Optimist Rebels land 11th win in 18 tries last weekend

Red Deer’s midget AAA is on quite a roll.

The Optimist Rebels picked up their 11th win in 18 tries this past weekend, downing the J Ennis Kings in Sherwood Park 8-1.

In what was described as a feisty, penalty filled affair, seven different Rebels hit the score sheet with Cole deGraaf, Trent Hermary, Nick Glackin, Brady Bakke, Joel Topping and Ty Clay notching singles while team captain Conner Hartley scored a pair of goals.

Brenden Mandrusiak was once again sharp in between the pipes, kicking out 24 shots for the win.

With the win, the baby Rebels improve to 11-4-3 on the season, and sit just two points back of the Calgary Flames for top spot in the Alberta Midget Hockey League Chrysler Division (South) standings.

The Rebels are also sitting in third in the overall AMHL standings.

Red Deer will host the Flames in its next game, this Friday, at the Red Deer Arena.

Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Hockey Alberta, meantime, has announced that the Optimist Rebels will play host to an exhibition game against the under-16 team that Alberta will send to the 2011 Canada Winter Games in February.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Alberta Midget Hockey League to hold three exhibition games leading up to the Canada Winter Games,” said Hockey Alberta’s senior manager of development, Tim Leer, in a statement.

“These three games will give Team Alberta a chance to mesh before engaging against the other elite competition from across the country.”

The Calgary Northstars and a yet to be announced team from Edmonton will also play the U16 squad, with those games scheduled for early 2011.

“The AMHL is proud to be part of the exhibition schedule and to have our athletes play on Team Alberta as they prepare for the Canada Winter Games,” said AMHL president Bob Olynyk.

Red Deer’s game against the U16 squad is set for Dec. 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena.