This week in RDC Athletics

Neisha Germann (23) and the Queens (9-4-1-0) enter the weekend series against the Ooks (9-4-1-0) tied for second.
Neisha Germann (23) and the Queens (9-4-1-0) enter the weekend series against the Ooks (9-4-1-0) tied for second.

The Red Deer College Queens Hockey team will play a home-and-home series against the NAIT Ooks. The Hockey Kings will face-off against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings twice. Both basketball squads will compete against the Olds College Broncos on the road.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week:

 

Queens Hockey | Friday, Jan. 17 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The second place Hockey Queens (9-4-1-0) will face-off against the NAIT Ooks (9-4-1-0) at RDC. Both groups have 19 points.

The RDC Queens are the second best defensive team in the league, allowing a paltry 2.24 goals against. Special teams have been strong. The Queens hold the top penalty kill (89.2%) and second most efficient power play (18.9%).

       

Mary Hirsch (24)                                     

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 18 | 6:00 p.m. | NAIT

The Queens and Ooks will battle in Edmonton.

 

Kings Hockey | Friday, Jan. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | U of A Augustana

The second seed Red Deer College Kings (12-2-2-0) will challenge the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings (8-8-0-0) on the road.

Sylvan Lake's Chase Thudium is putting together another strong campaign. The all-star left winger ranks third in the league with 23 points. Goaltender Arik Weersink has been steady, posting a 2.61 goals against average and 0.908 save percentage.

 

Lumb (2), D. Thudium (13), C. Thudium (10)

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 18 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Kings will host the Vikings in a rematch.

 

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Olds College

The Queens (4-6) will face the Olds College Broncos (9-1) on the road. Third-year forward Lauren Cardinal has been a very effective shooter. Over ten games, the Bachelor of Kinesiology student has hit 53.7 per cent of her shots from the field and 75 per cent from the free-throw line.

Over the break the RDC Queens defeated the Keyano College Huskies 61-59 in exhibition action.

The Broncos, who are the defending national champions, have averaged 90.1 points. Their only loss was against the Queens (65-69) on November 8.

 

Lauren Cardinal (8)

 

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 18 | 8:00 p.m. | Olds College

The Broncos (1-9) will host the RDC Kings (5-5) at Olds College. Fifth-year guard Spencer Klassen has been outstanding, averaging 23.2 points, which ranks second in the league.

As a group, the Kings have sank 41.5 per cent of their shots from the field and 30.1 beyond the three-point arc.

 

Spencer Klassen (21)

 

Upcoming Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Championship

It was recently announced that Red Deer College will host the 2020 ACAC Curling Championships from Feb. 28 to March 1 at the Pidherney Curling Centre. It's a tremendous opportunity for fans to watch some of the top collegiate curlers in Alberta, and even Canada, compete in Red Deer.

Andrew Jones

 

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