Hard work pays off for Rebels against Warriors

Red Deer downs Moose Jaw 6-4

Rebels 6 Warriors 4

Not all victories are pretty. In fact a lot of them come down to hard work and simply competing harder than your opponent.

Such was the case Friday as the Red Deer Rebels took a 6-4 victory from the Moose Jaw Warriors in Western Hockey League play before 4,389 fans at the Centrium.

“It wasn’t beautiful … not a pretty game, but we still battled, competed and played hard,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter.

“It was just in our mindset at times. We weren’t very smart in some things we did.

“We took too many penalties that hurt us at certain points in the game, but that’s something we’ll learn from.”

The second period was especially wild with seven goals scored.

The Rebels grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals by Colton Bobyk and Austin Pratt, but the Warriors took advantage of a string of Red Deer penalties to score three goals in three minutes and 45 seconds to take the lead. Luka Burzan connected on the power play at 12:41 with Jayden Halbgewachs scored at 13:24 and 16:26. The second once again on the power play.

“It was tough taking all those penalties in the second period, we were shorthanded about half the period,” said Pratt, who pulled the Rebels even, backhanding his own rebound past Moose Jaw netminder Brody Willms 17:14. Adam Musil put the Rebels ahead at 18:23.

Burzan once again connected on the power play at 1:25 of the third period when he was left alone in the slot.

However, Pratt notched his first WHL hat trick at 11:43, shovelling home a loose puck into an open net after Grayson Pawlenchuk poked it free from Willms. Michael Spacek put the lid on the scoring with an empty net marker at 19:42.

Just Posted

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

Tips to keep crime at bay this Christmas

’Tis the season for joy and celebration, but the Christmas season can… Continue reading

Olympic ski run designer creates upgrades at Canyon Ski Resort

Jeff Ihaksi says free-style and alpine ski venues are Canada Winter Games-worthy

Updated: Collision expert backs version of crash of driver accused of manslaughter

Daniel Newsham accused of manslaughter in fatal 2016 collision

Women use scent to lure wolf-dog that ran away from Calgary airport

EDMONTON — A woman from Alberta is thanking an unconventional strategy for… Continue reading

Suspect in Alberta, Saskatchewan bank robberies to get mental assessment

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — A former Winnipeg broadcaster and journalism instructor accused… Continue reading

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says his government hopes to make legal changes… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $60 million jackpot… Continue reading

All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. — All evacuation orders have been lifted in Paradise more… Continue reading

All aflutter about our feathered friends

Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 23

Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproar

DALLAS — The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a… Continue reading

Champion Red Sox owe nearly $12M in luxury tax

NEW YORK — Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill.… Continue reading

Most Read