Rebels Black 4 Rebels White 3 (SO)
A big third-third period comeback lifted Team Black to a shootout victory over Team White in the Red Deer Rebels’ annual intrasquad game.
Several hundred people were in attendance for the game at the Enmax Centrium Saturday morning.
“It’s one of the better Black and White games we’ve had,” said GM/head coach Brent Sutter.
The game represented what the whole training camp has been like, he added.
“It’s been up-tempo, it’s been lively – lots of energy through camp. Our veteran players all played well today and our young kids were all good,” said Sutter.
Black had two deadly chances in the first half of the opening frame. Defenceman Kyle Masters made a beautiful move around the White defender, but was robbed point-blank by goaltender Ethan Anders. Anders made another big stop shortly after, snagging a one-time shot off the stick of Brett Davis.
Team White got on the board first, when Keaton Sorenson picked up the puck behind the net, shovelled it to a wide open Blake Sydlowski in the slot, who fired the puck past the blocker of netminder Byron Fancy.
Masters helped Black tie the game with a minute left in the first, assisting on a Cam Hausinger goal. Masters carried the puck along the boards from the right point, snaked his way behind the net, worked to the front and fired it on goal. The initial shot was stopped, but Hausinger slammed the rebound home.
White defenceman Hunter Mayo batted a rebound past Fancy and into the Black team’s net, regaining the lead for his team. Then forward Chris Douglas added another for Team White by chipping the puck past goalie Eric Ward, who had just entered the game for Black.
Forward Jace Isley had a chance to extend White’s lead to three after being awarded a penalty shot with less than a minute left in the second, but Ward stopped him to keep it at 3-1 heading into the final period.
That save on the penalty shot proved to be huge, as Black brought the game within a goal just two minutes into the third. Braden Fischer ripped a wicked wrister past a sprawling defender and over the shoulder of Chase Coward, who replaced Anders in the White net half way through the game.
White nearly regained its two-goal lead with about five minutes remaining. The puck bounced to Parker Lalonde, who was alone in the slot. Ward made the first stop then swatted the puck away with the paddle of his stick before White attackers could get their sticks on a rebound.
With the goalie pulled, Masters tied the game with just 40 seconds left, firing a wrist shot from the blueline through a screen.
No one was able to score in the five-minute three-on-three overtime, so the game went to a shootout. Jordan Borysiuk scored the winning goal for Black in a lengthy shootout.
After the game, the Rebels announced eight players were reassigned: Hunter Brown, Declan Cosford, Braden Fischer, Parker Lalond, Jhett Larson, Connor Poppenroth, Jeremy Hancock, Chase Coward. Red Deer now has 33 players on its roster.