Rookie forward Jaxsen Wiebe gets a shot on Medicine Hat Tigers goalie Garin Bjorklund in the first period at the Centrium. In the second, Wiebe scored his fourth goal of the WHL season. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Red Deer Rebels fall in shootout to Medicine Hat Tigers

Red Deer back at home Saturday against the Brandon Wheat Kings

Tigers 4 Rebels 3 (Shootout)

Lessons don’t always turn into points in the WHL and the Red Deer Rebels learned that the hard way.

Leading the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-2 heading into the third period on home ice, the Rebels were back on their heels for the majority final frame and were unable to close ou the night with two points.

The Tigers scored with 6:32 left in the third to tie the game in front of 4,010 fans at the Centrium and outshot Red Deer 12-4 in the period.

After a scoreless overtime, Ben King scored on the first shot of the shootout, but all four Rebels that followed missed. Cole Sillinger sent it to extra shooters for the Tigers and Jonathan Brinkman buried to clinch a 4-3 victory for Medicine Hat.

After playing some of their best hockey for nearly 39 minutes, Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter said his group simply can’t let a 3-1 lead slip away.

“This lesson comes over and over again. We talked about it after the second, we wanted to stay after it and go after them and for whatever reason, it’s a mindset,” Sutter said.

“We just sit back and you can’t do that. That’s where you need your veteran guys to take charge. Our third period wasn’t good enough.”

Red Deer played a strong first, outshooting the Tigers 14-7 and generating plenty of scoring chances.

After Ethan Sakowich went to the box for a cross-checking minor early in the second, the Tigers top-ranked WHL power play struck. Only 45 second into the advantage, James Hamblin dished down low to Cole Sillinger who whipped a pass across to Brett Kemp before the centre tapped in his sixth tally of the year.

Red Deer had a good response, finding the equalizer just 90 seconds later. King, in his first game at the Centrium after being acquired from the Swift Current Broncos last week, tipped home a Dawson Barteaux point shot for his first goal as a Rebel.

The Rebels kept up the intensity and were rewarded midway through the period. Rookie Jaxsen Wiebe walked out of the corner and sniped on Garin Bjorklund high glove for his fourth goal of the year.

They kept rolling when Chris Douglas forced a turnover shorthanded and sprung Josh Tarzwell on a breakaway. The Red Deer product made no mistake, cashing his seventh goal of the year five-hole on Bjorklund.

With 31 seconds left in the second disaster struck. Eric Van Impe fired a point shot that was tipped by Corson Hopwo past Anders. Before that point, Red Deer had outshot the Tigers 28-13.

“I thought for 39 minutes, we were a good team. We played pretty well. That goal at the end of the second, that puck shouldn’t be in our zone to begin with,” Sutter said.

“We picked up the puck 10 feet from the blue line and skated it back behind our net. Turned the puck over and they got a shot on net. They get a faceoff and it’s in the back of our net. In the third period, I didn’t like our third period.”

That started a momentum swing in the Tigers favour, as the visitors brought some relentless pressure in the third period.

They outshot Red Deer 12-4 in the frame and Nick McCarry notched his fourth of the year with 6:32 left in the third.

In a game where there were plenty of positives, Barteaux said after a win in Prince Albert and hanging with Tigers for 40 minutes, Rebels’ fans can expect a better product for the rest of the season.

“It’s exciting. Obviously we were going through a stint there where we weren’t clicking. We went on the long road trip and we got closer,” he said.

“We got a couple wins, not as many as we wanted to. That last game in PA, it flicked a light on. Those first two periods were some insight for our home fans on what it’s going to be like for the rest of the year.”

Anders finished the night with 27 saves, while Bjorklund picked up the win with 29 stops.

Three stars: Christoffer Sedoff (1), Eric Van Impe (2), Johnathan Brinkman (3).

Red Deer is back on home ice Saturday against the Brandon Wheat Kings with puck drop set for 7 p.m.



Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

 

Red Deer Rebels Jace Isley just misses a backhand attempt on Medicine Hat Tigers goalie Garin Bjorklund in the first period at the Centrium. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Just Posted

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. (Contributed photo)
Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce announces business of the year winners

All finalists ‘displayed courage’ this year, says chamber CEO

More than 400 COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta Wednesday, according to multiple reports. (File photo)
Over 400 additional COVID-19 cases Wednesday

3,372 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta

A 47-megawatt solar power project has been proposed for a site southwest of the Nova Chemicals petrochemical complex.
Map contributed
$52-million solar power project proposed for Joffre

Project to be built southwest of Nova Chemicals plant could be producing power by the end of 2021

AnnaMarie Lea, artistic director of Lacombe’s Cow Patti Theatre, thinks a lot of people would love to focus on something other than the pandemic, with a few hours of entertainment. (Contributed photo).
Some Red Deer-area shows will go on — with new pandemic precautions

Some theatrical productions are happening under new rules

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer will be at the legislature Thursday to urge members of the UCP caucus to drop the plan to consolidate EMS dispatch by Jan. 4. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)
Red Deer mayor takes EMS consolidation fight to Edmonton

Mayors of Red Deer, Lethbridge, Calgary and Wood Buffalo to address UCP caucus on Thursday

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives for an announcement at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.	Kenney is isolating at home after one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Alberta premier isolating after minister tests positive for COVID-19

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is isolating at home

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe rounds the bases after a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Lowe homers twice, Rays hold off Dodgers 6-4 to even Series

Lowe homers twice, Rays hold off Dodgers 6-4 to even Series

Mighty Heart is held outside trainer Josie Carroll's stable by exercise rider Des McMahon, as the colt is washed down after being breezed at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on October 15, 2020. Mighty Heart will make his Triple Crown quest from the the No. 8 post Saturday. The Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales champion was named the even-money favourite in the draw Wednesday for the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Mighty Heart to take run at ending Triple Crown drought in $400,000 Breeders Stakes

Mighty Heart to take run at ending Triple Crown drought in $400,000 Breeders Stakes

Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro watches during baseball spring training in Dunedin, Fla., on Friday, February 24, 2017/ Short on specifics and long on bullishness, Shapiro set an optimistic tone during his first general media availability since the team was eliminated from the post-season a few weeks ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro short on specifics, long on bullishness

Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro short on specifics, long on bullishness

Liverpool's Fabinho, saves from the goal line after a header from Ajax's captain Dusan Tadic from scoring during the group D Champions League soccer match between Ajax and Liverpool at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Real Madrid beaten again, Bayern surges in Champions League

Real Madrid beaten again, Bayern surges in Champions League

Toronto Wolfpack captain Josh McCrone raises the Betfred Championship Trophy alongside teammates after defeating the Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game in Betfred Championship rugby league action in Toronto on October 5, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Financially troubled Toronto Wolfpack could learn fate soon as early as next week

Financially troubled Toronto Wolfpack could learn fate soon as early as next week

Kansas City Chiefs' Demarcus Robinson (11) holds off Buffalo Bills' Tre'Davious White (27) as Bills' Justin Zimmer (61) also pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
Bills defence looks to rebound after consecutive losses

Bills defence looks to rebound after consecutive losses

CPL champion Forge FC ready for CONCACAF League opener in El Salvador

CPL champion Forge FC ready for CONCACAF League opener in El Salvador

Most Read