The Red Deer Rebels kicked-off their seven-game November road trip with a 4-3 loss to the Pats in Regina Friday night. The loss was the third in-a-row for the Rebels, which began with a 5-4 overtime defeat to the hands of the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook, B.C. October 29.
The first period of Friday’s game saw the Rebels light the lamp first, with a goal from Austin Pratt at 9:24, his fifth of the season to put Red Deer up 1-0. Kristian Reichel then added a short-handed goal for the Rebels at 16:47, his sixth of the season to put the visitors up 2-0. However, former Rebel Josh Mahura put the Pats on the board before the period came to an end, scoring on Rebels netminder Ethan Anders, a Regina native, at 18:51 to make it 2-1 Red Deer after twenty minutes.
In the second period, the Rebels got off to a quick start with Jack Flaman scoring his sixth goal of the year at 1:34 to put the visitors up 3-1 at that point. The tide began to turn though when Red Deer’s Dawson Barteaux was called for slashing at the 8:06 mark of the second frame. It led to a Jonathan Smart power play goal just over a minute later and brought the Pats to within one goal of the Rebels who were now leading 3-2. Regina’s Josh Mahura then earned his second goal of the night, a power play effort at 15:36 to tie the game at 3-3.
It made for an interesting showdown in the third period but it was the hometown Pats who got the go-ahead goal from Matt Bradley at 9:44, his 14th of the season to make it a 4-3 final in favour of Regina. Three unanswered goals to overcome a two-goal deficit and earn the victory.
Final shots were 48-28 Regina, with the Pats being three for seven on the power play, while the Rebels went zero for four.
The win improves Regina’s record to 11-6-2 with 24 points and good for second place in the WHL’s East Division. The Rebels meanwhile fall to 8-8-1 with 17 points and third in the Central Division.
Red Deer’s next game is Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Credit Union i-plex in Swift Current against the 10-3-1 Broncos.
You can listen to it live on 106.7 The Drive starting at 6:30 p.m.
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