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.
End of an era for Red Deer Minor baseball Braves
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
Red Deer Minor Hockey is proud to announce our new General Manager Lane Moore
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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