The difference between the Red Deer Optimist Rebels’ performance on Saturday and that on Sunday was night and day.
While the Rebels managed to pull out a 4-3 Alberta Midget Hockey League victory over the K of C Pats in Edmonton Saturday it wasn’t all that impressive.
But after spending a night in Whitecourt and talking over their performance with head coach Doug Quinn, the Rebels came out Sunday and turned in their best effort of the season in recording a 6-0 victory over the Grande Prairie Storm in the Northern Alberta city.
“It was our most complete game of the season,” said Quinn.
“The guys went out and did what we’ve been talking about and have been working on in practice. They stuck with the program from the start to finish.”
The Rebels jumped into a 1-0 first-period lead and never let up.
“We could have easily been ahead by more, but the guys didn’t let it get them down and they wore them down,” added Quinn.
Travis Weber recorded the shutout while Brett Printz, Collin Valcourt, Justin Faux, Jaret Smith and Tanner Dunkle were the only goal scorers reported.
On Saturday the Pats jumped into a 1-0 lead 15 seconds into the game. The Rebels managed to come back and grab a 3-1 lead, but let that slip away before Jared Guilbault managed to score his second goal of the game late.
Goaltender Mac Engel picked up the win and saved the game with two seconds remaining, stopping a penalty shot.
The pair of wins gave the Rebels a 4-1-2 record.
Rebels Black struggle
The Red Deer Rebels Black fell 6-2 to the host Calgary Bronks in Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League action on Sunday.
Logan Fisher and Scott Ferguson scored in a losing cause while Matt Zentner stopped 33 shots.
The Rebels Black earned a 5-5 tie on Saturday at Okotoks, getting two goals from Joel Topping and singles off the sticks off Jaden Sveinson, Scoft Feser and Carson Jorgensen. Red Deer netminder Brett Frisneth turned aside 16 shots as the Rebels Black outshot their hosts 38-21.