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Maple Leafs star Matthews suspended two games for cross-checking Sabres’ Dahlin


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NEW YORK — Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews has been suspended two games without pay for cross-checking Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Dahlin on Sunday.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Matthews will forfeit $116,402.50 for the incident.

The incident happened at the 14:55 mark of Sunday’s Heritage Classic outdoor game between the Leafs and Sabres at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont. Matthews delivered a cross-check to Dahlin’s neck while the two players were battling in front of the Buffalo net.

“This (was) a high forceful cross-check that makes force with an opponent’s neck with sufficient force to warrant supplemental discipline,” the NHL’s department of player safety said of the event in a video describing their rationale for the suspension.

Both Matthews and Dahlin were assessed two-minute minor penalties on the play for cross-checking.

Dahlin received no extra discipline.

Matthews leads the NHL with 45 goals scored this season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2022.

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Kings and Queens hockey teams crowned ACAC Champions – Queens go back to back!

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The Kings and Queens Hockey Teams are ACAC Champions

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens win in overtime and become back-to-back champions in women’s hockey as they swept the Ooks in the best-of-five-game series with a 2-1 victory. After the Ooks dominated the majority of the period, the Queens would strike first with 46 seconds to go in the opening frame. On a two-on-two rush, forward Brenna Reid (Bachelor of Kinesiology) slid the puck over to her teammate Natalie Buttle (Bachelor of Kinesiology), who would wrist it past the NAIT goaltender for their third straight opening goal of the series.

At the end of the first 20 minutes, the Ooks outshot the Queens 10-4 as once again goaltender Tanya Disotell-Dunsmore (Bachelor of Science in Pre-Opt) was helping her team out in the pack of the net. The Ooks would tie it up at one after a misplayed puck in the Queens end landed on the stick of forward Jessica Engelbrecht (Bachelor of Business Administration) who would wrist it over the blocker of Disotell-Dunsmore.

The Ooks continued to dominate the game as they held the Polytechnic to six shots in the middle frame and put up 12 more to give them a total of 22 shots in the 40 minutes played.

This game would need overtime, but it sure did not take long for the Queens to become back-to-back champions as forward Avery Lajeunnesse (Bachelor of Education) wrapped the puck around and snuck it between the pad and the post to defeat the Ooks 2-1, 45 seconds into the overtime period. It was a delayed call, but the Polytechnic is now back-to-back champions.

Queens goaltender Tanya Disotell-Dunsmore stopped 30 of 31 shots on her way to being named the player of the game as they clinched the gold medal in the 2022/2023 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Women’s Hockey Season.

What a way to end the 2022/2023 RDP Athletics schedule with the Kings also winning the championship on Friday night.

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings swept the NAIT Ooks in the best-of-five-game championship series and win their first championship since the 1993/1994 season.

The first period went uneventful for the second straight game. But the Kings were surely making Ooks goaltender Ryley Osland (Business Administration) sweat a little as they fired 17 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes. NAIT, on the other hand, had just three shots and would start the second period on the penalty kill. But the Ooks would kill it off and moments later would open up the scoring of Game 3. Off a faceoff, in their own zone, the Kings could not clear the puck as the Ooks were forechecking. This led to the puck landing on the stick of forward Dylan Stewart (Open Studies), who would rifle it past Kings goaltender Arik Weersink (Bachelor of Business Administration) for the early lead.

The Kings would return the favour with under two minutes to go. Defenseman Layne Toder (Management Certificate Skywing) sauced over a pass to forward Holden Knights (Bachelor of Education), who finished it off with a highlight reel goal as he backhanded the puck over the glove of Osland into the top corner of the net to tie it up at one.

After the second period, the Kings still were outshooting the Ooks 24-19 but NAIT controlled the pace of the game in the middle frame as they made Weersink work for all 14 saves in the 20 minutes and just held the
Polytechnic to seven shots.

Under two minutes into the final period, forward Erik Miller (Business Administration) would walk into the Ooks zone beat a diving defenseman and sneak one past Osland for their first lead of the hockey game. This would ultimately be the series-clinching and game-winning goal as the Kings defeated the Ooks 2-1. At the end of the game, the Polytechnic outshot NAIT 28-24.

As he stopped 26 of 28 shots, Ryley Osland was named the player of the game with the Kings goaltender Arik Weersink also being honored with the player of the game award.

This would end the RDP Athletics schedule for the 2022/2023 season with the Awards Banquet happening on Wednesday, April 5 to recap all the amazing moments that happened across all the sports teams and recognize all the student-athletes who contributed to an incredible year at the Polytechnic.

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Kai Uchacz becomes sixth Red Deer Rebel to score 50 goals!

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Uchacz scores 50th goal

Kai Uchacz has become the sixth player in Red Deer Rebels history to score 50 goals in a season.

The 19-year-old from Okotoks reached the golden milestone Friday night with a first period goal versus the Lethbridge Hurricanes.


Player Season Games Goals

B.J. Young            1996‐97     63 58
Kyle Wanvig        2000‐01     69 55
Ben King               2021‐22     68 52
Craig Reichert     1993‐94      72 52
Dean Tiltgen        1992‐93      72 50
Kai Uchacz           2022‐23     67 50

It’s the first time the Rebels have had a 50-goal scorer in back-to-back seasons since 1992-93 and 1993-94. Ben King led the WHL last season with 52 goals.

The Rebels play their final game of the regular season Saturday night, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Peavey Mart Centrium versus the Hurricanes.

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