Local sports briefs – January 4

After a disappointing finish at the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament, the Red Deer Optimist Rebels got back to work Sunday night, hammering out a 6-3 win over the Calgary Royals at the Arena.

Optimist Rebels rally

After a disappointing finish at the Mac’s Midget AAA Hockey Tournament, the Red Deer Optimist Rebels got back to work Sunday night, hammering out a 6-3 win over the Calgary Royals at the Arena.

The Rebels actually found themselves down 3-1 in the second before they really got things going. Justin Faux and Connor Hartley managed to even the score for the Rebels before the second was finished and then Tanner Dunkle and Collin Valcourt scored in the third to put the Rebels up 5-3. Brett Printz scored an empty netter to finish off the Royals.

Troy Klaus also scored for Red Deer while Valcourt also had two assists for a three-point night.

Mac Engle made 23 saves for the win as the Rebels outshot Calgary 30-26.

The Rebels (13-6-3) will be looking for a little revenge in Strathmore on Friday when they play the UFA Bisons (9-11-4), the team that knocked them out of the Mac’s tournament in double overtime of the semifinal. Then on Sunday they host the Medicine Hat Tigers (11-11-4) at 3:15 p.m. at the Arena.

Rebels Black beat Okotoks, Royals

The Red Deer Rebels Black swept a weekend Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League doubleheader at home, beating Okotoks 7-1 Saturday and the Calgary Royals 5-4 Sunday.

Logan Fisher scored three times for the Rebels against Okotoks with Scott Ferguson, Jordan Steenbergen, Dustin Gorgi and Spencer Yeats adding single markers.

Brett Frisneth had 21 saves in goal.

On Sunday, Fisher’s second goal of the game at 16:17 of the third period was the winner, breaking a 4-4 tie.

Jaden Sveinson also scored twice for the Rebels and Jack Goranson potted a single marker.

Goaltender Matt Zentner finished with 32 saves.

• Also on Sunday, the Red Deer Rebels White dropped a 3-2 decision to the Calgary Bronks.

Evan Ingram and Jody Sick scored for the White squad while Anthony Hamill made 38 saves in goal.

Grizzlys split weekend

The Olds Grizzlys went on the road this weekend but forgot to bring their defence along with them.

The Grizzlys managed to eke out a 3-2 overtime win over the lowly Lloydminster Bobcats on Saturday before getting beat 7-5 by the Sherwood Park Crusaders on Sunday.

Their special teams, however, held them in both games.

Jordan Kwas scored the Grizzlys’ overtime winner in Lloydminster while shorthanded. Meanwhile the power play went two-for-four while not allowing a goal on their three penalty kills.

Corey Campbell and Ashton Neumeier scored Olds other two goals while Kyle Harris and Ashton Reinboldt scored for the Bobcats who outshot Olds 35-28.

Marc Boulanger picked up the win for Olds.

On Sunday the Grizzlys’ power play kept them in the game, clicking three times on six attempts while Sherwood Park scored on just one of their four advantages.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead — Cody Kunyk, Adam Gummer and Jeffrey Houghton — in the first period before Corbin Karl and Kwas scored on the power play to make in 3-2 heading into the first break. But Sherwood Park scored twice — Kunyk picking up the hat trick — early in the middle frame to jump ahead 5-2. Matt Tinordi on the power play and then Neumeier replied for Olds to once again make it a one-goal game.

But two more Crusader goals — Tanner Dion and Kunyk with his fourth of the game — early in the third period put the match out of reach. Campbell scored late for Olds but it was too little too late as the Grizzlys were outshot 40-28.

Boulanger was pulled after allowing five goals on 20 shots, Brayden Hopfe cleaned up for the Grizzlys, allowing two goals the rest of the way.

The Grizzlys (19-18-2-3) are at home this weekend, hosting Camrose (26-10-3-4) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and St. Albert (16-21-1-3) on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Vipers blow out Bears

Justin Moir notched two goals and picked up and assist and Drew Todd had a goal and two helpers to pace the Red Deer Vipers to an 8-0 victory over the visiting Banff Academy Bears in Heritage Junior B Hockey League action Saturday.

Colton Sutter, Ryan Blades, Zach Giles, Braden Corbett and Matt Belich rounded out the Vipers’ attack, while Jason Pohl made 25 saves for the shutout. Richard Speilmann stopped 39 shots in the Banff net.

The Vipers, who led 3-0 and 7-0 by periods and were assessed five of 13 minor penalties and two of four fighting majors, host the Rimbey Rock tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena.

