Rebels lose eighth straight in Swift Current

Rebels lose eighth straight in Swift Current

Just one win in their last 20

The Swift Current Broncos power play torched the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday.

The WHL’s hottest team on the man-advantage converted four times on six opportunities to sink the Rebels 5-1 in Swift Current.

Alexsi Heponiemi had a four-point night with a power play tally and three assists and defenceman Artyom Minulin scored twice with the extra man. Matteo Gennaro also chipped in two goals in the win, one of which was on the power play.

“They got four power play goals on us and we took some bad penalties. They have a very good power play. We didn’t generate enough offensively to do enough as far as score goals,” Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter said.

“Five-on-five we were okay. They’re an older group and they have top-end skill.”

The loss was the Rebels eighth in a row and they have just one victory in their last 20 games.

Sutter added that it was a tough weekend for his squad after losses in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, in two games that were winnable instead they were only able to pick up one point.

“The first two games we could have had four points, but you only get one. (Sunday) we’re playing a much older team and a team that’s a very good hockey team and we got into penalty trouble,” Sutter said.

Heponiemi wired a shot through traffic on the man-advantage for the Broncos just 5:14 into the game. With the goal, the Finish forward has the longest point streak in the WHL this season at 22 games.

Rebels forward Kristian Reichel sniped his 14th goal of the year from the top of the circle on the power play. The 19-year-old centre made his return from a fourth-place finish with the Czech Republic at the World Juniors on Sunday.

Only 26 seconds later Gennaro buried a shot off the crossbar and in past Rebels goalie Riley Lamb. That goal really zapped momentum from the Rebels.

“That shift was a tough one, we turned the puck over in the slot and it ended up in our net,” Sutter said. “You have to make that play, you can’t turn it over at that point. “

Gennaro notched his 28th of the year and second of the first frame on the power play with under five minutes to play in the period. Heponiemi made a great cross-crease pass to Gennaro for the tally.

Broncos defenceman Artyom Minulin added another marker with just 1:04 left in the frame.

Swift Current went three-for-three on the power play in the opening 20 minutes.

Riley Lamb started the game for Red Deer but was pulled after allowing four goals on 17 shots in the first.

Neither team was able to generate much offence in the second period, with the Rebels registering just five shots and the Broncos putting three on Ethan Anders.

Minulin scored the only goal of the third at 6:11.

The Rebels were one-for-five on the power play.

Broncos goalie Joel Hofer stopped 19 shots in the win and Sylvan Lake native Tyler Steenbergen, fresh off scoring the golden goal for Canada at the World Juniors did not play.

Red Deer is back on the road Tuesday when they head to Lethbridge to take on the Hurricanes.



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

RedDeerRebels

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

Just Posted

Attendees of the Downtown Red Deer Market, which runs every Wednesday during the summer on Little Gaetz Avenue, have complained about the lack of public washrooms. (Photo contributed by Red Deer Downtown Business Association)
Portable washrooms to be set up in downtown Red Deer this summer

More data is needed before the city invests in a permanent structure

A survey of 3,083 Red Deer residents was done by an online platform on behalf of the City of Red Deer, generating about 11,607 comments.. (File photo)
Red Deerians speak out about COVID-19 concerns in survey

More than 3,000 city residents were surveyed

A Calgary energy company's request for a tax break was turned down by Lacombe County. About $31,000 was owed by a company that went bankrupt and Silverleaf Resources Inc. bought some of their assets.
(Advocate file photo)
Lacombe County turns down oil company’s tax break request

Silverleaf Resources Inc. hoped for break on $31,000 in back taxes

RCMP recovered hundreds of stolen items, including Bibles and historical items stolen from the Bowden Pioneer Museum.
(Photo from RCMP)
Museum artifacts among hundreds of stolen items recovered by RCMP in central Alberta

Second World War and other historical and religious items recovered

Red Deer dogs Bunsen and Beaker helped save a missing pet recently. The two dogs have more than 80,000 followers on Twitter. (Contributed photo)
WATCH: Red Deer science dogs help save lost pet

Red Deer science-communicating dogs Bunsen and Beaker helped rescue a missing pet… Continue reading

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman watches his solo home run during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Monday, March 1, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
In-game video returning to baseball for 2021

In-game video returning to baseball for 2021

Winnipeg Jets' Nathan Beaulieu (88) clears the puck in front of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) as Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson (40) looks for the rebound during second-period NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
Three first-period goals pace Vancouver Canucks to 4-0 victory over Winnipeg Jets

Three first-period goals pace Vancouver Canucks to 4-0 victory over Winnipeg Jets

Rugby training gear is shown during a Torotno Wolfpack during a practice at Lamport Stadium in Toronto. Bradford, Featherstone, Leigh, London,  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Neil Davidson
Plans announced to create a grassroots Canadian rugby league co-op

Plans announced to create a grassroots Canadian rugby league co-op

Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) and centre Chris Tierney (71) get sandwiched between Flames defencemen Rasmus Andersson (4) and Juuso Valimaki (6) during second-period NHL action in Ottawa on Monday, March 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Batherson scores twice for Ottawa Senators in 5-1 win over Calgary Flames

Batherson scores twice for Ottawa Senators in 5-1 win over Calgary Flames

Skiers may be safe from COVID-19, but not those working to keep slopes open: experts

Skiers may be safe from COVID-19, but not those working to keep slopes open: experts

Armas likes what he sees in Toronto FC camp but there are still issues to resolve

Armas likes what he sees in Toronto FC camp but there are still issues to resolve

Team Canada's Jocelyne Larocque celebrates her goal past the U.S.A. with goaltender Embrace Maschmeyer during first period of Women's Rivalry Series hockey action in Vancouver on February 5, 2020. The Canadian women's hockey team opened a camp Monday in Halifax, which is co-hosting the upcoming world championship. Hockey Canada invited 35 players to participate in the seven-day camp closed to the public and media at Scotiabank Centre. The women are training under restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a limit of 25 players on the ice at one time. "They will continue to follow strict COVID-19 testing as per team health and safety protocols that have been detailed and approved by Nova Scotia Public Health," Hockey Canada said Monday in a statement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canadian women’s hockey team preparing for possible May world championship

Canadian women’s hockey team preparing for possible May world championship

Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme talks to his players before NHL overtime action against the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg on Saturday, February 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Women provide successful test of Calgary’s curling bubble ahead of Brier

Women provide successful test of Calgary’s curling bubble ahead of Brier

Most Read