Hitmen 6 Rebels 4
Three unanswered third period goals undid the Red Deer Rebels as they fell on the road to the Calgary Hitmen.
Rebels forward Kristian Reichel scored just 30 seconds into the third period to give the Rebels a 4-3 lead. Dawson Barteaux and Carson Sass picked up the assists.
But the lead wouldn’t last long as the Hitmen took over the third period and scored three straight goals. Jake Kryski tied it up at 2:03 of the frame, Vladislav Yeroymenko scored the go-ahead goal 9:42 into the period and Riley Stotts added the insurance marker with a minute to go.
Goalie Riley Lamb started the game in net, but was pulled after the third Hitmen goal 10 minutes into the second period. Ethan Anders finished the game.
Mason McCarty led the Rebels with two goals, while Grayson Pawlenchuk and Carson Sass added two assists each.
The loss drops the Rebels records to 21-27-10-3. They are still in the third and final Western Hockey League Central Division playoff spot, two points up on the Kootenay Ice.
The Rebels are back on the ice on Friday at home against the Prince Albert Raiders. The puck drops at 7 p.m.