Again the Red Deer Rebels put forth an effort worthy of a win, but again they came up just short.
The Rebels fell 3-2 in overtime to the Swift Current Broncos Saturday night at the Enmax Centrium for their 11th consecutive loss.
“We played well again, I was happy with our effort. We did a lot of good things and again we had a lot of great scoring chances," Rebels GM and head coach Brent Sutter remarked.
The Rebels opened the scoring 10:52 into the game when Grayson Pawlenchuk tucked home a wraparound past Broncos goalie Joel Hofer for his 10th goal of the season, thus ending the Rebels’s scoring drought at 172:54.
Reese Johnson looked to have given the Rebels a two goal lead with a power play goal four minutes later until video review showed he kicked the puck into the Broncos net while standing in the goal crease.
Swift Current tied the game just seven seconds into the period, at the 17:55 mark. Calgary Flames prospect Glen Gawdin beat Rebels goalie Riley Lamb top shelf for his 26th goal of the year.
The Broncos scored the lone goal in a penalty-filled second period to take a 2-1 lead. Again it was a quick power play tally with Matteo Gennaro netting goal number 16 on the year at the 12:44 mark.
Just over five minutes into the third period, the Rebels pulled even with a power play goal of their own. Kristian Reichel unleashed a rocket from the top of the face-off circle and beat Joel Hofer for his 14th goal of the season.
In overtime, Max Patterson drove hard to the Rebels net and tucked one past Lamb for the game winner, his second goal of the year 1:44 into the extra frame.
Swift Current outshot Red Deer 35-28 on the night and went 2/3 on the power play while the Rebels were 1/4.
“We had some tough luck around the net, hit a few crossbars, a few posts. Leading up to the third period we’d given up five scoring chances. We didn’t give a whole lot," Sutter added.
“I definitely thought the effort was there tonight, the same as last night,” said Pawlenchuk, referring also to Friday’s 3-0 loss to Moose Jaw. “Things just aren’t going our way. Again, we hit a couple posts and a crossbar that could have changed the game around. But the work ethic was there so that part was good.”
Red Deer native Josh Tarzwell made his Rebels debut versus the Broncos after being acquired in a trade with Lethbridge late Friday night.
The Rebels play their final games before the holiday break Friday, Dec. 15 at Medicine Hat and Saturday, Dec. 16 at home vs. Tri City.
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