his game. He’s been a complete pro this year and I’m just proud of him and how far he’s come as a player.”

He’s also popular among opponents apparently. Doncic inadvertently sent Anunoby sprawling under the net on one play, then reached out a hand to tug him back onto his feet.

“I think (Anunoby) is probably one of the nicest dudes in the league,” Doncic said. “He never talks trash, he never does anything. I tripped him, not on purpose, so that’s why I helped him up.”

Anunoby, upon hearing Doncic’s comments, replied: “He’s one of the nicest guys in the league, too. He doesn’t trash talk, either.”

The Raptors have been slammed by injuries and illness. They started their 10th different lineup on Saturday in 19 games. VanVleet had missed three of the previous five games with a non-COVID illness. The Raptors remain without Siakam, Scottie Barnes (knee sprain), Precious Achiuwa (ankle sprain), Dalano Banton (ankle sprain), Otto Porter Jr. (dislocated toe), and Justin Champagnie (back soreness).

And they looked like they were in for a long night after a terrible start Saturday. But they clawed their way back, taking their first lead early in the second quarter, and were up by as many as 11 points late in the third. Anunoby and VanVleet combined for 16 points in the third and Toronto led 81-73 to start the fourth.

Dallas reclaimed the lead, but when Boucher threw down a one-handed alley-oop dunk from VanVleet with 6:57 to play, the basket put Toronto up 90-85.

Anunoby scored six straight points to put the Raptors up by a point before Boucher was fouled on a jumper with 31.4 seconds to play, falling to the floor. The Montreal native waved his arms up and down for the Scotiabank Arena fans — who were on their feet — to cheer. They delightedly obliged.

“The crowd in Toronto is a special thing and when you can get them involved in the game, it feels like a sixth player,” Boucher said. “so I just wanted them to show that we’re happy that they’re there and they’re cheering us on.”

Doncic replied with a jumper, then Thaddeus Young hit two free throws for a three-point Toronto lead with 16.6 seconds to play. Dorian Finney-Smith tossed an errant pass with 5.0 seconds left straight into the hands of Young, and that was the game.

Anunoby takes pride in guarding the league’s best, summing up his night of hounding Doncic as: “You just have to stay on high alert, knowing the ball is going to him, knowing that you’re probably gonna get screened, you have to fight over. It takes a lot of focus.”

The Raptors stumbled out to a horrible start and trailed by 15 points midway through the first quarter. The Mavs were so dominant that Dwight Powell stopped to tie his shoe for an entire Dallas possession and the Mavs still scored on it.

Boucher provided a big spark off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds, and the Raptors closed the first with a 17-7 run and trailed just 29-24 to start the second.

Toronto continued to eat away at the deficit and Boucher’s floater 1:09 into the second half gave the Raptors their first lead. Anunoby converted a three-point play 57 seconds before halftime putting Toronto up by seven, and the Raptors led 54-52 at the break.

GOOD GUY POWELL: Raptors coach Nick Nurse had kind words for Toronto native Dwight Powell, who he’s coached on the Canadian team.

“He’s a great person. High character, hard-working, no-nonsense type of guy. He plays really hard, he plays to win, he cares about his teammates and he kinda keeps getting better,” Nurse said. “He’s a great team player.”

Powell started for the Mavs but played just 14 minutes, scoring eight points.

TIP-INS: The Raptors wore their black and gold city edition jerseys. VanVleet had on gold shoes.

UP NEXT: Toronto hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday to cap this three-game homestand.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Flames take a 3-2 loss to Hurricanes

Brett Pesce’s first goal of the season snapped a third-period tie and the Carolina Hurricanes ended a five-game winless streak with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Seth Jarvis and Martin Necas also scored for Carolina, which played its last home game until mid-December.

Pesce’s power-play goal came with 11:14 to play. It was his first goal since March.

Antti Raanta made 19 saves in his first action in five games. He dealt with an injury earlier in the week and was scratched from a scheduled start Wednesday night.

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Adam Ruzicka and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Flames, who ended a six-game trip with a 2-3-1 record. Dan Vladar, who stopped 30 shots, is winless since his first outing of the season in mid-October.

The Hurricanes scored two power-play goals on back-to-back days after going six straight games without a man-advantage goal.

Jarvis snapped a personal 11-game goal drought when he converted a pass from Brent Burns at 6:20 of the first period.

The Flames tied the score on Ruzicka’s power-play goal with 1:51 left in the first.

Necas’ 10th goal of the season put Carolina on top in the second. Toffoli countered with a tying goal for the Flames less than seven minutes later.

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Calgary seniors display art with skills acquired during the pandemic

For many people living in long-term care facilities, the isolation that came with pandemic restrictions took a heavy toll.

“It was hard. Lots of loneliness,” said Dorothy de Vuyst, executive director of Shalem Society for Senior Citizens Care in southwest Calgary. “We could see residents sort of deflate.”

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“It was very upsetting at first and scary. One night I thought enough of this. I’m going to get doing something,” recalled Shalem resident Florence Lowry.

Lowry decided to make the best of the miserable situation. She did something she always wanted to do and wrote a book of poems while other residents at Shalem Seniors Community took up painting.

“It was something to do to pass the time while I was confined to the room. COVID lasted quite a while,” said resident Lou Damphousse

During the time residents were confined to the building, staff encouraged them to explore new hobbies. Some began taking art lessons from an in-house painting instructor.

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“It’s just amazing how she taught us,” said resident Jill Moroney. She said she surprised herself at her ability to create art after just a few lessons.

This week, all the artwork completed during the pandemic was put on display in the hallways of the centre.

“It’s lovely,” Lowry said. “It just sparks the place up to have all these pictures that people have done and it makes me realize there are a lot of artists and a lot of really talented people living in our place.”

The supportive living centre looks more like an art gallery now with all the paintings and wood carvings on display — complete with plaques that include the artists’ names.

Eight-six-year-old Lou Damphousse said this is proof that when life gives you lemons, you need to get creative — and that you’re never too old to learn a new skill or brush up on an old one.

“The painting is a pastime and it’s very creative. You learn as you go along. One thing about painting – you can always do it over again, better or maybe make it worse,” Damphousse said with a laugh.

During the time of the pandemic restrictions, Shalem also teamed up with local photographer Shallon Cunningham with the goal of capturing the “kitchen wisdom” and food memories of the residents.

A photo gallery of those images is also on display at the centre.

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