Red Deer Rebels knock off Tigers in OT

Rebels 4 Tigers 3 (OT)

The Red Deer Rebels notched their third straight WHL victory in dramatic fashion Saturday night.

Just 38 seconds into overtime in Medicine Hat, Chris Douglas swatted a puck past Mads Sogaard on a partial breakaway to help the Rebels collect a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory.

Ethan Anders once again stood tall for Red Deer in the win, turning aside 39 Tigers’ shots in regulation, including 14 in the third period. He earned a first-star nod for the second straight game with the performance.

On the Rebels opening goal, Jayden Grubbe drove wide and dished out front to Jaxsen Wiebe who deposited his first career WHL goal.

The Tigers tied the game just 64 seconds into the second, but Brett Davis restored the lead on the man-advantage with his fourth goal of the season on the power play.

Then, midway through the second, Ryan Chyzowski tied the game with a backhand on a breakaway.

With just 36 seconds left in the frame, defenceman Ethan Sakwowich buried a wrist shot low glove on the power play on Sogaard.

With 6:58 to go in the third period, Mason Ward put his hand on the puck in the crease and the Tigers were awarded a penalty shot. James Hamblin made no mistake, firing a shot low glove on Anders to tie the game at three.

Dawson Barteaux made a long lead pass to Douglas early in overtime and Douglas outraced Tyler Preziuso to the loose puck before he whacked a backhand past an unsuspecting Sogaard.

Red Deer finished the night two-for-five on the power play, while they held the Tigers without a goal on five man-advantage opportunities.

The Rebels will host the Portland Winterhawks on Oct. 11 at the Centrium, with puck drop set for 7 p.m.

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