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Queens edged by Trojans

Just put the puck in the net.

It’s a simple concept, but one the Red Deer College Queens (0-3-0-0) have struggled with so far in this Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s hockey season. READ

New coach, new approach for Buccaneers

The Central Alberta Buccaneers have a new head coach and a new ambitious approach to the Alberta Football League. Duane Brown stepped down following his fifth season patrolling the sidelines and has been replaced by defensive coordinator and former player Devon Hand. READ

Valentine making most of opportunities

His time in the Red Deer minor hockey system was brief, but profitable. Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Dallas Valentine, whose family farm is located between Pine Lake and Lousana, played one season of bantam AAA hockey in Camrose before sticking closer to home and suiting up with the minor midget AAA (elite 15-year-old) Red Deer IROC Chiefs in the 2011-12 season. READ

Cougars take down Rams in league consolation final

There was next to nothing on the line, but nonetheless the Notre Dame Cougars put their best foot forward Thursday at Great Chief Park. “Like I told the kids before the game, ‘this game doesn’t really mean anything in the standings, but we want to move forward for next week’, and I think we did,” said Cougars head coach Gino Castellan, following his team’s 38-14 mauling of the Lacombe Rams in the Central Alberta High School Football League City Division consolation final. READ

Gaudreau builds his case to stay with Flames

Johnny Gaudreau was still living in a Calgary hotel seven weeks after reporting to Flames training camp. The hotel room represents both sides of a coin for Gaudreau. The Flames haven’t yet committed to keeping the 21-year-old in the lineup, but they’ve liked Gaudreau’s play enough to keep him in the NHL for now. READ

Something to prove after a long road from recovery

William Beard-Camp has spent his entire life trying to prove himself to others. Now making a comeback with the Red Deer College Kings basketball team, he’s starting back at square one. The six-foot-two shooting guard transferred to Medicine Hat College in 2012 and got off to a terrific start, scoring at a 18.1 points per game rate while shooting 53.1 per cent from the three-point line and was a team captain. READ

Predators snap Oilers win streak

Being in the Western Conference doesn’t make life easy for the Edmonton Oilers. Craig Smith had a pair of goals as the Nashville Predators bounced back from their first regulation loss of the season, defeating the Oilers 4-1 on Wednesday. READ

Bumgarner, Giants hold off Royals for third World Series win in five years

A giant, indeed. Madison Bumgarner punctuated one of the finest World Series performances in baseball history by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night. READ

Rebels take down Tigers

Suddenly, home cooking is tasting awfully good to the Red Deer Rebels. The Rebels, who struggled on home ice last season and early this fall, posted their third straight Western Hockey League victory at the Enmax Centrium Tuesday night, 5-3 over the Medicine Hat Tigers — tied with Brandon for first place in the Eastern Conference — in front of 3,893 fans. READ

Flames snuffed out by Canadiens in a shootout

Carey Price had full confidence that P.A. Parenteau would score the winner in the shootout. Parenteau did just that as he snapped a shot past Jonas Hiller to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 shootout win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. “He told me he was going to take care of business,’’ said Price, who made 37 saves through regulation and overtime before stopping shootout attempts by Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. “He said, ‘I got this,’ so I put my full trust in him and was halfway to the blue-line before he shot. He’s got a great release. He really came up big for us there.’’ READ

Red Deer’s Smith selected for Swimming Canada’s coaches program

Mandi Smith of Red Deer is one of five coaches named to Swimming Canada’s inaugural Select Coaches Group program aimed at developing the country’s next generation of elite coaches. READ

Royals rout Giants to force a final game in World Series

The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night. As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 — just like the one 29 years ago when the Kansas City Royals won their only title. READ

Surging Oilers get ready for West rivals

These are heady times for Taylor Hall and the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers (4-4-1) have won four straight games against Eastern Conference teams. But now comes an all too familiar challenge for Edmonton: trying to match up against their Western rivals. READ

Strand standing tall for Rebels

His birth certificate told Austin Strand that his dreams of one day playing for pay would possibly evaporate if he wasn’t in the Western Hockey League this season. The 17-year-old defenceman showed up at the Red Deer Rebels training camp in August coming off an industrious summer of training and determined to earn full time employment with the team that selected him in the third round of the 2012 bantam draft. READ

Oilers extend win streak to four games with win over Habs

The Edmonton Oilers may have stumbled out of the gate to start the season, but they seem to have hit their stride now. Ben Scrivens made 29 saves and Benoit Pouliot had a goal and an assist as the Oilers continued to turn their season around with a 3-0 victory over the league-leading Montreal Canadiens on Monday. READ

Hockey Canada marks 100 years of hockey stewardship

While Canada has grown as a country over the last century, so to has it evolved as a hockey nation. Hockey Canada is marking 100 years of overseeing the sport domestically and producing teams for the world stage. Just a few weeks after Canada entered the First World War, a group of hockey executives met in Ottawa on Dec. 14, 1914, to establish the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. READ

Queens’ season ended with a battle

It’s tough to question the effort of the Red Deer College Queens after they hobbled off the field at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championships on Friday, their season over. They battled for 120 minutes to a scoreless draw with the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves before losing 8-7 in penalty kicks. READ

Rebels rewarded for strong team play

All hands were on deck for a second consecutive night as the Red Deer Rebels rolled to a 5-1 Western Hockey League win over the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday. Coming off a complete-team effort in Friday’s 6-3 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars, the Rebels turned in a similar performance against the Warriors before a recorded gathering of 4,491 at the Enmax Centrium. READ

Good goaltending leads to offensive onslaught for RDC Kings

Generally in a blowout goaltending is not a major story line for the winning team. But on Saturday, Mike Salmon was critical to the Red Deer College Kings 7-2 win over the Keyano Huskies at the Penhold Regional Multiplex in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s hockey. READ

Young Raiders looking to repeat as provincial volleyball champions

There’s a reason the cliche about the difficulty in repeating as a champion exists and at the high school level it only becomes tougher. It is the feat the Lindsay Thurber Raiders senior boy’s volleyball team is trying to accomplish this year after capturing last year’s provincial banner. READ

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