Rebels melt Ice 4-1
Rebels 4 Ice 1
CRANBROOK — The Red Deer Rebels turned in that all-important complete game performance Friday.
“The guys played well from start to finish. To a man they played so much better than our last two games,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, following the Rebels 4-1 WHL win over the Kootenay Ice before 2,410 fans at Western Financial Place
“It was important for us to get back on track,” continued Sutter, referring to the club’s ability to snap a two-game losing streak, “We paid attenttion to details which is vital at this time of the season with not a lot of games left.”
Cory Millette opened the scoring with his ninth goal of the season 1:43 into the conest, and after Jayden Descheneau pulled the Ice even at 12:35 of the second period, Millette potted the eventual winner two minutes later.
“It was important for us to regain the lead and give us some momentum and confidence,” said Sutter. “We got back to focusing on how we have to play and how we have to maintain our compete level.”
Sure enough, the Rebels put the game away with a pair of late third-period goals, with Brooks Maxwell potting his ninth of the season at 17:39 and Rhyse Dieno sniping his 26th just over a minute later.
“Cory was very good for us tonight, but to a man the entire team was much better tonght,” said Sutter. “I know I wasn’t happy with our schedule last week when we had to play four (games) in five (nights), but it was important to get any points we could and it’s the same now.”
The Rebels’ 4-0 loss to the visiting Saskatoon Blades last Tuesday snapped a five-game home-ice winning streak. The Rebels can start another Centrium streak when they host the Swift Current Broncos tonight.
“It was importnant to get the win tonight, now we have to prove ourselves again on home ice,” said Sutter.
Rebels netminder Patrik Bartosak ade 21 saves, while Mackenzie Skapski made 22 saves for the Ice.