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Rebels Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Lethbridge, Game Four At Centrium Tonight! (March 30th)


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By Sheldon Spackman

It was a big win for the Red Deer Rebels over the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Enmax Centrium Wednesday night. The Rebels edged the visiting Hurricanes 4-3 in double overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their best of seven first-round playoff series. No doubt the Rebels will be looking to put the favoured Hurricanes on the ropes with another victory at the Centrium tonight before heading back to Lethbridge for game five on Saturday, April 1st.

Wednesday night’s game however was a good one. The Rebels out shot the Hurricanes 14-11 in the first period, with the teams heading to the dressing rooms tied at one goal a piece after twenty minutes. Red Deer opened the scoring at 2:44 with a power play goal from Lane Zablocki to take a 1-0 lead early in the game. While Tyler Wong got Lethbridge on the board when he scored on the power play as well at the 8:51 mark to make it 1-1.

The second period saw Lethbridge out shoot Red Deer 15-12 and the Hurricanes take a 2-1 lead after forty minutes when Brennan Menell scored with just over a minute left to play.

In the third, Red Deer out shot Lethbridge 13-9 but it was the Hurricanes who struck first. They scored their third straight unanswered goal when Zak Zborosky got one behind Red Deer’s Riley Lamb at the 3:10 mark to make it 3-1 Lethbridge. However, there was no quit in the Red Deer Rebels on this night, as Brandon Hagel scored on the power play to close the gap to 3-2 Hurricanes with 3:07 left to play. Then with a minute and a half  left, the Rebels pulled their goalie and put an extra skater on the ice. It paid off, as Lane Zablocki scored his second of the night for Red Deer and tied it up at 3-3 with just 20 seconds left to play, sending the game to overtime.

Lethbridge out shot Red Deer 16-9 in the overtime frame but no one managed to score. This led to double overtime and just 48 seconds into it, the Rebels Evan Polei scored the game-winner. An exciting 4-3 double O.T. victory for Red Deer that gives them a 2-1 series lead heading into game four at the Centrium tonight.

It’s a 7 o’clock face-off.

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End of an era for Red Deer Minor baseball Braves

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From Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors

Following many discussions within the Red Deer community, the baseball community, our association members, as well as our board of directors we have made the decision to move forward with rebranding our teams, currently known as the Braves. For our association the Braves name symbolized warrior strength, bravery and resilience, all qualities we were proud to align with; and although the initial moniker of our teams was never intended to carry a derogatory or disrespectful connotation, for some, it has. The topic of our rebrand has been polarizing and arguments both for and against have been passionately presented. We have made the decision to move forward in the direction we feel is best for our association.

In alignment with the membership majority vote, the Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors is excited to announce that we will now be known as the Red Deer Rangers.

The Red Deer Rangers will retain our current navy and crimson colors and will not adopt the colors or logo of the MLB, NHL, or any other Rangers franchise. We are looking forward to forging our own identity and embracing our own look.

As you can appreciate this is a complex initiative that will take time. We will remain the Braves for the 2024 season and aim to have our rebrand complete for the 2025 season.

All participants that submitted the Rangers name during our rebranding poll, will be entered into a draw to receive the first Red Deer Rangers jersey.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this positive endeavor as we create a new inclusive legacy for our association that all can be proud of.

RDMBA Board of Directors

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Red Deer Minor Hockey is proud to announce our new General Manager Lane Moore

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From Red Deer Minor Hockey 

The Red Deer Minor Hockey Board of Directors is pleased & honored to announce, after an extensive search, that Lane Moore has accepted the position of General Manager of Red Deer Minor Hockey.  Lane will start his new role early in the new year & is very excited about leading our organization into the future as we aim to provide a positive learning and maturing experience for all of our young athletes & coaches in a minor hockey setting.

Lane comes into the role of General Manager with an extensive resume, in both hockey and administration.  Lane has led the Bentley school as principal for the last 17 years & was an educator prior to that.  On the hockey side, Lane’s passion for coaching & engaging with young athletes, dates back to 2002.  His most recent involvement as a coach with Red Deer Minor Hockey saw Lane lead the U17AAA North Star Chiefs for 2 seasons (21-22, 22-23).  Prior to his work with Red Deer Minor Hockey Lane served as President of Rimbey Minor Hockey for several seasons.

One of Lane’s biggest strengths is his ability to create highly effective teams by building a common mission & vision & then executing on those through visionary leadership.  These attributes shone through during this General Manager search and we are thrilled for Lane to lead this organization now & into the future as we aim to be one of the premier Minor Hockey Associations in the province.

Lane, his wife Kathleen & their three children Easton, Cooper & Lexi call Red Deer home.  His son Cooper is the captain of Red Deer U18AAA Optimist Chiefs & his older son Easton is pursuing his hockey career and post-secondary studies in Massachusetts.  Please join us in congratulating Lane Moore as the new General Manager of the Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission, welcome Lane!

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