February continues to be a month of horror for the Red Deer Rebels.
The club has just one win and three points in eight games this month (1-5-2-0) after they were doubled 8-4 by the Tri-City Americans Wednesday night in Kennewick, Washington.
The Americans started their onslaught early, quite early, chasing Lasse Peterson from the Rebels net just 1:17 into the game after Morgan Geekie scored the game's opening goal.
Riley Lamb took over for Petersen and proceeded to be shelled. Tri-City would get goals from Jusso Valiamaki and Brett Leason, shorthanded, for a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes.
Jordan Topping made it 4-0 just 13 seconds into period two. By the time another five minutes had been played, Leason added his second and Dylan Coghlan also scored to make it 6-0.
Brandon Hagel finally got the Rebels on the board when he beat Rylan Parenteau for his 22nd goal of the season, a power play goal, 14:52 into the middle frame.
Akash Bains added his seventh goal of the year to cut the Rebels deficit to 6-2 through 40 minutes.
For a while, the Rebels made a game of it after Jared Freadrich scored his fifth of the year on a power play and Matthew Campese took full advantage of a lucky bounce off the glass to net his second. Just like that, the Rebels had cut the gap to 6-4.
It was then that the Americans decided they'd sat back enough and took back full control of this one.
Parker AuCoin scored from the slot at the 12:37 mark. Nolan Yaremko scored shorthanded at 17:54, Tri-City's second shortie of the game and the 14th allowed by the Rebels this season, to close the book on this one.
The Americans outshot the Rebels 34-31 on the night and were 2/4 on the power play, along with their two shorthanded tallies. Red Deer was 2/6 with the man advantage.
Losers of six in a row, the Rebels will try to get back on track Friday night when they take on Portland (8:05 p.m. on 106.7 The Drive).
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