Wolf Pack answer back against Steelers 

The Wolf Pack were glad to put the month of October behind them, with just one win in nine games, and three losses in overtime. Their only win was a 10-8 scoring derby against the Port Moody Black Panthers on Oct. 24, and that was followed by a 7-0 loss to the Richmond Sockeyes on Oct. 29 and an 8-5 loss to the Abbotsford Pilots on Oct. 31.

The Wolf Pack scored 32 goals over the month while averaging more than three points per game, but allowed 56 goals or close to six per game.

November is a different story, with the Wolf Pack grinding out their fourth win of the season against the Grandview Steelers.

The teams were tied 3-3 after two periods but the Wolf Pack clamped down in the third period and allowed just one power play goal while scoring two to take the win 5-4. Whistler's Joshua Schaubroeck racked up two assists during the game, with Hunter Nelson of Squamish scoring two goals and adding an assist.

The Wolf Pack's next game is a home stand against the Richmond Sockeyes on Nov. 7 at Brennan Park arena, with the puck dropping at 7:15 p.m.

 

Vanular off to a winning start

Whistler's Corey Vanular launched the freeski season with a win at the London Freeze Rail Jam this past weekend, with tens of thousands of fans looking on at Battersby London. He followed that performance with a sixth place finish in the London Freeze Big Air contest. He competes again this weekend at the Barcelona Snow Show in Spain.

 

Freestylers past and present carry the torch

When he was eight years old, Calgary's Kyle Nissen carried the Olympic torch for the 1988 Winter Games, something that inspired the young skier to follow his dreams of making the Games himself one day. He accomplished that in 2006, leading the team with a fifth place finish in the aerials event.

"I was so small at the time and the suit given to the torch bearers to wear was so big that it had to be taped to my chest to keep my pants up," Nissen recalled. "Needles to say, after that Olympic experience I wanted more."

Nissen hopes to compete again in 2010.

A former member of the national team, Jim Schiman, was also a torch bearer in 1988, and although his competition days are behind him he has remained with the team as a moguls coach. Like Nissen, he filled out ballots to carry the torch every day at his local Petro Canada station to improve his chances of being picked.

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