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Vol.LXXXVHI   N°30	
York University student falsely accused of
wielding a weapon in public. Page 3
CBC show makes a drama out of the
audition phase. Page 5
Oker, hope you enjoyed the magic "R" word tonight since 1918
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007
T-Birds leave Garage with big come-from-
behind win. Page 7
Undergraduate Gladiators take the stage
AMS representative Chris Chapman and Promotions coordinator Zoe Shipley were among the
active participants in this fun event. Spectators looked on with glee and amusement as UBC's
very own mini-gladiators, oker chen photo
race gets serious
BC tsunami advisory cancelled
Tsunami threat to coastal area always a possibility, researcher says
by Eric Szeto
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The provincial
government called off a tsunami
warning on January 13 after an 8.2
ocean-floor earthquake near the
Kuril Islands just north of Japan
was determined to pose no threat
to the northern tip of Vancouver
Island and Alaska.
"There was no damage anywhere," said Bruce Turner, a science
officer at the West Coast and Alaska
Tsunami Warning Center, a national
service that broadcasts tsunami
warnings to emergency organisations including British Columbia's
Provincial Emergency Plan.
The current generated from the
force of the underwater tremor was
felt across the Pacific, all the way to
South America. The highest measured waves, according to the West
Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning
Center, were in the Aleutian
Islands of Alaska, and stood at
about 70 centimetres or just under
three feet.
Last Friday's earthquake didn't
provoke a huge tsunami scare to the
northern BC coastal region, Turner
said, but anything in excess of 8.5 is
likely to present a danger to communities on northern Vancouver Island
and Alaska.
Officials of Hokkaido, an island
of Japan, issued an order to evacuate
85,000 in the immediate areas as a
precautionary measure, Turner
Aftershocks were also felt in the
region, the largest weighing in at
around 6.0 on the Richter scale.
"It's a really remote part of the
Pacific. [The Kuril] islands are
unpopulated and remote, so I was
doubtful that anybody felt the earthquake next to where it [happened.]"
said Turner.
Roy Hyndman, of the Centre for
Earth and Ocean Science Research,
said that the potential for a tsunami
to hit Vancouver Island or the
greater Vancouver area always
remains a threat.
"[Vancouver Island] largely protects the Georgia Strait, [but] not
completely. The large danger for
tsunamis in the Georgia Strait area
is secondary to underwater landslides," he said, citing the Fraser
Delta, the largest delta in Western
Canada, as a susceptible area.
The largest recorded tsunami
in BC came from the 9.2 Alaskan
earthquake in 1964, which resulted in millions of dollars in damage to Port Alberni, Tofino and
many other small communities on
Vancouver Island.
According to geological records,
the last major local tsunami hap-
see "Tsunami" page 2.
AMS vet Friedrich goes
by Brandon Adams
While the electoral race between Jeff
Friedrich and Max "Maxwell
Maxwell" Kuhn may have seemed
like a foregone conclusion, yesterday's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
Presidential Candidates' Forum
might have a few people thinking
On January 15, AMS candidates,
elections officials, Voter Funded
Media (VFM) contestants and students gathered in the conversation
pit of the SUB for the Presidential
Candidates' Forum.
The forum pitted concurrent
Board of Governors candidate and
current VP Academic Jeff Friedrich
against Maxwell Maxwell, an arts student, former Ubyssey culture writer
and CITR host.
"Ladies and gentlemen, last year I
did not vote in the AMS elections,"
said Maxwell in his opening statement. "Neither did any of my friends.
In fact last year I think something
like... 13 per cent of the student body
did vote."
Maxwell, who says he decided to
head-to-head against
Maxwell Maxwell
run for AMS president on a whim,
arrived at the January 12 All
Candidates Meeting under the influence of alcohol and dressed as a
pirate. The surprise for Maxwell was
that there was only one other person
running for president.
"Much to my surprise I saw that
there were only two candidates,
myself and Jeff here. If I hadn't decided to run on a whim we wouldn't
have had an election," declared
Maxwell during his opening statement at yesterday's presidential candidates forum.
"The state of affairs here," said
Maxwell, "is that everything is just
happening in secret, nobody cares
about it The voters are apathetic,
their money is being spent without
their knowledge, often without their
Maxwell summed up his platform
by saying that a vote for him is a vote
"for cheaper beer, more fun, less
government, more money in your
pocket," and "stylish white pants."
