Queens hope to learn from overtime loss
It may take some time for the RDC Queens to learn everything they need to to win the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League title, but head coach Rob Weddell hopes Thursday was another lesson learned.
“Our communication cost us two goals,” he said following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Edge School Mountaineers of Calgary at the Arena.
“We have people open, who should be getting the puck in good scoring positions, or with an opportunity to move the puck to safety, and we’re just to quiet. The girls need to let everyone know where they are and what’s happening.”
Such was the case on the winning goal when the Queens broke away on a two-on-one, which turned out to be close to a three-on-one. But by the time Karla Bourke knew where he teammates were it was to late.
The puck slid past everyone and sent Edgar star Brittany Styner away on a partial breakaway, which she converted on a nice backhand.
Styner, who was a member of the Team Alberta U18 team, also tied the game with 20.4 seconds remaining in the third period with goaltender Crystal Patterson on the bench in favour of an extra attacker.
Brandi Buss and Chantal Froehler scored for the Queens, who twice held one goal leads. Taylor Sakundiak had the other Calgary marker, early in the third period.
The Mountaineers finished with 34 shots on netminder Kendra Lakeman while the RDC had 23 shots.
The Queens, who were without veterans Lindsay Hogg and Janel Lirette on defence, host Mount Royal next Thursday.
Tom West hit 23 points and Rick Feser 13 as the Grandview All-stars downed the Carpet Doctor 79-72 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Tuesday.
Brian Thiffault had 14 points and Aaron Abraham eight in a losing cause.
Red Deer kickboxers prepare
for Winter Warfare championship
Red Deer will be well represented in the Winter Warfare 4 Kickboxing and Muay Thai championship at the Westerner Agricentre Saturday.
Five members of Cheney’s Zen Karate and Kickboxing club will compete on the 15 bout card along with three members of the Arashido Martial Arts club, two from the 7 Stars Praying Mantis club and one independent — Jesse Vogt.
Vogt will meet Paul Rokosh of Edmonton in a 175-pound kickboxing bout.
The evening kicks off at 7:15 p.m. with a 135-pound kickboxing scrap between Wolfgang Janssen of the Red Deer Arashido club and Kent Schonknecht of Edmonton and finishes with the main event between Chris McMillan of Calgary and Adam Brown of Regina in a 154-pound Muay Thai bout.
The members of the Cheney club are Dean Rose (165lb kickboxing), Travis Osmond (135lb Muay Thai), Manuel Juarez (190lb kickboxing), Stephanie Schmale (135lb kickboxing) and Clint Robison (185lb kickboxing).
Rose clashes with Justin Wong of Calgary while Osmand takes on Dustin Bertrand of Edmonton, Juarez clashes with Travis Kleinfelder of Regina, Schmale meets Hillary Herman of Calgary and Robison takes on Shawn Whitehall of Edmonton.
The other two Arashido members are Ramin Rezai, who clashes with Cody Earp of Dawson Creek in a 145-pound Muay Thai bout and Stephanie Essensa, who competes in a 122-pound Muay Thai fight against Annie Lockhart of Regina.
Dave Crowley (160lb kickboxing) and Scott Allen (180lb Muay Thai) will represent the 7Stars Praying Mantis club.
Crowley faces Lloyd Visser of Lethbridge while Allen clashes with Brian Kong of Edmonton.
Grizzlys hunt sixth straight win
The Olds Grizzlys are on the rise.
The red-hot Grizzlys will be seeking their sixth straight Alberta Junior Hockey League victory tonight when they host the Drumheller Dragons at 8 p.m. at the Sports Complex.
Olds racked up consecutive win No. 5 on Wednesday, wiping out a 3-2 deficit and posting a 4-3 decision over the host Calgary Royals with late goals from Brandon Clowes and defenceman Luke Madill, who potted the winner at 19:23 of the third period.
Matt Hallick and Evan Thompson also tallied for the Grizzlys, while Sean Neumeier added three assists and Marc Boulanger stopped 20 shots. Ian Perrier made 32 saves for the Royals, whose goals were provided by Alex Kromm, Christopher Draper and Adam Stuart.
Raiders girls volleyball team moves up
LETHBRIDGE —The girls’ edition of the Lindsay Thurber Raiders were the only Central Alberta team to move up in the rankings following the opening day of the provincial 4A high school volleyball championships Thursday.
The Raiders came in ranked sixth and moved up to No. 4 following pool play in the 16-team affair.
The Notre Dame Cougars, who were ranked third, finished fourth in the top pool and will go into the playoffs today ranked fifth.
The Raiders face Bev Facey of Sherwood Park while the Cougars take on Bow Valley. If both Red Deer teams win they meet in the quarter-finals.
On the boys’ side both the Hunting Hills Lightning and the Raiders dropped slightly.
The Lightning, who came in ranked fourth, slipped to fifth and the Raiders, who were No. 8, dropped to ninth.
The Lightning will meet Catholic Central of Lethbridge while the Raiders take on eighth-ranked Calgary Western Canada.
Details of the pool matches were unavailable.
• CANMORE — Both Central Alberta teams dropped their opening matches in the girls’ 3A provincials Thursday.
H.J. Cody of Sylvan Lake lost a tough 22-25, 24-26 decision to Brooks while Camrose lost 13-25, 19-25 to Cold Lake.
• SPRUCE GROVE — Top-ranked Camrose beat Peace Wapiti of Grande Prairie 25-20, 25-23 in the boys’ 3A championships.
In the other pool St. Paul downed Central Alberta Christian High School of Lacombe 25-20, 25-21.
• ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The host St. Dominic boys’ team spit a pair of matches in 2A provincial action.
St. Dominic beat Thorsby 25-16, 25-23 while losing 7-25, 8-25 to Senator Gershaw of Bow Island.
Bawlf had a 0-1 record on the boys’ side, losing 22-25, 15-25 to J.H. Picard of Edmonton.
On the girls’ side, Bawlf lost 18-25, 14-25 to Spirit River and beat Christ the King of Leduc 25-18, 25-14.
St. Dominic lost 12-25, 6-25 to Senator Gershaw and 9-25, 11-25 to Prairie Christian of Three Hills.
Action continues today and Saturday with the girls’ final set for 2:30 p.m and the boys to follow.
• CORONATION — Bentley posted a 1-0 record in the 1A boys’ playoffs, downing St. Mary’s of Westlock 25-13, 25-20.
Coronation is 1-1 and Olds Koinonia 0-1.
• CAROLINE — St, Thomas Aquinas of Provost is 2-0 in the girls’ 1A finals while Caroline is 1-1 and Trochu 0-2.