This week in RDC Athletics

Chase Thudium (10), Tyrell Mappin (37) and the first-place Kings will host the Ooks on Saturday at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Photo - Tony Hansen
Chase Thudium (10), Tyrell Mappin (37) and the first-place Kings will host the Ooks on Saturday at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Photo - Tony Hansen

This week, the RDC Kings Hockey team will play an important weekend series against the NAIT Ooks, who are chasing them in the standings. The Hockey Queens will also be back in action as they take on the defending champions, the MacEwan University Griffins, in a pair of games. Both basketball teams will play a home-and-home series against the SAIT Trojans and the Kings & Queens Volleyball squads will compete against the Olds College Broncos in two matches.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.

 

Queens Hockey | Friday, Jan. 11 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The third place RDC Queens (5-6-1-0) will take on the second seed MacEwan University Griffins (10-3-1-0). Kaely McMurtry, a Bachelor of Education Middle School student, leads the league with seven goals.

Kaely McMurtry (6) Colby Brochu Photography

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 6:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

The venue will shift to Edmonton as the Queens look to earn a road win against the Griffins.

 

Kings Hockey | Friday, Jan. 11 | 7:00 p.m. | NAIT

The first place Red Deer College Kings (10-2-1-1) will face-off against the NAIT Ooks (10-4-0-0) in Edmonton.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

On their home ice, the RDC Kings will battle the NAIT Ooks in a rematch. After RDC's 22 points in the standings, NAIT is next with 20 so this weekend series will shape up to be an important one.

Even though the Kings have depth and balanced scoring, Chase Thudium is tied for the league lead with 11 goals. The Business Administration General student is even with Lynnden Pastachak for the most points (19) on the RDC Kings.

Lynnden Pastachak (88) Colby Brochu Photography

The Red Deer College Kings have played the NAIT Ooks extremely tough the past few seasons. In the opening weekend this year, the Kings handed the Ooks a 6-2 loss at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on October 5. Then 24 hours later, the RDC Kings defeated NAIT 3-2 in Edmonton. Over the two games, Kings' defenceman Dylan Baer led the way for both teams with one goal and two assists. Troy Trombley was the winning netminder in both contests, turning aside a total of 50 out of 54 shots (0.926).

 

Queens Basketball | Friday, Jan. 11 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Basketball Queens will host the SAIT Trojans. Sandra Garcia-Bernal has provided a spark for the Queens and has tremendous anticipation, and work ethic. The second-year guard sits third in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Basketball, averaging 11.2 rebounds per game.

Sandra Garcia-Bernal (23) Colby Brochu Photography

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 6:00 p.m. | SAIT

In Calgary, the RDC Queens will challenge the Trojans.

 

Kings Basketball | Friday, Jan. 11 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The RDC Kings (5-5) will hit the hardwood against the first-place Trojans (10-0). The fifth-place Kings are only a pair of points out of a playoff position.

Spencer Klassen has been excellent for the Kings, leading the league with 23.9 points per game and consistently playing with high energy.

Spencer Klassen (21) Colby Brochu Photography

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 8:00 p.m. | SAIT

In the second half of the home-and-home series, the Kings will compete against the Trojans in Calgary.

 

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The third place Red Deer College Queens (8-6) will entertain the Olds College Broncos (1-13) at home. Libero Kaylee Domoney has been outstanding defensively, helping the Queens quickly transition to offence. Her 4.56 digs per set ranks the Business Administration Human Resources student second in ACAC Women's Volleyball.

Libero Kaylee Domoney (3) Colby Brochu Photography

Queens Volleyball | Sunday, Jan. 13 | 6:00 p.m. | Olds College

In a weekend rematch, the Queens will play a rare Sunday match in Olds.

 

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The second place Red Deer College Kings (10-4) will play the Olds College Broncos (0-14). The Kings have been playing a solid brand of volleyball, winning their seventh straight ACAC match last weekend.  

Right side hitter Regan Fathers leads ACAC Men's Volleyball in kills (218), kills per set (5.45) and hitting percentage (0.446). Middle Mark DeWit leads the league with 1.00 blocks per set and setter Thomas Wass sits at the top of the ACAC with 10.26 assists per set.

The Kings have significantly progressed since the opening ACAC serve on October 12 and have the goal of peaking at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Volleyball National Championship, March 6-9, at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Tickets can be purchased online for this incredible event.

Tom Wass (3) Colby Brochu Photography

Kings Volleyball | Sunday, Jan. 13| 8:00 p.m. | Olds College

The Kings will hit the court in Olds and challenge the Broncos.

 

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