Sawchuk scores twice, Oil Kings power past Rebels in Edmonton

A few tough bounces and a slow start cost the Red Deer Rebels on the road in Edmonton.

Looking to rebound from a 4-2 loss in their home opener, the Rebels were unable to bounce back in the second game of a WHL home-and-home with the Oil Kings.

In front of the 5,870 fans at Rogers Place Sunday, Red Deer fell 4-1. They only registered 21 shots and went without a goal on seven man advantage chances.

Riley Sawchuk scored twice for Edmonton and Todd Scott earned the victory with 20 saves.

In the first, the visitors didn’t register a shot until the nine-minute mark of the frame.

Still, Ethan Anders held the Rebels in it will all kinds of pressure from the Oil Kings.

An unfortunate gaffe for the 19-year-old netminder spoiled an otherwise perfect frame when he turned aside nine shots.

Anders was behind the net trying to play a dump-in, but the puck bounced off him and into the slot where Sawchuk was johnny on the spot to deposit his first goal of the year.

Red Deer only had five shots in the first 20 minutes and slowly started to turn things around in the second.

Until another unlucky bounce had a Jesse Seppala shot bounce of Jordan Borysiuk’s stick and Kyle Masters’ skate before it trickled by Anders. It was the first career WHL goalie for the 2018 CHL Import pick.

After missing on two straight power play opportunities, Arshdeep Bains beat Scott with a slick shot, but caught the post. The rebound bounced out to Chris Douglas who cashed his first of the WHL season and cut the deficit to 2-1.

Liam Keeler added to the advantage with his first of the season late in the frame. An Ethan Cap point shot caromed right to Keeler and he buried it past Anders.

The Oil Kings were 0-for-8 on the power play in the win.

Red Deer will head to Lethbridge on Friday to take on the Hurricanes before they welcome to the Calgary Hitmen to the Centrium on Sept. 28.

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