Red Deer Rebels defenceman Blake Gustafson and Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Justin Hall skate beside each other during a Western Hockey League game at the Peavey Mart Centrium Friday night. (Photo by Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels)

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Blake Gustafson and Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Justin Hall skate beside each other during a Western Hockey League game at the Peavey Mart Centrium Friday night. (Photo by Rob Wallator/Red Deer Rebels)

Red Deer Rebels win overtime thriller on Alumni Night

Rebels 5 Hurricanes 4 (OT)

Ben King scored his 49th goal of the season and added two assists as the Red Deer Rebels topped the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday evening.

The Red Deer forward scored the overtime winner in a 5-4 victory at the Peavey Mart Centrium on Alumni Night, when several former Rebels were in the crowd to watch the game.

The Rebels wore commemorative jerseys celebrating the team’s 30th season in the Western Hockey League.

The jerseys were a replica of the original white/black/silver jerseys the Rebels wore from 1992-93 to 1996-97.

Rebels rookie Talon Brigley opened the scoring about seven minutes into the game by wiring a wrist shot past Hurricanes goaltender Jared Picklyk.

Kalan Lind extended Red Deer’s lead during a power play 17:41 into the first. Christoffer Sedoff and Ben King assisted on Lind’s 20th of the season.

The Rebels had the majority of the scoring chances in the first period, outshooting the Hurricanes 16-8. But Lethbridge took control in the second, outshooting Red Deer 17-8.

Lethbridge’s Yegor Kladiev and Logan Wormald scored during the middle frame to tie the game at two. Noah Chadwick added another before the end of the period to give his team a one-goal lead heading into the third.

Rebels captain Jayden Grubbe tied the game once again by scoring his 14th of the season just 40 seconds into the third.

Wormald potted his second goal of the game 8:33 into the period, but Sedoff answered back less than four minutes later for the Rebels.

Then in overtime, Arshdeep Bains set up King, who scored to give the Rebels to the win. King now has 99 points on the season.

Rebels goaltender Chase Coward stopped 29 of 33 shots, while Picklyk stopped 30 of 35.

The three stars were Ben King (1), Logan Wormald (2) and Christoffer Sedoff (3).

The team will auction the vintage jerseys from Friday’s game, with proceeds going towards the Rebels Foundation for Education and Wellness. The auction, which can be found on the Rebels website, opened Wednesday and closes Sunday at 9 p.m.

In addition to the jerseys worn by this year’s players, alumni jerseys signed by Rebels greats Arron Asham, Darren Van Impe, Jesse Wallin and Lance Ward are also up for auction.

The Rebels will visit the Oil Kings for a 2 p.m. matchup Edmonton Saturday.

Red Deer’s next home game is Saturday, April 16. That game – a 7 p.m. battle against the Oil Kings – will be the Rebels’ final game of the regular season.



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