The Red Deer Rustlers got back in the win column in a big way Saturday.
They topped the Morinville Kings 3-2 in Penhold and handed them their first regulation loss of the North Central Senior Hockey League season.
Red Deer powered to the victory with three first period goals, two from Connor Patchett and one by Ty Berkholtz.
The home side went two-for-five on the power play and killed seven of eight man-advantage chances for the Kings.
With the win, the Rustlers snapped a three-game losing streak and remained perfect on home ice. They are now 7-3 on the year.
“This was a huge win for us, both in the standings, and mentally,” said goalie Brett Bothwell, who made 30 saves for his fourth win of the season.
“We’ve faced some adversity over the past month, but tonight was an opportunity to bounce back and make a big statement against one of, if not the top team in the league, and we did just that.”
Next up for the Rustlers is a home date against the Eckville Eagles on Dec. 15 and they will finish 2018 with a trip to Sylvan Lake on Dec. 21 to take on the Pirates.
Sunday, the Pirates topped the Westlock Wild 6-2. Jaret Smith had a hat trick and each of Ryan Thomson, Cole Degraaf and Carter Sawicki added a goal. Cody Nicolay stopped 36 shots to earn the win.