Blades, Hebig roll against Raiders

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: reddeer.ca)


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.
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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.
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SATURDAY’S EXHIBITION GAMES:
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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