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Rebels Fall To Blades In Overtime


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By Sheldon Spackman

Make that back to back 2-1 overtime losses for the Red Deer Rebels. First Swift Current last Saturday, then Saskatoon on Tuesday night, both at the Enmax Centrium. It was a disappointing end to what was really a pretty tight game between the two teams. Especially for Rebel’s goaltender Riley Lamb who once again played outstanding, saving 35 of 37 shots on the night but coming up on the losing end unfortunately.

The first period got off to a slow start in some respects, with four penalties called in the first two minutes, giving the early impression it might be a rough game. However, Saskatoon did get on the board quickly, thanks to a power play goal from Jesse Shynkaruk at the 1:12 mark following a charging penalty to the Rebels Evan Polei just 15 seconds into the game. That’s how the period would end, 1-0 Blades and out shooting Red Deer 12-11 after twenty minutes.

In the second period, the Rebels broke their goose egg when Evan Polei scored glove side at the 12:10 mark to make it 1-1 after forty minutes. Red Deer also out shot Saskatoon 11-8 during the middle frame.

In the third period, the Blades out shot the Rebels 14-9 but neither team was able to score, sending it to overtime for Red Deer for the second game in a row.

Overtime saw the Rebels out shoot the Blades 5-3 and both teams had their chances. But with 16.5 seconds left in the five-minute 3 on 3 period, Saskatoon’s Jesse Shynkaruk moved into the slot and took a shot that was deflected, beating Riley Lamb who had no chance to react to the puck’s sudden change of direction. It was Shynkaruk’s second goal of the night and the game winner that made it a 2-1 overtime final.

The Blades win improves their record to 26-31-7-2 with 61 points and fifth place in the WHL’s East Division. The Rebels drop to 26-28-8-4 with 64 points and third place in the Central Division.

Red Deer’s next game is Friday, March 10th in Cranbrook, B.C. to take on the Kootenay Ice.

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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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