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Bennett building a strong rookie season

CALGARY — Like any rookie, Sam Bennett’s first NHL season has been a series of firsts: first scoring slump, first hat trick, first four-goal game and now the first time facing the team he once idolized.

The 19-year-old from Holland Landing, Ont., and the Calgary Flames host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at Scotiabank Saddledome. READ

Rebels edge Warriors in OT

Michael Spacek notched the winning goal, but Jake DeBrusk was the face of the Red Deer Rebels Saturday night at the Centrium. The 19-year-old forward scored a goal from the doorstep and assisted on Adam Musil’s second-period tally as the Rebels posted a 4-3 WHL overtime victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. READ

Broncos’ D dominates Panthers in Super Bowl

A reborn Orange Crush might have sent Peyton Manning into retirement with a Super ending to his career. Von Miller and the impenetrable Denver defence harassed Panthers quarterback Cam Newton all game Sunday, and the Broncos made enough big plays for a 24-10 victory, Manning’s 200th and perhaps his last before retirement. READ

Islanders strike early and often in rout of Oilers

After two disappointing road losses, the New York Islanders needed to face a last-place opponent like the Edmonton Oilers. Kyle Okposo had his second career hat trick after the Islanders opened a commanding lead with three first-period goals and New York routed the Oilers 8-1 on Sunday. READ

Kings take it to another level in win

Take away the first set and the Lethbridge Kodiaks looked like a team fighting for second place in the Alberta Colleges Men’s Volleyball League South Division. And that was just fine with the RDC Kings as it forced them to play at a higher level as they prepare for the ACAC championships in three weeks. READ

Trojans keep Kings winless for sixth straight

It’s no surprise that RDC Kings coach Trevor Keeper is a bit frustrated. Following Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the SAIT Trojans at the Penhold Regional Multiplex the Kings are winless in six straight Alberta Colleges Men’s Hockey League games. READ

Making of a defensive deal

Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter and forward Ivan Nikolishin are involved in an ongoing game of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’. Coming off his finest WHL season in which he scored 16 goals and collected 62 points in 72 games with the defensive-minded Everett Silvertips, Nikolishin has already recorded 68 points — including 27 goals — in 51 contests with the Rebels this winter. READ

Oilers put up seven on Senators

Thankfully the Ottawa Senators only have to face the Edmonton Oilers one more time this season. Rookie sensation Connor McDavid and the Oilers embarrassed Ottawa in front of its home crowd with an ugly 7-2 beating on Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre. Not surprisingly, the Senators held a closed-door meeting following the game to try and decipher just why things are falling apart. READ

Queens happy to have Barthel home

Coming out of high school McKenna Barthel liked the idea she was headed to the U.S. to play volleyball. “My sister had some friends who played in the States and they said it was a good experience,” she explained. “They helped get my name out there plus I had a recruiting video made to show to coaches. I had several coaches call me and I went on a couple of visits to Texas and Iowa.” READ

Queens edge Trojans in overtime

Ten seconds into the RDC Queens meeting with the SAIT Trojans at the Arena Thursday it appeared as if the home team could be in for a long night. SAIT defenceman Tashel Scantlebury scored from centre ice when her shot hit RDC netminder Jen West’s blocker and deflected back into the net. READ

Flames burn up Hurricanes

Calgary’s Sean Monahan broke out of a slump in a big way on Wednesday. The Flames centre had a goal and three assists for his first career four-point game to lead Calgary to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. READ

Wideman gets 20 games for hit to linesman

Even if Dennis Wideman was concussed, the NHL says the Calgary Flames defenceman deserves his 20-game suspension for knocking down an official. Wideman had not been fined or suspended in his 755 games in the NHL. The first of his career handed down Wednesday were lengthy and expensive. READ

Eskimos star QB Reilly impressed with new coaching staff

After Edmonton defeated Ottawa 26-20 in the 2015 Grey Cup, game MVP Mike Reilly said the Eskimos were built to win multiple championships. That was before Chris Jones and the entire coaching staff left, leaving former quarterback Jason Maas in charge as a rookie head coach. READ

Sutter not seeing enough commitment

When the will doesn’t match the skill, all too often the end result isn’t favourable. The Red Deer Rebels are a talented group, no doubt, but there have been nights when GM/head coach Brent Sutter hasn’t seen enough commitment from his charges, most notably his go-to players. READ

McDavid marvels for Oilers in return

The Oilers looked like a different team with rookie Connor McDavid back in the lineup. McDavid had a goal and two assists in his return as Edmonton snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. READ

Gowsell downs Armitage for a spot in provincials

The stories have stood the test of time. The tales will never lose their colour, but are they accurate? “I guess it depends on which stories,” laughed the subject in question, Paul Gowsell, following his 10-2 defeat of Rob Armitage of Red Deer in the C-event final of the Southern Alberta Curling Association senior men’s playdowns Monday at the Pidherney Centre. READ

Vipers win sixth straight to take first in division

The hottest team in the Heritage Junior Hockey League isn’t showing any signs of cooling off. The Red Deer Vipers racked up their sixth consecutive victory Monday night at the Arena, cruising past the Stettler Lightning 7-0 and moving into first place in the Northern Division, a single point up on the Mountainview Colts. READ

McDavid set to return for Oilers

Connor McDavid’s broken clavicle is healed and his fractured rookie season resumes Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. “He is ready to go,” Oilers head coach Todd McLellan announced Monday after McDavid skated in practice, centring a line between Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot. READ

Canadian wrestling legend Bret (Hitman) Hart says he has prostate cancer

Canadian professional wrestler Bret Hart says he has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery "in the next few days." READ

Wheaties steal win from Rebels

Thanks almost exclusively to netminder Rylan Toth, the Red Deer Rebels were less than four minutes away from recording a WHL victory they did not fully deserve. But in the end justice was served. READ

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