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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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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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