Rebels can’t catch Tigers

MEDICINE HAT — Too many games in too few nights resulted in a Red Deer Rebels Western Hockey League defeat Saturday. That, and a handful of costly turnovers. “It caught up to us a bit” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, in reference to his club’s busy itinerary, following a 5-3 loss to the host Medicine Hat Tigers.

MEDICINE HAT — Too many games in too few nights resulted in a Red Deer Rebels Western Hockey League defeat Saturday.

That, and a handful of costly turnovers.

“It caught up to us a bit” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, in reference to his club’s busy itinerary, following a 5-3 loss to the host Medicine Hat Tigers.

“Our battle level was still where it needed to be, but we had turnovers which hurt us. We turned pucks over on three of their goals.”

The Rebels, playing their fourth game in five nights, were slow out of the gate and gave up the game’s first goal when Tigers captain Curtis Valk connected 6:40 into the contest.

Sutter called a timeout at that point and his club responded in a positive manner.

“For the first six to seven minutes of the game we were really on our heels,” said the Red Deer bench boss. “We took a timeout and got going again and had a really good last half of the period.”

Scott Feser pulled the visitors even with his 13th goal of the season at 8:25 and Adam Musil potted his 10th just under five minutes later for a 2-1 Rebels lead.

Blake Penner responded for the Tigers before the period was over and Valk — with his 43rd of the season — scored on the power play just 54 seconds into the middle frame and teammate Anthony Ast followed with a short-handed tally eight minutes later.

“In the second and third periods we just didn’t spend enough time with the puck,” said Sutter, who squad was outshot 28-13 over the final 40 minutes and 45-24 overall.

Still, the Rebels refused to go away. Wyatt Johnson cut the Tigers lead to one with his 13th of the season at 12:44 of the middle frame and the hosts never struck again until Valk completed his hat trick with an empty-netter with 1:13 remaining in the game.

“We stayed with it, we kept working. We just didn’t get what we needed to get done as far as the end result,” said Sutter.

“Right now that’s what counts. We need to get wins.”

The Rebels, with three regular-season games remaining — Wednesday versus the visiting Kootenay Ice (7 p.m.) and a home-and set with the Edmonton Oil Kings on the weekend — are tied with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Prince Albert Raiders for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Two teams will move on to the playoffs and the other will be done.

“Right now it’s a three-horse race. One team (Prince Albert) has four games left, the other two have three,” Sutter noted. “We have to focus on winning all three.”

The Raiders visit the Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats, then conclude with a home-and-home with the Saskatoon Blades. The Wheat Kings, meanwhile, host Saskatoon and then play Regina home and away.

“Our schedule doesn’t favour us when compared to the other two teams,” said Sutter. “But we don’t control that. All we can control is how we play and see what happens. That’s all we can do.”

• Patrik Bartosak, selected as the game’s second star, turned aside 40 shots Saturday, while Marek Langhamer made 21 saves at the other end.

The first and third stars were Valk and teammate Cole Sanford.

Just Posted

Spring book sale this weekend in Red Deer

Red Deerians can get lost in a world of inexpensive books this… Continue reading

Central Alberta wildlife rehab facility not prepared to take orphaned bear cubs, yet

It’s been about eight years since the Medicine River Wildlife Centre was… Continue reading

Regional sewage line moving ahead despite concerns

Cost sharing among concerns of municipalities involved in Sylvan Lake-to-Red Deer sewage line

Red Deer family who lost everything in house fire begin rebuilding

Couple had moved into north-end home only two days before basement fire

Tory Leader Andrew Scheer says he doesn’t feel betrayed by Maxime Bernier

MONTREAL — Andrew Scheer says he doesn’t feel betrayed by former Tory… Continue reading

WATCH: Fine wine and food at Red Deer College

The Red Deer College Alumni Association hosted its 14th annual Fine Wine… Continue reading

Boston’s Tuukka Rask, Riley Nash step up in Game 4 win over Leafs

Bruins 3 Maple Leafs 1 TORONTO — The Boston Bruins didn’t need… Continue reading

Supreme Court ruling corks B.C. vintners’ hopes for free trade of Canadian wines

VANCOUVER — The Supreme Court of Canada ruling upholding interprovincial trade laws… Continue reading

Lance Armstrong settles $100M lawsuit with U.S. government

Disgraced cyclist reached $5-million settlement with sponsor U.S. Postal Service

Montreal couple hoping city lets them keep beloved pet pig named Babe

MONTREAL — Babe the pig spends his days sleeping, going for walks… Continue reading

WATCH: This is a story about a stoned raccoon at a fire station

An unusual pair showed up in the pre-dawn hours at Fire Station… Continue reading

Plastic makers’ credit ratings may be hit by pollution rules

Plastic packaging makers may be less credit-worthy in the future as governments… Continue reading

Black Press Media acquires two new Alaska newspapers

New Media Investment Group to acquire the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal while Black Press Media takes on daily newspapers in Juneau and Kenai Alaska

‘Dining of the future’: vegan restaurant boom fuelled by meat eaters

Foodies say Canada is in the midst of a renaissance in plant-based… Continue reading

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