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Rebels look to dig out of hole

The Red Deer Rebels are in a hole, but it’s hardly an abyss from which they can not escape.

The Rebels played the Medicine Hat Tigers pretty much even up in the first two games of a WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final during the weekend, but dropped a pair of one-goal decisions to their hosts. READ

Flames burn Stars to grow playoff lead

Jiri Hudler is having the best season of his 10-year career, and the Calgary Flames forward is savvy enough to know that it doesn’t hurt to be a little lucky. Hudler deflected in a second-period shot to start Calgary’s three-goal flurry in a span of 6:49 that helped the Flames beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Monday night. READ

Canada crushes Czechs and tops Russians to stay unbeaten

With three days of round-robin competition complete, the Canadian side skipped by Pat Simmons is showing it’s the team to beat at the Ford world men’s curling championship. Simmons picked up two more wins Monday to remain undefeated at the 12-team event. He whipped the Czech Republic 11-2 in the morning draw and improved to 5-0 with a 9-3 rout of Russia in the evening. READ

Bachman backstops Oilers to win over Avs

In the midst of a tough season, the Edmonton Oilers are finishing strong. The Colorado Avalanche? Well, they dropped a game they could ill afford to lose. Defenceman Justin Schultz broke a second-period tie and Richard Bachman stopped 29 shots, helping Edmonton snap a five-game road losing streak by beating Colorado 4-1 on Monday night. READ

Rebels come home down 0-2 to Tigers

How many overtime games are decided by an unusual goal? Most, it seems, and Trevor Cox’s extra-time winner Sunday at the old Arena was no exception. The diminutive forward worked out of the corner and wired a sharp-angle shot that deflected in off the pad of Red Deer Rebels netminder Rylan Toth at 10:05 of overtime to give the Medicine Hat Tigers a 1-0 win and a 2-0 lead in a WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final. READ

Flames take down Predators to move back into playoff position

The Calgary Flames needed a total team effort to beat the Nashville Predators and get back into playoff position in the Western Conference. Lance Bouma had two goals, and Michael Ferland, Kris Russell, and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory on Sunday. READ

Canada beats China and Sweden to move to 3-0 at men’s curling worlds

Pat Simmons has been in fine form since replacing John Morris as skip earlier this month. Simmons guided the Canadian team to victory at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary and has picked up where he left off at the Ford world men’s curling championship. The host rink opened with an impressive 11-10 victory over the U.S. on Saturday night and added two more victories Sunday to improve to 3-0. READ

Red Deer’s Ryan gets big win to claim Havoc flyweight belt

After five years of training and fighting, Austin Ryan hopes he has fast tracked his mixed martial arts career. The Red Deer native improved his professional record to 5-0 by winning the Havoc flyweight belt with a TKO over Malcolm Gordon (5-2) on Friday night at Havoc FC8 at the Westerner Prairie Pavilion. READ

Indy Chiefs run ends in league final

The Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs were set up for a year of celebration, but ended up with heart ache. The Chiefs season came to a crashing end on Saturday as they lost 5-1 in Game 4 of the South Central Alberta Midget AA Hockey League final to the Wheatland Chiefs out of Strathmore at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Kings start reloading for next season

The Red Deer College Kings men’s hockey team has started the reloading process for next season. On Saturday head coach Trevor Keepeer announced the signing of Red Deer defenceman Kirk Johnson. The WHL veteran helps to fill a large void on the blue line with the Kings after they lost top defencemen Nick Bell and Joel Topping as well as converted forward Davis Claffey. READ

Queens volleyball team shore up roster for next year

The group of girls charged with defending the Red Deer College Queens two-year run atop the CCAA women’s volleyball world, will look little like the one that put it there. With nine players moving on from this year’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship, including five starters and the nationals MVP, head coach Talbot Walton has already found seven players that will attempt to fill those shoes. READ

Rebels fall in Game 1 to Tigers

If the Red Deer Rebels’ second period had been as good as their first and third, they might have pulled out a WHL playoff victory Saturday night. READ

Rebels need to contain speedy Tigers

The Medicine Hat Tigers haven’t wavered from their approach to building their teams over the years, preferring to place size on the blueline while employing a small and speedy group of forwards. READ

Rebels rookies looking forward to first playoffs

Rylan Toth came into his rookie campaign just hoping to get a chance to prove himself in the Red Deer Rebels net. Now, with the start of the WHL playoffs, he has a chance to establish himself as a star 13 months out of hosting the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup. READ

Rebels defence has seen a changing of the guard

It didn’t happen overnight; it just seemed that way. The Red Deer Rebels blueline was a mess during the 2013-14 WHL season, to the extent that GM/head coach Brent Sutter realized that a drastic make-over was necessary. With just two returning rearguards — confirmed keepers Haydn Fleury and Kayle Doetzel — on this season’s squad, the Rebels, arguably, boast one of the better back ends in the league. READ

Flames fighting for playoff lives

Battling for their playoff lives, the Calgary Flames begin a stretch of five straight road games on Friday when they face the Minnesota Wild. The Flames, who completed their recent five-game homestand with a 2-1-2 record, will also face the Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers during their final extended road trip of the regular season. READ

Canada going for gold on home ice at men's curling worlds

John Morris, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen are all former world men’s curling champions. They’re hoping to get their skip his first world title at this year’s tournament in Halifax. Pat Simmons will guide the host Canadian side at the competition, which begins Saturday at the Scotiabank Centre. He took over skipping duties from Morris after the team struggled in the early going at the recent Brier. READ

Duhamel and Radford win pairs gold at figure skating world championships

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford have their perfect season. The pair held off two Chinese teams in the free skate to capture gold in the pairs event on Thursday at the world figure skating championships. READ

Special teams key to Rebels playoff success

Special teams are crucial in the hockey world’s post-season, their importance magnified by the do-or-die urgency of the games. The Red Deer Rebels are looking good in that department as they enter a WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the Medicine Hat Tigers. READ

Basketball season wraps up with Senior Bowl

At some point basketball has to return to being something fun and it’s players do just because they enjoy it, not because they’re chasing scholarships or division and provincial titles. Wednesday night was just that for the outgoing 3A and 4A Central Alberta high school senior girls classes at Red Deer College, as Team Light beat Team Dark 61-41 to win CASAA Senior Bowl. READ

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