Adam Musil scored the winning goal in the third period as the Red Deer Rebels beat the Regina Pats 2-1 in game seven of their second round WHL playoff series Tuesday night at the Enmax Centrium.
The Rebels win the series 4-3 and move on to play the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Eastern Conference Final.
Neither team was able to break through for a goal in the opening period. The Rebels outshot Regina by a 12-7 margin but could not capitalize on a pair of power plays.
The first big scoring chance for the Pats came early in the second period as Austin Wagner had his breakway shot turned aside by Rebels goalie Rylan Toth.
The game finally got its first goal on a late second period power play as Jake DeBrusk fed a pass to Adam Helewka, who ripped one past Pats goalie Tyler Brown for a 1-0 Rebels lead.
It look for a while like the Rebels would take their one goal lead to the third period. Those hopes ended with less than 13 seconds left in the second as Adam Brooks fired home his seventh goal of the post-season to tie this game 1-1.
Regina dominated the first half of the third period only to see Adam Musil give the Rebels a 2-1 lead when he put home a loose puck with 7:14 left to play.
The stage was set for a nail biting finish as the Pats pushed hard in their desperate attempt to even the score. Toth, however, would shut the door and give the Rebels a one goal victory. The Pats outshot the Rebels 15-4 in the final period and 33-26 on the night.
The game was played in front of a raucous gathering of 6264 fans at the Enmax Centrium.
With the win, the Rebels advance to the WHL Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2004 where they will take on the Brandon Wheat Kings. Games one and two of the series go Friday and Saturday at Brandon. Games three and four take place next Tuesday (26th) and Wednesday (27th) at the Enmax Centrium.
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