The Red Deer Rebels power play came up empty Saturday night, and it cost them dearly.
Red Deer was zero for five with the man advantage in a 5-2 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Enmax Centrium.
After winning their first three games to start the season, the Rebels have now lost three straight to fall to the five-hundred mark.
Gunnar Wegleiter opened the scoring for Brandon when his seeing eye wrist shot from the point eluded Rebels goalie Lasse Petersen 7:13 into the opening period.
Red Deer tied the game 1:30 into period two when Brandon Hagel and Reese Johnson combined to set up a wide open Austin Pratt. The Minnesota native ripped home a one timer for his second goal on the young season.
Brandon went ahead 2-1 just under five minutes later when Kale Clague, who had a hat trick Friday at Edmonton, tapped home a loose puck for his fourth goal of the year.
Lane Zablocki, still without a goal for the Rebels this season, took a checking from behind penalty midway through the middle frame, giving Brandon’s top-ranked power play a chance to go to work. They took just 32 seconds to capitalize as Stelio Mattheos went top shelf for his WHL leading sixth power play goal of the year. The Rebels made a change after the goal as Ethan Anders took over for Petersen between the pipes.
The Rebels pulled back within a goal when Chris Douglas netted his first WHL goal on a nifty tip-in at the 16:25 mark.
However, Clague struck again just over two minutes later to send Brandon to the second intermission with a 4-2 lead.
Red Deer was given a glorious opportunity to pull even in the form of a 5-on-3 power play for 1:08. However, not only with the Wheaties kill both penalties Marcus Sekundiak scored his first WHL goal soon after to make it a 5-2 game and round out the scoring in this one.
Rebels GM / Head Coach Brent Sutter post-game comments
Rebels scratches for the game included Alexander Alexeyev, Dawson Barteaux, Chase Lowry, Dawson Martin and Riley Lamb.
The Rebels are back in action Tuesday night when they entertain the Everett Silvertips at the Enmax Centrium starting at 7 p.m. (Pregame show on 106.7 The Drive starts at 6:30 p.m.)
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