Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender Garin Bjorklund stops Red Deer Rebels forward Arshdeep Bains during Western Hockey League action at the Peavey Mart Centrium Saturday night. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Rebels rout Tigers

The Red Deer Rebels scored early and often in a complete 60-minute dismantling of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Red Deer held a modest 3-1 lead after one period on the road in Medicine Hat Tuesday, before exploding for eight unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes in an 11-1 victory.

Captain Jayden Grubbe led the way with four assists, while Arshdeep Bains, rookie CHL import Frantisek Formanek and Jace Isley each notched a pair of goals. Dallon Melin also added a goal and three helpers in the rout, while the WHL’s leading goal scorer, Ben King pitched in three assists.

Hunter Mayo, Jace Weir and Liam Keeler all had multi-point games, while Sylvan Lake’s Talon Brigley added his third career WHL goal.

Bains sits at 78 points on the year, one back of Kyle Crnkovic for the league lead. King sits at 41 goals, five up on Connor McClennon and has 75 points, four back of Crnkovic.

Chase Ungar made 21 saves in the Rebels net for his 18th win of the year and Red Deer was two-for-two on the power play.

The three stars: (1) Formanek, (2) Melin and (3) Bains.

With the two points, Red Deer improved to 34-15-2-1 on the year, good for third in the Eastern Conference and eight points back of Edmonton for the Central Division lead.