The Red Deer Rebels ended their three-game eastern road trip with a 6-1 loss to the Pats in Regina on Sunday.
It was their third game in three nights and the third period that proved to be their undoing.
The game’s first period saw the hometown Pats get on the board first when Emil Oksanen scored on the power play at 9:33 to make it 1-0 Regina.
In the second, Oksanen struck again for the Pats when he got one past Rebels net minder Lasse Petersen at 5:37 to put Regina up 2-0.
However, Red Deer would respond before the period came to an end, when Mason McCarty scored on the power play at 17:50 to cut Regina’s lead to 2-1 heading into the second intermission.
Then the third period is where it all came apart for Red Deer. Four-straight unanswered goals by the Pats. The first one coming once again from Emil Oksanen at 4:27 to make it a hatrick on the night and a 3-1 lead for Regina. A little over a minute later, the Pats Bryce Platt scored at 5:47 to make it a 4-1 Regina lead. Then former Rebel Josh Mahura got in on the act, scoring on the power play at 7:06 to make it 5-1. Finally, Dawson Davidson capped off the third period’s flurry of scoring with a goal at 9:51 to make it a 6-1 final.
The Pats outshot the Rebels 38-22 on the night and 21-2 in the third period alone. Red Deer was one for seven on the power play, while Regina was two for four.
The loss drops the Rebels record to 3-2 but still in first place in the WHL’s Central Division. Regina improves to 2-2-1 and third in the East.
The Rebels next game is back home at the Enmax Centrium on Saturday, October 7 when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings starting at 7 p.m.
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