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Rebels blow three-goal lead in OT loss to Tigers

Seven straight losses for Red Deer
Red Deer Rebels stock photo. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

The Red Deer Rebels have lost their seventh straight game.

After leading 4-1 after 40 minutes in Medicine Hat, the Rebels blew a three-goal lead to the Tigers to lose 5-4 in overtime.

Despite gaining a single point in the loss, the Rebels are now four points back from the lead in the central division with just 16 games left.

Forward Jhett Larson opened the scoring for the Rebels midway through the first period before Tigers forward Tomas Mrsic tied it three minutes later on the powerplay.

The Rebels headed into the intermission with a 2-1 lead after Kalan Lind fired one in on the powerplay with just 20 seconds left in the opening frame.

In the second period, the Rebels built on their lead with a tally from Frantisek Formanek and a powerplay goal from Carson Birnie.

With a 4-1 lead in the third period, the Tigers scored three straight from Hayden Harsanyi, Gavin McKenna, and Andrew Basha to send it to the extra frame.

In overtime, defenceman Bogdans Hodass scored with 19 seconds to go to lift the Tigers to victory.

Rebels goaltender Chase Wutzke made 39 saves on 44 shots and Tigers netminder Zach Zahara made 18 saves.

The Rebels will now look to get back on track against the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday at the Peavey Mart Centrium at 7 p.m.

Ian Gustafson

About the Author: Ian Gustafson

Ian began his journalism career as a reporter in Prince Albert, Sask. for the last three years, and was born and raised in Saskatchewan.
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