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Rebels hit road up 2-0

The Red Deer Rebels are halfway home, yet they realize that the rest of the journey will be nothing less than arduous. The Rebels hung on for a 3-2 win over the Prince Albert Raiders before 5,852 fans Saturday at the Centrium to assume a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final. The series continues Tuesday and Wednesday at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert.

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Feser ends WHL career in blaze of glory

Regardless of when his WHL season ends, Justin Feser will go out in a blaze of glory. The Red Deer product and Tri-City Americans captain and forward, who will celebrate his 21st birthday in July, enjoyed a memorable final WHL regular season, setting a league record for the most consecutive games played and breaking the century plateau and placing fourth in league scoring with 106 points, including 44 goals.

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staffRebels playoff Tab photo- From the left Red Deer Rebels Turner Elson

Rebels top players going to have to lead team to go deep into playoffs

It’s a well-worn cliche´, but one that rings truer than any other. “Your best players have to be your best players,” Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach reiterated this week, as he prepared his troops for an Eastern Conference quarter-final battle with the Prince Albert Raiders, a best-of-seven set that opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Centrium.

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staffRebels playoff Tab photo- From the left Red Deer Rebels Turner Elson
Red Deer Rebels goaltender Patrik Bartosak has not been able to stop pucks lately but is working hard to help teammates in other ways while recovering from a shoulder injury.

Bartosak acknowledged for great season in net

How important has Patrik Bartosak been to the Red Deer Rebels this season? Just ask opposing coaches and general managers, who selected the Rebels standout stopper as the 2012-13 Eastern Conference netminder of the year and a first-team all-star.

Red Deer Rebels goaltender Patrik Bartosak has not been able to stop pucks lately but is working hard to help teammates in other ways while recovering from a shoulder injury.

Rebels prospects get a taste of what’s to come

A handful of the patrons taking in the Western Hockey League playoff games Friday and Saturday at the Centrium will one day be playing for the home team. Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter welcomed goaltender Taz Burman and forward Adam Musil to the Centrium Wednesday and today will bring in another 13 prospects, most of them already signed to WHL education contracts.

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Teams match-up well

Perhaps the Red Deer Rebels and Prince Albert Raiders should simply be satisfied with qualifying for the Western Hockey League playoffs this season. “It’s probably exciting for both teams, especially considering where we were last year,” Raiders head coach Steve Young said Tuesday, in reference to the Rebels’ and Raiders’ non-playoff status in 2011-12.

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Rebels get ready for Raiders

The Red Deer Rebels ended their regular season Saturday before learning the identity of their first-round Western Hockey League playoff opponent. “It took 72 games to find out,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, whose club completed a 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place about 20 minutes before Anthony Bardaro’s shootout goal gave the Prince Albert Raiders a 4-3 win over the visiting Saskatoon Blades.

Rebels using final games to prepare for playoffs

The Red Deer Rebels close out their regular-season schedule with two meaningless games tonight and Saturday versus the defending WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings. Whoa . . . let’s back up a bit. The games might be insignificant in the sense that neither team can move up or down in the standings — with the Oil Kings having clinched top spot in the Eastern Conference and the Rebels having nailed down fourth place — but they will serve as timely tune-ups for the playoffs, scheduled to open in one week.

DePape ready for action

As UFC Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer would bellow with drawn-out emphasis: “IT’S TIME!” Jordan DePape might not be quite that excited over the prospect of making his Red Deer Rebels debut Friday against the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings, but he’s plenty pumped all the same.

Rebels edged by Hitmen

CALGARY — The Red Deer Rebels came out on the short end of their WHL meeting with the Calgary Hitmen Sunday at the Saddldome — falling 4-3 in overtime — but GM/head coach Brent Sutter wasn’t crushed.

Thiel embraces role with Rebels

He’s not the guy with the glittery resume and/or the impressive stats line. Instead, Cody Thiel is a true tradesman as a Western Hockey League player who knows and embraces his role.

