Unvented heat in cold weather results in ice dams. Ice dams can form at the edge of a roof because warm air trapped at the top of the attic can melt snow on the roof that, then, freezes as it runs toward the lower, cooler area of the roof.Ice dams can become a huge problem for homeowners.Warm air finds its way into the attic, during winter, because the upper floors of most homes experience some heat loss through the insulation, even well insulated homes. Because warm air rises, the upper portion of an attic is always the warmest. If attic ventilation is not sufficient to vent away this warm air and create a “cold roof” — a condition where the roof temperature is equalized from top to bottom — snow that has collected on the roof can melt.The snow that melted on the upper roof area will freeze as it moves onto the lower roof area if that lower area is colder than at the top, which usually is the case. Typically, the lower area of the roof will remain colder than the upper roof area, especially in the area just above the eave, where temperatures may not be much higher than the ambient outdoor air. If the outdoor temperature is well below freezing, conditions for ice dam formation are favorable.As the melted and frozen snow continues to freeze, melt, and refreeze, it creates a barrier, or dam, preventing water from running off the roof. Once dammed, water and ice can creep back up under the shingles and underlayment resulting in leaks.Proper ventilation and added insulation help mitigate this melting and freezing process and eliminate ice dams. Ice dams may not be a large concern at sea level, but in homes at higher elevations and inland this can be a serious issue. Unvented heat in the summer deteriorates roofing materials and lowers energy efficiency. During hot weather, proper ventilation can protect roof shingles, make your home feel cooler, and reduce air conditioning costs. See figure 1.In hot weather, temperatures inside an improperly vented attic can climb to over 150 degrees Fahrenheit, making it feel like a sauna.These high attic temperatures can lead to accelerated shingle distortion and deterioration.These high attic temperatures also can lead to higher energy consumption: Typically, on a hot day, the upper rooms of a home are warmer because warm (lighter) air rises while cooler (denser) air falls. However, when improper attic ventilation allows the attic to become super-heated, the phenomenon of downward heat migration occurs (through the attic floor and into the home’s upper floors). This makes the upper floors of the home even warmer. The extra heating of the upper floors is not usually alleviated by the night time; an inadequately ventilated attic seldom loses enough heat overnight to compensate for the heat gained during the day. This effect is magniﬁed in modern homes with heavier insulation that prevents heat from escaping from the upper floors. The extra heating of the upper floors due to the downward migration of heat causes homeowners to run mechanical equipment, such as air conditioners and window fans, longer than they otherwise would in order to cool down the home. In this way, inadequately ventilated attics contribute to greater energy consumption in higher utility bills during the summer. Submitted by Energy Efficiency FirstMoisture and Heat managed by Proper VentilationMany homeowners are blissfully unaware of whether the attic venting in their home is sufficient, whether the ventilation structures are properly placed, or whether the venting is appropriate to the home’s architecture. Yet, the importance of attic ventilation cannot be overstated.At Energy Efficiency First, as professionals applying the principles of building science, we commonly educate our clients about the ways in which their homes work as a system. It is our job to understand the consequences, intended or unintended, that changing one part of a home can have on other components or areas of the home.Attic venting is a crucial part of a home’s moisture and heat management system. Attic ventilation is usually passive in nature and relies on convective air flow–intake and exhaust. Cooler air is drawn in through the lower vents, then moves along the eaves, then rises to the top of the attic where it passes out through the upper vents. By venting moisture and heat, this process allows a home to be more energy efficient. It helps preserve the integrity of a home’s building components, making it more durable, and lessening the need for costly repairs. It also helps prevent the growth of harmful mildews and molds that can damage human health.Generally speaking, more attic ventilation is better than less, especially if the home’s building envelope at the thermal boundary is well air sealed so that any excess attic ventilation is not able to draw conditioned air from the home’s living space. When we see a home with a problem related to attic ventilation, it is usually from too little. We have found structures built without the building code’s minimum ventilation requirements. We have also found attics where a home improvement project was done in a manner that blocked, and choked off, the otherwise adequate lower ventilation structures.If you have concerns about your home, we recommend asking a professional to evaluate your home’s ventilation system. This evaluation is a basic part of an energy audit.Attic ventilation is fairly inexpensively to do correctly, even in a retrofit context. A good mantra, especially when it comes to your home’s ability to vent moisture and heat, is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”Two culprits cause most of the building-durability and health problems associated with improper attic ventilation –moisture and heat.MoistureMoisture is created inside a home each time someone takes a shower, cooks, does dishes, or does laundry. Moisture from these activities will almost always make its way to the attic. Moist