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Rebels Win And Take A 3-1 Series Lead Over Lethbridge!


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By Sheldon Spackman

The Red Deer Rebels have the Lethbridge Hurricanes on the ropes after a huge 5-3 win at the Enmax Centrium Thursday night. The victory gives the Rebels a 3-1 best of seven series lead heading back to Lethbridge for game five on Saturday, April 1st.

The Rebels had a strong start to the game, registering 18 shots on Lethbridge’s goalie Stuart Skinner, while the Hurricanes managed 11 on Red Deer’s Riley Lamb. However, it was Lethbridge who led 2-1 after twenty minutes. The Hurricanes opened the scoring just 2:19 into the game when Tyler Wong lit the lamp to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead early on. The Hurricanes would then go up 2-0 when Jordy Bellerive scored on the power play at the 15:39 mark. Red Deer pulled to within one goal though, when Lane Zablocki scored with just 38 seconds left in the period to head into the first intermission down by one.

In the second, it was a tight battle as Red Deer out shot Lethbridge 13-11 and tied it up at 2-2 when Brandon Hagel scored a short-handed goal. Lethbridge would respond before the period came to an end though. Tyler Wong struck again for his second of the night, when he scored on the power play at 17:58 to make it 3-2 Lethbridge heading into the second break.

In the third, that’s when things really got tense. No one scored for nearly the first half of the last period and the Rebels were down 3-2. That’s when Lane Zablocki stepped up again with his second of the night. Scoring on the power play at the 9:11 mark to tie it up at 3-3. Then, as the game was winding down and looked as though overtime might be necessary for the second game in a row, Evan Polei popped one in to give the Rebels a 4-3 lead with 1:59 left to play. It was another huge goal for Polei who scored the winner in double overtime on Wednesday night. That left the Hurricanes with no choice but to pull their goalie and put an extra skater on the ice to try and tie it up at 4 before time ran out on them. That however led to an empty net goal for Red Deer’s Brandon Hagel who scored his second of the night with 55 second left to make it a 5-3 final.

A euphoric victory for the Rebels and their 5,213 fans in attendance who had the building buzzing all night long with excitement.

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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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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:

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