Rebels 5, Wheat Kings 3
The Red Deer Rebels rode a strong second period to a big win over the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Red Deer buried three unanswered goals and outshot the Wheat Kings 15-3 in the frame as they rolled to a 5-3 victory at Westoba Place in Brandon.
Brett Davis led the Rebels with a goal and two assists in the win, and Cam Hausinger also had a big night with a pair of goals.
“We started strong, and we kept building as the game went,” said Rebels assistant coach Brad Flynn.
“We talked about some different things we wanted to make sure we accomplished each period. I thought the guys beared down and did it.”
Hausinger notched his first of the game eight minutes into the first, but Ben McCartney tied the game for Brandon 1:17 later.
Alex Morozoff and Chris Douglas scored just 65 seconds apart midway through the second before Davis buried on the power play with 2:52 left in the frame.
“It’s a simple recipe for success. We stuck to our game plan and we played simple. We moved our feet, had courage and won the races to pucks,” said Flynn about the Rebels in the second period.
Hausinger added his second tally 61 seconds into the third period on a two-on-one, when he ripped a shot stick side past Jiri Patera. In 12 games since joining the Rebels, Hausinger has six goals and six assists.
Davis, who assisted on two Hausinger goals, has six goals and nine assists in 13 games with Red Deer.
“Had a real nice goal on the power play and set up one back door,” Flynn said of Davis.
“He really worked hard away from the puck. His back-checking was phenomenal and he won some key faceoffs for us. He was a good 200-foot player, and he was rewarded with a couple of points.”
The power play also played a big part in the win with two goals in six chances.
Ethan Anders had a solid game, with 22 saves on 25 shots.
The Rebels continue their road trip Saturday with a date against the Regina Pats with puck drop at 6 p.m.