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Rebels Tame Tigers In Medicine Hat – Host Calgary Tonight! (Mar 15)

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By Shdeldon Spackman

A big 8-3 victory for the Red Deer Rebels in Medicine Hat on Tuesday. The win is the Rebels third in a row after back to back victories over Kootenay last week. What’s impressive about this win though is the fact that Medicine Hat who leads the Central Division and is ranked second overall in the WHL, out shot Red Deer 40-25.

The first period saw the hometown Tigers out shoot the Rebels 15-6 and score once, with a goal from Matt Bradley on the power play at 8:34. Medicine Hat led 1-0 after twenty minutes.

In the second, the Tigers out shot Red Deer again, this time 15-9 but it was the Rebels who got on the board first in the middle frame. Not to mention in exciting fashion as Lane Zablocki was awarded a penalty shot while the Rebels were short-handed and scored on Tigers net minder Michael Bullion to make it 1-1. Medicine Hat responded quickly though as just 15 seconds later as Zach Fischer scored on the power play at 7:53 to restore the Tigers one goal lead at 2-1. Red Deer however went on to score two unanswered goals before the period came to an end. Those coming from Brandon Hagel and Jordan Roy to make it 3-2 Rebels after two.

In the third period, the shots were even at 10-10 but the wheels came off for Medicine Hat. They changed goalies to start the final period and what would turn out to be the game-winning goal came at the 6:42 mark when Brandon Hagel scored for Red Deer to make it 4-2 in favour of the visitors. Just over a minute later, Austin Glover scored and it was 5-2 Rebels, essentially painting a bleak picture for a Tigers come back. Evan Polei then scored a short-handed effort at 8:37 which was followed by another short-handed goal just 20 seconds later from Michael Spacek to give the Rebels a 7-2 lead. Medicine Hat popped one in less than a minute later though when Max Gerlach scored on the power play to make it 7-3 Red Deer. The Rebels however would add one more on the night when Jordan Roy scored at the 13:12 mark to make it an 8-3 final.

The win improves the Rebels record to 29-28-8-4 with 70 points, third place in the Central Division and clinches a playoff spot for them. Medicine Hat drops to 49-20-1-0 with 99 points and first place in the Central.

The Rebels next game is Wednesday, March 15th when they host the Calgary Hitmen for a 7 pm face-off at the Enmax Centrium.

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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 reddeer.ca/DaweProject.

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Wandler temporarily replaces Walton as RDC Queens Volleyball Head Coach

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News Release from Red Deer College Athletics

With Head Coach Talbot Walton taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, a familiar face will guide the historic Red Deer College Queens Volleyball team into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) 2021/2022 season.

RDC Queens Assistant Coach Chris Wandler has assumed the head coaching duties of the three time national champion Queens Volleyball team.

RDC Queens Volleyball Head Coach Talbog Walton on indefinite medical leave

“It is unfortunate that Talbot won’t be able to begin the season doing what he loves, which is coaching his promising group of student-athletes, but at this time it is important for him to take the time that he needs to recuperate and take care of his health,” says Sharon Hamilton, Dean of School of Community, Wellness and Health. “I know the entire College community wishes Talbot well in his recovery and we all look forward to seeing him back on the sidelines coaching the Queens when his medical team deems appropriate.”

Wandler brings a wealth of coaching experience, expertise, and an important familiarity with the student-athletes and RDC Queens Volleyball program. He was an assistant to Walton with the Queens from 2003 to 2012, and again in the 2019/2020 season. He temporarily took over as the head coach of the RDC Queens Volleyball team from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019 and guided them to a pair of ACAC bronze medals. Wandler was also named the ACAC 2018/2019 Women’s Volleyball South Coach of the Year.

Under Walton’s leadership, and in conjunction with other assistant coaches, Wandler has helped build the Queens into national championship contenders, once again. During 2019/2020, the RDC Queens rolled to an impressive 21-3 regular season record, finishing only two points behind the first place Briercrest College Clippers (22-2). At the ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship in Medicine Hat, the Queens pushed the Clippers to five sets (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 23-25, and 12-15) in the final and earned a silver medal.

Then at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) 2020 Women’s Volleyball National Championship in Quebec, the Queens exacted some revenge on the Clippers, downing them in five sets (24-26, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14 and 15-12) in the bronze semi-final. The RDC Queens defeated the Fanshawe Falcons in four sets (25-14, 25-17, 18-25, and 25-21) to win national bronze.

With a complementary blend of experienced, and young, enthusiastic student-athletes, the Red Deer College Queens are excited and poised to host a successful ACAC 2022 Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, with their sights on eventually pushing for their fourth national title.

For more information about RDC Athletics, including Queens Volleyball, please visit: rdcathletics.ca.

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