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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

Eskimos rally to beat Riders

The Edmonton Eskimos landed three staggering blows on Sunday, all of which helped to bring down the Saskatchewan Roughriders on their home field. Kendial Lawrence, Mike Reilly and the Eskimos’ defensive unit all played pivotal roles in Edmonton’s second straight victory, a 24-19 triumph over the Riders at Mosaic Stadium. READ

Rebels can’t get by Blades

According to Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, there was a valid reason his club provided the Saskatoon Blades with their third WHL win of the season Friday. “We didn’t play very well here. It was disappointing to see how we played,” said Sutter, whose squad fell to a team that last weekend snapped a 16-game losing streak dating back to last season and then upset the host Swift Current Broncos 4-3 Wednesday. READ

RDC Kings can’t come back from early deficit

The Red Deer College Kings learned a valuable lesson about coming prepared to play on Friday night. The NAIT Ooks took a two-goal lead before the Kings even managed a shot of their own en route to a 4-2 loss at the Penhold Regional Multiplex in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s hockey action. READ

River Bend Golf Club’s Kozak wins national award

River Bend Golf Club course foreman Carmen Kozak is the 2014 winner of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association Future Superintendent of the Year award. The award is presented to a full-time student member of CGSA who is completing his/her graduating year in a CGSA recognized turf management program. The nominees who are considered for this award are interviewed by a three-person panel comprised of a representative of the Toro Company (the award sponsor), the industry (an architect, owner, superintendent, etc.) and the CGSA. READ

Lightning zap Cougars in seeding game

The Hunting Hills Lightning and Notre Dame Cougars didn’t merely go through the motions Friday night at Great Chief Park, despite the fact both clubs will meet again next Thursday in a contest with some real meaning. Friday’s outing was for second place in the Tier 1-2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League and the Lightning prevailed, jolting their Red Deer foes 35-8. Next week’s clash is a division semifinal. READ

Oilers get shut out by Canucks

The last person the struggling Edmonton Oilers needed to see in the opposing net on Friday was Ryan Miller. The Vancouver goalie made 28 saves to record his 30th career shutout as the Canucks remained undefeated on the season, getting past the Oilers 2-0. READ

Flames’ win streak snapped in Columbus

Jack Skille, Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored goals and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Friday night. Calgary trailed 3-0 when Mason Raymond broke up the shutout early in the third period. Josh Jooris narrowed the lead with a goal in his NHL debut, scoring off a pass from Mark Giordano with over eight minutes left. READ

Central Alberta continues to produce quality WHL players

Central Alberta is a virtual hockey hotbed, an area of the country that produces quality players on a consistent basis. Many of the young athletes who perform to a high degree of success in minor hockey move on to play at the junior A level, but the WHL also features a proportionally large number of Central Alberta natives. READ

Queens get big win in final tune up

Red Deer College Queens head coach Bob Rutz is hoping their final exhibition game is a sign of things to come. The Queens routed the Banff Hockey Academy Bears 5-1 on Thursday at the Arena in their final tune up for the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference hockey season. READ

Stage set for World Series

Call it the Shot That Shook the Bay. Travis Ishikawa hit the first homer to end an NL Championship Series, a three-run shot that gave the San Francisco Giants a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 on Thursday night. These every-other-year Giants will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series that begins Tuesday night in Kansas City. READ

Brady leads Patriots past surprising Jets

Chris Jones wasn’t going to make the same mistake he did last year when Nick Folk tried another potential winning field goal Thursday night. This time, the New England defensive tackle didn’t commit a penalty to give the Jets kicker another chance. Jones blocked Folk’s 58-yard attempt on the final play and the Patriots had just enough offence with Tom Brady’s three touchdown passes to edge surprisingly competitive New York 27-25. READ

Cougars targeting a provincial run

The word consolation came up a little too much for the Notre Dame Cougars liking last year. The senior boy’s volleyball team were stuck behind arch rival Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School all season — first losing the zone final to the Raiders, then while LTCHS was celebrating provincial gold the Cougars brought back the consolation banner. READ

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