The Red Deer Rebels seemingly endless six game losing streak has finally ended.
Mason McCarty and Austin Pratt each had a goal and two assists to lift the Rebels past the B.C. Division leading Victoria Royals 5-3 Tuesday in Victoria.
After a goalless first period, Pratt gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead early in period two. McCarty set up the game opening tally after forcing a Royals turnover. Pratt’s goal, his sixth of the year, came 3:02 into the middle frame.
Just 1:36 later, Grayson Pawlenchuk fired a shot on goal and Kristian Reichel jammed home the rebound for his eighth of the year and a quick 2-0 Rebels advantage.
Victoria’s top line made it a 2-1 game later in the period as Calgary Flames prospect Matt Phillips beat Rebels goalie Riley Lamb for his 16th goal of the year.
After having a late second period goal called off due to goaltender interference, the Royals drew even early in the third period. Jared Legien blew past Rebels defender Hunter Donohoe and beat Lamb at the 2:04 mark for a 2-2 score.
Victoria took their first lead of the game with a power play goal 5:15 into period three on a left wing blast from Regan Nagy. Rebels coach Brent Sutter called a timeout following the goal in a bid to stem the Royals tide.
Red Deer pulled even at 12:18 when McCarty went upstairs on Victoria netminder Dean McNabb for his 11th tally of the year, which made it a 3-3 game.
McCarty then made a great play to set up Reese Johnson for his sixth goal of the year at 14:52 of the third period to put the Rebels back ahead by a score of 4-3.
Lane Zablocki snuck in a long-range empty goal in the final minute to seal the win for the Rebels.
Lamb finished the night with 22 saves in his first start since missing six weeks of action with a broken thumb. Dean McNabb made 26 saves in net for Victoria.
The Rebels were held to 0/2 on the power play while the Royals were 1/5.
Still sitting in second place in the WHL Central Division despite their recent struggles, the Rebels look to make it back to back wins Wednesday night when they visit the Vancouver Giants (8 p.m. on 106.7 The Drive).
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