Monday, February 24, 2014

LOCAL RECAP: Kings and Queens Volleyball Win Gold, Rebels Split Pair

Both the RDC Kings and Queens Volleyball squads lived up to expectations over the weekend in winning their respective ACAC Championships.

The Kings, playing on their home court at RDC, swept Grant MacEwan in Sunday's final by hard fought set scores of 25-22, 25-21 and 26-24. Kings Setter Sam Brisbane was named Tournament MVP while Tim Finnigan and Braden O'Toole were named as Tournament All-Stars. Prior to the tournament, Finnigan was named ACAC Player of the Year and Aaron Schulha was named Coach of the Year.

The Queens, playing at Grande Prairie, also swept their final match at provincials by set scores of 25-17, 25-12 and 25-19 over the host Wolves. Queens Power Hitter Amber Adolf was named Tournament MVP while Brooke Sutter and Bronwyn Hawkes were named as Tournament All-Stars.


The Kings, who settled for silver last year, are now ranked #1 heading into this year's nationals next week at Briercrest (Moose Jaw)...
1  Red Deer Kings  ACAC  champ  Red Deer, AB
2  Mohawk Mountaineers  OCAA  champ  Hamilton, ON
3  Douglas Royals  PACWEST  champ  New Westminster, B.C
4  Humber Hawks  OCAA  wildcard  Toronto, ON
5  CBC Bearcats  PACWEST  wildcard  Abbotsford, BC
6  Briercrest Clippers  ACAC  host  Caronport, SK
7  St Thomas Tommies  ACAA  champ  Fredericton, NB
8  St-Jerome Cheminots  RSEQ  champ  Saint-Jerome, QC
More details, including the match schedule, are posted here...

The Queens are the #3 ranked team for nationals at Seneca College in Toronto...
1  Garneau Elans  RSEQ  champ  Quebec, QC
2  VIU Mariners  PACWEST  champ  Nanaimo, BC
3  Red Deer Queens  ACAC  champ  Red Deer, AB
4  Humber Hawks  OCAA  champ  Toronto, ON
5  Grande Prairie Wolves  ACAC  wildcard  Grande Prairie, AB
6  Capilano Blues  PACWEST  wildcard  North Vancouver, BC
7  MSVU Mystics  ACAA  champ  Halifax, NS
8  Seneca Sting  OCAA  host  Toronto, ON
More details, including the match schedule, are posted here...

Meantime... The RDC Women’s Curling team won bronze at the ACAC Championships in Vermillion this past weekend.  RDC stole one in the eighth end to defeat Lakeland College in the bronze medal match.  The team will now join MacEwan University and NAIT at Nationals in Sault Ste Marie March 18-22.  The team consists of Kaitlyn Sherrer, Julie Primrose, Courtney Smith, Taylor Eno and Jessica Newman.---

The Red Deer Rebels, in a heated battle for the final playoff spot in the WHL Eastern Conference, split a pair of home games over the weekend.

Friday, the Rebels ended a five game home losing streak with a 5-3 triumph over the Vancouver Giants. 24 hours later, the Rebels lost by that same 5-3 score to Swift Current. Taz Burman was a last minute starter in net for the Rebels in place of Patrik Bartosak (illness).

The Rebels have two more home games at the Enmax Centrium this week... Wednesday vs. Kamloops, Friday vs. Medicine Hat.

Senior AAA Provincials – semifinals

Saturday - Bentley Generals 2, Stony Plain Eagles 0
- Generals sweep series 4-0

Friday - Innisfail Eagles 4, Fort Saskatchewan 1
Saturday - Innisfail Eagles 4, Fort Saskatchewan 3 OT
- Eagles lead series 3-1


Heritage Junior B

The Red Deer Vipers fell 3-1 to the Three Hills Thrashers on Saturday night. The Thrashers take the elimination playoff series 2-1 and will take on the Blackfalds Wranglers in the North Division Semifinals.


Alberta Midget Hockey League

After an opening round bye, the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs will take on the UFA Bisons in the AMHL Playoffs...


Two Red Deer Minor Hockey alumni have won major awards from the Alberta Junior Hockey League...

Forward Chris Gerrie of the Olds Grizzlys is the 2013-2014 AJHL Rookie of the Year.   Gerrie leads all AJHL rookies in goals, assists and points (18G, 25A, 53 PTS) and is second in team scoring with an average of 0.9 points per game.  He is currently tied for 18th overall in the AJHL Scoring Race.  His 19 powerplay assists place him among the Top 3 AJHL Scorers.

During the opening months of his rookie campaign, the 17 year-old committed to Michigan Tech University for the 2016-2017 season.  Gerrie made an immediate impact to the line-up with 27 points in his first 28 AJHL games.

Gerrie (Red Deer, AB) has been selected as the Pro Hockey Life Player of the Game five times in his rookie season.  He becomes the fourth player in franchise history to earn the AJHL Rookie of the Year Award.

Tanner Jaillet of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons is the winner of the 2013-2014 Top Goaltender Award and recipient of the Friends of Alberta Junior Hockey League Trophy.  The Top Goaltender Award is awarded to the goalie who demonstrated the greatest ability in his position throughout the season as voted on by the league’s General Managers and Coaches.

Jaillet opened the 2013-2014 season with 10 consecutive wins, and 13 games without a regulation loss.  He is tied for 1st overall with a .933 save percentage and 2nd amongst all league goaltenders with a 2.01 GAA.  Jaillet has recorded a league leading 6 shutouts and is 29-9-3 in the regular season.

Jaillet (Red Deer, AB) was selected as the Pro Hockey Life Player of the Game nine times in the regular season.  Jaillet also received the honour of Alberta Dodge Dealers AJHL Player of the Month and the Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week in September 2013.  The Canadian Junior Hockey League selected Jaillet as the 1st Star of the Month for September 2013 in recognition of the goaltender’s remarkable start to the season.  Tanner was also a finalist for the 2013-2014 AJHL MVP Award.

The 20 year old goaltender is in his third season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and has committed to the University of Denver.  Jaillet becomes the fifth Oil Barons goaltender to receive the Top Goaltender Award.

The full list of AJHL 2013-14 Player Awards winners is posted here.



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