The Red Deer Rebels were looking to break a six-game losing streak when they paid a visit to the Raiders in Prince Albert Saturday night.
However, their losing skid was extended when they suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to the Raiders. It was Red Deer’s second game in as many nights on their current four-game, five-day road trip and ninth straight loss in overtime.
The first period saw no scoring, just a handful of penalties, two from each team. The most surprising thing to note from the opening frame however was Red Deer not being able to register a single shot on net, while Prince Albert piled them up with 17. Regardless, the score was tied 0-0 after twenty minutes.
In the second, Prince Albert struck quickly when Vojtech Budik scored his third goal of the season, rifling a shot past Rebels goalie Ethan Anders just under the cross bar only 48 seconds into the period to make it 1-0 Raiders. Red Deer tied it back up just before the period ended though, when Reese Johnson scored his 13th goal of the year, going glove side on Prince Albert net minder Curtis Meger with only 27 seconds left to make it 1-1 after forty minutes.
Like the first, the third period saw no scoring from either team, just a few penalties to mention, two from the Raiders and one for Red Deer.
In overtime, it didn’t last long as Kody McDonald in his first game as a P.A. Raider after being acquired from the Prince George Cougars this week, lit the lamp just 1:08 into the extra frame to give his new team a 2-1 overtime win over Red Deer. It was described by Rebels Play by Play man Cam Moon as a beauty shot to Ethan Ander’s glove side.
Shots on goal finished 34-19 in favour of Prince Albert, with the Raiders going 0 for 2 on the power play, while Red Deer went 0 for 3.
The win improves Prince Albert’s record to 15-17-6-2 with 38 points and sixth place in the WHL’s Eastern Division. Red Deer drops to 10-21-7-2 with 29 points and fifth place in the Central.
The Rebels next game is Sunday, January 7 in Swift Current when they face the Broncos in a 3:00 p.m. face off Mountain Time. You can catch all the action live on 106.7 The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 2:30 p.m.
Highlights courtesy of the Western Hockey League, Prince Albert Raiders
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