Local sports briefs – November 8

The RDC Queens continued their early season struggles Saturday night losing 4-1 to the Mount Royal University Cougars in Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey league action.

Queens iced by MRU

CALGARY ­— The RDC Queens continued their early season struggles Saturday night losing 4-1 to the Mount Royal University Cougars in Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey league action.

The Queens played well according to head coach Rob Weddell, but were done in by penalties that zapped any momentum they had, going shorthanded 11 times over the course of the game.

“It was a great first period, shots on goal were 10-10, it was a 2-1 game, we go into the second period and penalties started lighting us up,” said Weddell. “They took two penalties in the first period, we took two penalties in the first period and then we took nine the rest of the game while handing them out three the rest of the game.

“Our penalty kill was very good — their only power play goal was a five-on-three power-play goal, and that was their fourth goal. But we took five penalties in a row in the third period.”

The Queens’ lone goal was scored by Shelly Sushelnitsky in the first period. Courtney Rea was made 30 saves in the loss for the Queens but was named player of the game.

The Queens have a bye this week and then host the SAIT Trojans on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

“It gives us a chance to rest up and rife some of the new systems we’ve been putting together here with our injuries that we have — so it will be a couple of good weeks preparing and working with what we put together this weekend for the game. We were actually quite happy with our systems and the way they’re going right now, we just need to refine them a little bit and we should be good to go against SAIT.”

Athlete of the week

Jodi Sanguin will go into the Canadian cross-country running championships Saturday in Fredericton, N.B., as one of the favourites after winning the five-kilometre Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference title in 19 minutes 36 seconds. For her efforts the fourth-year nursing student, was named the RDC athlete of the week and the ACAC co-athlete of the week on the women’s side. Sanguin will led the RDC women, who won the ACAC team title, into the nationals as the second-ranked team.

Optimist Chiefs hammer Bisons

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs handed the UFA Bisons their first regulation-time loss of the season Saturday, hammering the hosts 9-2 in an Alberta Midget Hockey League game at Strathmore.

Cole DeGraaf and Nick Glackin led the Rebels assault with two goals apiece. Wyat Haustein, Trent Hermary, Ty Clay, BJ Duffin and Landon Hiebert also scored for the visitors, who got a 33-save effort from Tanner Jaillett.

Red Deer peppered the Bisons goaltending duo of George Merik and Devon Fordice with 47 shots.

The Optimist Rebels will return to league play Friday versus the Hurricanes at Lethbridge.

Rebels White down Golden Hawks

Ty Mappin scored twice for the Red Deer Rebels White in a 7-4 Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League loss to the visiting Lethbridge Golden Hawks Saturday.

Chase Thudium and Carter Sawicki notched the other Rebels goals. Jayden Sittler made 29 saves for Red Deer, which held a 37-36 edge in shots.

Meanwhile, the Red Deer Rebels Black were thumped 9-0 Saturday by the visiting Calgary Bisons, a setback that followed a 4-4 tie at Lloydminser Friday.

Dylan Fontaine, Jaden Sveinson, Andrew Perry and Tyler Steenbergen notched the Red Deer goals at Lloydminster, where Brody Dirk made 29 saves for the visitors.

Cougars tops at tourney

Notre Dame picked up a gold and a silver at the 24th annual Lindsay Thurber junior varsity volleyball tournament Saturday.

The Notre Dame Cougars downed the Hunting Hills Lightning 25-16, 29-27 in the girls’ final while Spruce Grove beat the Cougars 25-16. 15-25, 15-7 in the boys’ final.

Notre Dame posted a 6-0 record in pool play in girls’ action with Hunting Hills at 5-1, Spruce Grove 4-2, Calgary’s Western Canada, LTCHS and Dr. E.P. Scarlett of Calgary at 2-4 and Salisbury from Sherwood Park at 0-6.

The Cougars beat Western Canada 25-16, 25-17 and the Lightning stopped Spruce Grove 25-23, 25-15 in the semifinals.

On the boys’ side, Spruce Grove was 4-1 with the Cougars and E.P. Scarlett at 3-2, Hunting Hills and LTCHS at 2-3 and Western Canada 1-4.

The Cougars downed Scarlett 17-25, 25-21, 15-6 and Spruce Grove defeated the Lightning 25-22, 25-21 in the semifinals.

Thunder rumble past Grizzlys

OLDS — Felix-Antoine Poulin scored in overtime as the Drayton Valley Thunder defeated the Olds Grizzlys 6-5 in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game Saturday.

