Red Deer Rebels forward Zak Smith battles for a loose puck at the side of the Swift Current Broncos net on Saturday in a win at the Centrium. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Rebels new top trio dominant in win over Broncos

Brandon Hagel, Brett Davis and Cam Hausinger combined for 11 points in win

Brett Davis and Cam Hausinger are quickly captivating their new fan base in Red Deer.

The duo has been unstoppable since they were acquired on Nov. 30 from the Kootenay Ice.

Saturday against the struggling Swift Current Broncos, Hausinger scored twice and added an assist, while Davis had a goal and three helpers in a 6-2 win.

Hausinger now has three goals and four points in two games since arriving in Red Deer and Davis has eight points in his last three.

“Obviously played in Kootenay with Hausy, so we’re pretty good together and you throw a guy like Hags on our line, good things are going to happen,” said Davis, who was second star in the win.

“Good chemistry and hopefully we can keep that going.”

Brandon Hagel, who teamed up with the new additions Saturday at the Centrium, also had a four-point game with two goals and two assists.

“The thing about that line is they’re skilled and they have some grease to it. They’re smart players. It works,” said Rebels GM/ head coach Brent Sutter.

He added although the offensive outburst was nice, it was the Rebels’ defensive play that he liked in the victory. They limited the Broncos to just 23 shots in the contest.

“What I liked most about the game, not that we scored six goals, just how we defended,” Sutter said.

“How we played in our own zone and our neutral zone game was much better and we were smarter with the puck in the neutral zone. kept it tighter. Our turnovers were minimal.”

Both Josh Tarzwell and Hagel sniped high glove side on Joel Hofer 52 seconds apart in the first.

Tarzwell opened the scoring then Hagel followed suit with his 20th goal of the year.

Red Deer nearly escaped with a perfect first, before Swift Current struck late in the period.

On the power play with 66 seconds left in the frame, Broncos leading scorer Alec Zawatsky buried a wrister on Ethan Anders.

It was the Rebels new sniper on the wing who quickly zapped any momentum from the visitors early in the second.

Hausinger continued to roll with his second goal in as many nights, first a blast blocker side on Hofer– before punching home a rebound on the power play midway through the period.

Davis set up both goals and has points in three out of four games as a Rebel.

Davis also added his 10th goal of the season early in the third and an assist late to cap off a wild night and crazy run since joining the Rebels.

“It’s been nice,” said the Oakbank, Man. native.

“Gotta give credit to some of my teammates, I think especially the last couple games we’ve been playing some good hockey and hopefully we can keep that going into the Christmas break.”

Anders needed to make just 21 saves to pick up his 17th win of the season.

Hagel extended his point streak to seven games with his goal in the first period and has 12 points over that span, after adding another goal late and three assists Saturday. He is up to 51 points in 29 games this year.

Red Deer is back on the ice Tuesday against the Kamloops Blazers and play their final game before the Christmas break on Dec. 15.

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Red Deer Rebels forward Zak Smith battles for a loose puck at the side of the Swift Current Broncos net on Saturday in a win at the Centrium. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Red Deer Rebels alternate captain Brandon Hagel extended his point streak to seven games with four points (2G, 2A) in a dominant win over the Swift Current Broncos Saturday night. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

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