Friedrich followed Maxwell supported by cheers and opened by
see "Election"page 2.
FUTURE PRESIDENT? Presidential candidates Jeff Friedrich and
Maxwell Maxwell had the first debate of the AMS elections in the
Student Union Building conversation pit. oker chen photo
Legitimacy concerns loom over Voter Funded Media
by Colleen Tang
Questions are being asked about the
Voter Funded Media (VFM) contest,
an $8,000 experiment designed to
boost election coverage and provide
funding for alternate forms of
media, due to past lower than
expected participation and questionable reportage.
"The whole point of VFM is to target student apathy," said Tiffany
Glover, VFM administrator. VFM's
mandate is to create more informed
voters and generate increased coverage of AMS elections by providing
participants with cash incentives
worth up to $1500.
The system works by providing
voters with an additional ballot section during the election at the end of
January. In this section they can vote
for the media outlet they felt provided the best coverage. The cash prizes
will be awarded based on the number of votes each outlet received.
But motivations for entering the
contest seem to have strayed from
the  original  intentions  of Mark
Latham, the creator of Voter
Funded Media.
Cameron Funnell, current student
senator and participant in the VFM
contest, said that his primary interest
in the contest is the $1000 cash
prize. "That's basically what I'm
banking on really," he said.
Funnell indicated that he wasn't
the only contestant banking on name
recognition alone. "If you look at
Mike Duncan and Sean Kearney, they
are merely banking on recognition
alone virtually unless they actually do
[some election coverage.]"
Funnell admits that contestants' strategies might be different
if there were 20 participants and
that "it would be interesting to see
what Mark [Latham], creator of
VFM would have to say about
whether or not this was what he
had originally intended."
Currently three of the eight candidates involved in the VFM contest sit
on the AMS council: Stephanie Ryan,
AUS president and head of the
Underground; Duncan, SUS president and part of the Duncan-Kearney
Media   Group;   and   Gina   Eom,
University Senator and contributor to
the Election Insider.
Jeff Friedrich, VP academic, was
ambiguous when addressing this
"I guess there are cases where it
could be a conflict of interest if
they're trying to advocate for a certain cause," he said. "There is nothing
to stop them from making a blog in
the past Just because there is prize
money I'm not sure it's fair to say it's
a conflict of interest or not"
see "Media"page 2.
AMS Elections are around the corner. Keep watch for our AMS election supplement..January 23. News
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Relevance and accessibility of AMS issues debated in presidential campaign
"Election"continued from page 1.
immediately addressing Maxwell's
statements regarding voter apathy
and the relevance of the AMS.
"If you go back to the 1969
[ Ubyssey issues] at..the height of
student activism and opinion on
campus, there were common comments that weren't dissimilar to
the ones that Maxwell just made,"
said Friedrich. "That is to say that
the apathy argument, the argument that the AMS doesn't matter...is not a new one and is probably not one that is gonna go away
in the coming year."
Friedrich defended the AMS, saying that many students use AMS
services without realising it "Things
like your U-Pass...your health and
dental plan...every time you join a
club, every time you use a building,
every time you use a business
[you're using an AMS service]."
When asked about increasing
student participation and decreas
ing voter apathy Maxwell said:
"When students don't participate in
the issues of this university, it's not
the fault of the students, it's the fault
of the issues—that they don't matter
to people. We need to provide them
with a set of issues that they care
about. If they're not paying attention
to us it's not their fault. It's ours."
"There are a variety of issues
this year which directly affect
students of which the AMS had an
ability to influence," said Friedrich
in response. "Those include issues
around campus development, issues
around the quality of education at
UBC and the AMS was in fact relevant and did do a lot to accomplish
headway on those items."
Friedrich explained that he
would re-orient the AMS Volunteer
Connections to better connect with
students in order to address student
apathy and the lack of student
When asked what was the biggest
problem with the AMS, Maxwell
tackled the question bluntly.
"The biggest problem the AMS
has right now is that it wastes too
much of its constituents' money,"
said Maxwell. "We need to trim
the fat from its budget. Because
paying over $450 for things most
people don't even know exist—
that's just criminal."
Friedrich's responded by pointing out that UBC has some of the
lowest student fees in the country
and that students receive a wide
number of services including the U-
Pass and the AMS/GSS Health Care
Plan. Friedrich said that the biggest
issue is that students are unaware of
what their fees are going towards.
