Rebels fall in final game before Christmas break

Tigers 5 Rebels 3

The Red Deer Rebels (16-13-4-2) sung a much more pleasant tune in their final game before the Christmas break, although they didn’t quite top off the night with milk and cookies.

The Medicine Hat Tigers (24-10-1-0) made good on two of their six power play opportunities in their final WHL game before the break, beating the Rebels 5-3 at Canalta Centre.

“The first 20 minutes we played well,” Rebels GM and head coach Brent Sutter said. “I don’t think our game was that good in the second period. In the third it’s 2-2 and six and a half, seven minutes to go, we let it get away on us.”

The Tigers power surge over the Rebels has been deadly this season, with goals in 10 of 28 chances for one of the most dangerous power plays in the WHL.

The Rebels bounced back from their only shutout of the season Friday with three goals, including two, just 37 seconds apart, after it looked like the Tigers had taken full control of the game with a 2-0 lead.

For almost five periods, the Rebels were held scoreless in their last game and a half, before Alexander Alexeyev launched a shot on net that was redirected in by Dawson Martin with just under two minutes left in the second period. Only 37 seconds later, Evan Polei blistered past David Quenneville and out-waited Nick Schneider to tie the game at two with time winding down in the second.

At 12:49 of the third, Matt Bradley scored for the Tigers and made it 3-2, and it was some tired bodies that Sutter said lead to the opportunity.

“We had a power play and some guys stayed out for the full two minutes and they got tired, then we got scored on, on the rush. Simple, it’s not that complicated,” Sutter said of where he thought things went wrong on Saturday.

Max Gerlach then followed that up with the Tigers second power play goal of the night.

In a game where at times the Rebels looked good, discipline appeared to put a stop to momentum, especially in the third period according to Sutter.

Mark Rassell then scored an empty-netter short handed as the Rebels tried to take advantage of a late penalty by the Tigers and pulled the goalie.

Just 25 seconds later, Akash Bains scored on the power play for the Rebels to cut the lead to two. The Rebels power play has gone two for 28 against the Tigers this season.

Riley Lamb made big saves all night long and finished with 38 on 42 shots in the loss.

The Rebels return to the ice on Dec. 27 at home against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Just Posted

No charges for Alberta officer who ran over injured deer

LETHBRIDGE — A southern Alberta police officer caught on video repeatedly running… Continue reading

Alberta wants to bring back elections for nominees to fill Senate vacancies

EDMONTON — Alberta’s United Conservative government plans to bring back elections for… Continue reading

Canada extends leadership of NATO training mission in Iraq to November 2020

OTTAWA — Canada will lead a NATO training mission in Iraq until… Continue reading

Trudeau off to G20 summit, hoping for global help in disputes with China

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to a… Continue reading

With a third of 2015 MPs not running, NDP turnover highest in at least 20 years

OTTAWA — When the federal election campaign gets underway in earnest, parties… Continue reading

No charges for Alberta officer who ran over injured deer

LETHBRIDGE — A southern Alberta police officer caught on video repeatedly running… Continue reading

Alberta wants to bring back elections for nominees to fill Senate vacancies

EDMONTON — Alberta’s United Conservative government plans to bring back elections for… Continue reading

Canada extends leadership of NATO training mission in Iraq to November 2020

OTTAWA — Canada will lead a NATO training mission in Iraq until… Continue reading

With a third of 2015 MPs not running, NDP turnover highest in at least 20 years

OTTAWA — When the federal election campaign gets underway in earnest, parties… Continue reading

Trudeau off to G20 summit, hoping for global help in disputes with China

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on his way to a… Continue reading

Ontario woman nearly dies — twice — after snake bite in Thailand

Ontario woman nearly dies — twice — after snake bite Shalabha Kalliath’s… Continue reading

Goalie Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons

SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida goalie Roberto Luongo has decided to retire after… Continue reading

Europe, you’re up! Yankees top Blue Jays 8-7, head to London

Yankees 8 Blues Jays 7 NEW YORK — Buckingham Palace and Westminster… Continue reading

Most Read