Hurricanes 3 Rebels 2 (shootout)
It was almost like neither team wanted to go home Saturday night at the Peavey Mart Centrium.
The Red Deer Rebels and Lethbridge Hurricanes were tied 2-2 after regulation and overtime and needed a marathon shootout to determine a winner.
The Hurricanes scored on their first shot, with Ben King equalizing on the Rebels’ second. Both Ty Nash and Jhett Larson scored on the fifth shot for each team, before Chase Coward and Bryan Thomson stole the show from there.
Thomson stopped the next six Rebels’ shooters, while Coward stopped the next five he faced in the Rebels net before Briley Wood scored just his third goal of the year on the 10th shot to win the game. Thomson was first star on the night with 35 saves, not including the nine he made in the shootout.
The game started off the right foot for the home side, as Kalan Lind scored just past the midway point of the first. The 17-year-old picked up a shot from the point that went just wide and tucked it in for his 18th goal of the year.
It stayed that way until the third period, when Yegor Klavdiev evened the score on a breakaway just 1:38 into the fame. Another point shot that bounced off the end wall caused the Rebels some trouble midway through the third. Tyson Laventure was the beneficiary of a loose puck that slipped out front and he buried to make it 2-1.
Arshdeep Bains scored his 34th goal of the year on the power play with 3:51 to go, on a scramble in front of Thomson. The goal extended his point streak to six games, he has 14 points over that stretch. Bains leads the WHL with 94 points, while his linemate Ben King, who assisted on the goal is second with 93.
Red Deer didn’t record a shot in overtime but outshot the Hurricanes 37-25 in the loss.
The Rebels have eight games left in the WHL regular season and have a 39-17-2-2 record and sit third in the Eastern Conference, nine points back of the Winnipeg ICE with three more games played.
Red Deer is back in action on Friday night when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers, with puck drop set for 7 p.m. at the Peavey Centrium.