air is drawn to the attic in two ways.The ﬁrst is through a process known as “vapor diffusion.” Water vapor naturally migrates from high to low humidity conditions –such as from the living space to the attic. The force of vapor diffusion is so great that moisture will even travel through sheet rock and vapor barriers designed to retard this process.The second way is by air moving through openings cut into the building envelope. Such openings are common and include recessed lighting fixtures and attic hatches. If bathroom or kitchen fans are not properly ducted to the outside, the migration of moisture to the attic is more pronounced.Mildew or MoldMold and Mildew growing on the underside of a roof.A humid environment is the perfect place for mildew or mold to grow. Mold growth in attics causes a health risk for the people living in the home, and can cause deterioration of the interior building components.Proper ventilation reduces moisture build up and minimizes the opportunity for mold to grow, which prolongs the life of your home’s building components and reduces health impacts.Rust, Warping of Roof Decking, and Deterioration of Roof SystemIn a moist environment, rust can form on metal components like nails and fasteners, which can eventually weaken and fail. Warped roof decking can occur after excessive moisture seeps into the roof decking and dissolves the adhesives that hold them together. The decking warps or sags between the rafters. Deterioration of the roof system, including the underlayment and shingles can be caused by excessive heat and moisture not being vented out of the attic. Unvented moisture in cold weather results in compromised roof structure, lower energy efficiency and damaged building components below the attic. During cold weather, proper ventilation helps prevent moisture from condensing on the roof, the structural members, the insulation, and the framing and sheetrock below the attic.Condensation, Dripping, and FrostProblems arise during cold temperatures when warm, moist air from the home reaches the attic, is not vented to the outside, and it lingers in the cooler and drier attic. As the dew point is reached, water vapor held in the warmer air condenses on cold attic surfaces — building components, such as rafters, trusses, and roof sheathing. See figure 2. In the winter, during low temperatures, the condensed moisture can appear as frost.Frost collection on the underside of a roof.This moisture causes damage in two ways. First, moisture condensing on the roof’s structural building components will soak into the wood. This can lead to wood rot and the deterioration of roofing materials. Second, moisture eventually will drip onto the building components below.If too much water soaks into the insulation, it can become compressed and lose its insulating power. We have even seen ice crystals that formed throughout fiberglass insulation. When the insulation is in this condition, it loses some of its insulating power. This leads to greater heat loss, colder rooms, a greater demand on the furnace, and to higher utility bills.Dripping moisture also can penetrate into the attic floor and, eventually, into the ceiling below. If this occurs, the top-floor ceilings may exhibit water stains and paint damage. When this type of damage is visible, that is a good chance that the framing material behind the sheetrock has also been damaged by moisture. Facebook14Tweet0Pin2 Proper attic ventilation can make all the difference on a hot summer day.Calculate the Right Amount of Attic Ventilation in 4 StepsStep 1:Find the attic’s square footage. Include the garage because you want the garage to be properly vented, too. If the attic space is 50 feet x 40 feet, then the square footage is 2000 (50 × 40 = 2000 square feet).Step 2:A rule of thumb is that attics should have one square foot of total net free ventilation area (TFNVA) for every 150 square feet of attic area — 1:150. Therefore, divide the square footage by 150 to get the TFNVA. There may be factors particular to a structure that allow a ratio as low as 1:300 may be used, but we’ll use 1:150 for this exercise. Dividing 2000 square feet by 150 nets a sum of 13.33 – that is 13.33 square feet of TFNVA is needed.Step 3:Convert square feet into square inches as follows: 13.33 × 144. The number 144 represents that there are 144 square inches in a square foot — or 12 × 12. Multiplying 13.11 by 144 results in the sum of 1919.52 (round up to 1920). This is the total square inches of TFNVA needed. Because it is industry standard to measure vents in inches, doing this step will make it easier to do the next step.Step 4:Calculate how many inches of low intake venting and how many inches of high exhaust venting are needed. This calculation is based on the rule of thumb that 40-50% of the ventilation should be low intake vents (soffits and eaves) and 50-60% of the ventilation should be high exhaust vents (near the roof ridge). Multiplying 1920 by .40 results in a sum of 768 square inches – this is the number of intake, or low ventilation, inches needed. Multiplying 1920 by .60 results in a sum of 1152 square inches – this is the number of exhaust, or high ventilation, inches needed.Select and Install the Correct Ventilation StructuresOnce you know the right amount of high and low ventilation, the next step is to select the correct ventilation structures to install and to install the correct amount.We commonly install up to eight different types of high or low vents. Different vents provide a variety of venting rates and have different visual aesthetics. Also, mesh screens, rain louvers, or combinations of both will reduce the Net Free Area of a vent. Knowing by how much, and knowing how to calculate that factor into your vent selections is important.Please feel free to contact us at Energy Efficiency First to help you determine if your home and your attic are correctly ventilated.
