The Red Deer Rebels kicked-off their four-game road trip over the next five days with a 3-2 loss to the Blades in Saskatoon Friday night, their sixth loss in a row.
The first period saw Saskatoon get on the board first just before the end of the opening frame when Braylon Shmyr scored his 20th goal of the season at 19:19 to make it 1-0 Blades after 20 minutes.
Red Deer responded in the second period though when Reese Johnson scored his 12th of the year at 8:44, an unassisted effort to tie it up at 1-1. The Rebels then went ahead just over four minutes later when newly acquired Alex Morozoff scored his first WHL goal in his first WHL game, on the power play at 13:51 to make it 2-1 for the visitors. The 16-year-old joined the Rebels this week after playing with the Saskatoon Contacts in the Mac’s Midget AAA World Invitational Hockey Tournament just last weekend.
Saskatoon would tie it back up before the period came to an end however when Bradly Goethals scored his ninth of the season at 16:42 to make it 2-2 after forty minutes.
In the third, the Blades pulled ahead when Jake Kustra picked up his second of the year and the eventual game-winner at 10:35 to make it a 3-2 final.
Shots on goal finished 27-24 in favour of Saskatoon, with the Blades going 0 for 1 on the power play while the Rebels went 1 for 2.
The win improves Saskatoon’s record to 20-17-2-1 with 43 points and fourth place in the WHL’s East Division. The Rebels drop to 10-21-6-2 with 28 points and fifth place in the Central.
Red Deer’s next game is Saturday, January 6 when they travel to Prince Albert to take on the Raiders for a 7:00 p.m. face-off.
You can catch all the action live on 106.7 The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.
Highlights courtsey of the Western Hockey League, Saskatoon Blades
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