After 11 straight losses, the Red Deer Rebels finally broke their losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Tigers in Medicine Hat Friday night.
The Rebels struck first with the only goal of the opening frame when Alexander Alexeyev lit the lamp at 1:21, earning his second goal of the season to make it 1-0 Red Deer.
In the second period, the Rebels stretched their lead when Austin Pratt potted his seventh of the year at the 2:25 mark to make it 2-0 Red Deer, later proving to be the game winner. Medicine Hat responded though when Mark Rassell scored at 18:14 to cut the Rebels lead to 2-1 after forty minutes.
In the third period, the Rebels picked up an insurance goal from Grayson Pawlenchuk when he scored his 11th of the season at 17:37 to give Red Deer a two-goal lead with just over two minutes to play. That led to the Tigers pulling goaltender Jordan Hollett to put the extra attacker on the ice in hopes of tying it back up. However, the Rebels Alexander Alexeyev took advantage and scored his second goal of the night, an empty netter at 18:47 to put the game away and give Red Deer the 4-1 win. It was Red Deer’s first victory since beating the Royals in Victoria back on November 14.
Shots on goal finished 28-22 in favour of Medicine Hat, with the Rebels going 0-4 on the power play while the Tigers went 0-3.
The win improves Red Deer’s record to 10-18-4-1 with 25 points and fourth place in the WHL’s Central Division. Medicine Hat drops to 17-14-2-0 with 36 points and still first place in the Central.
The Rebels next game is Saturday, December 16 when they host the Tri-City Americans for a 7:00 p.m. face-off at the Enmax Centrium.
You can also catch all the action live on 106.7 The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
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