When asked by the speakers what
qualified each of them to be president of the AMS, both candidates
gave completely divergent answers.
"What makes me qualified to be
president of the AMS is that I
haven't dealt with it before," said
Maxwell. "I bring a new vision, I
bring a new outlook, I haven't spent
the past year holed up in the AMS
building and removing myself from
the affairs of the students of UBC."
Friedrich's response to the
question was very different: "This
is a hugely complex organisation
with a budget which ranges from
ten to 20 million dollars, depending on how you count it so experience counts and it also counts
because important processes are
underway which will affect students. Whether or not students are
aware of Campus 2020 [or]...
the governance review...[they're
there,]" he said. "I have experience
as a VP Academic, that counts a lot,
and I can demonstrate that I have
gotten things done."
When asked about the forum,
current VP Admin David Yuen
said: "Given Jeff s additional knowledge of the AMS he was able to
speak a bit more in depth whereas
Max had more of an external perspective, so it was interesting to
hear both sides." @
Some VFM entrants worry this will be a popularity contest
"Media"continued from page 1.
Others feel their prior participation in the AMS provides them with
unique insights and perspectives
others might not have.
"I think we can draw from our
personal experiences having been
in student government and having
participated closely with every position [in the AMS elections]," said
Eom, referring to her participation
in the contest with former student
Board of Governor representative
Tim Louman-Gardinier.
"Our main goal is to educate the
student body," she added.
Glover offered similar opinions.
"The people who tend to be  in
media tend to be people who are
involved and it tends to overlap."
She continued, "So I am very happy
to see people are interested and getting involved in the process."
Candice Vallantin of Election
Erection Magazine, a publication
specifically created for VFM, isn't
worried about the competition as
long as the contest sticks to covering
AMS elections.
"I think we're going to surprise
the other competition, I think we
have a good plan, we've been working on it for over a month," she said.
"I'm worried that it might be a popularity contest."
Vallantin said the magazine
might have an advantage as a print
publication in a contest mainly composed of blogs and websites.
An optimistic Ian Pattillo, VP
External, feels that even though
two of the participants in the contest have declared that they are
joke candidates, the serious
entries will provide additional
coverage for the AMS.
"That's still eight times more
coverage than what we normally
get," he said.
"[The participants'] chances are
pretty good so at this point we might
see some more people come out of
the woodwork to try their hand at
this. But no, I'm not really disappointed with there being eight
entrants." @
Don't go out and
collect the shellfish;
run away
"Tsunami"continued from page 7.
pened around 1700. "The average time between these giant
local ones is about 500 years. It's
highly irregular, but sometimes
they're fairly close together,"
said Hyndman.
Hyndman did issue a caveat for
those unfamiliar with tsunamis,
stating if you observe the sea water
receding rapidly it's probably a
good sign a tsunami is coming.
If that happens, he said, don't
go out and collect the shellfish; run
away. @
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'Any black male could fit that description
York student arrested while protesting profiling on campus
by Carl Meyer
TORONTO (CUP)-A York University student
was arrested on January 3 after vocalising his
opinions about racial profiling on campus, primarily due to allegations to the police that he
had been armed.
Ten police officers arrested Jon Boadi
outside of the York University bookstore
after they received calls from campus security and other bystanders saying he was
waving a gun in the air.
Police later confirmed the gun reports were
false. Regardless, Boadi was scheduled to
appear in court last Wednesday.
York student Jason Young was sitting in a
nearby restaurant when he noticed Boadi talking loudly outside. He described Boadi's actions
as making a political statement rather than as
posing a physical threat.
"To me, it seemed at first like performance
art," Young said.
Witnesses said Boadi was demonstrating
against a recent York Campus Alert that he
considered an example of racial profiling
on campus.
In mid-December York University posted a
public alert along with a composite sketch from
the police of an individual they believed to be
responsible for sexual assaults in the area.
The campus alert displayed the police
composite sketch with a written description
underneath: "Male, black, 25 to 35 years,
6'0", medium build, bald or shaved head, red
shirt, black ball-cap."
According to Young, Boadi "was proving a
point—he was drawing attention to the fact that
this is kind of a farcical example of [law enforcement] by the university."
"He was commenting on whether this is
an effective way to deal with some terrible
behaviour that's been going on on-campus,"
he added.
Although emergency calls placed to police
stated that Boadi was brandishing a gun, Young
finds it hard to believe that Boadi was giving
this impression towards the public.