Facebook27Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Rob Rice HomesChristina Janis has joined the team of Epic Realty, the brokerage that represents Rob Rice Homes in four of the nine communities where Rob is currently building. For nearly 27 years, Epic Realty has specialized in marketing local new home construction.“Christina is a valuable addition, passionate about serving our homebuyers and making it easier for their brokers to advise them through the process,” says Helena Rice, co-owner of Epic Realty who noticed Christina’s professionalism during a transaction at the Rob Rice Community of Chestnut Village in Olympia, Washington. “She is gracious and well-respected among the real estate community here and has a keen sense of what buyers need.”Christina Janis is the newest Realtor team member with Epic Realty.Before real estate, Christina worked for Providence St. Peter’s Hospital and owned her own fitness center franchise. But, she had always dreamed of being in real estate, something she identifies now as a calling. Christina started her real estate career at Keller Williams Realty South Sound, where she was a Realtor with the Red Door Group and developed her skills representing buyers.“Though I am on the seller side now with Rob Rice Homes, I share this builder’s concern for superior customer care and a compassion for home buyers,” says Christina. “I have learned how to listen to people. Don’t talk, don’t sell, just try to understand them. Knowing what they want helps alleviate their stress.”Christina is currently on site at the Rob Rice Community of Evergreen Heights in Lacey, Washington where she says the easy access to I-5 as well as the luxury rambler and master-down floorplans make the homes highly desirable for military and military retirees, something Janis understands as a retired military spouse.This community is ideally located in Lacey with quick access to I-5 in a lovely setting.“The homes are amazing,” Janis remarks. “I know from being in the business here that Rob Rice has a reputation for class and quality. There is a reason he is considered the Best of South Sound. I cannot imagine representing any other builder and it is the biggest reason I accepted the position.”Christina has lived in Thurston County for more than 30 years and is a graduate of North Thurston High School. She has three grown daughters and her eldest was born in Germany, one of the many places the family lived while her husband was active duty military.Christina welcomes visitors at Evergreen Heights Friday through Monday.Janis is a member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Lacey South Sound Chamber, Thurston County Realtors Association, Multiple Listing Service Association. She volunteers for Homes First! Affordable Rental Housing and the Salvation Army Community Soup Kitchen.She is an avid runner and is part of various local running clubs. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking and kayaking.Christina welcomes visitors at Evergreen Heights Friday through Monday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. She is available throughout the week by email at Christina@RobRiceHomes.com or by calling (360) 888-2295. read more
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeThe Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) opens its annual Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition on July 9, 2018. The annual exhibition serves artists in the area by providing a high-quality exhibition opportunity that promotes the region’s creative identity. Selected exhibiting artists are recognized in an awards presentation and opening reception on Thursday, July 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in The Gallery.Selected work from artists residing in Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties is exhibited by The Gallery and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, top artists selected by the guest juror receive up to $1,500 in purchase prizes, along with $400 in honorable mention, and are invited to exhibit together during the 2018-19 exhibition season.2018 Exhibiting ArtistsTerry Anderson, OlympiaSusan Aurand, OlympiaCarol Ballard, LaceyMelissa Barnes, OlympiaTeri Bevelacqua, OlympiaBernie Bleha, RochesterRuth Bravetti, OlympiaLynette Charters, OlympiaJane Mottishaw Chavey, OlympiaDoyle Fanning, OlympiaFaith Hagenhofer, TeninoStacy Hicks, OlympiaJudith Hochman, OlympiaHall Jameson, LaceyLisa Kinoshita and John Carlton, TacomaCarrie Larson, HoquiamMary McCann, OlympiaSpencer McDowell, OlympiaAshley Miller, OlympiaPatsy Surh O’Connell, Gig HarbourIrene Osborne, OlympiaVladimir Shakov, Browns PointJay Shepard, OlympiaJason Sobottka, TacomaMaitri Sojourner, OlympiaSharon Styer, TacomaChris Wooten, Browns PointThe exhibition runs from July 9 through August 23 at The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m. during the summer, or by appointment. For more information, email email@example.com, call 360-596-5527, or visit The Gallery online at spscc.edu/gallery. read more
