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Rebels get needed win over Broncos

SWIFT CURRENT — The Red Deer Rebels broke from recent tragic tradition Wednesday night while en route to a one-sided Western Hockey League win over the Swift Current Broncos.

The Rebels, who were in the bad habit of connecting on a mere sample of their scoring opportunities, scored a half dozen times on 30 shots while posting a 6-2 victory in front of 2,132 fans at the Credit Union i-plex. READ

RDC Kings have tough road to repeat as ACAC basketball champs

Red Deer College Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger is doing his best to down play the target on his teams back heading into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s basketball championships in Fort McMurray. The Kings are the top seed in the South and head to Keyano College as the two-time provincial champion and reigning national champ. READ

Northern Ontario clinches playoff berth

Brad Jacobs was excited about the arrival of his wife Shawna and infant daughter Camille in Calgary on Wednesday. Clinching a berth very early in the premiere playoff game at the Tim Hortons Brier? That too, when he found out. “Thanks for letting me know,” the Northern Ontario skip said. “That’s a beauty. We’ll take it.” READ

Big weekend for pair of Big Valley cowboys

They’ll be celebrating in the cowboy community of Big Valley, after two of their residents were among the Canadian contingent to have a big weekend on the rodeo trail. Zeke Thurston is on his rookie campaign in the pro ranks, but he’s been matching moves with the veterans and taking their cash. In his first appearance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, the 20-year-old won a round with an 83 point ride on a Calgary Stampede horse called Whitney. READ

Rebels romped by Tigers

The Red Deer Rebels have discovered over the last few weeks that scoring goals has been more difficult than pulling teeth. Hippopotamus teeth. The Rebels came up empty Tuesday night despite creating some glaring offensive opportunities. The end result was a 4-0 Western Hockey League loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers, who got a 24-save shutout performance from Marek Langhamer. READ

Gaudreau shines in homecoming as Flames down Flyers in OT

Johnny Gaudreau used to cheer from the Philly seats as loud as any kid could for his hometown Flyers. Gaudreau left the Flyers’ home ice smiling again — a happy homecoming, only in a Calgary sweater. Jiri Hudler scored 1:23 into overtime to lift the scuffling Flames to a 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The win marked a successful return to the area for Gaudreau, the 21-year-old rookie and New Jersey native who had hundreds of fans in attendance. Gaudreau assisted on the winning goal, helping the Flames rebound after blowing a 2-0 lead. READ

Canada downs Koe to claim Brier’s Battle of Alberta

John Morris shook up his team midway through the Canadian men’s curling championship by demoting himself to third and handing the house to Pat Simmons to skip. Tuesday’s switch produced the first back-to-back wins of the tournament for Team Canada, including a 6-3 victory over Kevin Koe in the anticipated Battle of Alberta. At 4-3, the first team to wear the Maple Leaf at the Brier gained some breathing room. READ

Kopitar leads Kings to win over Oilers

The Los Angeles Kings hope that Tuesday was the start of a reversal of fortune. Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis each had a goal and two assists as the Kings got a shot in the arm in their battle for a playoff position, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. READ

Quarterback Mitchell signs contract extension with Calgary Stampeders

He grew up dreaming of playing in the NFL, but three years with the Stampeders have convinced Bo Levi Mitchell that Calgary is where he wants to be. Mitchell celebrated his 25th birthday Tuesday by signing a contract extension that will keep him with the Stampeders through the 2018 season. Mitchell will be 29 before he’s able to take a shot south of the border but the six-foot-two, 210-pound Texan has no burning desire to leave Calgary. READ

Injured captain Giordano believes Flames can make playoffs without him

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano isn’t giving up hope his team can make the NHL playoffs without him. With the bill of his red ball cap pulled down over his eyes, Giordano spoke with local media Tuesday about the season-ending surgery he’ll undergo Wednesday to repair a torn left biceps tendon. READ

Stakes raised for Brier’s Battle of Alberta after slow starts by Morris, Koe

CALGARY — The Brier’s Battle of Alberta has taken on a different tone from it’s pre-tournament hype. Eight Albertan curlers who have history with each other and two teams skipped by Calgarians at a Brier in their hometown had already set Tuesday evening up as the marquee draw of the round robin. The curling accomplishments of John Morris, Kevin Koe and their teammates put them among the pre-tournament favourites at the Canadian men’s curling championship. READ

Queens recruit Danish point guard

The Red Deer College Queens basketball have got an early start on their recruiting for next season, and they are going to need every minute of it. READ

Busy deadline day short on big name players

NHL general managers usually like their teams by this point in the season. Some love their teams. This trade deadline wasn’t made for that line of thinking. With no clear-cut Stanley Cup front-runner and a wide-open playoff picture, every team in the post-season race made at least one significant move within the past week. READ

Sittler stones Rebels in homecoming

Pressure? What pressure? Jayden Sittler clearly gets a kick out of stopping pucks in his hometown, whether it be with the Kootenay Ice or, as is the current case, the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 18-year-old Red Deer product beat the Rebels early last season after being recalled by the Ice as an emergency replacement, and on Saturday posted his second consecutive WHL win over Red Deer as a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Sittler ran his Centrium all-time record to 3-0, making 30 regulation-time saves in a 3-2 shootout triumph before a recorded crowd of 5,887. READ

Queens cap second straight ACAC title

Midway through the first set of the Alberta Colleges Women’s Volleyball League championship final against the Grande Prairie College Wolves it would have been easy for the RDC Queens to shrug their shoulders and start looking toward the rest of the match. But they aren’t built that way. READ

Queens down Trojans to advance to ACAC women’s hockey finals

The Red Deer College Queens punched their ticket to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s hockey championship with a sweep over the SAIT Trojans. They beat the Trojans 2-0 on Saturday at SAIT Arena to take the best-of-three semifinal in two games. READ

Seller’s market for NHL trade deadline

General managers, count your draft picks. In this trade market, they’re valuable currency. In the days leading up to Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, draft picks have been moving at a fast and furious pace. It’s a seller’s market and much more selling could be coming before the clock runs out. READ

Kings have to settle for silver

Tim Finnigan has never looked so uncomfortable. The Red Deer College Kings all-Canadian power looked as if he was having his toe-nails extracted one-by-one with each gold medal that was put around a University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings neck. READ

Brisbane named ACAC men’s volleyball player of the year

With two volleyball teams that spent the year at the top of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association standings, the post-season awards have already started to trickle in. Kings setter Luke Brisbane was named men’s player of the year as well as to the South All-Conference team where he was joined by outside hitter Tim Finnigan and libero Patrick MacInyre. READ

RDC sweep Clippers in final games of regular season

In a perfect world the RDC Kings would have finished their Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League regular season in a battle against one of the other top teams in the South Division. But that’s not the way it was set up. Instead the Kings final two games were against the last-place Briercrest Bible College Clippers. READ

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