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Rebels hitting reset button

The Red Deer Rebels coaching staff put their charges to work this week, with the practice sessions focused not only on physical components but also the players’ mental makeup.

Certainly, there was much to work on with the Rebels having come out on the short end of their last five Western Hockey League outings and heading into a virtual must-win weekend. READ

Defence leads Lightning over Cougars

The Hunting Hills Lightning defence was electric on a cool Thursday evening at Great Chief Park. The Lightning defenders held the Notre Dame Cougars offence to 199 yards in total as Hunting Hills posted a 24-0 win in a Central Alberta High School Football League City Division semifinal played in front of 339 fans. The second semifinal, featuring the Lacombe Rams and favoured Lindsay Thurber Raiders, goes tonight at 7 p.m. at Great Chief. READ

Slow start stifles Queens in opener

It took the Red Deer College Queens 20 minutes to get going in their home opener, and once they did, they went blow for blow with the MacEwan University Griffins. The problem was the first 20 minutes put them in a hole they were unable to dig out of, as they lost 2-1 in the first game of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s hockey season at Red Deer Arena on Thursday night. READ

Monahan leads Flames to blow out win over Hurricanes

Sean Monahan burst onto the scene as a rookie with the Calgary Flames last season with six goals in his first eight games. Through eight games this season, Monahan had just two assists and no goals, despite the fact he was second on the team with 20 shots. READ

RDC basketball teams optimistic as they get ready to open season

RDC’s basketball teams could not have ended last season with more different statuses. The Kings finished as Canadian Colleges Athletic Association silver medallists and the Queens missed out on the post season altogether. READ

Oilers take down Capitals

The Edmonton Oilers are improving — but they’re still struggling with defensive lapses. Ben Scrivens made 32 stops as the Oilers won their second game in a row, handing the Capitals their first loss in regulation this season with a 3-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday. READ

Many sports represented in Hall of Fame’s new class

Figure skater Elizabeth Manley didn’t feel any pressure before competing at the 1988 Winter Games in her home country. She was just happy that a case of pneumonia didn’t derail her Olympic dream. READ

Royals down Giants to even World Series

Salvador Perez and the pesky Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants’ brilliant bullpen and even the World Series. Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and the Royals’ own cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check in a 7-2 victory Wednesday night that certainly spiced things up as the Series shifts to San Francisco for the next three games. READ

Sandhu excited for fresh start

As Tyler Sandhu was en route to Red Deer Tuesday after departing a flight from British Columbia, he gazed upon combined crop fields instead of the waters of Possession Sound that lap the shores of Everett, Wash. Now that’s truly a change of scenery, and precisely what the 18-year-old winger is hoping will help him rediscover the offensive touch that produced 19 goals as a Western Hockey League rookie two seasons ago. READ

Flames get zapped by Lightning in OT after late game rally

After a costly giveaway the night before that cost his team the game, Tampa Bay left-winger Ondrej Palat felt he owed his team. He didn’t wait long to make good on it. Palat scored the winning goal three minutes into overtime on Tuesday night as the Lightning salvaged a split of back-to-back games in Alberta with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. READ

Oilers upbeat after getting first win

The Edmonton Oilers returned to practice Tuesday minus the 300-pound gorilla on their backs. The Oilers won their first game of the season Monday, ending a spectacular face-plant out of the starting gate that had left a fragile fan base teetering on the abyss of despairing deja vu. READ

Bumgarner roughs up Royals in World Series opener

Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants put a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals’ perfect post-season roll. Bumgarner pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, shutting down the Royals 7-1 Tuesday night in the World Series opener. READ

Rebels deal for some offence

While the Red Deer Rebels have given up far more goals through 11 games this season than what is deemed acceptable to the coaching staff, the club hasn’t exactly lit it up offensively, either. The Rebels have scored 33 goals to date and only six have come via a power play that is ranked 18th in the league with a 15 per cent success rate. READ

Oilers ground Lightning to get first win of season

The Edmonton Oilers are no longer the only team in the Western Conference without a win. Taylor Hall had a penalty-shot goal and added an assist and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game winner in the final minutes as the Oilers finally found their way into the win column, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Monday. READ

More labour unrest in CHL faced with class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit launched against the Canadian Hockey League alleges its players are underpaid and seeks millions in financial compensation. The suit claims players have been paid less than the minimum wage required by law in their regions and asks for $180 million in back wages, overtime and vacation pay, as well as punitive damages. READ

Rebels’ late game woes continue

The Red Deer Rebels were right there after two periods, a mere 20 minutes from snapping a four-game Western Hockey League losing streak. But their one-goal lead turned into a two-goal deficit before the halfway mark of the final frame and the Rebels fell 4-2 to the Prince Albert Raiders in front of 2,265 fans at the Art Hauser Centre. READ

Midget AAA coach Cote not worried about slow start

Red Deer Optimist Chiefs head coach Brandin Cote is adamant that despite a slow start, his team has what it takes to contend this season. After falling 4-1 to the Calgary Northstars on Sunday at the Red Deer Arena, the Chiefs dropped to an uncharacteristic 2-4-2 record to open the Alberta Midget Hockey League season. READ

RDC sweeps Lakeland in soccer action

The Red Deer College Kings pulled off the upset of the Lakeland Rustlers on Saturday, but it still was not enough to keep their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s soccer season going. The Kings crushed the previously undefeated Lakeland Rustlers 7-4 on Saturday at Red Deer College, but due to a tie between the SAIT Trojan and the Medicine Hat College Rattlers, RDC will miss provincials due to a head-to head tie breaker. READ

Flames finish road trip with win over Jets

It wasn’t surprising to hear laughter coming out of the Calgary Flames’ dressing room after their 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. The victory finished off Calgary’s six-game road trip with a fourth win away from home (4-3-0), while the Jets have now lost four in a row. READ

Manning break record in rout of 49ers

Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night. Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre’s record of 508 and threw four touchdown passes, giving him 510. READ

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