Red Deer Rebels forward Arshdeep Bains recorded one assist in a 5-2 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday night. (File photo by Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels)

Red Deer Rebels forward Arshdeep Bains recorded one assist in a 5-2 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday night. (File photo by Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels)

Red Deer Rebels lose to Lethbridge Hurricanes

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The Red Deer Rebels fell behind early against the Lethbridge Hurricanes and weren’t able to catch up.

The Hurricanes beat the Rebels 5-2 in Western Hockey League action at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge Friday night.

Lethbridge scored three times within the first 14 minutes of the game, despite only racking up eight shots throughout the opening frame. Easton Kovacs, Chase Pauls and Logan McCutcheon scored for the Hurricanes in the first.

Red Deer Rebels forward Ben King scored 12:29 into the second period to make it a two-goal game. Linemates Arshdeep Bains and Kalan Lind picked up assists on King’s 47th goal of the season.

King and Bains are tied for the most points in the WHL with 92. Bains leads the league in assists with 59, while King leads the league in goals.

Pauls and Yegor Klavdiev added goals for the Hurricanes at 18:56 and 19:43 of the third period, respectively. Rebels captain Jayden Grubbe then scored his 10th goal of the season with just three seconds remaining.

Rebels goaltender Connor Ungar stopped 28 of 33 shots in the loss, while Lethbridge netminder Bryan Thomson made 34 saves on 36 shots.

The Rebels had won three straight games heading into Friday’s matchup with the Hurricanes.

Red Deer sits comfortably in second place in the Central Division with a 39-17-2-1 record. They sit 27 points ahead of Lethbridge, which is third in the division. The Edmonton Oil Kings sit atop the central with a 44-12-2-1 record.

On Saturday, the Rebels will look to extend a six-game home winning streak when they host the Hurricanes at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.



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