"He wasn't even holding [the object] like
a gun."
PROFILIN' AIN'T STYLIN': Anti-profiling protest provokes the police.
Young believed that Boadi's actions were
not criminal, adding that the only thing that
might have provoked anyone was that "he
seemed to stray a bit from the point."
Nevertheless, Young said: "he wasn't
causing any harm. The amount of force put
on him was not necessary. Ten officers for
one man is not necessary. It took about
eight or ten cops to subdue him even though
he was being completely peaceful," he
added. "This huge parade of police officers
coming to talk to this man who wasn't doing
anything criminal."
Saada Awaleh-God, vice-president of media
relations for the York University Black Students
Association (YUBSA), maintained that the police
responded with unwarranted force.
Ellyn Sylvia, a York student, saw police
and York security march past her to the
Sylvia agreed that Boadi was not struggling
when police and York security led him outside.
"He was pretty docile," she said.
Young also noted that during the
incident, York Security blocked off the area
near the bookstore.
he was being
completely peaceful.
This huge parade of police
officers coming to talk to
this man who wasn't doing
anything criminal."
-Jason Young
York University student
"There were two security guards saying,
You can't walk past here.'"
When Young asked why, he said he was simply told, "you just can't."
Alex Bilyk, director of media relations at
York,  defended York Security's decision to
involve the police and block off the area.
"Nobody wants to fool around when they
think there's a weapon involved," he said.
"York Security took the measures they needed to take in order to allow the police to
react to this case.
"If someone is causing a disturbance,
and there is reason to believe a weapon may
be involved, we'll take the necessary action
to involve the police as soon as possible,"
continued Bilyk. However, Bilyk suggested
that students should be wary of possible
police involvement when considering taking similar actions to those of Boadi.
"Use your own head," he said. "In today's
environment, people are all on edge and it's not
an appropriate action."
Meanwhile, some students believe that the
incident was provoked by the sexual assault
campus alerts on campus.
The secretary of YUBSA, Yolanda Abrahams,
suggested that the composite on the campus
alert is not descriptive enough to be effective.
"The sketch looked very ambiguous. Any
black male could fit that description,"
Abrahams said. "Racial profiling still exists on
Other students have suggested that they
could have done without the composite photo
since they felt it was too general to be used as
an investigative tool and that the campus alert
bordered on racial profiling.
Thomas Lynch, a detective sergeant overseeing sexual assault crimes in the Toronto
Police Sex Crimes Unit, believes that the
process used in developing composite photos is highly scientific, though he would not
provide details.
"That's a long process that we use through
our forensic identification people, and that's a
process I'm not willing to discuss right now, but
basically we use the victims' memory of [their]
assailant to prepare a composite."
"We would never solely...prosecute on a
composite. We would have other evidence
too," he said.
"We would use different kinds of identification for down the road, whether it be forensic or whether it be a photo of the actual suspect identified." @
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DBR preaches the word
at the PuSh Festival for the
Performing Arts
January 11
by Jennifer Chrumka
"What is the sound of you being
alive?" asks Daniel Bernard Roumain
in earnest from his apartment in
Harlem, New York City.
Known simply as DBR, Roumain
is a composer who's made a career
out of stretching music genres and
blending them together onstage
around the world. The result is a
unique musical style, a postmodern
take on classical music that makes
references to hip-hop, rock and jazz.
"For me it's wailing on a violin,"
he said.
Roumain picked up the violin
at five years old and hardly seems
to have put it down since. He
received his PhD in music composition and theory from the
University of Michigan and has
since collaborated with artist, such
as DJ Spooky, Cassandra Wilson,
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Philip Glass
and Susan Sarandon (she was the
narrator of a piece for which he
played background music.)
This past week he made the trip
from the East Coast to the west to
perform with DJ Scientific as part
of Vancouver's PuSh International
Performing Arts Festival on
January 11th at the Chan Centre.
The show was called Sonata for
Violin and Turntables.
He claims that his music comes
from the heart; indeed, it is stirring
and complex. While his bow sweeps
wildly up and down notes on his
violin pouring out melodies, the
assertive bass of hip hop brings it
tightly together.
But not only is DBR a composer,
he is a philosopher, a young artist on
a path of self-actualisation. This night,
with the TV blaring in the background, Roumain is revealing his
convictions to a stranger on the other
end of the phone.
