Red Deer Rebels forward Frantisek Formanek scores on a breakaway against the Calgary Hitmen Thursday night at the Peavey Mart Centrium. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

Rebels come up short against Hitmen

Hitmen 4 Rebels 2

Three games in three nights might have caught up to the finishing ability of the Red Deer Rebels.

Sunday, coming off a pair of thrilling, high-paced victories on home ice, the Rebels fell just short on the road against the Calgary Hitmen.

Red Deer fired 34 shots on Calgary netminder Brayden Peters, but only managed to sneak a pair of goals past him in the 4-2 loss.

The Rebels even turned it up a notch in the final frame, outshooting Calgary 14-3.

Jace Isley opened the scoring for the Rebels 7:35 into the game with his 22nd goal of the year, before Grayden Siepmann evened the score on the power play with just four seconds left in the first.

Rebels captain Jayden Grubbe picked up his 13th goal of the year on the power play, less than two minutes into the second, but from there, Peters shut the door.

Matteo Danis tied the game for Calgary with 3:30 left in the second, before Sean Tschigerl opened up a lead for the Hitmen 1:41 later. London Hoilett rounded out the scoring for the Hitmen in the third.

Rhett Stoesser made 20 saves in the loss for Red Deer.

Red Deer had won the last five games between the two clubs before Sunday’s loss.

The Rebels will next hit the ice Friday when they welcome the Saskatoon Blades to the Peavey Mart Centrium. They’ll host the Winnipeg ICE on Saturday.

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