Rebels shut out ‘Canes
Rebels 2 Hurricanes 0
LETHBRIDGE — All too often, a coach will find at least a few faults with his club despite a positive result.
Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter had virtually no problem with his team’s performance in a 2-0 Western Hockey League victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday.
“We played a very good road game, we were good in a lot of areas,” said Sutter. “Overall, our guys played a solid game
“We allowed them to gain some momentum in the second period when we had to kill three penalties, but other than that we earned a big two points with a big win on the road. We did a lot of good things tonight.”
The Rebels scored the only goal they would need when Dominik Volek converted passes from Rhyse Dieno and Haydn Fleury during a Red Deer power play midway through the first period.
The Hurricanes pulled netminder Ty Rimmer late in the contest and Rebels captain Turner Elson potted an empty-net goal with one second remaining before 4,758 fans at the Enmax Centre.
Red Deer netminder Patrik Bartosak was stellar, making 32 saves for his third shutout of the season. Rimmer stopped 28 shots at the other end.
“Patty was solid. They threw a lot of pucks at our net but we were also very good defensively,” said Sutter. “He didn’t have to make any outstanding saves, he was just there when we needed him to be. We had a lot of guys who helped out defensively and we were very good in that part of the game.
“Defensively, we were solid.”
The victory allowed the Rebels to remain tied with the Prince Albert Raiders - who dropped a 6-5 decision to the host Calgary Hitmen Friday - for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Rebels host the Raiders tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Centrium. The Rebels will be adorned with throwback jerseys worn by Sutter and the Red Deer Rustlers during their Centennial Cup championship season of 1979-80.
Red Deer will conclude a busy weekend with a Sunday evening game versus the host Medicine Hat Tigers.