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Rebels bounce back for win over Ice

CRANBROOK — One night after laying an egg against the visiting Regina Pats, the Red Deer Rebels hatched an effective game plan Wednesday in a 5-2 Western Hockey League win over the Kootenay Ice.

“We played well, we did a really good job of executing how we want to play,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter. “We were really good on the forecheck and had a lot of good scoring chances. READ

Hurricanes blow by Oilers

The Carolina Hurricanes made their own luck Wednesday night and got plenty in return. Elias Lindholm scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, Cam Ward made 30 saves and Carolina beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. READ

Power play sputters in Rebels loss

The Red Deer Rebels’ power play blew a fuse Tuesday night at the Centrium. The Rebels were a mere one-for-seven with a man advantage, their only power-play goal — off the stick of Ivan Nikolishin — coming on a first-period five-on-three. As a result, the Regina Pats, who came into the contest with the worst penalty kill in the Western Hockey League, walked away with a 3-2 win in front of 4,608 fans. READ

Polei playing dual roles for Rebels

He’s a hard-nosed enforcer, but Red Deer Rebels winger Evan Polei also has a nose for the net. The six-foot-one, 220-pound Polei, one of the WHL’s premier scrappers, has taken his game to a new level this season. As a result, he has been an offensive force as well as an intimidating physical presence. READ

Oilers can’t solve stingy Holtby, lose to Capitals

Dmitry Orlov scored the only goal but the Washington Capitals credited Braden Holtby with their victory Monday night. Holtby made 33 saves, Orlov scored with 6:32 left in the third period and Washington edged the Edmonton Oilers 1-0. READ

Redblacks not familiar with Eskimos’ Reilly

Mike Reilly and the Edmonton Eskimos head into the Grey Cup on quite a roll. Edmonton chalked up its ninth straight win Sunday with a 45-31 victory over the Calgary Stampeders in the West Division final. That earned the Eskimos a berth in the CFL championship game against the Ottawa Redblacks, who beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35-28 in the East Division title game. READ

Eskimos defeat Stamps to win West Final

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly shredded the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL West Final Sunday, punching his team’s ticket to the Grey Cup for the first time in a decade. READ

Lightning suffer power outage in provincial semifinal

The Foothills Falcons soared while the Hunting Hills Lightning experienced a power outage. The visitors from Okotoks flew past the Lightning 45-0 before 340 fans at Great Chief Park Saturday. The provincial tier 2 high school football semifinal was close after one quarter, but was basically decided by halftime. READ

Redblacks punch ticket to Grey Cup

OTTAWA — Henry Burris and Greg Ellingson ended their former team’s Grey Cup aspirations and sent Ottawa to its first CFL championship appearance since 1981. READ

Kings fall to Vikings 3-1

PENHOLD – There’s little to choose between the RDC Kings and the University of Alberta, Augustana Vikings whether it’s in the Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League standings or on the ice. READ

Hufnagel finishes career on a loss

EDMONTON — John Hufnagel’s career as a head coach in the Canadian Football League didn’t have a story book ending. Hufnagel and the Calgary Stampeders were unable to defend their 2014 Grey Cup championship — losing 45-31 to the rival Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday. READ

Nikolishin dismantles Blades

Ivan Nikolishin figured the Red Deer Rebels owed ‘em one. READ

Pratt progressing nicely for Rebels

At six-foot-two and 212 pounds, he’s a man among fellow Western Hockey League rookies, but like his peers Austin Pratt is still adjusting to the major junior game. “It took a bit to get into the (pace of) the league,” the Red Deer Rebels right winger, who last season played midget hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., said Thursday. “The players are a lot bigger, faster and stronger and there’s a lot more hitting. READ

West holds off Griffins in Queens win

Jennifer West always had an idea she would like to play hockey for the Red Deer College Queens. It just took a little longer than the 20-year-old netminder anticipated. West left Red Deer in 2012 to play her final year of midget with the Pacific Steelers in Vancouver. Following that year she thought she would return to RDC, but received an offer to play with the University of Lethbridge. READ

Raiders, Cougars complete zones sweep

The Lindsay Thurber Raiders are peaking at the right time. Now they have one more peak to conquer. The Raiders downed the host Notre Dame Cougars 3-0 Thursday to complete a sweep of the best-of-three zone 4A senior girls volleyball final, in the process earning a berth to the provincials next week in Edmonton. READ

Tarzwell has all the tools to succeed in major junior

When Western Hockey League teams were putting together a check list of players they would be interested in drafting in the 2015 WHL’s Bantam Draft it should have been no surprise to see Josh Tarzwell’s name on it. The Red Deer native has all the ingredients to be a solid WHL performer with talent, size, skating ability and a great mental outlook toward the game. READ

Jays fans get wish as Donaldson named MVP

Josh Donaldson heard the MVP chants rain down on him from the Rogers Centre crowd for much of the 2015 season. While Toronto fans got their wish Thursday night as the Blue Jays third baseman was named the American League MVP, Donaldson said he never let the crowd noise effect his play. READ

European soccer stadiums on red alert as domestic leagues resume in wake of Paris attacks

Fear and trepidation, rather than excitement and thrills, may grip fans when Europe's domestic soccer leagues resume this weekend in the wake of deadly terror attacks in Paris. READ

Getting a feel for the next level

The experience of skating and practising with the Red Deer Rebels has been everything Carson Sass anticipated, and more. In addition, his scheduled one-week visit with the WHL team may be extended and turn into something more. READ

Cougars, Raiders roll to wins in opening games of zone finals

Call it a net result. The Notre Dame Cougars were superior at the mesh during Tuesday’s opening match of the best-of-three 4A zone senior high boys volleyball final versus the host Lindsay Thurber Raiders, and, predictably, emerged as 3-1 victors. READ

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