Red Deer Rebels defenceman Chase Leslie battles for a loose puck with Evan Herman during WHL play Saturday in Prince Albert. (Photo by LUCAS PUNKARI/Prince Abert Daily Herald)

Red Deer Rebels down WHL’s top-ranked Prince Albert Raiders

The Red Deer Rebels ended their road trip in style.

Red Deer knocked off the top team in the WHL on the backend of a six-game road swing, handing the Prince Albert Raiders their first loss at the Art Hauser Centre this season.

Ethan Anders was the first star and had a huge performance with 31 saves. Dallon Melin notched the game-winning goal with 6:33 left in the game as the Rebels earned a 3-2 win over the Raiders.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Red Deer and improved their record to 6-11-0-2.

They fell behind early in the game, after some sloppy coverage low in their own zone. Spencer Moe fed WHL leading scorer Aliaksei Protas who notched his 13th tally and 30th point of the year.

In the second, Carter Serhyenko made a point-blank save on Joel Sexsmith but as he dove to corral the rebound, Chris Douglas spun and fired a wrist shot through the Prince Albert goalie’s pads.

On the power play early in the third period, Dawson Barteaux fired home his fourth goal of the season. Ben King, 17, acquired Thursday from the Swift Current Broncos picked his first assist with the Rebels on the goal.

Shorthanded midway through the third period, Brayden Watts converted a two-on-one Ilya Usau to tie the game at two.

Off a faceoff late in the third period, Jace Isley won the draw forward and from behind the net slipped a pass to Melin in front and he chipped home his third goal of the year.

Red Deer killed off all four Prince Albert power plays and had the only power play goal of the game.

The Rebels will play their next four games at home, starting on Nov. 15 against the Medicine Hat Tigers.

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