Advertisement 3ed63NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsauj77oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejmvy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9y4yWould you ever consider trying this?😱bd1fcCan your students do this? 🌚282ooRoller skating! Powered by Firework Rohit Sharma, the man who’s broken some of the gargantuan records in multiple formats in Cricket reached another milestone on Thursday night. The Mumbai bred prolific batsman became the first Indian male cricket player to reach 100 t20i caps.Advertisement Rohit tweeted a pic of him receiving his 100th T20I cap from Shivam Dube. “Be it whichever format, I’m indebted to have this opportunity to do something for the country. I have cherished all these times and will do so forever,” he tweeted.Advertisement In the absence of captain Virat Kohli, Rohit is having a great time leading the blues.The explosive batsman made his India debut in the 2007 t20 world cup and has gone on to score 8000+ runs in ODI’s and 2500+ in t20’s.Advertisement On thursday, Rohit lead the team on the frontfoot scoring 85 off just 43 balls in an innings that was punctuated by six fours and as many sixes. Advertisement read more
By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Plans made two years ago to establish back-in angled parking in the downtown business section of the town were dropped by a unanimous vote of the Borough Council at its Nov. 13 meeting.The council had passed a resolution in January 2015, that approved a New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) plan to install the parking, also known as head-out angled parking, from the southbound side of Ocean Avenue from Rumson Road, just south of the Sea Bright Rumson Bridge to Beach Street.But in the resolution approved last month, the borough stated that it “has reviewed this plan, has met with the downtown business community, discussed it at several public meetings and has determined that the plan does not meet the Borough’s goals.”Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Tuesday that when the streetscape project was completed in the business section of the town, with its addition of new street lights, planters and other changes, borough officials felt the back-in angled parking would not work with the new configuration of the downtown area.He said introducing the new type of parking into the business area was “not the right place for an experiment at this time.”Frank Bain, the owner of Bains Hardware, 1092 Ocean Ave., a popular business in the middle of the borough’s business district which also serves as the town’s post office, said Tuesday he was never in favor of the back-in angled parking.“I am happy it is rescinded,” he said, “I was never for it.”“The highway was not wide enough to have it,” he said, referring to Ocean Avenue, which is also State Highway 36. He said it was a safety issue.Rich Tocci, the owner of the building where Bains is located said the proposal to put back-in angled parking in the business district was “the most ridiculous thing I ever heard of.”Before the council rescinded the agreement to install the new parking system, a test of the configuration was carried out in front of Sea Bright Supermarket & Liquor, 1160 Ocean Ave., where new parking lines were painted in a few spaces and a sign said only back-in angled parking was permitted.There was a large parking lot owned by the store directly across from the test area, and the test spaces were used infrequently. The markings of the spaces have now been changed to head-in angled parking as they had been before the test was begun.Although the town has decided to reject the 2015 DOT parking plans, Verruni said the borough is still working on a bicycle path which was included in that same proposal. The path would run from Monmouth Beach to the northern end of the borough.He said that it is now being determined if there would be room for two 4-foot-wide paths, onegoing south and one north on Ocean Avenue.If there is not enough space he said, one of the lanes could be a shared car and bicycle lane.This article was first published in the Nov. 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. read more
Nelson Minor Hockey product Dallon Stoddart scored twice as the Nelson Leafs extended its win streak to four games with a 6-5 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the visiting Creston Thunder Cats Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The win maintains a slip one-point lead for the Leafs in Murdoch Division standings over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Leafs, 5-1-0-1, conclude a three-game weekend home stand Sunday at 2 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against defending KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes.Nelson opened the seesaw battle jumping to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Patrick Martens and a power play marker from Colton Malmsten.Creston converted its own power play goal late in the frame as Brandon Formosa beat Patrick Defoe in the Leaf nets.Creston took a 3-2 lead early in the second frame as Trevor Forward and Brock Ward scored goals 18 seconds apart.But Riley Henderson tied the game six minutes later before Stoddart, with his first of two, gave Nelson the lead for good.Brett Norman, the game’s first star with three points, and Stoddart increased the Nelson lead to 6-3 in the third.However, the Cats roared back with two goals — by Forward and Jordan Johnson — in 48 seconds to make the game close down the stretch. Forward’s goal was short handed.Creston out shot Nelson 28-26 but Defoe had a great game in the nets for the Leafs to register his third win of the season.OVERTIME: Nelson’s opposition Sunday, Osoyoos, defeated Castlegar Rebels 4-3 Saturday thanks to a hat-trick performance by Zach Lindsay. . . .The two goals gave Dallon Stoddart, earning second star status Saturday, three on the season. . . . Nelson’s leading scorer Matti Jmaeff was held off the scoresheet Saturday. The Creston product, playing against his hometown, had five assists Friday for Nelson against Grand Forks to earn recognition on the KIJHL website. Jmaeff leads the Leafs with 11 points and is tied for ninth in KIJHL scoring. . . . Leaf center Matthew Naka had three assists for the Leafs. . . . Nelson stretched its home-ice record to 3-1-0-1 and concludes its four-game home stand Tuesday against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in an early-season Murdoch firstname.lastname@example.org read more
