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Wranglers rally to down Vipers in OT

BLACKFALDS — 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

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

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

Nedohin’s rink joins page playoff with win over Chelsea Carey at Alberta Scotties

Heather Nedohin’s foursome defeated Chelsea Carey’s rink 6-3 Friday evening in an all-Edmonton B-event qualifier of the Alberta Scotties women’s curling championship. Nedohin will join A-event qualifier and defending provincial champion Val Sweeting of Edmonton in the Page playoffs set for today at 6:30 p.m. READ

‘I couldn’t have asked for better team’

With the exception of Kristine Anderson, it’s reunion week for the members of Jocelyn Peterman’s 2012 Canadian junior women’s curling championship rink. Anderson is not curling this winter due to employment commitments, but the other three players — including the skip — from the junior powerhouse are competing in the Alberta Scotties women’s championship at the Lacombe Arena, albeit with three different teams. READ

Peterman looking forward to full-time duty

From part-time to full-time duty. Red Deer’s Jocelyn Peterman will be tossing second stones for Heather Nedohin in the Alberta Scotties women’s curling championship Wednesday to Sunday at the Lacombe Arena after sharing the position with Jessica Mair for most of the season. READ

Local boarders solid in slopestyle

Local snowboarders held their own against some of the province’s best young riders at the first ever slopestyle competition held at Canyon Ski Resort on Sunday. Three members of the Riders on Board snowboarding club found their way on to the podium with Liam Krause winning the 12-15 boys division, Jace Dibben finishing second in the U-12 boys division and Taylor Davies coming in third in the girls division. READ

Clippers comeback falls short against casual Kings

Red Deer College Kings head coach Trevor Keeper is doing his best to not let a near collapse break up his team’s momentum. READ

Queens defence falls apart late in loss

The RDC Queens continue to make strides in their development, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. READ

Royals beat Rebels in shootout

When Colton Bobyk rifled a shot past Victoria Royals netminder Coleman Vollrath at 1:57 of overtime Friday, it certainly appeared that the Red Deer Rebels had rung up their sixth consecutive Western Hockey league win. READ

Elks win rivalry game against Chiefs

As the midget AA Elks and Indy Graphics Chiefs continue to battle for top spot in the North Division of the South Central Alberta Hockey League, the big winner is Red Deer minor hockey. READ

Queens lose another one-goal game, fall to Griffins

Griffins 2 Queens 1 (SO) The Red Deer College Queens women’s hockey team is in danger of losing their season to what ifs? In a broken-record of a campaign that refuses to get on track, the Queens (4-5-4) lost another one-goal Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference game on Thursday despite controlling play for the duration. This time it was 2-1 in a shootout to the last-place MacEwan University Griffins (5-7-1) at the Red Deer Arena. The Queens dominated on the ice and the shot clock but could not capitalize on their opportunities. “With all due respect to Grant MacEwan, they had no business taking two points from us tonight, not a chance,” said RDC head coach Bob Rutz. “But we’ve got to score more than one goal.” READ

Tour of Alberta to skip Red Deer in 2015

Red Deer won’t be on the Tour of Alberta route in 2015. READ

Rebels' hot streak fueled by defence

In their own way of extending the Christmas holiday season, the Red Deer Rebels have made like Ebenezer Scrooge while running off five consecutive victories since Jan. 3. The Rebels have been downright stingy while knocking off the Lethbridge Hurricanes (twice), Kootenay Ice, Brandon Wheat Kings and Calgary Hitmen. READ

Rebels keep rolling, beat Calgary in shootout

Rebels 5 Hitmen 4 (SO) CALGARY — The Red Deer Rebels needed a little extra time to complete their ‘drive for five’ Wednesday night at the Saddledome. Down 4-2 to the Calgary Hitmen midway through the third period, the visitors got goals from Brooks Maxwell, on the power play, and Conner Bleackley — with his second of the evening — then prevailed 5-4 in a shootout before 5,915 fans. READ

Printz ready for return to the ice

Brett Printz is no stranger to adversity in hockey, but nothing could prepare him for what he has gone through this year. Just before the puck dropped on the season it was discovered he had a large cyst inside his left femur that needed to be removed. That was the best case scenario, as for a while it was thought to possibly be cancer. READ

Rebels blow past Hurricanes

LETHBRIDGE — The Red Deer Rebels’ Western Hockey League win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Tuesday was based on momentum. The Rebels started slow, then picked up steam through the final 40 minutes and posted a 5-3 victory over the ‘Canes before 2,953 fans at the Enmax Centre. READ

Vipers skate past Colts

The Red Deer Vipers (13-14-1) appear to have found their game as they head into the Heritage Junior B Hockey League’s home stretch. With their 7-4 win over the Mountain View Colts (17-11-2) on Monday at the Red Deer Arena, they have won four of their three of their first four games in the new year and five of their last six games overall. The one hiccup was a short-handed 9-5 loss in Banff to the Bears (8-20-3) on Jan. 4. READ

Rebels thrash Wheat Kings

The Red Deer Rebels left their bus passes at home Saturday. There were no passengers on the Rebels bench as the team rolled to a 6-1 Western Hockey League thumping of the high-octane Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday at the Enmax Centrium. READ

Kings, Queens shutout Kodiaks

The second semester represents a fresh start for the newest Red Deer College Kings men’s volleyball player, Nic Dubinsky. READ

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