Red Deer Rebels forward Ben King skates away from Medicine Hat Tigers forward Steven Arp during Western Hockey League action at the Peavey Mart Centrium Saturday night. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Rebels maul Medicine Hat Tigers

The Red Deer Rebels made quick work of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

In the back half of a home and home series Saturday, Red Deer cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Tigers, in front of 3,919 fans at Co-op Place in Medicine Hat.

After signing an NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks Friday, Arshdeep Bains continued his tear, adding three assists in the victory to take over the WHL scoring lead ith 88 points.

Red Deer scored four times in the opening frame, with goals from Talon Brigley, Christoffer Sedoff Ben King and Dallon Melin. King’s tally was his league leading 45th goal of the year and 86th point, to back of Bains for the league lead.

The Rebels were in cruise control for the remainder of the contest, with Jace Isley and Kalan Lind rounding out the scoring. Lind has six points in his last four games and five goals over that stretch. The 17-year-old has 30 points in 52 games this season.

Chase Coward was solid in the Rebels net, stopping 22 shots for his 16th win of the season. He’s got a 2.53 goals against average, to go along with a 0.906 save percentage and a 16-9-1 record.

Red Deer was one-for-six on the power play while the Tigers failed to score on their six man advantage opportunities. The Rebels outshot the Tiger 35-24 in the win.

With 11 games left in the WHL season, the Rebels have a 38-16-2-1 record, good for second in the Central Division and third in the Eastern Conference.

Red Deer will host the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday at the Peavey Mart Centrium, with puck drop set for 7 p.m.