The Red Deer Rebels were hoping to punch their ticket to the WHL Eastern Conference Final on Sunday, something they haven't done since 2004.
The Regina Pats had other plans, however, and they dominated the Rebels in game six of their second round series at the Brandt Centre, winning by score of 5-1.
Regina opened the scoring early as Jared McAmmond pounced on a rebound for his first playoff goal less than three minutes into the first period.
Red Deer drew even when Jake DeBrusk led a two-on-one and buried his own rebound for his fifth goal of the playoffs at the 13:20 mark.
The Pats regained their one goal lead when Connor Hobbs snapped a point shot past a surprised Rylan Toth just 24 seconds into period two. Cole Sanford buried a rebound for his seventh goal of the playoffs for a 3-1 Pats lead at 5:36.
Lane Zablocki capitalized on a DeBrusk turnover in the Rebels zone, knifing a backhand shot past Toth for a 4-1 Pats lead just past the 13 minute mark of period two.
The Rebels were unable to close the gap in the third period before a wide open Colby Williams fired a rebound into a wide open Red Deer net for a 5-1 Regina lead, the final goal of the game.
Regina outshot Red Deer by a final margin of 40-21 including 22-4 in the second period. For the first time this series, power plays were a non-factor as the Pats were 0/2 and the Rebels 0/1.
The series now comes down to game seven Tuesday night at the Enmax Centrium. Game time is 7 p.m. with the pregame show on The Drive hitting the air at 6:30.
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