Austin Pratt scored twice for the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night at the Centrium as they finished the preseason with a 5-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers. (Byron Hackett/Advocate Staff)

Pratt scores twice, Rebels win final preseason game

The Red Deer Rebels scored on two of their first three shots in their final exhibition contest Saturday night and didn’t look back.

In the end they dominated the Mason Shaw-less Medicine Hat Tigers 5-3 in WHL preseason action.

Red Deer looked fast and took advantage of a rookie heavy Tigers squad. Head coach/GM Brent Sutter said the goals and the pace were a good sign from his club.

“I thought the pace was good tonight. They had some really good young kids playing tonight too. They have some good young players on their team that can skate and move too,” Sutter said of the Tigers young lineup.

“I expected it to be a high-tempo game and fast. I thought our forwards did a really good job. I thought after the first period our defence did a good job moving the puck up the ice quicker.”

Austin Pratt had a three-point night and scored twice in the win including great first period individual effort where he slid the puck five-hole on Tigers goalie Michael Bullion.

“I was just moving my feet. Me and Brent had several discussions before exhibition started and he just told me my role and what he expected of me. I have the skill set when I move my feet I can do those things,” Pratt said.

Kristian Reichel notched his fourth goal of the preseason on the second shot of the game during an early power play. On a great feed from Dawson Barteaux, Reichel rifled a one timer past Bullion.

Mason McCarty banked a pass in off a defender midway through the third and Grayson Pawlenchuk scored on a breakaway glove side on Tigers backup goalie Duncan McGovern.

Riley Lamb made 29 saves over two periods and Lasse Petersen finished the night off with eight saves in the third. The Rebels are expected to start the season with all three of Lamb, Petersen and 17-year-old Ethan Anders as their netminders.

“We’re probably going to stay put and we’ll let the goaltending thing sort itself out. Obviously we don’t want to carry three goalies for a long period of time,” Sutter said.

“We have to make sure the young guy can handle this league, if he can’t we’ll be carrying a 20-year-old and a 19-year-old. So there’s no rush in anything. We have all kinds of time to decide what we want to do.”

Since Dawson Martin is out long term with a wrist injury, Red Deer’s roster is down to 25 players ahead of next Saturday’s home opener.

Just Posted

Mothers Against Drunk Driving hold candlelight vigil

Four-and-a-half years ago Marilyn Rinas’ husband was killed in a collision with… Continue reading

Thousands expected at memorial for fallen police officer in Abbotsford, B.C.

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The streets of Abbotsford, B.C., will be lined with… Continue reading

One person dead, five others injured in early-morning crash in Kingston, Ont.

KINGSTON, Ont. — A man who was checking the damage on his… Continue reading

Gus is a special, collaborative art exhibit inspired by motherhood

The portrait display by mother and son is showing in Red Deer

Robotics challenge sparks student interest in Red Deer

Student-built robots compete in fun challenge

Chicken crosses B.C. road, stops traffic

Rooster makes early morning commuters wait in Maple Ridge

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

After 70 years, Red Deer veteran still remembers his traumatic war experience

Frank Krepps feels lucky to have survived the Second World War

Merritt Mountie charged with assault

Charges are in relation to an incident in May at the detachment, B.C. Prosecution Service said

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month