"I've decided that I'm trying to
be as cooperative a person that I
can be," he said. "I've had enough
of conflict."
"Sometimes the best way to lead
is to follow," which is also the title
of a piece he just wrote. "And not
just anyone—choose who you want
to follow. That's an act of leadership," he emphasised.
"One of the big choices I'm
wanting to make in my life is to be
cooperative, to be part of something constructive."
He is attempting to find meaning
in small acts—from picking up a
piece of litter off a sidewalk and pondering its lifetime, to paying attention to the candid acts of strangers
that the rest of us ignore.
Sound a little cliche? Well for
Roumain it all has meaning. "I
went bowling the other night in
Fort Lauderdale with my sister and
it became about, not the game, but
just being there with all of these
people and watching them bowl,"
he said. "Watching this nine-year-
old boy with long, long, hair, bowling with his family. Watching how
he got so happy when gutter ball
after gutter ball, finally, he got one.
To see his family react!"
"We've got to enjoy these
moments. Bjork talks about this
notion of love being everywhere."
Admittedly from the iPod generation, Roumain is a pop-culture
musical mastermind. With dreadlocks to his waist and a classical
violin in hand, he looks the part.
His growing audiences are challenged by his unconventional
fusion of classical and electronic
music. With Roumain on acoustic
violin and DJ Scientific on turntables and laptops, his music has the
ability to open minds. "It's not a
matter of liking the music or not,"
he said frankly, "It's a matter of
having an opinion about it."
Before he goes he has one final
bit of advice: "You don't have to
change the world," he said with
encouragement. "Just change your
world and your world is everyone
you'll ever meet." @ We know you
can do heifer
than this...
art® ubyssey. bc.ca Opinion&Editorial
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
I stand for not voting—gimmick or status quo
'Cheaper beer, more fun, less
government, and stylish white pants'
For the past 20 years, aside from a small
spike in student concern in the late nineties,
voter turnout at UBC for the Alma Mater
Society (AMS) elections has hovered around
eight and 12 per cent. Generally speaking, it
doesn't seem to matter what happens over
the years—sprawling development plans,
tuition freezes, tuition defrosting—only a limited proportion of students at UBC ever seem
to care about campus politics.
This problem is often labelled "voter apathy" and usually reflects badly on the electorate: UBC students come off as a new generation of jaded, grade-grubbing TV addicts.
But is the problem the voters or the relevance of AMS elections platforms these days?
It may have been completely unintentional, but yesterday's presidential candidates'
forum was perhaps more telling of a problem here that few people care to recognise.
The stakes? To preside over a student
organisation that pulls in millions of dollars
in student fees every year. To take the helm
of our exceptional health plan, our U-Pass,
our student union building and presumably
make some changes for the better.
The candidates? An experienced AMS
rep well-versed in dull political rhetoric and
a joke-turned-earnest candidate who admits
to showing up drunk to the debates and
doesn't give a shit. And yet somehow, the
systemic cause of 'voter apathy' still eludes
us. Hmmmm.
Last year, Kevin Keystone won the presidency with no platform at all. His vocal
stylings during the debates were almost
Rumsfeldian in their pseudo-sense. Does
anyone remember this?
"What the AMS is doing next year isn't about
me and it isn't about I. What the AMS wants to
do is what you want to do because you're the
members and you're the students and we serve
you because we're your students."
Keystone promised to make AMS issues
more transparent to the public, a promise he
obviously abandoned once he won. Now UBC
students are facing another election just as
uninformed, just as disinterested and just as
vulnerable to the same short-term, predictable campaigning ploys as they were the
year before and the year before that and the
year before that. The beat goes on.
Each of the two presidential candidates
this year embody a now-commonplace AMS
elections archetype: Friedrich is the play-it-
safe,  obviously more  qualified but likely
inconsequential runner, while Max is the finger-pointing, almost refreshingly nihilistic
wildcard. And the few thousand students
concerned enough to vote will generally vote
with one of two predictable, short-term concerns in mind: keeping things safe or shaking things up.
Friedrich defended the current AMS and
in doing so seemed to remove any chance for
change in his platform and therefore any
change to the future of the AMS. While
Maxwell's occasionally sharp and well-stated
criticism of the AMS might have given hope
to potential voters, his self-admitted unfamil-
iarity with regards to the AMS prevented him
from moving beyond broad attacks to discussion of specific issues. And so yet again, stimulating debate on substantial issues took a
backseat to bullshit.
