The Red Deer Rebels are now 2-0 after a 5-3 win over the Oil Kings in Edmonton on Sunday.
It was the second half of a home and home with the Oil Kings to open the 2017-2018 season. The win gives the Rebels four points and gives them an early grasp on first place in the WHL’s Central Division.
The first period saw the hometown Oil Kings get on the board first with a power play goal at 3:17 from Trey Fix-Wolansky.
Just over a minute later, Edmonton struck again with a goal at 4:26 from Kobe Mohr to make it 2-0 Oil Kings in the games early going. They were actually the first two shots on net the Oil Kings had on the Rebels Lasse Petersen to start the game. However, Red Deer would answer back at 10:19 with a power play goal from Mason McCarty after an Oil Kings slashing penalty against Davis Murray. The period would end with the Rebels out shooting Edmonton 9-5.
In the second period, the Rebels had numerous scoring chances and hit a cross bar but couldn’t put one past Edmonton net minder Travis Child before the Oil Kings Ty Gerla scored on the power play at 11:48 to make it 3-1 Edmonton.
The Rebels would cut into the Oil Kings two-goal lead before the period came to an end though, when Brandon Hagel scored at 18:12 to make it 3-2 Edmonton heading into the second intermission. The shots on goal were 21-16 Red Deer at that point.
The third period saw the Rebels tie it up at 3-3 when Reese Johnson scored a power play goal just 41 seconds in, thanks to an earlier cross checking penalty against Edmonton’s Kobe Mohr. Red Deer would later take the lead for the first time in the game though when Jared Dmytriw scored on the power play at 9:21 to give the visitors a 4-3 lead after a slashing penalty to the Oil Kings Kobe Mohr. Then with 1:07 left in the game, the Rebels Brandon Hagel scored an unassisted empty netter and his second of the night, to make it a 5-3 final in favour of Red Deer.
The Rebels would out shoot Edmonton 31-21 on the night and go 3 for 5 on the power play, while Edmonton went 2 for 4 on the power play.
The Rebels next game is Friday, September 29 in Brandon, Manitoba against the 1-1-0-0 Wheat Kings. The first of a three-game eastern road trip for the Rebels before they return home to play those same Wheat Kings on October 7.
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