Red Deer Rebels
Rebels split weekend matchups against top teams, take on Bedard Tuesday
From the Red Deer Rebels
REBELS THIS WEEK
The Winnipeg ICE, the top ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League, defeated the Rebels 5-1 at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Mats Lindgren scored on a power play in the second period for Red Deer.
Fri. Jan. 27 – The Rebels earned a 5-1 win over the visiting Saskatoon Blades at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Kai Uchacz led the way once again with two goals and an assist. Frantisek Formanek had three assists. Kalan Lind, Dwayne Jean Jr. and Ben King (power play) also scored. Christoffer Sedoff and Hunter Mayo each had two assists. Kyle Kelsey turned in a superb 34-save performance.
BEDARD BACK IN TOWN
Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats pay their final visit of the regular season this Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Peavey Mart Centrium.This game is completely sold-out! The Rebels have one win and one loss so far this season versus the Pats. Game time is at 7 p.m. with the broadcast on 106.7 REWIND Radio beginning at 6:30.
AWAY TO THE U.S.A.
The Rebels are set to embark on a trip through the U.S. Division for the first time in four years (since Feb. 2019). The trip starts Saturday night in Spokane versus the Chiefs and continues Sunday versus the Everett Silvertips. The Rebels visit the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday, Feb. 7 then head to Seattle where they’ll battle the Thunderbirds next Friday. The trip concludes Saturday, Feb. 11 when the Rebels take on the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Washington.
FAMILY DAY FESTIVITIES
Following their trip south of the border, the Rebels will return to action on Friday, February 17 versus the Memorial Cup hosting Kamloops Blazers (7 p.m.) on Country and Western Night at the Peavey Mart Centrium.
Then on Monday. Feb. 20, the Rebels host the Medicine Hat Tigers for a special Family Day Matinee at 2 p.m. It’ll be “Sockey Day in Red Deer” where attendees will receive a free pair of socks, provided by generous sponsors, or bring their own to throw on the ice during the game. These socks will then be gathered by United Way volunteers and distributed to people in need across Central Alberta via our partner agencies. Guests can also purchase raffle tickets for some exciting prize packages.
Tickets for all Rebels home games are available at ticketsalberta.com. For details on family/group/corporate packages, call the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.
ON THE RADAR:
The Rebels have three players included on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft – Kalan Kind (F, ’05) 23rd North American Skaters, Kai Uchacz (F, ’04) 130th, Matteo Fabrizi (D, ’05) 215th.
Lind will also suit up for Team White at the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, January 25 in Langley, BC. The 18-year-old from Shaunavon, SK was the Rebels’ 1st round pick (6th overall) at the 2020 WHL Prospects Draft. He won gold with Team Canada at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup held at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, July 31-August 6. Lind also played at the Capital City Challenge in Ottawa in November 2021.
Rebels to auction off these St. Patrick’s Day jerseys
Photo by Red Deer Rebels/Rob Wallator
News release from the Red Deer Rebels
Rebels auctioning game-worn St. Patrick’s Day jerseys
The Red Deer Rebels are counting on the Luck of the Irish to help raise money for a great cause.
When the Rebels take on the Swift Current on Friday, March 17, at the Peavey Mart Centrium, they’ll do so while wearing limited edition “St. Patrick’s Day” themed jerseys.
The black jersey features an Irish tartan pattern on the shoulders, Gaelic name and number font, and a green Rebels ‘R’ overtop a four-leaf clover.
The jersey auction will be conducted in-person at the Peavey Mart Centrium during Friday’s game.
Also, three jerseys worn by Jace Isley, Ben King and Kai Uchacz will be available through online auction. A link for the auction can be found here (www.32auctions.com/RDRStPats)
Proceeds from the jerseys go to support the Rebels Foundation for Education and Wellness.
Tickets for Friday’s game (7 p.m.) can be purchased through Tickets Alberta.
Rebels can clinch first Central Division title in 12 years this week
From the Red Deer Rebels
REBELS THIS WEEK
The Red Deer Rebels have officially booked their spot in the 2023 WHL Playoffs. With a regulation win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday, the Rebels can also clinch their first Central Division title since the 2010-11 season.
Visit reddeerrebels.com to see the available options for playoff packages and how to guarantee your seat!
ABOUT LAST WEEK
Sat. March 4 – The Rebels played well in their fourth road game in five nights but settled for a single point in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre. Frantisek Formanek had a goal and two assists for this third three-point game of the season. Ollie Josephson, Kai Uchacz, Ben King and Jayden Grubbe each scored once. Mats Lindgren has another big night with three assists. Red Deer outshot Regina 40-20 and was 1-for-5 on the power play while Regina was 1-for-2.
Fri. March 3 – Mats Lindgren had a career high five points (1G, 4A) as the Rebels doubled up the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-3 at Westoba Place. Ben King scored twice on the power play. Jayden Grubbe and Jace Isley scored even strength while Kai Uchacz added an empty netter. Chase Wutzke made 31 saves for his second win of the season. Red Deer outshot Brandon 39-34 and was 2-for-4 on the power play while Brandon was 2-for-6.
Wed. March 1 – The Saskatoon Blades scored three power play goals in a 5-2 win over the Rebels at SaskTel Centre. Craig Armstrong scored for Red Deer in the second period while Frantisek Formanek scored in the third. Saskatoon outshot Red Deer 35-10 and was 3-for-9 on the power play while Red Deer was 0-for-2.
Tue. Feb. 28 – The Prince Albert Raiders scored three times in the first period on their way to a 5-2 win over the Rebels at the Art Hauser Centre. Jace Isley scored in his third straight game for the Rebels early in period two while Jhett Larson added a power play tally with 2.5 seconds left in the frame. Prince Albert outshot Red Deer 23-21 and was 2-for-6 on the power play while the Rebels were 1-for-3.
The Rebels return to the Peavey Mart Centrium to battle the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. It’s the first of three remaining games between Red Deer and Lethbridge. The Rebels are 2-0-0-1 versus Lethbridge this season.
This coming weekend, the Rebels take on the Calgary Hitmen in a home and home series starting Friday night (March 10) at the Peavey Mart Centrium at 7 p.m. It’s the final Beer Special of the season with domestic cans available for 2-for-$10.
The Rebels and Hitmen play again Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome to wrap up their season series. Red Deer is 5-1-0-0 versus Calgary so far this season.
KING CLIMBS THE CHARTS
Forward Ben King has 97 career goals with the Rebels placing him for 5th on the team’s all-time list. With a goal and assist Saturday in Regina, the Vernon, BC native and Anaheim Ducks prospect also became the 10th player in Rebels history to record 200 career points with the club.
LINDGREN TIES TEAM RECORD
With five points (1 goal, 4 assists) Friday night in Brandon, Mats Lindgren tied the Rebels team record for points in a game by a defenceman (Darren Van Impe did it three times from 1992-94). Lindgren, a draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres, added three more assists Saturday night at Regina.
Congratulations to Rebels head coach Steve Konowalchuk on recently recording his 300th coaching victory in the WHL.
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