The Red Deer Rebels brought a three-game winning streak into the lower mainland Sunday night and saw that extended to four games after downing the Vancouver Giants 4-2 in Langley, B.C. It was Red Deer’s fifth game of their six-game road trip this month, with one more in Calgary this week before returning home next weekend.
The Rebels outshot the Giants 15-9 in the opening period but saw Vancouver goalie David Tendeck make some outstanding saves to keep the home team in the game. The Giants scored the only goal of the period as well when Dawson Holt earned a short-handed goal at 17:32, his 11th of the season to make it 1-0 Vancouver and a one-goal lead after twenty minutes of play.
The second period saw Red Deer even-things up when Kristian Reichel scored his 26th of the year at 6:34, batting it out of the air on a rebound to make it 1-1. The Rebels added to their lead roughly five minutes later when Arshdeep Bains made a nice pass over to Brandon Cutler on a two on one, who then shot it past David Tendeck to make it 2-1 Red Deer. It was Cutler’s fourth goal of the season and came at 11:48 of the middle frame.
In the third period, the Rebels extended their lead when Brandon Cutler picked up a rebound goal on his backhand to make it 3-1 Red Deer. It was Cutler’s fifth goal of the year and second of the night and came at the 3:49 mark of the third.
However, Vancouver quickly responded when former Rebel Jared Dmytriw earned his 13th goal of the season, beating Riley Lamb on the blocker side at 5:19 to cut the Giants deficit to 3-2.
Red Deer kept pressing though and eventually it paid off as Kristian Reichel scored his second of the night and 27th of the year at 11:35 to make it 4-2 Rebels.
Vancouver then made a push of their own and pulled net minder David Tendeck with 3:08 remaining but they were unable to score, making it a 4-2 final.
Shots on goal finished tied at 41 a- piece, with Vancouver going 0 for 1 on the power play while Red Deer went 0 for 3.
The loss drops the Giants record to 31-20-5-3 with 70 points and third place in the WHL’s B.C. Division. Red Deer improves to 21-26-10-3 with 55 points and third place in the Central.
The Rebels next game is Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary against the Hitmen.
You can catch all the action live on 106.7 The Drive starting with the pre-game show at 6:50 p.m.
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