Local sports briefs – December 20

The Red Deer Rebels Black split a pair of Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League weekend contests, downing the visiting Okotoks Oilers 6-2 and falling 9-2 to the host Calgary Royals.

Red Deer Rebel Black Chris Gerrie escapes the clutches of Okotoks Oilers’ defencemen Chas McArthur

Red Deer Rebel Black Chris Gerrie escapes the clutches of Okotoks Oilers’ defencemen Chas McArthur

Rebels Black split

The Red Deer Rebels Black split a pair of Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League weekend contests, downing the visiting Okotoks Oilers 6-2 and falling 9-2 to the host Calgary Royals.

Andrew Perry, with two goals, Chris Gerrie, Dylan Houston, Colton Levie and Andrew Kartusch scored against Okotoks, while Joey Desrosiers made 28 saves.

Tyler Steenbergen notched both goals in the loss to the Royals, with Desrosiers and Brody Dirk combining to stop 64 shots in a losing cause.

Meanwhile, the Red Deer Rebels White hit the road and knocked off Medicine Hat 5-3 and managed a 1-1 draw at Lethbridge.

Ty Mappin fired three goals in the win at Medicine Hat, with Carter Sawicki and Logan Hermus also scoring for the Rebels Black, who got a 22-save outing from Jayden Sittler.

At Lethbridge, Allan Pruss scored the lone Rebels White goal and Rylan Bardick made 16 saves.


Whitten wins silver in cycling event

CALI, Colombia — Edmonton’s Tara Whitten won silver in the women’s omnium event while Zach Bell of North Vancouver, B.C., took bronze in the men’s omnium Sunday at a World Cup track cycling event.

The omnium consists of six events: a 250-metre flying lap; a points race; an elimination race; an individual pursuit; a scratch race and a one-kilometre time trial.

In the women’s omnium, Whitten of Edmonton finished second with 30 overall points for her second podium performance of the season.

Whitten posted the third-best result in the flying lap, the fifth-best result in both the points race and the elimination race, the second-fastest time in the individual pursuit, ninth in the scratch race, and finished off the event sixth in the time trial.

Whitten, the 2010 world champion in the discipline, took the overall World Cup lead. She finished in second in the opening World Cup event held earlier this year in Melbourne, Australia.

In the men’s omnium, Bell finished third with 37 points. He started by finishing 15th of the elimination race, but progressively bounced back in the individual pursuit with an eighth-place finish, then placed second in the scratch race.

In the time trial, Bell finished fourth to secure his place on the podium.


Shouldice fourth in aerials

BEIDA LAKE, China — Canadian skier Warren Shouldice finished fourth in FIS World Cup aerials Sunday.

The Calgary native wound up with a score of 219.03 after completing two triple backflips.

China’s Guangpu Qi won with 245.74, while Zongyang Jia, also of China, scored 245.17. Renato Ulrich or Switzerland was third with 232.72.

The event was scheduled to take place Saturday, but was pushed back a day due to high winds.

“With only three guys left to go the snow started and the wind direction changed. I could tell I was about one, to one-and-a-half kilometres per hour slow coming in to my take off, so I had to break form in the air because I didn’t have enough height,” said Shouldice. “But that wasn’t my big mistake, my mistake was that I missed my landing a bit by taking a deep squat. I’m glad I didn’t crash, but that squat cost me a spot on the podium today.”

Shouldice currently sits in third position in the FIS overall men’s aerial Grand Prix.


Bronze for water polo women

MONTREAL — Monika Eggens of Vancouver and Dominique Perreault of Montreal scored four goals apiece Sunday as Canada’s women’s water polo team captured bronze with a 16-9 victory over Italy at the Canada Cup.

China defeated Australia 9-7 for the gold.

Rosanna Tomiuk of Beaconsfield, Que., added three goals for Canada, Jenna Crook of Regina and Stephanie Valin of Pointe-Claire, Que., contributed two apiece while Kelly McKee of Calgary added one. Rachel Riddell of Victoria was the Canadian goaltender.

“It was a great team win,” said Canadian coach Patrick Oaten, whose team posted a 2-3 record in tournament play.

“I was very happy with how we rebounded from a tough loss in OT (a 10-9 loss to China in Saturday’s semifinal). Our younger players played well and picked up on our system quickly and adapted well to the speed of the game at this level.”

Canada, ranked fifth in the world and Canada Cup bronze medallists last year, led 3-2 after a quarter, 9-5 at the half and 13-7 after three.

The Aussies took the silver for the second straight year. Wang Yi of China was the tournament’s top goal scorer with 12.

