The Red Deer Rebels wrapped up their two game jaunt into southern Saskatchewan with a 4-2 loss to the Broncos in Swift Current Saturday night, their fourth loss in a row.
It was Red Deer’s second game of a seven game road trip this month that will continue in B.C. next weekend.
The first period in this game saw the Rebels get on the board first with an unassisted power play goal from Grayson Pawlenchuk at the 11:33 mark. It came after a roughing call on Swift Current’s Dom Schmiemann and resulted in Pawlenchuk’s ninth goal of the season to make it 1-0 Red Deer.
In the second, Swift Current tied it up at 1-1 when Aleksi Heponiemi scored his 12th of the year on the power play at 4:33. It came after a tripping call on Red Deer’s Reese Johnson.
The Rebels would regain their one-goal lead before heading into the second intermission when Jared Dmytriw scored his fourth of the season with only 33 seconds left to make it 2-1 Red Deer.
The third period saw the hometown Broncos tie it back up again at 2-2 when Sylvan Lake’s Tyler Steenbergen picked up his 22nd goal of the season just 42 seconds into the final frame.
Swift Current would then take the lead for the first time when Kaden Elder scored his fourth of the year at 6:02 to put the Broncos up 3-2.
Finally, with the period winding down, the Rebels pulled goaltender Ethan Anders with just under two minutes to play in hopes of tying it back up again but Steenbergen found the empty net at 18:15 for his second of the night, putting the game away.
Shots on net ended with Swift Current out shooting the Rebels 29-24, with Red Deer one for four on the power play and the Broncos one for five.
The loss drops the Rebels record to 8-9-1 with 17 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Swift Current improves to 11-3-1 with 23 points and third place in the Eastern Division.
The Rebels next game is Friday, November 10 when they travel to Kamloops, B.C. to face the Blazers. It’s a 7:00 p.m. face-off, with all the action live on 106.7 The Drive starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 p.m.
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