Man survives falling into glacial fissure… Twice

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A Calgary man is lucky to be alive after falling into a more than 30-metre fall into a glacier crevasse in the Columbia Icefield area in Jasper National Park.

Parks Canada says the 24-year-old was snowshoeing with a friend at the Athabasca Glacier on Sunday. The man slipped and fell into a deep hole in the ice and was knocked unconscious.

As his friend went to find help, the man managed to wake up and climb out of the fissure using crampons, only to fall into another crevasse up to his armpits.

On his way down the glacier he met the responding rescue team but refused any kind of assistance.

Officials say that the pair did not have any safety ropes, harnesses or climbing equipment, and very limited experience in mountain travel.

Parks Canada is reminding all adventures to be cautious when exploring and to avoid  glaciated terrain unless everybody in the group has proper training and equipment.

 

-Kyle Hutton

 

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Second round bound for Vegas Golden Knights

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The Vegas Golden Knights completed the sweep against the Los Angeles Kings, winning 1-0 Tuesday, to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Brayden McNabb’s second period snapper was the game’s only goal, as Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his first shutout in the playoffs.

Jonathan Quick made history despite the fourth straight loss, finishing with a .947 save percentage, the highest in NHL history for a team getting swept.

Vegas will face the San Jose Sharks in the second round.

-Max Sturley

The Raptors take game two heading back to Washington

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The Wizards should be worried about making it to the next round, their defense sucks and a red hot Toronto offense doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Starting shooting guard, Demar Derozan racked up 37 points against the Wizards in game 2 while CJ Miles came off the bench contributing 18 points and a couple rebounds to his name.

With the series headed back to Washington, the Wizards are down 2 games and need to makeup ground before the series is out of their control. The Wizards are dead last in defensive rating and all-star shooting guard Bradley Beal is no where to be found, scoring only 9 points in 30 minutes.

-Itiel Monroy

 

 

The pipeline debate flows on

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down today with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia in an attempt to break the trans mountain pipeline impasse.

At the meeting Trudeau reiterated that the federal government has the authority to ensure the pipeline will be built.

The B.C. government has responded that they will continue to pursue action against the pipeline construction through the courts regardless of the federal government claims.

Update: An Angus Reid poll was published on April 18, which stated the majority of B.C. residence are in favor of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

-Andrea Ferrari

 

 

Justin Trudeau picks sides over construction of Trans-mountain pipeline

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The construction of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline has led to a stale-mate between British Columbia and Alberta, with both parties not willing to budge.
The Prime Minister sat down with Premier Rachel Notley and John Horgan in hopes of reaching a deal, but they quickly hit an impass. However, Justin Trudeau and Notley seem to be on the same page.
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Trudeau made it clear that Ottawa would support the project financially and the government is also looking at legislative options to ensure that the pipeline gets built.
– Husham Tahir

Serge Ibaka, Raptors, surge past Wizards to take game one

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The Toronto Raptors are playing like a team with something to prove, beating the Washington Wizards in their first playoff game this year.

Serge Ibaka led his squad to their 114-106 win, contributing 23 points, and an impressive 12 rebounds.

The Wizards’ point guard John Wall equaled Ibaka in points, but his team just couldn’t make enough magic happen to get past a solid looking Raptors team.

Lowry and DeRozan made some noise, but they certainly didn’t hog the spotlight combining for only 28 points. No doubt the rest of the team will expect more from the dynamic duo in the rest of the series.

Looking ahead, the Raptors need to have a solid bench as they did in game one, and keep the defense tight to stop a potentially threatening Wizards offense.

The second contest of the series is Tuesday night, back in the Six.

-Danny Seymour

3 Things the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have shown us so far

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs always seem to electrify the sports world every April through June, and the 2018 installment has been no different. Here are 3 things we’ve learned after just 1 week of playoff hockey.

1: Vegas is for real.

It’s fair to say the Vegas Golden Knights had proven all the doubters wrong in the regular season by winning the Pacific Division as an expansion team, (something never done in NHL history), but come playoff time many people took L.A. over Vegas. Well in classic Golden Knight fashion they did what they did all season, just kept winning, and swept the Kings.

Even more fitting was that the Knights’ pick from the Kings (Brayden McNab) was the one who scored the goal that ended L.A.’s season.

Oh and also Marc Andre-Fleury has looked almost unbeatable allowing just 3 goals in 4 games. Good luck to anyone who has to face these guys down the road.

 

2: The Jets are just too good for the Wild.

Currently the Jets hold a 3-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild, heading back to the Bell MTS Center for game 5. The Jets won both games 1 and 2 at home and have just looked to be too much for the Wild to handle.

While yes, the Wild won game 3 in pretty convincing fashion, they have been unable to get anything going since then. Connor Hellebuyck has looked unreal and earned the Jets/Thrashers organization not only their first ever playoff win but also the franchises first ever playoff shutout.

Dustin Byfuglien has also been an absolute machine, and has just been a force all series  for Winnipeg. Even with the loss of Myers, the Jets still looked dominant over Minnesota in game 4. With game five in Winnipeg it might be curtains for the Wild, and another early playoff exit for them.

 

3: Boston’s first line is one of the best in the NHL.

Patrice Bergeron centering David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand is arguably the best first line in the entire league right now, and they’re having fun. Pastrnak leads the entire league in terms of playoff scoring with 9 points after just three games, including 4 goals.

Brad Marchand has been the agitator he always is and is driving the Leafs crazy. Oh yeah, he also has 6 points. Not to bad for “the rat”.

Patrice Bergeron continues to solidify himself as one of the best shutdown centers in the league and has 5 points in three games, so I think it’s fair to say they’re playing alright.

Interestingly enough,  Boston’s first line was held pointless in Toronto in game 3, and with game 4 tomorrow night, we’ll have to wait and see if they bounce back.

Jordan Bay