Power Play Dominates Again As Pats Even Series With Rebels

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
April 14, 2016 - 12:51pm

Special teams continue to be the Achilles heel for the Red Deer Rebels.

The Regina Pats scored four more power play goals Wednesday night in a 6-4 victory in front of 6171 rabid fans at the Brandt Centre.

The best of seven second round WHL Playoffs series is now tied 2-2. Regina's power play is now an incredible 11/26 through four games.

The Rebels opened the scoring for the second straight game with Austin Strand netting his first playoff goal just under seven minutes into the first period.

Regina's lethal power play went to work late in the period with Connor Hobbs scoring man advantage goals 24 seconds apart giving the Pats a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes.

It was all Pats in the middle frame as Luke Smith started things off with a power play marker for a 3-1 lead. Lane Zablocki then scored twice, both coming on Pats power plays, to break the game open at 5-1.

But the Rebels would make things interesting, starting with a goal from Luke Philp with 23 seconds left in the period to make it 5-2.

In the third, the Rebels poured it on in an attempt to even things and would get within 5-4 on goals from Nelson Nogier and Philp. It was too little, too late as Cole Sanford's empty net goal with 1:18 remaining would seal the deal on a 6-4 Pats win.

Trevor Martin started the game for Red Deer, allowing four goals on 22 shots before giving way to Rylan Toth, who saw his first game action since being hurt in a game on February 13.

Tyler Brown went the distance in net for Regina, stopping 44 of the 48 Rebels shots he faced.

The series now returns to Red Deer for game five at the Enmax Centrium Friday night at 7 p.m. The broadcast on The Drive hits the air at 6:30. Game six goes back at the Brandt Centre Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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