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Rebels Down Cougars In Impressive Fashion – Prepare For Pats Saturday Night


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By Sheldon Spackman

Another strong performance for the Red Deer Rebels at the Enmax Centrium Friday night. After defeating Victoria 6-2 a week ago, Red Deer took down one of the best teams in the WHL, the Prince George Cougars 5-2.

The first period was a tight one, with the Rebels out shooting the Cougars 10-7 and getting some quality scoring chances as well, including a crossbar shot that looked like it might have gone in but didn’t. However, with 45 seconds left in the opening period, Red Deer’s Michael Spacek scored to give the team a 1-0 lead heading into the break.

The second period saw Prince George come out strong with lots of shots on net but Red Deer responded with a strong effort of their own and managed to go up 2-0, thanks to a goal from Cameron Hausinger at the 9:18 mark. The Cougars would finally get on the board later in the period when Tate Olson scored on the power play with 2:41 left to play and bring Prince George to within one goal after forty minutes.

The Cougars made it interesting early in the third period when Jared Bethune scored at the 2:56 mark to tie it up at 2-2, possibly setting things up for a nail biting finish. The Rebels however had other ideas and took the bull by the horns from there. Carson Sass scored on the power play at the 9:44 mark to go up 3-2 and it would later turn out to be the game winner. Evan Polei then added an insurance goal at 13:14 to make it 4-2 Red Deer. And just for fun, Evan Polei scored an empty netter at 19:13 to close out the game in a 5-2 finish.

The win improves the Rebels record to 22-20-4-3 with 51 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Prince George drops to 34-14-3-0 with 71 points and first place in the B.C. Division.

Red Deer’s next game is Saturday, January 28th when they host another strong opponent, the top ranked Regina Pats. The Pats are currently on a three-game winning streak and lead the East Division with a 32-6-6-1 record and 71 points.

It’s a 7:00 pm face-off at the Enmax Centrium.

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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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