The Thunder, who trailed 4-1 after the first period, got two goals from Nathan Smith and additional markers from Jordan Ness, Eric Sieben and Justin Faux. Bart Moran, with two goals, Spencer Dorowicz, Taylor Bourne and Taylor Elliott scored for Olds.

Zach Weissbach made 40 saves for the visitors before 611 fans at the Sports Complex. Brayden Hopfe blocked 38 shots for the Grizzlys, who are in Brooks Tuesday to face the Bandits, then play Friday and Saturday at Bonnyville and Sherwood Park.

The Grizzlys’ next home game is Nov. 20 versus the Calgary Canucks.

Vipers avenge loss to Airdrie

The Red Deer Vipers gained a measure of revenge Saturday night at the Arena with a 6-3 Heritage Junior B Hockey League win over the Airdrie Thunder.

David Foord and Maverick Blair each scored twice for the Vipers, who fell 8-6 to the Thunder Friday at Airdrie. Kolton Gillett and Cullyn Dunham also tallied for Red Deer Saturday, while Jason Pohl made 32 saves.

The Vipers were assessed 11 of 16 minor penalties and one of two fighting majors.

On Friday, the Vipers surrendered six third-period goals after leading 4-2 after 40 minutes. Gillett and Troy Klaus each tallied twice in a losing cause, while Braden Corbett and Ryan Traynor had single goals and Pohl made 29 saves.

Airdrie picked up 11 of 20 minor infractions. The teams split two fighting majors.

The Vipers host the Ponoka Stampeders tonight at 8 p.m. at the Arena.

• Elsewhere Saturday, the Stettler Lightning got a hat-trick performance from Orie Spearing in a 5-1 win over the host Rimbey Rock. Landon Potter and Brett Wold also scored for Stettler and Mitch Stange replied for the Rock.

Lightning netminder Landon Schmidt made 30 saves. Jarren Nickle stopped 45 shots at the other end.

In other Heritage League weekend games involving Central Alberta teams:

• Jordan Freake scored the winning goal at 11:42 of the third period Sunday, lifting the host Blackfalds Wranglers past the Strathmore Wheatland Kings 4-3.

The Wranglers got additional goals from Kyle Maas, Greg Gross and Bryce Veuger. Layne Swier made 31 saves for Blackfalds, which held a 37-34 margin in shots.

Blackfalds was assessed nine of 14 minor penalties and the lone misconduct.

• The Three Hills Thrashers got two goals from Blaine Hoppins but fell 7-5 to the visiting Coaldale Copperheads Saturday.

Jamie Fabian, Jesse Scheunert and Matt Wildeman potted the other Three Hills goals. Netminder Shawn Nemeth made 29 saves as the Thrashers were outshot 36-32.

Admirals ground Stony Plain Eagles

The Sylvan Lake Admirals posted the biggest win in their brief Chinook Hockey League history, trekking north Saturday and edging the host Stony Plain Eagles 3-2 on Scott Kallis’ unassisted third-period goal.

Landon Novotney and Chevan Wilson also beat Eagles netminder Barrett Coates, who finished with 23 saves. Winner Jordan Ramstead made 32 saves for the Admirals, while Andy Sinclair stopped all three shots he faced.

Elsewhere Saturday, the Bentley Generals ran their front-running record to 6-0 with a 4-1 win over the host Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs.

Scott Doucet notched two goals for the Gens, with Kevin Korol and Sean Robertson also scoring and Travis Brigley picking up three assists. Tim Haun made 34 saves for Bentley, which fired 34 shots at Chiefs goaltender David Tetrault.

Meanwhile, the Innisfail Eagles suffered a pair of one-sided defeats in a weekend series at Lloydminster, falling 10-2 to the Border Kings Sunday and 9-2 the night previous.

Andrew MacKenzie and Clark Lowry scored for the Eagles in Sunday’s setback. Innisfail netminder Brett Anderson stopped 45 shots while the Eagles directed 24 at Border Kings goalie Catlin Schneider.

Chris Berry and Ryan Kallis accounted for the Innisfail goals in Saturday’s loss. The Eagles were outshot 36-20 as netminder Evan Miller made 27 saves in a losing cause.

RDC Royals top Mobil 1

The RDC Royals got 14 points from James Rosales in downing Mobil 1 76-62 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Thursday.

Michael Pinette had 18 points in a losing cause.

