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Ponoka Thumped By Airdrie 9-4


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By Sheldon Spackman

A massive seven goal explosion in the first period by the Airdrie Thunder in Ponoka on Wednesday night was too much for the Stampeders to overcome.

Despite getting out shot by Airdrie 24-9 in the first period, it was actually Ponoka who got on the board first with a pair of quick goals from Toran Corbier and Nate Higgins to make it 2-0 Stamps just 1:08 into the game. Then it was total domination by the Thunder as they went on to score seven unanswered goals in the first period alone to make it 7-2 for the visitors heading into the first intermission.

Both teams added one goal each in the second period to make it 8-3 after forty minutes. Nate Higgins scored his second of the night for Ponoka, an unassisted short handed goal at the 17:40 mark of the second frame.

The third period saw Airdrie largely control the play, out shooting Ponoka 17-5 and 52-28 throughout the entire game. However, both teams managed to score only one goal each. Ponoka’s Nate Higgins scoring for the Stamps and earning a hatrick on the night to make it a 9-4 final in favour of Airdrie.

The loss is Ponoka’s third in a row and drops their record to 5-15-2 with 12 points and sixth place in the HJHL’s North Division. Airdrie has now won back to back and improves their record to 16-4-2 with 34 points and tied for first in the North Division with Mountainview.

Ponoka’s next game is Sunday, December 4th when they host the 14-7-0 Red Deer Vipers who have 28 points and are third place in the North Division. It’s a 2:30 face-off.

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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