This will be the final week of conference play for Red Deer College teams before 2019 and there are many games on the schedule for sports fans to enjoy. The RDC Curling teams will host the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Fall Regional at the Pidherney Curling Centre, and curling fans will receive free admission to watch some of the best collegiate curlers in Alberta, and even Canada. The Red Deer College Queens Hockey team will face-off against the Olds College Broncos in a home-and-home series. In a pair of games, the Kings Hockey team will entertain the Briercrest College Clippers and both basketball squads will play the Kodiaks in Lethbridge.
For convenience, game tickets can be purchased online.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.
RDC Curling | Nov. 23-25 | ACAC Fall Regional | Pidherney Curling Centre
After winning medals at last year's ACAC Curling Championships, the RDC Curling teams are motivated for another successful season on the ACAC curling circuit, looking ahead to an eventual berth in nationals for the Queens and Kings.
"Once someone has a taste of nationals, it is always the goal to get back," says Brad Hamilton, RDC Curling Head Coach. "The Queens and Kings were in the ACAC finals last year and we will go hard this year again."
Kings (l-r) Brad Hamilton, Andrew Jones, Nic Bonneau, Shayne Copeland, Carter Snethun, (missing - Austin Kelts-Larsen), Eldon Raab Picture - Colby Brochu Photography
Hamilton sees a motivated group who wants to return to the national stage, and curlers on the Queens, Kings and mixed team have been extremely eager to hit the ice and gym.
"This year there is way more fitness training at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre with Greg Howe, RDC Strength and Conditioning Coach," says Hamilton. "He created a specific program for the curlers and our practices have been cranking up the past couple of weeks."
All three Red Deer College Curling teams are well prepared and determined to perform at a high level on their home ice in the first ACAC competition of the season. Results can be followed online.
Mixed team (l-r) Assistant Coach Jason Anderson, Thomas Crawford, Jayden Mitchell, Erica Watts, Jaycee Bourke, Courtney Chesterman, Brad Hamilton
Queens Hockey | Thursday, Nov. 22 | 7:00 p.m. | Olds College
The third place RDC Queens (4-5-1-0) will play the fourth seeded Olds College Broncos (3-6-1-0) on the road. The Queens have an effective penalty kill, stopping 86.7 per cent of their opponents' opportunities with the extra skater.
Mariah McKersie (17) Colby Brochu Photography
Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 24 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
At the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the Queens and Broncos will hit the ice in the second half of the home-and-home series.
Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 23 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The second place RDC Kings (8-2-1-1) will host the Briercrest College Clippers (2-10-0-0). Second-year forward Lynnden Pastachak leads the Kings and the league with 18 points (4 goals and 14 assists) in only 12 games played. One of those goals was on the power play and another tally was a game winner.
Goaltender Troy Trombley is tied for the highest winning percentage (77.8) in ACAC Men's Hockey.
Lynnden Pastachak (88) Colby Brochu Photography
Kings Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 24 | 1:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In an afternoon rematch, the Kings will compete against the Clippers.
Samantha Wade (5) Colby Brochu Photography
Queens Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 24 | 6:00 p.m. | Lethbridge College
The determined Basketball Queens will face the Kodiaks in Lethbridge.
The RDC Queens will head into this contest with some momentum after an outstanding effort this past Saturday, defeating the visiting Ambrose University Lions by 19 points. Many Queens have been showing steady progress in the first half of the season.
Kevin Szymanek (11) Colby Brochu Photography
Kings Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 24 | 8:00 p.m. | Lethbridge College
The RDC Kings (4-3) will hit the hardwood against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (4-3) down south. Both teams have 8 points in the standings, and similar offensive and defensive statistics.
Over 7 games, the Kings have averaged 86.7 points per game and allowed 81.7 against. Lethbridge has scored 87.9 points and conceded 83.9.
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