Rebels sink Pats

The Red Deer Rebels weren’t tossing any heavyweight blows Friday night, but were still good enough to deliver what might have been a knockout punch to the Regina Pats.

Red Deer Rebel Nick Bell battles Regina Pat Andrew for the puck during the Rebels 3-1 win Friday.

Red Deer Rebel Nick Bell battles Regina Pat Andrew for the puck during the Rebels 3-1 win Friday.

Rebels 3 Pats 1

The Red Deer Rebels weren’t tossing any heavyweight blows Friday night, but were still good enough to deliver what might have been a knockout punch to the Regina Pats.

“It was kind of a tough game, a difficult game. It was a bit of a battle and we weren’t at our best tonight,” said Rebels head coach Jesse Wallin, following a 3-1 Western Hockey League win over the Pats before a recorded gathering of 4,781 at the Centrium.

“Yet I thought we worked pretty hard. We did the little things well for the most part. We were solid in our own end of the rink, although we just didn’t seem to have the jump we usually have. We wanted to come out hard and have a real good start, but it was one of those nights where we didn’t have the jump we usually do. You’re going to have nights like that and you have to find ways to gut it out and win those games and I thought tonight was a gutsy effort that way.”

The Rebels moved seven points clear of the seventh-place Prince Albert Raiders in the Eastern Conference, while the Pats, who were arguably the better team through the second half of the contest, remain five points out of the final playoff spot and have played three more games than the eighth-place Moose Jaw Warriors.

“We picked up a huge two points against a desperate team,” said Wallin. “We saw some different things from them as far as their transition in the neutral zone and a couple of different plays they were trying to make in the offensive zone. I thought that put us on our heels a bit where we were trying to adjust, but I’m proud of our guys. They found a way to win, it’s a big two points and the message in the room is to enjoy it briefly and get ready to be at our best (tonight against the visiting Raiders).”

The Rebels led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Andrej Kudrna, who broke down the left side and drove a shot through the pads of Pats netminder Damien Ketlo.

Landon Ferraro doubled the count with a second-period breakaway goal, but Jordan Weal cut the deficit in half with a power-play marker for the visitors three minutes later. From there, the Pats mounted a decent attack but couldn’t find the equalizer, and Rebels defenceman Alex Petrovic sealed the deal with an empty-net goal in the final minute of the game.

“They have some very good players like (Jordan) Eberle and Weal. They’re dangerous guys, but we did a good job of taking the proper angles and containing them,” said Wallin. “We protected the middle of the rink for the most part and (Rebels netminder Darcy Kuemper) was there when we needed a big save and that was huge as well.”

Kuemper finished with 32 saves, one more than Ketlo.

“We started off a little slow, but after the 12-minute mark of the first period we started to come on and take over the game,” said Ferraro. “Any time they got pressure on us we kind of relaxed a bit and made one simple pass and got out of our zone. I thought our guys did one heck of a job tonight on the defensive side of the game.”

The Red Deer sniper was more than impressed with his team’s positional play.

“Every time they tried to go D to D and were hitting the forwards on the far side of the ice we got on them pretty quickly,” he said. “We were on the puck quick enough that our D was able to get the puck out of our zone. They (Pats) played like we thought they would and we were ready for it.”

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

Just Posted

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Alberta vaccine rollout expanding to front-line health-care workers

More than 240,000 eligible health-care workers can begin booking vaccine appointments starting… Continue reading

File photo
The Red Deer Rebels will have three new assistant coaches when the WHL regular season starts on Friday. Brad Flynn (left), will be on the bench alongside fellow assistant Ryan Colville (right) head coach Brent Sutter (middle). (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Sutter steps down as Red Deer Rebels head coach

Red Deer Rebels Owner, GM and head coach Brent Sutter has stepped… Continue reading

Premier Jason Kenney announced $200 million more money that will benefit seniors living in continuing care on Wednesday. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta’s in-school rapid screening test program expanding

Alberta’s in-school rapid screening test program will expand to as many as… Continue reading

Parents and students learned Tuesday what the coming school year will look like. It's pretty much back to business as usual, said Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. School precautions include frequent cleaning, keeping students in the same groups where possible, planning the school day to allow for physical distancing and staying home when sick. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta’s largest school board says no to United Conservative draft school curriculum

CALGARY — Alberta’s largest school board says it will not use the… Continue reading

Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan is among those who have signed an open letter criticizing the government’s return to stricter health measures. (Advocate file photo).
Updated: Kenney tells UCP caucus COVID-19 dissent OK, breaking health rules means expulsion

15 MLAs released letter on Wednesday critical of new health restrictions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau watches a speaker appear by videoconference during a news conference in Ottawa, Friday, April 9, 2021. Grassroots Liberals have overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution calling on the federal government to develop and implement a universal basic income — despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apparent lack of enthusiasm for the idea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau winds up Liberal convention with election campaign-style speech

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau wound up a three-day Liberal convention Saturday with… Continue reading

Team Canada skip Brendan Bottcher makes a shot against Italy at the Men's World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Men’s world curling championship in Calgary in COVID limbo

CALGARY — The men’s world curling championship in Calgary remained suspended Saturday… Continue reading

Pipes intended for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline are shown in Gascoyne, N.D. on Wednesday April 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Panetta
Non-profit Quebec law centre to aid environmental group targeted by Alberta oil firm

QUEBEC — The Quebec Environmental Law Centre is coming to the aid… Continue reading

Conservative leader Erin O'Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Top Tory leaders of past and present will speak with supporters today about what a conservative economic recovery from COVID-19 could look like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Conservatives cite empathy, relationships as ways to help expand their movement

OTTAWA — Conservatives should show empathy with Black residents who say they’ve… Continue reading

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. New Democrats are reconvening for the second day of a three-day policy convention as they look to push past the glitches of the virtual event's opening sessions and rally around keynote speaker John Horgan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
New Democrats reconvene as hiccups, frustrations plague national policy convention

OTTAWA — New Democrats reconvened Saturday for the second day of a… Continue reading

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his commitment to the Republican Party — and raise the possibility that someone else will be the GOP's next presidential nominee — in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, April 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Trump in 2024? He says only that ‘a Republican’ will win

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his… Continue reading

A cruise ship sits docked waiting for passengers to be evacuated in Kingstown, on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, Friday, April 9, 2021 due to the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. (AP Photo/Orvil Samuel)
Ash-covered St. Vincent braces for more volcanic eruptions

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — People who ignored an initial warning to evacuate… Continue reading

Owner of 4 Point Taekwondo Kevin Mejia holds a board as organizer and martial artist Kevin Olsen breaks it in Edmonton on Friday, April 9, 2021. One hundred martial artists from around the world, will be breaking a board for an event called "Break for a Breakthrough." The idea is for martial artists to unite and re-engage with the arts because they may have drifted away or lost enthusiasm as a result of the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Break for a Breakthrough: Canadian hosts international martial arts demonstration

EDMONTON — Whether he’s breaking a wooden board, a clay tile, cement… Continue reading

Most Read