Sutter Fund Chiefs soar past Flyers

Midget Girls

Hannah Mousek notched two goals and Jade Petrie had one as the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs downed the visiting Calgary Flyers 3-1 in Alberta Major Female League action Saturday.

Camille Trautman turned aside 27 shots for the winners.

The Chiefs also posted a 2-1 win Friday over the host Sherwood Park Fury, as Petrie and Mousel provided the goals and Megan Kirkland made 12 saves.


The Red Deer IROC Chiefs posted a pair of weekend minor AAA wins, shading the Calgary Royals Gold 4-3 and blanking the Calgary Canucks 5-0.

Jody Sick fired three goals, including the winner, and Scott Feser had the other marker against the Royals Gold. Netminder Matt Zentner faced 15 shots.

Sick tallied twice against the Canucks, with Feser, Kale Lapointe and Jacob Scholfield adding single goals. Logan Muir made 15 saves for the shutout.

• The Red Deer North Star Chiefs split a pair of games, beating the Calgary Bruins 8-1 and losing 4-3 to the Calgary Stampeders.

Spencer Scott and Kyle Messervey scored twice each against the Bruins with Tom Vanderlinde, Scott Ferguson, Jordy Potter and Logan Fisher adding single markers. Brett Frisneth made 37 saves in goal.

Taylor Mulder, Ferguson and Derrick Morrell connected against the Stampeders with Anthony Hamill facing 29 shots in goal.

• The Red Deer Elks split a pair of AA weekend games, beating the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 and losing 6-2 to the Foothills Bisons.

Joel Scheelar, Alex Randall, Kevin Innes and Tanner Lomsnes scored against Lethbridge, while winning goaltender Dasan Sydora stopped 18 shots.

Kyle Colonna and Brock Forbes scored in the loss to the Bisons, while Davis Reykdal faced 35 shots in a losing cause.

• In A action, Red Deer Prairie Bus downed Caroline 6-3, getting a four-point effort — including two goals — from Tyson Crampain, single markers from Kevin Touchette, Braden Sparks, Ryley Vanderlinden and Scott Bailey, and a 38-save performance from Nicholas Galenzoski while outshooting their opponents 46-41.

Prairie also fell 9-2 to Sylvan Lake, with Tristan Redman and James Quick scoring in a losing cause. Raffig Manji made 39 saves for the Red Deer squad, outshot 48-43.

Bantam Girls

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs earned a single Alberta Major Female League point during the weekend, falling 4-2 to the visiting Calgary Rangers 4-2 Friday and battling the host St. Albert Raiders to a 2-2 tie Saturday.

Becky Davidson and Amelia Nowek scored for the Chiefs at St. Albert, where winning goalie Aly Andersen made 37 saves.

Carissa Fischer came up with a 43-save effort in the loss to the Rangers. Davidson scored both goals for the Chiefs.


The Red Deer Bantam A Frontier Chiefs split their games this past weekend, losing 5-3 to Sylvan lake on Saturday and beating Eckville 5-4 on Sunday.

Daniel Billett had two goals and an assist against Sylvan Lake while Ty Makofka scored the other.

Against Eckville Makofka, Kane LeBlanc, Lane Sim, Blake VanderLinden and Nick Knezacek each scored singles.

• Darren Desjardins, Kyle Skogen and Matt Lyons each had two goals for the Northwest Motors Wings in an 11-7 B win over Innisfail.

Also scoring for the Wings were Brad Saunders, Michael Kinnear, Nathan Schultz, Cole Fodor and Donovan Bottrell. Kyle Kryczka had three assists for the winners, while Schultz had two helpers and Ryley Bosch made 34 saves.


The Red Deer TBS Chiefs whipped the Lethbridge Eagles 10-4 and doubled the Wheatland Braves 4-2 in AA action.

Josh Bussard recorded a hat trick against Lethbridge. Landon MacKenzie, Parker Smyth and Brady Park each potted two goals and Tyler Graber scored once.

MacKenzie, Bussard, Smyth and Graber scored against Wheatland.

• The Red Deer Sportswear Elite Chiefs took top honours in an A tournament at Thorsby, beating Leduc 8-5 in the final.

The Chiefs opened with a 1-1 tie with the host Thunder, then shaded the Viking Shell 5-4.

Peewee Girls

Holly Wells notched the lone goal and Alexandra Galenzoski recorded the shutout as the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs remained undefeated in the Rocky Mountain League by beating Calgary High Voltage 1-0.

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