The Red Deer Rebels began their three-game eastern road trip with a 5-4 shootout win over the Wheat Kings in Brandon Friday night. The victory improves the Rebels record to 3-0 on the season, good for first place in the WHL’s Central Division.
The opening period saw Red Deer get on the board first with a goal from Mason McCarty at 6:33. Brandon responded less than two minutes later though when Tanner Kaspick scored a short-handed goal at 8:27 to tie it up at 1-1. That’s where it would stay after twenty minutes of play.
In the second, the Wheat Kings would score next, when Cole Reinhardt put one behind Rebel’ goalie Lasse Petersen at 9:10 on the power play to go up 2-1. Red Deer answered quickly though when 17 seconds later, Kristian Reichel scored at 9:27 to tie it up at 2-2. However, it was Brandon who went into the second intermission with a 3-2 lead, thanks to a goal from Jonny Hooker at 18:27.
In the third period, Grayson Pawlenchuk pulled the Rebels even when he scored on the power play at 6:24 to make it 3-3. Then Red Deer’s Reese Johnson scored what some may have thought would be the game winner, when he got one behind Brandon’s net minder Logan Thompson to go up 4-3 with only 1:47 left to play. The Wheat Kings had other plans though as Tanner Kaspick scored his second of the night, tying the game at 4-4 with only 7 seconds left in the period, sending the game to overtime.
Overtime didn’t solve anything though, so it all came down to a shootout. Red Deer’s Mason McCarty would shoot first and score, with Brandon’s Tanner Kaspick shooting next and also scoring. Next up was Red Deer’s Brandon Hagel who was unable to score, with the Wheat Kings Stelio Mattheos following him and also unable to score. Then it was the Rebels Kristian Reichel who shot next and scored. It turned out to be the game-winner, as the Wheat Kings Ty Lewis failed to get it past Rebels goalie Lasse Petersen.
The shootout win gives the Rebels a three-game winning streak heading into Moose Jaw to face the Warriors Saturday night. Face-off is 7:00 p.m.
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