Red Deer Brandon Hagel keeps the puck in Kelowna Rockets zone as Rocket Conner Bruggen-Cate gives chase during first period action at the Centrium in Red Deer last Saturday. Rebels shut out the Rockets 5-0. (Jeff Stokoe/Advocate photo)

Shmoorkoff sent down, Verhelst, Johnson injured

Rebels trim defence corp by one

The Red Deer Rebels cut their defence down by one, reassigning Austin Shmoorkoff to the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League

The 19-year-old Shmoorkoff played in only two games this season, recording no points. The six-foot-three, 177-pound native of Edmonton got into 64 games last season, finishing with three assists, a plus-10 rating and 16 penalty minutes.

In other news goaltender Tyler Verhelst remains out with a upper body injury and forward Reese Johnson is likely out for the season as he’s scheduled for shoulder surgery.

Verhelst, who was picked up from the Spokane Chiefs in a trade, has yet to play a game for the Rebels, who have two goaltenders in Riley Lamb and 20-year-old Trevor Martin.

The Rebels are in action Friday when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7 p.m. at the Centrium. They travel to Cranbrook on Saturday for a meeting with the Kootenay Ice.

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