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Still Kings of the castle

MEDICINE HAT —The Red Deer College Kings (14-3) maintained their hold on first place in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s basketball with an 84-68 win over host Medicine Hat College Rattlers (12-5) on Friday.

The Rattlers led 38-29 at half, but the Kings outscored the Rattlers 55-30 over the final two quarters for the win. READ

Rebels come up empty

In artistic terms, the Red Deer Rebels’ performance Friday night at the Centrium did not qualify as a Rembrandt. In fact, it barely represented a paint-by-numbers effort. READ

Chiefs holding out hope for playoffs

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs missed out on an opportunity to move back into playoff position on Friday night. READ

Queens get monkey off back with win

The Red Deer College Queens simultaneously slew their biggest dragon of the season and further cemented a playoff spot on Thursday night. For most teams beating the last place MacEwan University Griffins (5-10-2) is not a huge deal, but RDC (8-5-4) had lost five of six Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s hockey contests to the Edmonton school this season. The Griffins have five wins all year. READ

Polei’s presence will be missed

Large and looming, Red Deer Rebels forward Evan Polei is an intimidating force whose presence will be missed over what could be the remainder of the WHL regular season. The 18-year-old power forward/enforcer was the recipiient of an awkward hit during last Saturday’s 5-3 home-ice win over the Vancouver Giants and will be out of commission for six to eight weeks with a ‘lower body injury’. READ

Dubnyk douses Flames

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk hasn’t changed a thing since being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes. What has changed is he’s playing in meaningful hockey games. READ

Fraser finds net to help Oilers ring up win against Sabres

The fourth line answered the bell for the Edmonton Oilers in a showdown of the league’s two worst clubs on Thursday. Anton Lander and Matt Fraser each had a goal and two assists as the Oilers beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. READ

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

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