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Red Deer replacing its Arena
By Gregg Drinnan
September 12, 2015 10:37 P.M.
The venerable Red Deer Arena is to be replaced by a new facility. (Photo:

The Edmonton Oil Kings have signed G Liam Hughes, a 16-year-old from Kelowna. . . . Hughes, a seventh-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, was 10-2-0, 2.08, .930 with the U16 team at the Yale Hockey Academy last seaosn. . . . The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder played the third period of last night’s 6-1 loss to the Calgary Hitmen, stopping seven of eight shots.
The Red Deer Arena, one of a host of Canadian hockey houses built immediately after the Second World War is to be torn down and replaced by a new $21.5-million building. . . . Interestingly, the Arena cost $165,000 to build and that didn’t sit well with some Red Deer residents. . . . Crystal Rhyno of the Red Deer Advocate has more right here on the grand old lady of Red Deer.

In Regina, the Brandon Wheat Kings scored the only four goals of the third period and beat the Pats, 8-3. D Kale Clague and D Mark Matsuba each had a goal and two assists for Brandon, with D Ivan Provorov and F Nolan Patrick each picking up three assists. . . . The Wheat Kings had beaten the visiting Pats 6-2 on Friday night. . . .

In Moose Jaw, D David Quenneville had two goals to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Warriors. . . . Quenneville scored the game’s first two goals, at 11:21 and 18:03 of the second period. . . . Tigers F Steve Owre took a charging major and game misconduct at 19:32 of the second period. Moose Jaw G Zach Sawchenko left the game with a bruised back following the play. . . . Russian F Nikita Popugaev had one assist in his debut with the Warriors. According to a tweet from Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, Popugaev is “excited and happy” to be in Moose Jaw, and “was disappointed when he found out they didn’t practise Sunday.” . . .

In Ladner, B.C., F Carter Popoff’s shorthanded goal, at 11:55 of the third period, gave Vancouver a 3-1 lead and the Giants went on to beat the Victoria Royals, 3-2. . . . If the online game sheet is correct, referee Steve Papp hit Vancouver F Taylor Crunk with a major and a double game misconduct after a second-period fight with Victoria F Tyler Thompson. . . . Vancouver F Jakob Stubel left early with an undisclosed injury. . . .

In St. Albert, Alta., the Calgary Hitmen scored the game’s first five goals en route to a 6-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . The Hitmen now are 4-0-0. . . . D Colby Harmsworth, F Layne Bensmiller and F Terrell Draude each had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen. . . . Calgary G Kyle Dumba stopped 24 shots. . . .

In Warman, Sask., the Saskatoon Blades had three players with five points each as they got past the Prince Albert Raiders, 8-6. . . . F Cameron Hebig and F Nick Zajac each had two goals and three assists, with F Connor Gay, in his Saskatoon debut, getting a goal and four assists. . . . The Raiders took a 5-4 lead into the third period, only to be outscored 4-1 in the final 20 minutes. . . . One night earlier, the Blades won 6-3 in Prince Albert. Hebit had three goals in that one, so he finished the two games with eight points. . . .

In Kelowna, the Rockets snapped a 1-1 tie with the first two goals of the third period and went on to a 4-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . D Cal Foote had three assists for the Rockets, two of them on the PP. Foote, who turns 17 on Dec. 13, is the son of former NHL D Adam Foote. . . . The Blazers, who beat the visiting Rockets 3-1 on Friday night, are without veteran forwards Matt Campese and Matt Revel, both out with shoulder injuries. . . .

In Kennewick, Wash., the Spokane Chiefs scored the game’s last five goals, all in the third period, and beat the Red Deer Rebels, 5-3. . . . Spokane got two goals and an assist from F Markson Bechtold and a goal and two assists from F Jaret Anderson-Dolan, who was the 14th overall pick in the 2014 bantam draft. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto added three assists for Spokane. . . . The Chiefs scored their first four goals via the PP, as they went 4-for-6 with the man advantage. . . . Earlier in the day, F Bartek Bison scored twice and added an assist to lead the Prince George Cougars to a 3-2 OT victory over the Kootenay Ice. Bison, a freshman from the Netherlands, got the winner 4:23 into OT. . . . Bison had forced OT at 15:16 of the third period. . . . In the day’s last game, the Tri-City Americans erased a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals and beat the Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-2. . . . Veteran F Beau McCue scored twice for the Americans, who got 23 saves from G Evan Sarthou. Seattle G Logan Flodell stopped 29 shots.


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