For the second time in as many nights the Fort St. John Huskies found themselves putting an L in the win/loss column of their schedule, and as was the case Friday night against Sexsmith penalty killing was a big reason why. After allowing three power play goals to the Vipers, the Huskies allowed another three power play goals, this time to the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings, a game the Huskies lost 6-4.After the game assistant coach Todd Alexander was blunt in his assessment of the team’s penalty killing, saying changes need to be made in a hurry.“Obviously we’ll have a look at that and see what we can do better there. We’ve got to make a change. We’ve got to make an adjustment. Coaching staff has got to do a better job of getting us ready for the penalty kill. Something’s got to change. That’s just something that’s unacceptable,” he said.- Advertisement -Through the late stages of the second period until the end of the third, it seemed like two entirely different games were being played. The Huskies appeared passive and unsure of their decisions in the first portion of the game, but in the second the team did a great job of controlling the tempo, and made it seem as though a comeback was a very real possibility.“You look at the last 26 minutes of the hockey game, we were losing 5-1, and we lose the game 6-4. Our veteran players got to be ready to play, they’ve got to get the other guys up ready to play. When we’re playing our game and playing hard, not worrying about the things we can’t control, we’re a tough team to play against. We didn’t have that for the first 34 minutes. We played a great 26 minutes and won 3-1,” Alexander said.Fort St. John actually got out to an early lead in the tilt with Kody Disher scoring before the game was three minutes old, but the team was unable to do anything productive to build on the advantage.Advertisement “I thought after we got the first one usually we get rolling after that but we just sat back and watched the game and let the game come to us. You can’t do that. These guys have got too good of forwards and they made us pay,” Alexander admitted.Scoring for the Huskies were Kody Disher, Cayle Bell, Jacob Lang, and Jared Barilla.The next game for the Huskies is scheduled for Friday night at home against the Beaverlodge Blades at 8 p.m.
Overall crime rates in Fort St. John appear to have decreased in the first six months of 2010.The RCMP semi-annual report presented by Inspector Patrick Egan to Council on Monday shows the crime rates and service calls for the first half of 2010 compared to the same time period for both 2009 and 2008.Egan said that last year, the detachment identified three main areas of focus which are continuing this year. The areas are traffic, drugs, and youth boredom.- Advertisement -According to the report, the number of calls for service has decreased over the three year period from 7097 in the first half of 2008 to 6993 in 2009 to 6551 in 2010. He says the overall change since last year accounts for a 6 per cent decrease.Criminal code cases have decreased approximately 8 per cent and the number of people in custody is down by about 3 per cent.Criminal Code offenses are also down with crimes against people having decreased slightly (2 per cent since 2009) and property crimes dropping 12 per cent.Advertisement The report presented to council can be viewed below. Furthermore, the number of instances where publicly intoxicated people were taken off the streets has decreased 37 per cent.Inspector Egan said that although there was no absolute data, the use of drugs and alcohol are often significant factors in certain crimes.[asset|aid=3018|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=80120bb4104f65b488f89612be78a7cf-Egan – RCMP Report_1_Pub.mp3] One item of note is that since the report only took into consideration reported crimes to June 30, arsons had actually decreased over last year, however, less than two weeks past that date there have been at least two investigations into arson crimes in Fort St. John.A report was also before council Monday which looked at the municipal contract for policing resources. The Fort St. John RCMP detachment has a Police Resource Review in progress to determine if additional officers or equipment will be needed as the city continues to grow. City council voted in favour of sustaining the 34 members of the detachment until the report is completed, which will likely be in the fall of 2010.Advertisement As well, violent crimes have decreased more significantly from last year; however the actual number of violent robberies, police officer assaults and sex offences are not very high.The number of robberies has decreased from 6 in 2009 to 5 in 2010 and sex offences from 25 in 2009 to 23 in 2010.Egan pointed out that there have been a few increases in certain crime types during these months over the 2009 period. These include common assaults (up from 222 to 233), theft (up from 105 to 121), vandalism (up from 190 to 195), and cocaine trafficking (up from 15 to 25).However, two significant decreases in crimes were a 60 per cent drop in business break and enters and a drop of 40 per cent in vehicle thefts.Advertisement
BREAKING NEWS: AT least 11 people have been injured after an explosion in a building in New York today.The New York City Fire Department responded to reports of a large building explosion and collapse in East Harlem, CNN reports.It is unclear if there are any people are trapped in the rubble. The FDNY said the building is located around Park Avenue between 114th and 117th streets, which is north of Central Park. Residents reported hearing a large explosion in an apartment building around 9 a.m.“The whole building shook,” a worker at a nearby travel store told The New York Post. “I think people must be injured. I see a lot of smoke.”Smoke from the fire could be seen in midtown. The residential building was above a piano store. Video footage shows fire crews fighting the fire.“I heard a big explosion, Boom!…I made sure my coworker was OK,” one witness told Fox News. The fire appears to be limited to the one building, but debris could be seen from blocks away. Some of those injured may have been hit by falling debris, reports said.The incident comes just days before St Patrick’s Weekend when hundreds of people from Donegal are due in the city.The cause of the explosion remains unclear at this stage. BREAKING NEWS: INJURIES AND FIRE AFTER NEW YORK ‘EXPLOSION’ was last modified: March 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)