• In another Saturday contest, the host Blackfalds Wranglers got two goals from David Jantzie in a 5-0 win over the Airdrie Thunder.

Kurtis Ross, Kyle Maas and Josh McIlravey accounted for the other Blackfalds markers. Layne Swier turned aside 18 shots in recording the shutout.

The Wranglers fired 41 shots at Thunder netminder Evan Miller. Airdrie was assessed seven of 11 minor penalties.

• In play Sunday, the Mountainview Colts edged the Stettler Lightning 3-2.

Breaden Anderson, Cody Issler and Jason Edwards scored for the Colts while Clayton Herzog and Orie Spearing replied for the Lightning,

Generals march past Chiefs

Curtis Austring and Tyler Harstaad each sniped two goals as the Bentley Generals defeated the visiting Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 5-2 Saturday in the lone Chinook Hockey League game of the weekend.

Diarmuid Kelly also scored for the Generals before 650 fans at Lacombe. Replying for the Chiefs were Kyle Pess and Bryce Classen.

Scott Galenza made 26 saves for Bentley, which picked up four of 10 minor penalties. Fort Saskatchewan netminder Garrett Kindred also stopped 26 shots.

Well’s silences Storm

David McComish dropped in 24 points and Colin Leschert added 16 as Well’s Furniture downed the Sylvan Lake Storm 80-61 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball League Association play Sunday.

Tyson Moore had 18 points and Keith Block 17 for the Storm.

In other action the Grandview All-stars got 19 points from Tom West and Bob Schurman in downing the Carpet Doctor 83-67.

Grant Lafaut and Brian Thiffaut had 18 points each in a losing cause.

Sutter Fund Chiefs sweep weekend in minor hockey


The Red Deer Elks dropped a 4-2 decision to the Calgary North East Canucks in AA league play during the weekend.

Chris Robertson and Stephen Pietsch scored for the Elks while Jarren Nickle stopped 27 shots in goal.

Midget Girls

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs won a pair of A league games during the weekend, beating the Lethbridge Blaze 4-0 at the Kinex Saturday and downing Banff 3-1 at the Collicutt Centre Sunday.

Haley Cramer, Ashley Graf, Emma Malsbury and Marianne Currie scored against Lethbridge with Nora Dreshsler making 16 saves for the shutout.

Graf scored twice and Lexi Kambeitz once against Banff with Amy Jin facing 22 shots in goal.

Midget 15-year-old

Karsten Banack’s second-period goal was the eventual winner as the IROC Chiefs downed the North Star Chiefs 4-1 in an all-Red Deer contest Saturday.

Also scoring for the winners were Robin Carlson, Freark deVries and Nicholas Glackin. Trey Christensen replied for North Star.

Major Bantam Girls

The Sutter Fund Chiefs ran their league record to 12-1-2 with two 8-0 wins over the Grande Prairie Storm during the weekend.

Reanna Arnold led the way Saturday with three goals while Presley Hollman, Beth Fodor, Krista Wilson, Alyssa Goodwin and Taylor Hall added singles markers. Megan Kirkland earned the shutout facing seven shots.

On Sunday it was Hall with a pair of goals while Hollman, Arnold, Fodor, Wilson, Shelby Schlosser and Taryn Baumgardt contributed singles. Jenn West faced 10 shots for the shutout. The Chiefs have now outscored their opponents 71-9 in league play.


Mat Thiessen, Cole Visser, Carter Sawaki and Gabe Bast scored for the Red Deer Service Plus Chiefs in a 4-1 AA win over the visiting Wheatland Warriors. Joey Desrosiers turned aside 25 shots for the winners.

• In other AA play the Red Deer Steel Kings beat the Airdrie Lightning 7-3 and lost 6-1 to the Wheatland Warriors.

Chandler Knibb scored three times against the Lightning with Joel Mazurkewich, Justin Alcorn, Trey deGraaf and James Gaume connecting once each. Brody Thomas made 41 saves in goal.

Dallas Link scored the lone Red Deer goal against the Warriors, who held a 34-14 edge in shots on goal.


In A league action, the Red Deer Holiday Inn Chiefs tied Ponoka 6-6 as Parker Smyth had two goals and Kyle Gibson, Dawson Reykdal, Kody Knash and Kyle Rideout one each.

Ryley Bosch and Michael Ozga stopped 19 shots in goal.

• Kyle Skogen tallied twice in a losing cause and set up another goal by Kevin Hayton as the Southside Stingers fell 5-3 to the HSBC Super Freaks in weekend B action. Chase Brewster stopped 46 shots for the Stingers.