Broncos 3 Rebels 2 (OT)
SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Despite playing their third game in four days and their eighth in a row on the road, the Red Deer Rebels turned in a inspired performance before dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Swift Current Broncos in Western Hockey League play before 1,708 fans at the Credit Union I-Plex Tuesday.
Artyom Minulin scored the winning goal against Red Deer backup netminder Riley Lamb at 2:03 of the five-minute extra period.
Sylvan Lake native and Red Deer minor hockey product, Tyler Steenbergen, opened the scoring for the Broncos on the power play with his 15th of the season at 8:22 of the first period.
Cole Johnson made it 2-0 at 2:41 of the second period before Rebels Josh Mahura connected with his eighth of the season at 17:49 of the middle stanza, also on the power play.
Michael Spacek notched his 13th for the Rebels at 7:14 of the third period while shorthanded.
Neither team generated a lot of offence in the third period with the Broncos holding a 5-4 edge in shots. The Broncos managed the only two shots in overtime.
Lasse Petersen started in goal for the Rebels and allowed two goals on 15 shots over 25 minutes. Lamb played the final 37:03 and made 14 saves.
Former Rebel Taz Burman was the winning goaltender, finishing with 23 saves
The Rebels scored on their only power play opportunity while the Broncos were one-for-four.
The Rebels left immediately after the game to return home. They face Medicine Hat Friday at 7 p.m. at the Centrium.