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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Kyle Connor scored twice, including the game-winner with five minutes left, as the Winnipeg Jets snapped a five-game skid with a 4-2 comeback victory over the Calgary Flames.

Set up on a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler, Connor sent a one-timer into the top corner inside the near post before Jacob Markstrom could get across.

Connor’s 14 goals ties him for fifth in the NHL.

Paul Stastny and Andrew Copp also scored for Winnipeg, which salvaged the final game of its three-game road trip. Wheeler had two assists and Connor Hellebuyck had 34 saves.

Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm scored for Calgary, which lost in regulation for the first time in eight games. Markstrom had 24 saves.

The Jets had a chance to take the lead with the score tied at 2 and under five minutes remaining in the second period. Milan Lucic was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for a heavy hit along the end boards that temporarily shook up Jets defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

But Calgary prevented the Jets from being able to set up. With just over a minute remaining in that power play, the Flames drew a hooking penalty on Neal Pionk, which ended the extended five-on-four during which Winnipeg generated only two shots.

Down 2-0 early, Winnipeg cut into the deficit with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first when the Jets turned a stretch of sustained pressure into a goal with Connor knocking in a set-up from Wheeler.

The Jets tied it 2-2 at 4:50 of the second on a goal that left Markstrom visibly upset, believing there was goaltender interference. With the puck in the crease, Stastny knocked both Markstrom’s pad and the puck into the net at the same time. Calgary did not challenge the call.

The Flames jumped out to an early lead with Tkachuk deflecting in Johnny Gaudreau’s centering pass 26 seconds into the game.

It was the NHL-leading 17th time Calgary has scored first.


Calgary was a perfect 3 for 3 on the penalty kill and is now 26 for 27 over the last eight games. The Flames entered the night ranked third in the NHL on the PK. … Winnipeg had been 0-3-0 on the back-end of back-to-back games. … The Flames lead the Western Conference standings after 20 games for the first time since 1993-94.


Jets: Host Arizona on Monday.

Flames: Wrap up a three-game homestand Monday against Pittsburgh.


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Preliminary list of Oakland school closures released without consent of OUSD

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland Unified has a preliminary list of schools it wants to close, they say, to help cut costs and deal with a budget shortfall. Except that, the list was not meant to be published. It was distributed internally until someone disclosed it. Now, the district is facing parents and teachers of those schools that are outraged.

Mike Hutchinson wants everyone to know he's the one who released the list of schools that may end up closing. The Oakland school board member first posted it on social media.

"I didn't leak anything, this wasn't privileged or confidential information, what I did was my job by reporting out to my constituents and the community information that I received about their schools being under threat for closure," expressed Hutchinson.

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Oakland's superintendent then sent out a note stating that "To be clear, the information shared was from a draft-it is NOT the final set of recommendations."

The Oakland schools for possible closures at the end of this school year are:

  • Prescott
  • Brookfield
  • Carl Munck
  • Parker
  • Grass Valley
  • La Escuelita
  • Westlake
  • Bunche
  • Street Academy
  • Rudsdale
  • Community Day
  • Hilcrest (6-8)
  • Merging Highland/RISE

For next year:

  • Horace Mann
  • Fruitvale
  • Manzanita Community
  • Korematsu
  • Merging ICS/TCN
  • Merging Acorn/Encompass

Wednesday staff at La Escuelita began distributing fliers to parents interested in having a meeting on this possible closure. Lucretia Henderson,a grandmother has had a deep connection with the school.

"They're losing not only their education, but they're also losing their support system, they're losing their friends, they're losing their teachers, this is all a disservice," she said.

The school district has said it needs to slash $50 million from next year's budget. But Hutchinson insists there is no budget deficit.

"What we are doing is going through a series of adjustments to free up more money to raise compensation for our staff going forward but we are not in a budget crisis. We have money in our reserves," revealed Hutchinson.

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Then there's the issue of declining enrollment in Oakland which affects the district's budget. For example, before the schools there shut down because of the pandemic, the number of students enrolled as of March 13, 2020, was 35,904.

At the beginning of this school year, the recorded number on August 23, 2021, was 34,970 --934 fewer students. That's less money coming in from the state per student.

Sarah Goudy teaches at Rudsdale Newcomer High School which is also on the preliminary closure list. She says there should be community input.

"The final closure vote is going to happen on February 8 and schools aren't even going to be notified if they are for sure on that list until January 28. So it's two weeks. The whole thing is absolutely outrageous," added Goudy.

Another argument being made is that Oakland has the highest ratio of schools to students among California's largest districts. The district says that keeping all their school open meant they have to spend more money to maintain them. But Hutchinson argued that 20 years ago Oakland embraced public charter schools, more than any other district in California. Giving parents a choice, also meant that traditional public schools have lost students.

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