Victoria Royals complete third-period comeback, knock off Red Deer Rebels 3-1

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The Red Deer Rebels were sitting pretty through nearly 50 minutes.

Unfortunately, the final 10 minutes belonged to the home side in the first game of a five-game B.C. road swing for Red Deer.

Red Deer led 1-0 through 40 minutes, but the Victoria Royals scored three times in the final nine minutes and two seconds to pick up a 3-1 victory Tuesday night.

Royals captain Phillip Schultz buried the game-tying goal with a wrist shot on a breakaway midway through the third period and notched the winner 4:38 later to clinch the win. Kaid Oliver was johnny on the spot and added an insurance marker with 2:24 to play, to close out the victory for Victoria.

It was just the Rebels second loss of the year when leading after 40 minutes.

With 5:05 left in the second period, Rebels forward Ben King jammed in a rebound to open the scoring on the power play. It was his 15th goal of the season.

Schultz found the equalizer with 9:02 left in the third period, making a nice move and burying a wrister past Ethan Anders.

Adam Evanoff, the former Moose Jaw Warrior had 36 saves in the win for the Royals and was first star. Ethan Anders stopped 25 shots in the loss for Red Deer. With an assist on the King goal, Arshdeep Bains has nine points in the last seven games and leads the Rebels with 41 points in 52 games.

The Rebels are back on the road Wednesday against the Vancouver Giants.

Ice Chips:

Monday, Rebels goalie Ethan Anders was named the WHL Goalie of the Week for his performance on the weekend. In a 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings, Anders stopped 35 shots before turning aside all 41 shots in a 3-0 shutout win over the Calgary Hitmen.

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