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Goaltending tandem rounding into top form for Queens

If goaltending is the back bone of a hockey team, then the RDC Queens appear to now be in good hands.

After a rough start to the season, the tandem of Moriah Andrews and Summer Roberts have rounded into one of the top duos in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Women’s hockey. READ

Rockets edge Rebels in shootout

The Red Deer Rebels earned a point against the Western Hockey League’s top team Tuesday night at the Enmax Centrium, but GM/head coach Brent Sutter felt his team could have had two with a 60- to 65-minute effort. “We found a way to get a point, but I don’t think we’re overly pleased with the way we played, though,” said Sutter, following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Kelowna Rockets in front of a recorded gathering of 5,180. READ

Wranglers rally to down Vipers in OT

The Blackfalds Wranglers clinched the top seed for the Heritage Junior B Hockey League playoffs on Tuesday, but they are not finding the games any easier to play. The Red Deer Vipers (14-16-2) came within a whisker of handing the Wranglers (32-1-2) their second regulation loss of the season before Blackfalds pulled out a 4-3 overtime victory on home ice. READ

Gaudreau leads Flames past Sabres

Forty-eight hours after playing in his first all-star game, Johnny Gaudreau was back in Calgary and making the type of impact that earned the Flames rookie an invite to the NHL’s gala weekend. Gaudreau scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season on Tuesday as the Flames rallied in the third period to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1. READ

Coyle’s late goal lifts Wild past Oilers

A trip to Edmonton usually seems to be able to break the Minnesota Wild out of a funk. Charlie Coyle’s goal late in the third period stood up as the winner as the Wild snapped a two-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, their ninth win in their last 10 visits to Edmonton. READ

Rebels looking to prove they are a contender

The Red Deer Rebels have been rocketing up the Western Hockey League charts in recent weeks. The Kelowna Rockets have been near or at the top of the league all season, thus setting up a genuine measuring-gauge game for the Rebels tonight at the Centrium. READ

Bouchard falls short of Aussie Open semis

A bad start led to the end of Eugenie Bouchard’s run at the Australian Open. Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., was eliminated from the Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday after a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Russia’s Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals. It was especially disappointing for Bouchard, who hoped to better her semifinal loss a year ago at Melbourne Park. READ

Rebels shake off rust from layoff

A lengthy layoff wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the Red Deer Rebels. The Rebels, back in action for the first time in a week, weren’t at their sharpest Saturday despite posting a 5-3 Western Hockey League win over the Vancouver Giants in front of a recorded gathering of 6,124 at the Centrium. READ

Sweeting secures another provincial championship

After the awards presentation was completed and the final photos taken, Val Sweeting talked about her curling season to date. And what a season. Not only is Sweeting’s Edmonton rink second on the World Curling Tour money list with earnings of $69,950, but more importantly, is the Alberta women’s champion for the second year in succession. READ

NHL all-star game gives fans goals at record pace

By the time players finished scoring a record 29 goals at the NHL all-star game, they agreed that there was one loud, ear-piercing negative: the cannon at Nationwide Arena. “I hate the cannon,” Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo added that the cannon wasn’t his favourite part of the weekend either. READ

Kings can’t find a way past top ranked Ooks

The NAIT Ooks showed the Red Deer College Kings just how far they have to go to be among the elite in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s hockey on Saturday. Despite playing one of their best periods of the season, the Kings were outclassed by the Ooks in a 5-3 loss at the Penhold Regional Multiplex. READ

Sutter Fund Chiefs break losing streak

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs broke out of their New Year doldrums in a big way on Sunday. The Chiefs hammered the Spruce Grove Saints 6-2 in Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League action at the Collicutt Centre, snapping a three-game losing skid in which they were shut out twice. “We just have to keep doing what we’re doing with repetition and hard work,” said Chiefs head coach Tom Bast. READ

Queens fall to Lions while Kings keep rolling

The Red Deer College Queens looked like anything but the top-ranked women’s volleyball team heading into their final game before their bye, The Queens (16-2; 51-10) fell 3-2 (16-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 15-8) to the expansion Ambrose University College Lions (2-16; 10-51) on Saturday in Calgary in the biggest upset in the nation this season. The defending Canadian Colleges Athletic Association champions struggled with consistency and allowed the previously one-win Lions to rattle them. READ

Doetzel growing with Rebels

Perhaps it just goes hand-in-hand that Kayle Doetzel is enjoying his finest season as a Red Deer Rebel at a time when the team looks like a potential Western Hockey League championship contender. The 19-year-old has been a mainstay on the Rebels blueline this winter, a non-wandering, physical force with the necessary size (six-foot-three, 198 pounds) to punish opposing forwards. READ

RDC makes quick work of Ambrose

The Red Deer College Kings showed a good defence can be just as effective as a good offence in their 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-11) win over the Ambrose University Lions on Friday at RDC. While the No. 3 ranked men’s volleyball team in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association showed plenty of power, their play at the net was most impressive, putting up 14 blocks. By comparison, the Lions had five blocks. READ

Nedohin’s rink joins page playoff with win over Chelsea Carey at Alberta Scotties

Heather Nedohin’s foursome defeated Chelsea Carey’s rink 6-3 Friday evening in an all-Edmonton B-event qualifier of the Alberta Scotties women’s curling championship. Nedohin will join A-event qualifier and defending provincial champion Val Sweeting of Edmonton in the Page playoffs set for today at 6:30 p.m. READ

Kessel-Seguin trade, Ovechkin at centre of laugh fest at all-star draft

Hockey players became stand-up comedians for a night as the NHL all-star draft turned into an entertainment program that could be better television than the skills competition or the game. Captain Jonathan Toews cracked that he picked Phil Kessel because he’s “one of the most coachable players out there,” then traded him for Tyler Seguin because, well, why not. Superstar Alex Ovechkin of the $10 million salary stole the show by spending the night lobbying for a $20,000 car. READ

NHL all-star weekend missing some stars

One thing Tyler Seguin was looking forward to at the NHL’s all-star weekend was meeting Sidney Crosby. In five seasons in the league, the Dallas Stars centre has never had a conversation with the Pittsburgh Penguins captain. That won’t happen after Crosby withdrew from the event with a lower-body injury. READ

‘I couldn’t have asked for better team’

With the exception of Kristine Anderson, it’s reunion week for the members of Jocelyn Peterman’s 2012 Canadian junior women’s curling championship rink. Anderson is not curling this winter due to employment commitments, but the other three players — including the skip — from the junior powerhouse are competing in the Alberta Scotties women’s championship at the Lacombe Arena, albeit with three different teams. READ

Quinn emerging star for Queens volleyball

To play the libero position in volleyball is to play in the shadows, both figuratively and literally. They are the stay-at-home defencemen of the sport, generally only noticed when something goes wrong, but are nonetheless essential to their team’s success. READ

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