Rebels 4 Oil Kings 3 (OT)
Rebels 3 Hitmen 2
Ben King’s seventh goal of the season lifted the Red Deer Rebels to an overtime win over the Edmonton Oil Kings over the weekend.
The top teams in the Western Hockey League’s Central Division squared off, as the Rebels (8-4-1) hosted the Oil Kings (7-2-1) at the Peavey Mart Centrium Saturday night.
Simon Kubicek got the Oil Kings on the board first 6:27 into the second period. The Edmonton defender beat Rebels goaltender Connor Ungar after a beautiful pass from Dylan Guenther, the Arizona Coyotes’ first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Blake Stevenson answered back for the Rebels on the power play. From the blueline, the Rebels forward passed the puck down low to his teammate Arshdeep Bains, who delivered it right back to Stevenson as he creeped towards the slot. Stevenson then beat Edmonton goaltender Sebastian Cossa, the Detroit Red Wings first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
King added another power play marker just three minutes later, ripping a shot past the Edmonton netminder.
Rebels forward Jhett Larson added one more for his team 16:03 into the middle frame. King slid the puck to Larson who fired the puck into an empty net on a two-on-none rush.
Edmonton’s Jalen Luypen scored twice in the third period to send the game into overtime – his first goal came five minutes into the frame and his second with about three minutes remaining.
Then with less than a minute into the extra frame, King scored his second of the night after sneaking in from the corner and rifling the puck into the net. The assists on Red Deer’s third power play goal of the game went to Christoffer Sedoff – his second helper of the game – and Stevenson.
Ungar finished with 24 stops on 27 shots, while Cossa saved 40 of 44.
The three stars were King (1), Luypen (2) and Stevenson (3).
The Rebels continued their winning ways Sunday, defeating the Hitmen 3-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
King, Bains and Larson scored the Red Deer goals and goaltender Chase Coward stopped 31 of 33 shots in the win.
The win against the Hitmen was the first of a seven straight road games for Red Deer. The Rebels will travel to Winnipeg Thursday to battle the ICE. Red Deer will then play the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday and the ICE again on Sunday.