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Rocky Red Wings glide to victory
By Tyler Klinkhammer
Staff Reporter

The novice Rocky Red Wings took first place in the B division during the Rocky Mountain Dangles tournament at the Christenson Sports and Wellness Centre on Feb. 2 and 3.
After beating the Edmonton Hawks 7-5, the Beaumont Braves 12-0 and tying the Sylvan Lake Lakers 4-4, the Rocky Red Wings made it to the finals against Sylvan Lake on Sunday, Feb. 3.
After two close periods of play Rocky pulled away late in the game to come away with a 5-2 victory over Sylvan Lake and first place in the tournament.
Matt Andrews, head coach of the Rocky Red Wings, said that the tournament “was a big stepping stone for our team. We started the season getting beat really bad and the kids just kept working all season. And this was kind of like—we just showcased everything we’ve been working on and [this] was the best team effort I’ve seen all season from them. They just kept it going and getting better every game throughout the tournament. I was really proud of them.”
Andrews said that the win over Sylvan Lake in the finals was a big achievement for the team.
“We’ve been going back and forth with them all year. We beat them first by a couple of goals, they beat us by a couple, then we tied. With it being 0-0 after the first, our kids wanted it so bad they really stepped it up in the second, and then stepped it up even more in the third,” he said. “They didn’t give up and they just kept pushing hard because they wanted to win it so bad.”
The Red Wings have two weekends left of regular play this season. The league has not yet announced weather there will be playoffs in this division yet, but Andrews is hopeful that there will be.