No two words generate more excitement in the world of sports than “Game Seven.”
Tuesday night, the Red Deer Rebels and Lethbridge Hurricanes will meet in game seven to decide a winner in what has been an outstanding first round WHL Playoffs series.
This marks the seventh time in their 25-year history that the Rebels will play in a game seven. Here’s a look back at the previous six (four wins, two losses):
2002 Eastern Conference Final
April 30 in Red Deer
Rebels 5, Brandon 2
Boyd Gordon scored three times, including the series winning goal late in the second period, while Cam Ward made 26 saves. Derek Meech and Colby Armstrong also scored for Red Deer in front of 6862 fans at the Enmax Centrium.
2003 Eastern Conference Semifinal
April 15 in Red Deer
Rebels 5, Medicine Hat 1
Playing in front of 6969 fans, Boyd Gordon again scored the series winning goal late in period two. He, Dion Phaneuf and Matt Ellison each had two points while Ward turned aside 25 Tigers shots.
2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal
March 31 in Red Deer
Rebels 4, Calgary 2
Shay Stephenson scored the winning goal in the dying seconds of period two, part of a three point night for the Rebels’ all-time leader in playoff games played (87, WHL record). Ward once again picked up the win between the pipes with a 22 save performance. (Attendance: 5617)
April 5 in Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat 5, Rebels 4
The Rebels and Tigers went down to the wire before Medicine Hat came away with the narrow victory. Kris Russell’s empty net goal with 44 seconds remaining ended up as the series winner after Chris Neiszner scored for Red Deer with 12 seconds on the clock.
April 3 in Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat 2, Rebels 0
The Rebels outshot Medicine Hat 29-24 but were unable to solve netminder Matt Keetly. Darren Helm and Derek Dorsett scored 3:31 apart in the second period for the Tigers.
April 19 in Red Deer
Rebels 2, Regina 1
Adam Musil scored the winner 12:46 into the third period. Rylan Toth was superb in net, holding off the Pats who outshot the Rebels 33-26. (Attendance: 6264)
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