Hockey briefs – October 17

Layne Bensmiller scored two goals, including the winner, as the Red Deer Rebels Black downed the visiting Calgary Royals 4-3 in an Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League game Sunday.

Calgary Royal Cole Josefchak

Calgary Royal Cole Josefchak

Bensmiller leads Rebels Black over Calgary Royals

Layne Bensmiller scored two goals, including the winner, as the Red Deer Rebels Black downed the visiting Calgary Royals 4-3 in an Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League game Sunday. Tyler Wall and Tyler Steenbergen also tallied for the winners, while Cole Sears made 28 saves. The Rebels Black were also victorious Saturday, as Bensmiller, Steenbergen and Shae Reynolds provided the goals and Carson Franks blocked 37 shots in a 3-2 win over the Calgary Northstars.

Meanwhile, the Red Deer Rebels White dropped a pair of weekend games, 6-2 to the host Calgary Bronks and 2-1 to visiting Leduc.

Milton Elliot and Andrew Perry scored against the Bronks, who fired 31 shots at Rebels netminder Branden Bilodeau. Perry notched the only Red Deer goal in the loss to Leduc. Brody Dirk made 35 saves for the Rebels White.

Red Deer North Star Chiefs remain perfect on season

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The Red Deer North Star Chiefs improved to 5-0-0 with a 6-2 win Sunday over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Mathew Thiessen potted two goals for North Star and Andrew Nielsen, Chase Thudium, Ryan Swier and Chris Gerrie also scored for the winners. Jayden Sitler made 21 saves for the Chiefs.

North Star, with Andrew McLennan scoring twice and Cale Brown, Jordan Steenbergen and Michael Pruss also connecting, defeated the visiting Calgary Blackhawks 5-3 in another weekend outing. Sittler stopped 18 shots in a winning performance.

• The Red Deer IROC Chiefs settled for a 3-3 weekend tie with the host Calgary Canucks.

Dallas Valentine, Adam Ternes and Dylan Houston scored for IROC, while Joseph Desrosiers made 21 saves.

Red Deer Elks tie game with Lacombe Rockets

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The Red Deer Elks battled the Lacombe Rockets to a 5-5 draw to salvage a single point in a pair of weekend contests.

Dylan Cole tallied twice for the Elks, with Jordy Potter, Conner Einhorn and Nicholas Keoghan also scoring and Brady Jewan making 27 saves. Garret Glasman, Freark DeVries, Ryan Skoreyko, Chase Bennett and Ben Funkhouser replied for the host Rockets, while Brandon Woltjer made 19 saves.

The Elks also dropped a 4-2 decision to the Foothills Bisons at Penhold, where Conner Einhorn sniped both Red Deer goals and Elks goalie Logan Muir and Bisons netminder David Rupp each faced 34 shots.

• The Sylvan Lake Lakers ventured south and posted a pair of one-sided conquests, bombing the Brooks Storm 9-2 and blowing past the Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-3.

Robin Carlson recorded a hat trick at Brooks, where Bryce Boguski, Dawson Young, Kale Lapointe, Ryker Leer, Travis Mayan and Spencer Scott each scored once and Keith Idland made 17 saves.

At Lethbridge, the Lakers got single goals from Boguski, Young, Lapointe, Mayan, Carlson, Landon Wolitski, Tyler Loomer and Tyson Stange. Brett Frisneth made 30 saves for the winners.

• Lacombe fell 7-3 to the host Airdrie Lightning, with DeVries, Funkhouser and Glen Pettibone connecting in a losing cause and Pete Luymes turning aside 25 shots.

• The Red Deer Pro Stitch Chiefs, while getting two goals from Chris Rauckman and a single courtesy of Jack Goranson, were 5-3 losers to the host Medicine Hat Venom.

Pro Stitch stopper Brady Nydokus blocked 33 shots.

• The Innisfail Flyers were blanked 6-0 by the host Cranbrook Ice and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Oilers at Okotoks, where Spencer Wilkie and Jeff Harvey scored for the Flyers and Greg Pols stopped 60 shots.

Pols and Klay Munro combined to make 36 saves versus the Ice.

Steel Kings win Red Deer showdown

Bantam AA

Ramada, with Gabe Galye, Caden Shybunka, Ryan Vandervlis and Reid Sterling each scoring once, downed the Steel Kings 4-2 in all-Red Deer contest.

Trevor Schoen and Tanner Zentner were the lone Kings shooters to beat Ramada netminder Michael Ozga, who came up with 22 saves. Ryley Bosch made 32 stops in a losing cause.

Ramada also pulled out a 3-1 win over the visiting Airdrie Lightning as Galye, Sterling and Declan Johnston provided the goals and Josh King turned aside 46 shots.

• The Wheatland Warriors ventured into Innisfail and took a 6-4 decision from the Flyers, who got three goals from Nolan Pochapsky, one from Quinn Layden and a 20-save effort from Reid Money.

The Flyers, though, did manage a 7-4 win over the visiting Foothills Bisons as Pochapsky fired two goals and Layden, Neil Rose, Ryan Grimberg, Chance McKnight and Reed Engman each added one. Aiden Doel made 37 saves for the win.

• The Lacombe Rockets were 1-1 in weekend play, beating the visiting Foothills Bisons 7-3 and losing to the visiting Wheatland Warriors by the same score.

David Luymes, Landen Knight and Tyler Bell each tallied twice in the Rockets win, with Ryan Mah adding a goal and Lane Congdon making 26 saves.

Zane Bennett, Ty Wagar and Dylan Pritchard scored in the loss to Wheatland, while Tony Kozak stopped 26 shots.

Bus Lines Chiefs lose to Lakers

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The Red Deer Bus Lines Chiefs dropped a 4-3 decision to the Sylvan Lake Lakers. Austin Thorne, Jordan Muirhead and Bronson Spearing scored for the Chiefs.

Bus Lines also fell 5-4 to Olds, getting goals from Muirhead, Kody Kapalka, Carter Bennett and Samuel Danchek.

Chiefs beat Venom Black

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Adam Sandstrom, Luke Puto, Kobe Williams and Zachery Kungle scored for the Red Deer Parkland Transmission Chiefs in a 4-2 win over the visiting Medicine Hat Venom Black.

Chiefs goaltender Klayton Sandquist made 38 saves.

Parkland came up well short against the Airdrie Lightning at the Collicutt Centre, their lone goal in an 8-1 loss coming from Puto. Chiefs netminders Sandquist and Justin Travis combined to make 41 saves.

• Red Deer TBS suffered a pair of road losses — 5-3 to the Medicine Hat Venom White and 4-1 to the Lethbridge Broncos.

Kyle Budvarson scored the lone TBS goal at Lethbridge, where losing netminders Dawson Weatherill and Shane Massey combined for 28 saves.

Easton Leedahl, Eric Moore and Connor Dawes were the Chiefs marksmen at Medicine Hat, where Weatherill stopped 47 shots.

• The Lacombe Rockets, with Matthew Parton and Jarrett Brandon scoring and Justin Verveda making 22 saves, gained a 2-2 draw with the visiting Venom Black.

• Jeremy Klessens potted a pair of goals for the Innisfail Flyers in an 8-4 loss to the Wheatland Braves at Strathmore.