Rebels 6 Broncos 2
The Red Deer Rebels closed out a mini-two game road swing on a high Wednesday.
From puck drop in Swift Current, the Rebels were buzzing and rode that to a dominant 6-2 victory over the Broncos at the Innovation Credit Union I-Plex.
It was a continuation of the effort and intensity they showed Tuesday against the Medicine Hat Tigers, who the Rebels pushed to the brink in an eventual overtime loss.
“We’ve been putting good efforts together for quite some time now. We’ve had some really good games and even the games we’ve lost, I thought we’ve played pretty well,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter.
“Our work ethic has been really good, it’s nice to get results but our work ethic has been pretty good since the middle of December.”
Rookie forward Jaxsen Wiebe led the charge for the Rebels in the victory against the Broncos, scoring twice and registering eight shots in the game. It was the 17-year-old’s first career WHL multi-point game and he nearly completed the hat trick in the third period.
“He finished. He was like everyone else on the team, he played hard and competed and played fast. Did a really good job of attacking in the offensive zone and he tracked back hard. Basically the same throughout the whole group,” Sutter said.
Wiebe opened the scoring for Red Deer less than 10 minutes in, punching home a rebound for his seventh of the year. Just 44 seconds after that, Zak Smith tipped in his 12th goal. Dallon Melin kept things rolling with his eighth at 13:45.
Swift Current fought back from there, getting a late third-period goal by Sergei Alkhimov and an early second-period marker from Hayden Ostir.
After that, it was all Red Deer.
Ethan Sakowich started the barrage at 9:52 of the second period, blasting home his 11th goal of the season on the power play.
Less than a minute later, Wiebe got in on the action with his second of the night and Cam Hausinger notched a power play tally with 5:39 to go in the frame. Hausinger, with an assist on the Sakowich goal, closed out the Gordie Howe hat trick in the third period after a fight against D-Jay Jerome.
Rookie blueliner Chase Leslie was also all over the ice for Red Deer, picking up three assists for the visitors. Byron Fancy earned the win in net with 22 saves. Broncos netminder Issac Poulter stopped 29 shots in the loss and was pulled after the sixth Red Deer goal. In relief, Isiah DiLaura was perfect with 13 saves.
The Rebels are back on home ice Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Calgary Hitmen.