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Chiefs blank Thunder at Esso Cup

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs manoeuvred through the choppy waters early and after scoring a late first-period goal it was all downstream from there, thanks to a vintage performance from netminder Sarah Murray.

“We weathered the storm in the first period and after that we got our feet under ourselves and sort of gained a bit more control. The third period was very evident of that, we didn’t give them very much,” said Chiefs head coach Tom Bast, following his host club’s second consecutive Esso Cup win Monday night at the Arena, 2-0 over the Pacific (Alberta/B.C.) champion Edmonton Thunder. READ

Ferland’s life, hockey career flourishing in NHL playoffs

Behind the emergence of Calgary Flames winger Michael Ferland in these NHL playoffs is the story of a young man unburdening and healing himself. Ferland announced on Twitter and also to reporters March 27 that he was marking a year of sobriety. Two days later, he scored his first NHL goal and a game-winner in Nashville. READ

Red Deer opens with a win

The host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs shrugged off a mild case of jitters with a second-period explosion and downed the Moncton Rockets 4-1 in their opening game of the Esso Cup tournament Sunday at the Arena. READ

Prairie Fire primed to make a playoff run

The Prairie Fire Football Club is not letting a loss to powerhouse Calgary Hilltoppers derail their Calgary and Area Midget Football Association playoff dreams. Their 17-10 defeat at ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe on Friday halted their two game winning streak, but the coaching staff is hoping to use the game as a spring board for the Central Alberta based team. READ

Bentley Generals can’t get by Prairie Thunder in Allan Cup final

The Bentley Generals couldn’t solve netminder Steve Christie and the defensive system of the Southeast Prairie Thunder in Saturday’s Allan Cup tournament final. The Steinbach, Man., based Prairie Thunder executed their trap to perfection en route to a 2-0 victory over the Generals. READ

Flames catch fire against Canucks

Sam Bennett scored his first NHL goal in the Calgary Flames’ 4-2 playoff win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Defenceman T.J. Brodie contributed a goal and an assist, with Brandon Bollig and Sean Monahan also scoring goals as Calgary took a 2-1 lead in Western Conference quarter-final series. READ

Oilers jump to top of pack, win draft lottery

Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish gripped his iPad in his hands with his palms sweating as deputy commissioner Bill Daly opened 11 envelopes without finding a winner for the NHL draft lottery. When Daly pulled out the gold card with the oil drop logo on it, MacTavish knew picking first was a “game-changer” for the franchise. The Oilers now have the opportunity to select Connor McDavid at the draft this June. READ

Esso Cup great for girls’ game, say organizers

Fourteen months of work is about show its face for Todd Thiessen. READ

Canucks snuff Flames to even series

Daniel Sedin and Chris Higgins snapped long playoff goal droughts and Eddie Lack made 22 saves to pick up the first post-season victory of his career Friday as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Calgary Flames 4-1 to even their Western Conference quarter-final at a game apiece. READ

Bentley Generals advance to Allan Cup final

The Bentley Generals had their sights set on today’s Allan Cup final and they weren’t going to be denied their berth in the national senior AAA hockey championship contest. READ

Tigers might have played final game in storied Medicine Hat Arena

The antiquated Medicine Hat Arena has been the scene of countless memorable Western Hockey League contests since the doors opened way back in 1970. And now the Tigers, the Arena’s major tenants since Day 1, may have played their final game in the old barn with the team scheduled to move into the brand spanking new Regional Event Centre this fall. READ

Rookie forward Sam Bennett makes early mark for Flames

Earlier this season while rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder, Sam Bennett wouldn’t leave Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley alone. “Probably the biggest pain I have coached,” Hartley said with a smile Thursday. READ

Prairie Fire finding second half success in early part of season

The Prairie Fire Football Club is three games into their Calgary and Area Midget Football Association season and are already proving to be one of the most resilient teams in the league. After dropping their first game 31-14 to the Calgary Cowboys, they have rallied in the second half to win both of their next two games — 30-9 over the Calgary Mavericks and 22-16 over the Calgary Broncos last weekend. READ

Generals head to semifinals with another Allan Cup win

The Bentley Generals exploded for three early third-period goals Wednesday and punched their ticket to the Allan Cup semifinals with a 4-1 victory over the Lameque Au Ptit Mousse of New Brunswick. With the score knotted at 1-1 after two periods, Kyle Sheen gave the Generals their first lead of the evening just 1:33 into the final frame. READ

Flames’ late goal burns Canucks

Kris Russell scored with 29.6 seconds left in regulation Wednesday as the Calgary Flames stormed back to beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarter-final. The defenceman’s shot from the point found its way through traffic after a dominant shift by the Flames that had the Canucks hemmed in deep. READ

Sutter Fund Chiefs looking to make history

They’ve watched the boys bring national championship banners to Red Deer, but now the Sutter Fund Chiefs are out to one-up them, to actually win the tournament on home ice. The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs fell 3-2 in overtime to the Prince Albert Mintos in major midget boys national championship in 2007. READ

Generals open Allan Cup with win over host Clarenville

The Bentley Generals haven’t trailed too often during the 2014-15 hockey season, especially late. So when the host Clarenville Caribous got a go-ahead goal from hometown product Dustin Russell at 6:06 of the third period in Allan Cup tournament play Tuesday, the Generals were in — for the most part — unfamiliar territory. READ

Flames follow master motivator Bob Hartley into NHL playoffs

The Calgary Flames bought into what coach Bob Hartley was selling this season, no matter how much it hurt. The Flames led the NHL in blocked shots this season, putting limbs and sticks in front of an average of 19 shots per game. That’s a significant number of pucks their goaltenders didn’t face. That’s also a lot of bruises. READ

Six teams set for Esso Cup, Bast keeping team focused on own game

The six teams for the Esso Cup are finally set with the Sudbury Lady Wolves’ 4-1 win over the Saugeen-Maitland Lightning on Sunday. The female midget AAA hockey national championship starts on Sunday at the Red Deer Arena and will feature the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs as hosts, the Edmonton Thunder out of the Pacific region, the Saskatoon Stars out of Saskatchewan, the Central Plains Capitals out of Manitoba, the Moncton Rockets out of the Atlantic, and the Wolves out of Ontario. READ

Flames shift playoff pressure to first-round opponent, the Vancouver Canucks

The Calgary Flames are deep in moxie, but not in playoff experience heading into their first-round NHL playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks. Fourteen Canucks have played more than 20 post-season games in their respective careers heading into Wednesday’s Game 1 in Vancouver. READ

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