Christine Robinson of Lachine, Que., was named the tournament’s top defensive player, Yang Jun of China the most valuable goalie and Kate Gynther of Australia the tournament’s MVP.


McIvor claims ski cross silver

SAN CANDIDO, Italy — Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor raced to a second-place finish in ski cross at a freestyle World Cup on Sunday.

The Olympic gold medallist from Whistler, B.C., was beaten by Fanny Smith of Switzerland. Heidi Zacher of Germany was third, while Anna Holmlund of Sweden, who won Saturday’s race, was fourth.

McIvor’s silver comes a day after Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., finished second in a ski-cross World Cup on the same hill.


Renegades blank Juventus

Kiera Fujimoto scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win for the Tier 1 U14 Red Deer Renegades over Edmonton Juventus in girls soccer action Saturday.

Chantel Park recorded the shutout.


Vipers topple Wheat Kings

David Foord sniped three goals Saturday to lead the Red Deer Vipers to a 5-2 Heritage Junior B Hockey League win over the visiting Strathmore Wheatland Kings.

Josh Christensen and Kolton Gillett also scored for the Vipers, while Jason Pohl made 30 saves.

In another Saturday contest, the Stettler Lightning got a two-goal effort from Mitch Finkbiner and singles from Tyler Bissett, Landon Potter, Tyson Glazier and Kyle O’Connor in a 6-1 win over the visiting Rimbey Rock, whose lone goal came from Mitch Stange.

In other Heritage League weekend games involving Central Alberta teams:

• The Three Hills Thrashers fell 4-2 to the host Coaldale Copperheads, getting goals from Michael Stoetzel and Corbin Weston.

Three Hills netminder Cody Boeckman made 27 saves.

• The Ponoka Stampeders got their lone goal from Ryan Blades in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Okotoks Bisons.

Ponoka netminder Garret Montour made 35 saves.

• Derek Wiedmer, Karson French and Chance Abbott scored for the visiting Blackfalds Wranglers in a 3-0 win over the Mountainview Colts.

Layne Swier turned aside 47 shots for the Wranglers.

• The Lightning lost 6-2 to the host Cochrane Generals, their goals coming off the sticks of Steve Blacklock and Brett Wold.

Landon Schmidt made 51 saves for Stettler.


Generals march past Lloydminster

The Bentley Generals extended their Chinook Hockey League record to a flawless 13-0-0-0 with a 6-0 shutout of the Lloydminster Border Kings Saturday at Viking.

Elsewhere, Evan Miller made 45 saves as the Innisfail Eagles posted their second win of the season — 4-0 over the visiting Sylvan Lake Admirals.

Dustin Claffey fired a pair of goals at the new Viking Carena, while Travis Brigley, Tyler Haarstad, Paul Cabana and Curtis Austring also tallied for the Generals, who outshot the Border Kings 31-15.

Haarstad, with a pair of assists, and Claffey, with a single helper, each had a three-point game. Scott Galenza posted the shutout.

At Sylvan Lake, Andrew MacKenzie scored twice to pace the Eagles, who were coming off a 16-3 blowout loss to the Generals Friday at Bentley.

Drew Coles and Daryl Blais also connected for Innisfail. Admirals netminder Jordan Ramstead made 30 saves.

On Friday, the Generals blitzed Innisfail netminders Miller and Brett Anderson — who played the final nine minutes — with 64 shots en route to the one-sided victory.

Kevin Korol recorded a hat trick for Bentley, which got two goals from each of Brigley, Austring, Donald Morrison and Brandin Cote, and singles from Haarstad, Claffey, Kent Beagle, Scott Doucet and Sean Robertson. Andreas Moberg picked up five assists and Tim Haun made 15 saves.

MacKenzie notched all three Innisfail goals.


Optimist Rebels hammer Canadiens

Nick Glackin scored twice as the Red Deer Optimist Rebels racked up a second straight Alberta Midget Hockey League road win Sunday, downing the Edmonton Canadians 7-1.

Conner Hartley, Brody Robinson, Dylan Hollman, Ty Clay and Trent Hermary also connected for the Rebels, while Brenden Mandrusiak stopped 24 shots for the win.

On Saturday, the South Division leading Optimist Rebels downed the North Division leading St. Albert Raiders 5-4, getting goals from Clay, BJ Duffin, Landon Hiebert, Wyat Haustein and Stef Danielson. Tanner Jaillett posted the win with a 26-save effort.

The Optimist Rebels will take on Team Alberta U16 at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Arena, and will then compete in the Calgary Mac’s tournament, opening Dec. 27 at 9 a.m. against the Prince Albert Mintos at Father David Bauer Arena.