On the flip side, I have never seen Jordan Eberle this invisible in any game, ever. He was on a line with Sam Gagner (who was noticeable and played well, strangely enough). While they didn’t appear on the scoresheet, the third line had a strong outing as well for Vancouver. Hodgson just seems to get better and better, and Hansen was responsible for one of the crossbars. Mason Raymond hasn’t scored much at all, lately, but was all over the ice tonight and as always played well defensively. Credit the Oilers for sticking with it – knowing the score was close, they never quit and were twice able to come back and tie the game. They were dangerous on almost every shift. While Henrik was held pointless (for the fourth straight game), the line generated a ton of chances and when they play like this, it’s only a matter of time before the puck starts going in the net with more frequency.While it might appear the twins need some rest, they will unfortunately not get as much as the rest of the team as they are both headed to this weekend’s All-Star game in Ottawa. I won’t go into a big diatribe about the All-Star game, but as a Canuck fan, I’d much rather that the players weren’t obligated to attend this useless excuse for a hockey game. CANUCKS’ TOP DEFENSIVE PAIRING STELLARThere’s only one word to describe the play of the Canucks’ top defensive pair of Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa tonight – spectacular. While it wasn’t the flashiest game you’ll see NHL players put on the ice, these two were rock solid all night long, had great speed and quickness, and were a dominant force throughout the game. Both players wound up plus-2, and Hamhuis got a key assist on the game’s first goal. This is an important development for the Canucks, as the pair had been struggling somewhat in recent games.Every time it seemed like the talented young Oiler forwards were about to generate something, Hamhuis and Bieksa just seemed to make a good, smart play. Whether it was outracing their opponent to the puck, putting their stick in the right passing lane, or getting the right angle on the puck carrier coming over the blue line, it was just perfect. While the game didn’t feature much hitting, they played a good physical game in their own zone and were often had good body position on the Oilers. They also excelled at moving the puck tonight, clearing the zone with relative impunity and getting the forwards the puck, who were generally able to do something with it tonight (case in point was the Canucks’ second goal, the rush started on a stellar outlet pass from Hamhuis to Kesler).When these guys are on their game, the Canucks are difficult to beat. Hopefully we’ll see this kind of effort on more consistent basis moving forward. DAVID BOOTH CONTINUES TO IMPRESSTonight was Booth’s fourth game since returning from his knee injury, and he put another great effort on the ice. Since his return, the second line has been great, and again tonight they caused a lot of problems for the Oilers. His speed is very good and while he’s not an excessively physical player, his size matches up well with other players and he’s able to use his body position to shield the puck and get it to his linemates in the offensive zone.At first blush, his goal tonight was a dirty, goal-mouth scramble type of goal. However, I think it was much more than that – he was able to outmuscle Hall near the Oiler net (as he should be able to do), but he actually showed a lot of skill as he used his skate to touch the puck back to his stick before sweeping it in the net, all while being knocked to the ice by Hall. Make no mistake, this was a very skilled goal scored by a skilled player. Seeing him and Kesler forming this kind of chemistry in limited time makes me excited to see what they will be able to do with another 20 games together under their belts. PARTING SHOTSQuick Comments: This game’s scoreline was much closer than it should have been and was not indicative of the run of the play. The Canucks were the better team for most of the night, certain sections of the second period notwithstanding, and they generated far more quality scoring chances. The four goalposts helped Edmonton’s cause, but that said, hockey can just be like that. Next time, those pucks will hopefully go in. The game was a no-hitter, it seemed like both teams wanted to get to the break without any physical confrontation. There were only three penalties called, all for hooking or interference. The Oilers’ line of Horcoff-Hall-Hemsky had a very good night. I haven’t seen Hemsky play this well in ages – he was back to his old self, it seemed, the puck glued to his stick and him able to make some slick passes. That said – Hall was by far Edmonton’s best player. All over the ice, fast, skilled, good size – he’s going to be a beast in the NHL for many years. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks concluded their pre-All-Star break schedule on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 by way of a shootout.The Canucks had a tremendous first period, as they came at the Oilers in waves and spent entire shifts possessing the puck in the Oilers’ zone. They were able to break through on a beautiful goal by Daniel Sedin, his line having cycled the puck in Edmonton’s goal for approximately 90 seconds. Inexplicably, the Oilers actually outshot the Canucks in the first period, but Vancouver had the lion’s share of the chances.This trend continued in the second period, but Edmonton played much better in what has been the Canucks’ worst period on a night to night basis. Shawn Horcoff scored on a tremendous feed from young Oiler Taylor Hall, after a defensive breakdown in the Canucks’ end while the bottom defensive pairing and the fourth line were on the ice. While Edmonton had a much better period, the Canucks hit a post late in the second (having hit one in the first as well) and this goal might have been the back breaker for the Oilers, who had played the previous night in Edmonton.The Canucks came out determined in the third to end the game favourably. Buoyed by strong play from the top two lines, the Canucks returning to their swashbuckling ways, trading chances with Edmonton and for the most part, getting the better of the play. The effort was rewarded on a goal by David Booth, the result of hard work in front of the net after a 3-on-2 where Oiler netminder Devan Dubnyk lost the puck to his side, next to the crease. The Canucks were unfortunate to hit the crossbar twice in the third period as well. The resilient Oilers tied the game up a second time after a Hall deflection on a late power play, sending the game into an extra session.Overtime featured end to end play, and a couple of good saves by each goaltender, but didn’t solve anything. Canuck rookie Cody Hodgson scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, to deliver the Canucks two points heading into the break.Vancouver is happy the break has now arrived. Their play in the last couple of weeks has been very up and down – they have played their best against the tougher teams (Boston, San Jose, L.A., St. Louis), but have struggled against their weaker opponents (Anaheim, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Florida). There have been times recently that they just look tired, and the six-day break coming up for all but four of the players should be a good tonic for them both physically and mentally. Now that everyone is again healthy, the team needs to refocus and set their sights on the stretch drive into the playoffs. TWINS RETURN FROM MIA STATUSIn recent outings, the Sedins have not been their normal, dangerous selves, often relatively invisible. In addition, the Canuck power play has been struggling, due at least partially to the Sedins’ lack of production. Tonight, they appeared to be much more “Sedin-like” – they were toying with Edmonton on many shifts, including the one that resulted in the first Canuck goal. Sami Salo returned to the lineup for the Canucks after missing the last seven game with a concussion. He wasn’t that noticeable, however, you did notice the lack of problems with the Canucks’ D as Ballard and Rome could play third-pairing minutes. Luongo made a couple of very good saves in the shootout. He also made a great save in overtime on Gagner. He wasn’t called upon to make a ton of phenomenal saves tonight, but he played well at the end of the game. He could not be blamed for either Edmonton goal.Broadcast Observation of the Day: In general, I prefer the Sportsnet games to our other options. That said, I’m not the biggest fan of Shorthouse. Instead of calling the game, he often attempts to get Garrett involved in conversations about silly things like food, or jokingly makes fun of him and his NHL career. It’s all in good fun, but for the TV viewer, it’s not that funny nor interesting. I’d much rather have some proper analysis done of the game.Two nice touches tonight: in his first intermission interview, Hamhuis told the residents of Burns Lake that the team’s thoughts were with them as they deal with the devastating fire in that small community’s lifeblood, its sawmill. Hamhuis was raised in nearby Smithers. Also, GM Mike Gillis was with Dan Murphy in both intermissions, and the first segment was dedicated to the Canucks’ support of the re-launch of mental illness website, www.mindcheck.ca. The site is dedicated to awareness of mental health issues and is meant to provide resources for youth and young adults in need. The Canucks are behind this initiative primarily in memory of and tribute to Rick Rypien.Looking ahead: The Canucks will take six days off before returning next Tuesday night to play the Chicago Blackhawks. Stay tuned to www.fightingforstanley.ca for mid-season reviews of all the Canadian-based NHL teams over the All-Star break, including an analysis of the Canucks, their season to date, their prospects in the playoffs, and what their trade deadline needs, if any, are. read more