Rebels allow six third-period goals, fall to Hitmen

Rebels allow six third-period goals, fall to Hitmen

Magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to four points

Hitmen 6 Rebels 2

CALGARY– A forgettable 47 seconds cost the Red Deer Rebels dearly on Sunday in Calgary at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Rebels gave up two goals less than a minute apart to the Calgary Hitmen and the home side rode six unanswered goals to a 6-2 victory.

“Lack of a lot of things. Our work ethic stopped, we took bad penalties. Bad decisions made with pucks. Goaltending wasn’t good in the third. It goes on and on. Just a complete meltdown on our part,” Rebels GM/ head coach Brent Sutter said.

With a 2-0 lead heading into the third period and a dominant 40 minutes for Red Deer – the lapse came quickly.

Riley Stotts buried a one-timer on the power play at 5:41 of third after Rebels’ forward Brandon Hagel took a holding penalty in the offensive zone.

Mark Kastelic powered home a rebound to tie the game at two just 47 seconds later.

Sutter called a timeout to help his troops gather themselves, but the brief break didn’t quell the Hitmen momentum in front of the pumped-up crowd of 8,465.

“The reminder was get back to working and get back to the way we were supposed to play,” Sutter said.

Dakota Krebs put Calgary ahead for the first time in the contest with a point shot past Ethan Anders midway through the third.

Jacob Stukel kept up the assault with another goal for the Hitmen at 13:29. Stukel added an empty-net goal and the 20-year-old left winger had four points in the third period.

“Our best players were playing well until the third and then they weren’t very good. They got outplayed by the other team’s best players and everybody else was just as bad.

“The last two nights their goalies have outplayed our goalies,” Sutter said.

The Rebels were rolling with goals in each of the first two periods and outshooting the Hitmen 26-18 after 40 minutes until it all fell apart.

Early in the first on the power play, Hagel picked up a pass from Grayson Pawlenchuk and roofed it stick side on Matthew Armitage.

The goal was just the 13th of the year and only second on the power play for the Buffalo Sabres draft pick.

Midway through the second, Reese Johnson burst down the wing and wired a wrist shot short side past Armitage. Johnson has 22 goals on the year and three in the last four games.

Anders made 34 saves as the Rebels dropped to 24-30-10-3 on the year and the Hitmen improved to 20-35-8-2 as Armitage stopped 38 shots.

Red Deer has failed to return home from Calgary with a victory in all three visits this season.

The lone positive on Sunday for the Rebels was in Cranbrook where the Kootenay Ice lost 4-3 to the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Kootenay loss means the Rebels magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to four points. Red Deer is seven points up on Kootenay for third in the Central Division with five games left in the WHL regular season.

Still, with back-to-back losses and 12 goals allowed in two games, Sutter knows the team will need another gear down the stretch.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We’re a team that had a good run, but now the heat is on down the stretch and we have to see what we’re made of,” Sutter said.

“We gave up 12 goals in two games. That’s unacceptable. Little bit of everything. When you give up that many goals it’s a lack of effort, working and a lot of different things.”



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

RebelsWHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Don and Gloria Moore, of Red Deer, are set to celebrate their 70th anniversary later this month. (Contributed photo)
Red Deer couple to celebrate 70th anniversary

Red Deer couple Don and Gloria Moore are set to celebrate their… Continue reading

Chris Scott, owner of The Whistle Stop Cafe, was put in handcuffs after an anti-restriction protest Saturday in the parking lot of the business. (Screenshot via The Whistle Stop Facebook page)
UPDATE: Central Alberta cafe owner arrested after anti-restriction protest

The owner of a central Alberta cafe, which was the site of… Continue reading

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer now has 911 active COVID-19 cases

Central zone has 2,917 active cases

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre's expansion project is still a high priority, says Alberta Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer hospital ICU admissions stable, but rising, says surgeon

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre’s intensive care unit is in better… Continue reading

FILE - A firefighter wears a mask as he drives his truck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward, File
VIDEO: Flames rip through Edmonton-area seniors complex, but no fatalities

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex… Continue reading

Nuns of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, carry some of her relics during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Teresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. In which city did she do much of her charitable work? (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
QUIZ: How much do you know about these motherhood issues?

In honour of Mother’s Day, take this 10-question quiz

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, is setting off a social media reaction with his calls to stop non essential shopping, such as "buying sandals at Costco", with this photo of his worn sandals, which he published to social media on Saturday, May 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dr. Robert Strang, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Nova Scotia’s top doctor sparks meme with caution on non-essential shopping

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s top doctor has launched a social media meme… Continue reading

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, in Ottawa on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Canada's chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Tam warns that full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Canada’s chief public health officer reminded Canadians on Saturday that even those… Continue reading

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour conducts drills during NHL hockey training camp in Morrisville, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
NHL relaxing virus protocols for vaccinated playoff teams

The NHL is relaxing virus protocols for teams that reach a threshold… Continue reading

Canada skip Kerri Einarson directs her teammates against Sweden in a qualification game at the Women's World Curling Championship in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, May 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada’s Einarson eliminated at curling worlds after 8-3 loss to Sweden’s Hasselborg

CALGARY — Canada’s Kerri Einarson was eliminated at the world women’s curling… Continue reading

Jennifer Coffman, owner of Truffle Pigs in Field, B.C., poses beside her business sign on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in this handout photo. Her restaurant and lodge have been hit hard by a closure of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway and by the British Columbia government discouraging Alberta residents from visiting during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Coffman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Why we survive’: B.C. boundary towns struggle without Albertans during pandemic

Jennifer Coffman didn’t expect to get hit with a double whammy at… Continue reading

A courtroom at the Edmonton Law Courts building, in Edmonton on Friday, June 28, 2019. The effect of the coronavirus pandemic will have a lasting impact on the Canadian justice system warn a number of legal experts. The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench announced Sunday it would adjourn all scheduled trials across the province for at least 10-weeks limiting hearings to only emergency or urgent matters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton mother found guilty of manslaughter in death of five-year-old girl

EDMONTON — An Edmonton woman was found guilty Friday of manslaughter in… Continue reading

A Statistics Canada 2016 Census mailer sits on the key board of a laptop after arriving in the mail at a residence in Ottawa, May 2, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Statistics Canada sees more demand to fill out census online during pandemic

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the response to the census is higher… Continue reading

Most Read