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Rebels fall in Game 1 to Tigers

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MEDICINE HAT – If the Red Deer Rebels’ second period had been as good as their first and third, they might have pulled out a WHL playoff victory Saturday night. READ

Rebels need to contain speedy Tigers

The Medicine Hat Tigers haven’t wavered from their approach to building their teams over the years, preferring to place size on the blueline while employing a small and speedy group of forwards. READ

Rebels rookies looking forward to first playoffs

Rylan Toth came into his rookie campaign just hoping to get a chance to prove himself in the Red Deer Rebels net. Now, with the start of the WHL playoffs, he has a chance to establish himself as a star 13 months out of hosting the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup. READ

Rebels defence has seen a changing of the guard

It didn’t happen overnight; it just seemed that way. The Red Deer Rebels blueline was a mess during the 2013-14 WHL season, to the extent that GM/head coach Brent Sutter realized that a drastic make-over was necessary. With just two returning rearguards — confirmed keepers Haydn Fleury and Kayle Doetzel — on this season’s squad, the Rebels, arguably, boast one of the better back ends in the league. READ

Flames fighting for playoff lives

Battling for their playoff lives, the Calgary Flames begin a stretch of five straight road games on Friday when they face the Minnesota Wild. The Flames, who completed their recent five-game homestand with a 2-1-2 record, will also face the Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers during their final extended road trip of the regular season. READ

Canada going for gold on home ice at men's curling worlds

John Morris, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen are all former world men’s curling champions. They’re hoping to get their skip his first world title at this year’s tournament in Halifax. Pat Simmons will guide the host Canadian side at the competition, which begins Saturday at the Scotiabank Centre. He took over skipping duties from Morris after the team struggled in the early going at the recent Brier. READ

Duhamel and Radford win pairs gold at figure skating world championships

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford have their perfect season. The pair held off two Chinese teams in the free skate to capture gold in the pairs event on Thursday at the world figure skating championships. READ

Special teams key to Rebels playoff success

Special teams are crucial in the hockey world’s post-season, their importance magnified by the do-or-die urgency of the games. The Red Deer Rebels are looking good in that department as they enter a WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the Medicine Hat Tigers. READ

Basketball season wraps up with Senior Bowl

At some point basketball has to return to being something fun and it’s players do just because they enjoy it, not because they’re chasing scholarships or division and provincial titles. Wednesday night was just that for the outgoing 3A and 4A Central Alberta high school senior girls classes at Red Deer College, as Team Light beat Team Dark 61-41 to win CASAA Senior Bowl. READ

Red Deer’s Ryan going for flyweight belt

Malcolm Gordon will defend his Havoc flyweight belt against Austin Ryan on Friday at the Prairie Pavilion. Originally a co-main event, it has become the lone headlining fight on the 12-fight card after Ryan Machan’s bout with UFC veteran Cody McKenzie fell through. READ

Roy scores winner as Oilers hold off Avalanche

The Edmonton Oilers made Wednesday’s victory a lot harder than it had to be. Derek Roy scored the winner as the Oilers dealt the Colorado Avalanche’s faint playoff hopes another blow, hanging on for a 4-3 victory after almost blowing an early 3-0 lead. READ

Flames fall to Stars in shootout

Tyler Seguin had the deciding goal in the shootout and Ales Hemsky scored twice in regulation as the streaking Dallas Stars edged the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Wednesday for their seventh win in eight games. Seguin’s shot past Karri Ramo was the only one to go into the net in the shootout. Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was perfect against Joe Colborne, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. READ

Defending WHL and Memorial Cup champs hope to become Cinderella team

The Edmonton Oil Kings will have history on their side in this year’s Western Hockey League playoffs — but not much else. The defending WHL and Memorial Cup champions hope to become a Cinderella team after taking a steep fall in the standings. Although the Oil Kings have won two league titles and a Canadian crown in the past three years, they will be hard pressed to knock off the powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings in their first-round Eastern Conference series. READ

Musil to miss start of playoffs

Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter got the lowdown on Adam Musil’s lower body injury Tuesday. The good news? The second-year forward isn’t necessarily done for the season. The bad news? He won’t be available for the Rebels’ first-round playoff series, a best-of-seven WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final starting Saturday versus the host Medicine Hat Tigers. READ

Chiefs look to be first host team to win Esso Cup

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs have spent the season building towards the Esso Cup. On Tuesday, the trophy for the midget AAA girls hockey national championship was unveiled at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. READ

Rebels’ roster changes ahead of playoffs

Brent Sutter was still waiting Monday afternoon for an update regarding an ankle injury suffered by Red Deer Rebels second-year forward Adam Musil Saturday night at the Centrium. Musil, who had to be helped off the ice and didn’t return for the remainder of the 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings, underwent an MRI Monday, but the extent of the injury was still not know to Sutter. READ

Big payday for Big Valley cowboy

The small town of Big Valley was big news in Houston, Texas this weekend. That’s because a young rodeo competitor from the cowboy community went from being a last minute fill-in all the way to the championship of the rich RodeoHouston event. Zeke Thurston laid claim to $53,650, a saddle, and a buckle for winning the saddle bronc riding in Houston, the same title his father Skeeter had also won. READ

Bouma’s net presence pays off for Flames

Lance Bouma’s willingness to get to the front of the net paid off for the Calgary Flames on Monday. Bouma scored the winner at 8:40 of the third period when he tipped a T.J. Brodie point shot past Semyon Varlamov as Calgary edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. READ

Jets soar past Oilers to keep pace on playoff hunt

The Winnipeg Jets are keeping pace in the wild-card race. Lee Stempniak scored the winner and goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 33 stops as the Jets continued their work to solidify a playoff position with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. READ

Rebels lose rematch with Oil Kings

This was not the manner in which the Red Deer Rebels wanted to enter the Western Hockey League playoffs. Just 24 hours after laying a 6-2 beating on the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place, the Rebels fell 3-2 in a rematch Saturday before 6,439 fans at the Enmax Centrium, the final regular-season game for both teams. READ

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