Bartosak, Elson lead Rebels to victory over Hurricanes

LETHBRIDGE — The Red Deer Rebels, with Turner Elson and Patrik Bartosak playing leading roles, moved closer to clinching home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Western Hockey League playoffs with a 4-0 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Wednesday. Elson potted a pair of goals in a dominating performance and Bartosak wasn’t far behind, blocking all 39 shots he faced for his fifth shutout of the season.

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staffRebels -Red Deer Rebel Mathew Dumba controls the puck past Kootenay Ice Kyle O’Connor during first period action at the Centrium Tuesday.

Rebels roll over Ice

The Red Deer Rebels have their eyes on the prize. For the Rebels, that would be fourth place in the WHL Eastern Conference, a position they now hold by a four-point margin over the Prince Albert Raiders.

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staffRebels -Red Deer Rebel Mathew Dumba controls the puck past Kootenay Ice Kyle O’Connor during first period action at the Centrium Tuesday.

Bellerive looking for consistency

Matt Bellerive is his own worst critic. The 18-year-old forward, acquired by the Red Deer Rebels from the Vancouver Giants last September, admitted Monday that he’s been a model of inconsistency this season. “I did pretty well for the first month and a half or so, then we went on the U.S. road trip (in November) and I didn’t play too well. I went eight or nine games without a point.

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Rebels regain swagger with weekend win

The Red Deer Rebels regained their swagger during the weekend and are hopeful that they’re headed in a positive direction with a mere two weeks remaining in the Western Hockey League regular season. For sure, they know they’re headed to the playoffs.

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The Saskatoon Blades host the Lethbridge Hurricanes November 27

Red Deer products big contributors for Blades

Red Deer native Collin Valcourt had barely arrived in Saskatoon when he was struck with the reality that his new club was performing far below its capabilities. The struggling Saskatoon Blades, set to host the Memorial Cup tournament in May, picked up Valcourt from the Spokane Chiefs at the Jan. 10 trade deadline and also added fellow left wingers Erik Benoit from Kootenay and Michael Ferland from Brandon.

The Saskatoon Blades host the Lethbridge Hurricanes November 27
Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staffRebels -Red Deer Rebel Joel Hamilton and Saskatoon Blade Brett Stovin clash during first period action at the Centrium on Tuesday.

Rebels blanked by Blades

The Saskatoon Blades are playing with a cutting edge. The Red Deer Rebels experienced that first-hand Tuesday at the Centrium, falling 4-0 to the visitors in a Western Hockey League contest viewed by a recorded gathering of 4,293.

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staffRebels -Red Deer Rebel Joel Hamilton and Saskatoon Blade Brett Stovin clash during first period action at the Centrium on Tuesday.

Rebels looking to stop Blades’ streak

As the 2013 Memorial Cup tournament hosts, the Saskatoon Blades had to eventually emerge as a Western Hockey League power. Although GM/head coach Lorne Molleken negotiated numerous trades to give his club more depth and star power with the likes of centre Brenden Walker and winger Michael Ferland, the Blades stumbled through the first three to four months of the season but now haven’t lost since falling 4-2 to the defending champion Edmonton Oil Kings Jan. 23.

Red Deer Rebels forward Rhyse Dieno gets ready to fire a shot on the Prince Albert goal during Saturday nights game at the Centrium. The Rebels won the game 4-2 on the night where they saluted the Rustlers by wearing throwback jerseys.

Rebels get edged by Tigers

MEDICINE HAT — Playing their third game in as many nights, the Red Deer Rebels were likely a tired team Sunday.

Red Deer Rebels forward Rhyse Dieno gets ready to fire a shot on the Prince Albert goal during Saturday nights game at the Centrium. The Rebels won the game 4-2 on the night where they saluted the Rustlers by wearing throwback jerseys.
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Rebels get win on Rustlers throwback night

It was important to Brent Sutter that his Red Deer Rustlers — err, Rebels — show their best stuff before a large gathering Saturday at the Centrium. Their 4-2 come-from-behind Western Hockey League victory over the Prince Albert Raiders was a bonus.

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