The choice for those at the forum seemed
to be between a fresh candidate with little
knowledge and a knowledgeable candidate
with little freshness. No wonder voter turnout
is so low. When drunk, pirate-costumed candidates are considered by default to be legitimate presidential alternatives, it seems the
only reasonable choice to make is to make
none at all. @
Do you care about the upcoming AMS elections? Why or why not?
—Mark Wu
Human Kinetics, 3
"No, I would care
if I felt it made a
difference in
-Emily Hsieh
English, 3
"No, Id care if it
affected food
prices on
—Yiannia Himaras
Microbiology, 3
"Not particularly.
They only have two
seats on the Board
of Governors, it's
almost a formality."
—Oopey Mason
Fine Arts, 4
"Went to the debate,
it was okay but kind
of one-sided. Things
will happen without
me one way or
—Pablo Alvarez
Global Resource Systems,4
"Totally There is a
lot of room for
positive change
though they could
be more radical."
—Coordinated by Matthew Jewkes and Kellan Higgins
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\S%     QJ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 16 January, 2007
Men's Basketball
The CIS No. 4 ranked Thunderbirds
lost their first conference matchup
in the 33 games dating back to
the 2004-2005 season on Friday,
falling 87-77 to the No. 8 ranked
Brandon Bobcats. UBC never led in
the contest, despite a solid performance from third-year transfer Chris
Dyck who led all scorers with 27
points while going 7-of-8 from
beyond the arc.
UBC managed to rebound the following night in Regina, downing the
Cougars 85-80 on the back of a 30
point performance from star fifth-
year guard Casey Archibald. The 14-
1 Thunderbirds are in Victoria next
weekend for a crucial two game
series against the 13-2 UVic Vikes,
with first place in the Pacific
Division on the line. @
T-Birds score key victory in front of largest crowd of season at GM Place
Regina Cougars at UBC Thunderbirds
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January 13,2007 — General Motors Place, Vancouver, BC
by Bobby Huang
Vancouver's version of Hockey Day
in Canada began with a blowout
and ended with a bang. The UBC
Thunderbirds capped a successful
Saturday night with a 6-4 victory
over the Regina Cougars, while earlier in the evening, the Canucks triumphed 6-1 over the Maple Leafs
in a game broadcast live for fans in
attendance at GM Place.
Powerplays were the story of the
UBC-Regina tilt in a high-scoring,
penalty-filled contest. The T-Birds
fell behind 3-0 in the first period
and, following a 4-3 loss the previous night, appeared in danger of
being swept in a series for just the
second time this season.
"After a period like that, there's
not much to say," reflected UBC head
coach Milan Dragicevic. "In a situation like that, everyone has to look
upon themselves and worry about
their own situations instead of blaming others. The fact that we stuck
together as a hockey team was a really positive note."
After a strong opening 20 minutes, the Cougars deflated faster
than a certain oversized marshmal-
low across the street.
Regina ran into penalty trouble
early in the second stanza and the
Thunderbirds took advantage to
erase the 3 goal deficit. "We played
really soft, commented Regina
coach Blaine Sautner on the dramatic reversal of fortunes in the
second period. "You have to bear
down and get pucks out, and I don't
think we did a good job of that."
The UBC powerplay went 6-for-l 3
on the night, including five consecutive goals in a crazy second period.
"We got our shots through and
we got traffic in front," explained
Dragicevic on the success of the
powerplay. "We set a goal that we
wanted our powerplay to be 19% in
the second half and right now we're
close to 30. We want that to continue
because specialty teams will win us
games down the road."
Defenceman Brad Zanon
scored three powerplay goals in
the victory, earning the distinction
of being the only defenceman in
UBC history to record a hat trick.
"We wanted our power play to
pick it up this weekend and we
did," said Zanon. "We got the puck
on net and it paid off with the six
goals we got."
On the unique opportunity to
play at a world-class National
Hockey League facility, Dragicevic
said, "right now not everybody
appreciates playing at GM Place
but six to ten years down the road
they're going to look back on it as
a really neat experience. I thank
the Canucks for giving us an
opportunity to do this."
With the win, UBC improves their
record to 9-10-1.
"They came out hard and we
came out soft," concluded Zanon,
"but in the end we got the two points
and that's what we're happy about."
The team will now enjoy a bye
week before playing two crucial road
games on January 26th and 27th
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